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

Parents are endangering children’s lives at school DEAR EDITOR, Most times whilst taking my daughter to Zeelugt Primary school, parents (mostly mothers) could be seen in the school compound in groups and when the school bell rings, they would converge where the children line up. They are so close that if one of them decided to stretch their hand out they could touch the children in the line. It is disgusting to witness. The former headmistress used to face a lot of criticism when she requested that they remove. I don’t know what the parents hoped to achieve with their actions, but when the children entered their respective classes the parents would still linger in the compound during the school sessions (the whole day). I observed the new headmistress being bolder than the former and demanding that they exit the compound - much to the annoyance of the parents. They would then go and wait at people’s houses or shops nearby until break and lunch time. I often wonder if they are so dedicated to stay

at school for an entire day, whether they don’t have work to do at their homes. Apart from Zeelugt Primary, the same could be seen at Leonora Primary, Meten-meer-Zorg and other schools. These parents don’t realize, or they don’t care, but their presence there serves as a distraction to the children, because in most cases, the children could see their parents and would occasionally glance at them, or the parents’ action would draw their attention and invariably distract them from their school work. It’s high time the Ministry of Education enacts rules that would prevent this madness, because they sometimes could endanger children’s lives… which I will explain. When the school term started, a first grader from Meten-meer-Zorg Primary requested to use the toilet and the teacher sent the child. When the child didn’t return, she (teacher) sent a few children to located him and they were unsuccessful, she then looked herself and subsequently reported to the head teacher. As they were about to go

to the child’s home, the boy and one of his parents returned to the school. The child had left through one of the open gates. The parent started to behave unmannerly to the teacher, but the matter was resolved with the head teacher’s assistance. After that she started to padlock the gates, much to the annoyance of the “liming parents” because they cannot be in the compound or enter and exit as they feel like. During the robbery

incident on Monday, vendors from the primary school noticed two males exited a green car and tried to enter the school, but realized the gate was padlocked. One of the vendors informed the men that they should “go to the other entrance and a teacher will open the gate”. Whilst going to the other entrance, the men saw a police vehicle approaching and they abandoned the vehicle they were in and ran to the seawall.

I saw no mention of this in the newspapers, but if the head teacher wasn’t so adamant in padlocking the gate, the two men who happened to be robbers could have entered the school and only God knows what might have happened. I a m appealing to all parents to

desist from wasting time at school compounds and distracting students from their studies and endangering all the children’s lives. This would also make it possible for all the school gates to be padlocked after school sessions commence. Sahadeo Bates

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T&T law firm prepared legal document Disciplined Forces Commission…. A more professional for BVI investor in Marriott Police Force is needed …Barbados, Republic Bank option also being pursued -Ramjattan - AFC

Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan, is maintaining that the people behind the Marriott Hotel, specifically Winston Brassington, former President Bharrat Jagdeo and the Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh are in talks with a British Virgin Islands (BVI) Incorporated investor for the purchase of two-thirds of the Marriott Hotel. Ramjattan yesterday named the investor as Ace Square Investment Inc registered in the BVI. Under BVI law, there is difficulty in accessing information as to shareholders and directors of companies, according to Ramjattan, hence there are no names behind the company as yet. The AFC leader further pointed out that recently, the law firm of Pollonais and De La Bastide out of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), was asked to, and did prepare a ‘Guarantee’ to be signed by Ace Square Investment Inc. That document however has not been signed as yet. Chairman of Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI), Winston Brassington, when asked about the transaction yesterday, told this publication, “no comment.” The AFC Leader said, too, that there are other strategies being pursued by the architects of the project. He said that Republic Bank in Trinidad and Tobago has set up a subsidiary in that country to solicit investors to raise the US$27M to see the completion of the project. According to Ramjattan, “Brassington, Ashni and Jagdeo have been urging Republic Bank T&T, to fasttrack the process in view of the money running out and the hotel being left halfway…They are pleading that it is making them look embarrassing!” Ramjattan said that one of the syndicates showing an interest in investing in the project is SAGICOR Barbados. He says however that SAGICOR wants a due diligence on the entire project to determine “whether it is feasible and economically viable.” Another option being pursued by AHI, according to Ramjattan, is to issue bonds to be purchased by proposed investors to raise the US$27M. He said that in pursuing this method of financing, should there be a shortfall, then Republic Bank T&T will take up the slack in the form of a loan. Ramjattan said that in order to secure itself,

Chinese Construction workers on the sixth storey of the Marriott plastering concrete

Republic Bank T&T, will execute a debenture over all of the assets of AHI, including the land and building, which would be inclusive of Guyanese taxpayer’s $2B already spent. He said that should Republic Bank have to issue the loan, it would also look to secure the casino license for the Marriott Hotel. The AFC Leader said that based on information that the party has managed to uncover, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has already arranged to assign its shares in AHI, to Republic Bank.

According to Ramjattan, “Having come by these recent developments, the AFC is now convinced that this whole project is born of fraud and will suffer even worse ignominy (humiliation/ embarrassment) if allowed to continue in its present configuration. He said that the AFC definitely will not be bound by the terms of such a transaction as is presently being conjured up “to complete this unhappily disgraced Marriot.” Ramjattan says that he is hopeful that other Opposition forces in and out of Parliament will take up this stance.

Works ongoing at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston yesterday

He says that support for the project will only come if there is a forensic audit done immediately, “to investigate among so many things, all the players involved including Jagdeo and Brassington!” Brassington has this past week denied that there was any negotiation with a BVI Incorporated investor on the Marriott hotel. He did indicate that the company is in the closing stages of a deal with a foreign investor and that the name of this investor will be announced when there is financial closure which is expected before the end of the year.

The Alliance for Change (AFC) says the recommendations of the Reports of the Disciplined Forces Commission that were researched and studied years ago should be implemented for a more professional Police Force, since the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, is not capable of handling his portfolio and the national assembly has no confidence in his reign. This is the deduction of Leader of Alliance for Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan at a press conference, yesterday, at Sidewalk Cafe, Middle Street. The President, in accordance with the National Assembly’s Resolution No. 21 of 2003 of the 16th May 2003 for the constitution and appointment of a Disciplined Forces Commission, appointed Ian Chang, Justice of Appeal as Chairman; and Charles Ramson; Anil Nandlall; David Granger and Ms Maggie Beirne, as members. Ms Beirne resigned from the Commission and, on January 14, 2004, Professor Harold Alexander Lutchman was appointed in her place. The four forces into which the Commission was required to inquire were the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Prison Service and the Guyana Fire Service, the heads of which were the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, Director and Chief Fire Officer, respectively. Ramjattan said the recommendations include recruitment of more qualified personnel with higher qualifications, other than a mere five subjects at CXC. “We have to have cadetship where graduates are going to be more installed as members of the police force, even if there is need for training overseas.” He explained “Political interference at the Ministerial level ought to be zero. If a policeman has to ensure a politician is arrested for fraud or whatever it is, they are allowed to do their job. And senior policemen ought to be allowed to speak their mind to members of the public and not be shut up by the Minister’s, like Mr David Ramnarine was.” He further said that it demoralizes young men who want to do their jobs of ensuring the security of the Guyanese people. The AFC Leader further emphasized that the other

Leader of Alliance for Change Khemraj Ramjattan recommendations include raising the salaries of policemen so that they would not fall to the temptation of corruption. “The Police Force should imbue the entire systems and networks with modern policing systems rather than beating up people to get confessions out of them as is the norm. We want intelligent, smart policing, and that is why it was such a shock that when the British wanted to support us with two billion dollars in funds they were refused by this Government.” “It would appear as if this government wants an unprofessional police force. A brighter police force can catch politicians, Ministers and senior government officials, and I suspect that might be the reason government does not want Scotland Yard officials and Interpol to come into the country, since they are willing to enhance the modernization of the police force.” He added that the lack of leadership by Minister Rohee is uninspiring to police for their development. The Discipline Forces Commission, in the final analysis, made 164 recommendations to reform the Disciplined Forces. It found that Guyana faced transnational dangers to national security and public safety posed by narcotrafficking, weaponssmuggling, money-laundering, back-tracking (illegal migration) and terrorism. National and international developments had impacted on the operations of the Disciplined Forces but commensurate changes in legislation, organisation and administration in all such areas seem not to have been made. Given their current resources, composition and capability, the Forces seemed unable or unwilling to confront social disorder and internal disturbance. Public safety and national security suffered as a consequence.

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ICC calls on US to arrest Sudan genocide suspect Bashir The International Criminal Court on Wednesday urged US authorities to arrest Sudanese President Omar alBashir, an indicted war crimes suspect, should he travel to New York for a UN summit. The court has asked “the competent US authorities to arrest Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the court, in the event he enters their territory,” it said in a statement. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur, has embarrassed the US government and the United Nations by seeking a visa to enter the United States to attend the annual UN General Assembly next week. Washington opposes

Omar al-Bashir Bashir attending the annual meeting, but it has refused to say whether it can or will block the Sudanese leader. The US is not party to the ICC’s Rome Statute and therefore has no obligation to arrest Bashir, despite having itself accused him of genocide in the western Darfur region.

The UN is letting the US authorities take the lead while indicating Bashir’s presence would be a problem. The court recalled that it had in 2010 asked all UN Security Council members that are not states parties to the Rome Statue, including the United States, to arrest Bashir. “Non-states parties may decide to cooperate with the court on an ad hoc basis,” The Hague-based court said. The ICC issued arrest warrants for the Sudanese leader in March 2009 and July 2010 and he now faces 10 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the decade-old Darfur conflict. ICC signatories have a duty to arrest Bashir. (AFP)

Israel accuses Iran of deception to buy time for atom work (Reuters) - Israel accused Iran yesterday of using “deception and concealment” to buy time for its nuclear programme, signalling scepticism about the new Iranian president’s move away from the hardline stance of his predecessor. Israel, believed to be the Middle East’s only nucleararmed power, also said an Arab push to single it out for criticism at a U.N. nuclear agency meeting this week would deal a “serious blow” to any attempt to hold regional security talks. The election of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as Iranian president has raised hopes of progress in longstalled efforts to find a solution to the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme. An Iranian official said he saw an “opening” in Iran’s nuclear row with the West, in

Hassan Rouhani the latest signal that Tehran expects fresh movement to break the deadlock. But the head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission said: “The picture that the Iranian representatives are portraying regarding openness and transparency of their nuclear programme ... stands in sharp contradiction with Iran’s actual actions and the facts on the ground.”

The issue was not whether Iran has “modified its diplomatic vocabulary ... but whether it is addressing seriously and in a timely manner outstanding issues that have remained unresolved for too long,” Shaul Chorev told the annual meeting of member states of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The United States and Israel accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability and maintain a threat of possible military action if diplomacy fails. Iran says its programme is entirely peaceful and says it is Israel’s assumed atomic weaponry that threatens peace. The IAEA’s latest report on Iran said it had further expanded its uranium enrichment capacity by installing many more centrifuges. Uranium can have both civilian and military uses.

Liberals aim to keep hold in government at 2015 poll (Reuters) - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, flagging in opinion polls less than two years before an election, vowed yesterday to break the hold of Britain’s two main parties and keep his Liberal Democrats’ place in a coalition government. Clegg’s popularity has slumped and his centrist party has bled support since taking power in 2010 with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in Britain’s first formal coalition since World War Two. But despite the knocks

and bruises he has had to suffer in harness with a larger, centre-right party, Clegg insisted the Liberal Democrats were a party of government. “We are not here to prop up the two-party system, we are here to bring it down,” he told supporters at his party’s annual conference in Glasgow, Scotland. “If we can do this again - in government again in 2015 - we are a step closer to breaking the two-party mould for good.” The Conservatives and Labour have dominated British politics for much of the

last century. In a sign of the trouble that lies ahead for his party, a poll suggested the centrist Liberal Democrats could be wiped out at the 2015 election, finishing in fourth place, behind the small UK Independence Party, an antiEuropean Union group. If the next election ends without one party in overall control of parliament, Clegg said he was ready to form a coalition with either Cameron’s centre-right Conservatives or Ed Miliband’s centre-left Labour.

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ANOTHER STORM IN A TEACUP For many years now, Guyanese soldiers stationed at Eterinbang and their counterparts on the Venezuelan side have enjoyed cordial and friendly relationships. Private conversations with soldiers who have served at that location will confirm stories about local soldiers crossing over and having a good time on the Venezuelan side and returning back to base without any major problem from the Venezuelans. Other stories are also told about the Guyanese soldiers being given gifts of ration from their Venezuelan counterparts. I am sure that if local ranks who were stationed in Eterinbang are interviewed they will confirm that they do make trips across to Venezuela to party and that they do speak in friendly terms with Venezuelan troops. These things are known to happen but will, for obvious reasons never be logged. Recently, it was reported that a Venezuelan team entered into Guyana from Eteringbang and went on a little sightseeing. Now this, I am sure is not the first time that this would have happened but since it has been made, it seems to be attracting all manner of comments in the media and even being deemed an act of provocation. Those stationed at the border will however confirm that relations between the two

sides remain friendly and you would not believe at all that there is a dispute between the two countries over territory. To claim that there is no dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over territory is ridiculous. There is a longstanding dispute which has attracted the intervention of the United Nations’ good officer process. If there was no dispute why would this dispute resolution mechanism be employed in the first place and been employed for that matter for decades now? Those persons who deny there is a dispute over territory are really trying to indicate that as far as they are concerned Guyana’s borders as defined by the 1899 Arbitral Award are inviolate. Unfortunately, the Venezuelans do not accept the validity of the 1899 award. This creates a dispute because one side says X and another side says Y. Having a dispute does not mean that Guyana accepts the legitimacy of the Venezuelan claim or vice versa. Guyana’s position remains that the territorial award of 1899 is final and binding. The Venezuelan position is that there was a deal between the Americans, the British and the Russians to rob Venezuela of land and thus they contest the award. Regardless of how Guyana feels, this constitutes a

Dem boys seh...

Brazzy selling out everything When people cuss Bharrat dem got plenty who does praise him. He is a man who mek people see de light. Of course some people might end up seeing de light through bars but when all is said and done, nuff people see de light. Tek de only man who go in parliament from one party and end up voting wid another. This is a man who was supposed to be de opposition but he never vote wid de opposition. He got to thank Bharrat fuh a lot. This is a man who couldn’t pay he rent or he light bill. De man can now pay all dem boys light bill and dem rent and he can give dem a small piece too. Dem boys seh that people mustn’t ask how; dem must ask ‘who.’ Brazzy getting ready to spend even more money. He selling de Marriott. De man was right. He tell people that de hotel better than any in Guyana. Dem boys seh that it ain’t even done build and it commanding a hefty price. And is nuff people try t buy. Dem didn’t have no tender and people must ask why. All government business must go to tender. Dem didn’t put de Marriott out to tender. That is why dem boys want to know how this man hear bout de hotel and offer to buy. People can argue that de man pass de fattest envelope when was de time fuh de conversation. Dem don’t have to ask who collect. But dem boys want to know how come nobody ain’t buying Cacique. It done build long before de Marriott which ain’t done build but nobody ain’t coming from overseas to buy. Dem boys seh that dem hear Ohh Pee for sale. Something ain’t right. Talk half and wait fuh see who buying Ohh Pee

dispute because there is no meeting of minds. Despite this dispute, relations between Guyana and Venezuela continue to be excellent. In fact, ever since the PPPC came to power, relations have been at their best with Guyana inking a number of agreements with that country. So good has been the relationship that Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan President, had made it clear that so long as projects are for the development of the people of Guyana, the Venezuelan government, his government would not object to development in the Essequibo region most of which is claimed by Venezuela. This was a major advance from what obtained before when the fear in Guyana was always that Venezuela was

liable to object to the development of Essequibo The PPPC has pursued an effective diplomacy towards regards Venezuela. They have moved beyond the narrow confines of merely using diplomacy to muster support for their cause in the dispute. PPP/C administrations have used diplomacy instead to underscore the need for increased cooperation without in any way making any concessions as regards the traditional position of Guyana towards the territorial controversy. Thus, the government continues to insist that the 1899 award is final but insists that whatever the other side feels should not stand in the way of improved relations and in fact it has not stood in the way.

Obviously, there are forces both inside and outside of both countries that have a stake in raising the political ante over the territorial issue. This very issue became a stumbling block preventing the earlier granting of Independence to Guyana. During the Cold War, it was used as a constant threat against the PNC government. In fact after Forbes Burnham agreed to help refuel Cuban planes en route to Angola, the then Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez called him directly and told him in no uncertain manner that if a drop of Venezuelan fuel ever found its way into a Cuban plane he would cut off oil supplies to Guyana. Today there are forces in both countries who for political purposes continue to

stir up this controversy. In Venezuela, it is used to show that the incumbent socialist regime has abandoned the territorial claims. In Guyana there are forces who want to demonstrate that the PPP/C is not effectively defending Guyana’s interest. As such a little excursion by some Venezuelans, including soldiers, into Guyana’s territory is being blown out of proportion, forgetting that Guyanese soldiers stationed on the border also make their own forays across the border to eat corn beef and to have a good time.

Mother remanded to prison after son fails to show up in court A mother of five was remanded to prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse who presides at the Wales Magistrate’s Court, for failing to produce her son to the court on Monday last. The woman, Pansy Shepherd, of Wales, West Bank Demerara, was given responsibility to ensure that her son, who was before the court after being charged with a criminal offense, attended court as instructed by the said Magistrate. Kaieteur News understands that the woman’s son who was released into her custody by Magistrate Nurse has reportedly fled into the interior. The woman turned up in court on Monday last to inform the Magistrate of this development but was promptly remanded to prison.

She is currently being held at the Den Amstel Police Station. It is not clear how long she has been detained for, and when contacted by this newspaper, Magistrate Nurse declined to comment on the matter. He said, “I will not speak about this case.” As three young children are now left unattended, worried neighbours of the detained woman have expressed concern about the

three young children that are now without the supervision or guidance of a relative. One resident said, “Is three children in de house. One of the children ain’t start nursery school yet; one ain’t even write common entrance yet and her other boy child is just 13 years old. These children need their mother.

She is innocent. Shepherd has never been in trouble before. How could she be locked up if her son get away? “Plus she has two young girl children in that house and you know what could happen. They can be taken advantage of. They need their mother and we hope the relevant authorities can look into this matter.”

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Poor infrastructure causing significant paddy losses for Cane Grove farmers

Almost a full load of paddy lost after the deplorable dams caused this tractor-trailer to topple. Rice farmers in Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, have been losing thousands of acres of paddy, due to poor infrastructure. This was attested to by Executive Member of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Rajendra Bisessar. Accompanied by party Chairman Nigel Hughes; General Secretary- David Patterson; and other party executives, Bisessar said that a team visited the rice fields area. This was following complaints received about the various problems affecting rice farmers. Of particular concern was the deplorable condition of the dams and bridges in the rice fields. During an AFC press conference held at the Side Walk Café yesterday, Bisessar said that “we visited, and we were taken to the backyard using tractor-trailer. What we found and saw for ourselves was that the dams were in extremely bad shape.” He said that during the visit, the team was taken to the site where a tractor-trailer which was maneuvering the dam to transport paddy, toppled. When contacted, one of the rice farmers told Kaieteur News that a large percentage of their paddies are lost regularly due to such accidents.

“Dem things this getting too regular…it ain’t fair to us. We need proper facilities in here. We does wuk hard, and we get families we gah tek care of. When things like this ah happen, we does suffer; awe children does suffer; dem school wuk does suffer. Dem need fuh fix dem things this. It ain’t right,” the rice farmer called “Monster” pleaded. Bisessar noted that even the “saved” loads of paddy, cannot be transported to the mills, since the bridges are “dilapidated”. He said too that while the existing bridges are in a bad state, there are some areas where needed bridges are non-existent. Bisessar said that farmers had asked that they, the AFC officials, visit the fields more often, since a bridge was built a day prior to the party’s planned visit. The farmers also complained about the bad construction of that structure, Bisessar said. He added that while they were visiting, another bridge was being built. “Some boards were being put up on some rotten beams. Farmers said that by the time the tractor would have crossed, some of those boards would have come loose,” the AFC executive said. He told reporters that of

the two water pumps, one has not been working for a long time, while other, which is in operational condition, had stopped working a week prior to his party’s visit. This allowed for a significant amount of water being accumulated in the fields. Bisessar said that “shockingly”, the pumps commenced working on the day of the AFC visit to the rice fields, but was shut down during the evening hours. Upon enquires, the AFC officials said that the pump attendant related that he was ordered by his supervisors to shut the pump down around 17:00hrs. “If the ground is wet and the paddy falls, it will be saved. But when it is wet and the paddy falls, it starts growing. They (the farmers) showed us some of the paddy that has started growing,” Bisessar said. He added that over the past three weeks, farmers have made several complaints to the Rice Producers’ Association (RPA), but nothing has been done.

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MV Kimbia completes successful trial run Leading North West public transport vessel, MV Kimbia is finally out of the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) dockyard after successfully completing a trial run last Tuesday. The Kimbia docked at GNIC waterfront for repairs in January, leaving North West passengers with no other alternative, than to rely on the smaller vessel, the Lady Northcote. While the Kimbia was under repairs, North West residents paid a much higher price to private owned ferries, to transport their cargo to the area. General Manager of the Transport and Harbours Department, (TH&D) Marcellene Merchant said, yesterday, that the vessel currently sits at the Government wharf in Kingston, Georgetown awaiting a finalized date for its release. “The vessel docked at TH&D wharf in Kingston on September 10. I will be meeting with TH&D officers tomorrow (today) to finalize the date for the release of the vessel,” Merchant said. The MV Kimbia had undergone a painstaking repair process. The release of the ferry was delayed several times, due to incomplete maintenance works. Maintenance workers met with a series of problems as it relates to essential mechanical and structural aspects of the boat. Several months ago the vessel was moored for repairs at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) dockyard after the Company and TH&D entered into an agreement on November 5, 2012 for docking of the boat at a contract sum of $118M. The MV Kimbia subsequently became a source of dispute between GNIC and TH&D over $79 million

variation cost, which GNIC demanded for maintenance work carried on the boat. TH&D had deemed the works as unauthorized, but the engineering company argued that the repairs were necessary to secure the seaworthiness of the boat. TH&D was willing pay only $10.8 million worth of the variation but later agreed to $25 million worth of the payment for repairs done to the most ‘critical’ parts of the vessel. Last August, Merchant told the newspapers that the maintenance crew had encountered additional problems with the tank, shaft and propeller of Kimbia‘s system. She said that TH&D maintenance crew and GNIC employees were working to complete their portions of the work on the ferry. She explained that upon conclusion of the repairs, an additional $20 million of the variation cost will be paid to GNIC. Yesterday, the General Manager explained that a large fraction of the repairs is complete but “there are still a few final touches to be done to the Kimbia.”

The MV Kimbia is almost 40 years old, and has provided more than two decades of service to residents of the North West District. In March, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Robeson Benn, and President Donald Ramotar paid a visit to the dockyard, where the vessel was undergoing repairs. Benn told media operatives that there have been concerns about the age of the boat. He noted that this may very well be the last docking of the Kimbia. Benn said that coupled with the vessel’s age, and the severe marine conditions encountered by TH&D along the North West route, it would be unwise for the Kimbia to continue serving in the area. He said that the vessel will serve other areas when it is replaced by another boat. TH&D is expected to procure a new vessel, the price of which amounts to approximately US$10 million. The TH&D General Manager had revealed that steps have already been taken to accomplish another vessel, by next year.

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Death comes easily as the lights go out When I was traveling to Berbice last Saturday, I was silent for long moments, oblivious to the conversations that were going on in the car. I was silent because my mind was burdened by what I was seeing. As I watched the garbage on the highways, for

some unknown reason I kept thinking of President Ramotar’s assertion when he spoke to a gathering in Region Five two weeks ago. In reference to the proposed Marriott Hotel, he told his listeners; “For the first time, Guyana will have a fivestar hotel.” I kept thinking

over and over of that remark as I looked at the dirtiness and miasma on the highway from the car window. I asked myself why would any government want a five-star hotel, be proud of it, show it off to the citizens while the entire country is overran with garbage I did do a column in response to that

statement of President Ramotar in which I manifested my deep mental anguish of a country having a five-star hotel but cannot stop and don’t want to stem the decay of the nation’s only university. So Guyana gets a five star hotel but loses its university. Which is more important? Here now is another column in response to Mr. Ramotar’s exclamation of the imminent five star hotel. On Tuesday night, about 20.00 hours a horrible accident occurred at the junction of Brummel Place (northern continuation of Louisa Row) and Brickdam. My wife and I could write a book on the history of accidents at that spot. We have seen countless numbers. It is a very busy intersection in the day. Then traffic lights came. Every citizen who lives around that area probably jumped into the skies with relief. But, since the advent of traffic lights in 2007, about eighty percent of them do not work. On Wednesday morning, I witnessed another bumper to bumper confrontation at the corner of Albert and Lamaha Streets. I devoted an entire column to this irrationality and occasionally made reference to it in other columns. The Albert and Lamaha Streets corridor is one of the busiest junctions in the Caricom region when the rush hour is on. The traffic lights

never worked at that site since they were originally installed. The madness will grow because a huge five-storey fast food outlet is about to open at that very junction. So what is my point? Why should a nation be proud of a five-star hotel when in the 21st century the streets of a country do not have working traffic signals and people die because of primitiveness? Humans do all kinds of crazy things like running a red light. Obviously, that is stupid because the vehicle in the other direction can smash into you. But accidents are reduced by a colossal level when you have traffic signals. Some humans are foolish but more than ninety percent of the people in this world are not. If the norm was for your average driver to ignore red lights then all countries would have a staggering death rate I pass the junction of Brummel Place and Brickdam everyday; I would like to emphasize the world “everyday.” The signals there do not work. My contention is if they were, then that horrible accident on Tuesday night when a mini-bus conductor was crushed to death could and may have been avoided. Yes. The bus driver may have been speeding but he would have seen a red light which would have acted as a deterrent. I return to my two previous questions; which should a nation be prouder of

Frederick Kissoon - a five-star hotel or a country that looks modern and clean or a five star hotel or a top class university. I now add a third question - a five-star hotel or a modern country where traffic signals guide the nation’s driver? In that column on Albert and Lamaha Streets I asked the question why is it that no parent has ever raised with the President or the subject Minister, Robeson Benn, the topic of repairing the signals. There are a substantial number of school children that are driven through that corridor daily. Here is an interesting fact that I am almost a hundred percent sure a majority of Guyanese do not know. The surrounding area that borders the junction of Albert and Lamaha Streets has more public educational institutions (including all levels of schools) than any other area in the entire Guyana. So which do you prefer; the Marriott Hotel or the University of Guyana? The Marriott hotels or traffic lights?

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Cattle farmer to sue stray catchers and Albion police Tillawattie Singh and her husband, Sookdeo Singh, plan to take eight stray catchers of Port Mourant; and ranks of the Rose Hall Town Police Outpost and Albion Police Station to court for ‘assault and wrongful detention’. At issue are 16 head of cattle. Mr. Singh, a cattle farmer, claimed that he was brutally attacked and beaten by eight stray- catchers armed with cutlasses on Tuesday afternoon while he was bringing home sixteen head of cattle. He stated that he was bringing home his cattle into Rambella Street, Port Mourant around 17:25 hrs on Tuesday, something he usually does at that time. He added that he had the necessary red flag and allowed the cows to cross the public road. Suddenly, he stated, a white car pulled up and the men emerged, each armed with a cutlass. “The stray catchers jumped out of the car—PMM 1018—and started to beat me. They throw

away my bicycle.” “They started to beat me up and fired chops on me— all of them get one, one cutlass and they cuffed and kicked me in my stomach and back.” He stated that he did not resist the men when they wanted to impound the cows and questioned why the stray catchers did what they allegedly did to him. Singh added that four of the stray catchers drove him in the car to the Rose Hall Town Police Outpost, while the other four took charge of the animals at Port Mourant and led the cows to the Albion Police Station animal pound. Singh claimed that the police at the outpost refused to give him a medical to take for medical attention at the Port Mourant Hospital. “They refused and they sent me to Whim Police Station where they gave me a medical.” He further claimed that the CID officer at the outpost “gave me two slaps.” More than a week after

the incident, the animals have not been released from the police pound. When contacted last evening, Mrs. Singh stated that the cattle are still at the Albion Police Station pound, more than a week after the incident. She also claimed that they are not being fed. She stated that she spoke with the Region Six Chairman, Mr. David Armogan who directed her to former Region Six Chairman and PPP Executive Member, Mr. Zulfikar Mustapha who “said he will speak to the Home Affairs Minister to get back the cows and he said the Minister will resolve the matter.” That was since last week. Singh is becoming very frustrated since several calves at home are “crying out for their mothers” in the pounds. “One calf even died—I tried to feed it bottle milk and it refused…and died,” she claimed. “Today [Tuesday] when I go station, the police stopped me from feeding and giving

Interdicted postman pleads guilty to ammunition charge A former postman who was interdicted from duty in June after a number of undelivered mail, including several opened and sealed utility bills, Christmas cards and correspondence from the United States Embassy were found at his home in New Amsterdam, is now in more serious problems. The man, Lawrence Lewis, called “G”, 27, of Timmer’s Dam, Angoy’s Avenue, and now a taxi driver has been charged with possession of ammunition without being the holder of a licence. He appeared before Magistrate Shurdel IsaacsMarcus on Wednesday at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s court on the charge. He pleaded guilty and was remanded to jail until Friday

when he will be sentenced. Lewis, who drives for a taxi service in the area, was taken into custody after a blank round of 7.62×51 mm ammunition was found on his bedroom ledge at his Angoy’s Avenue, home. According to the prosecution, a report of assault was made against Lewis by his wife after he allegedly slapped her. When the ranks visited his premises he was in the yard and told investigators that he needed to change his clothes. He was escorted to the bedroom where the round was found on a ledge. The rank took possession of the round and the man was told of the allegation, cautioned arrested and charged. Lewis allegedly told investigators that he found

the blank round about six to seven years ago when he went to a solider camp at Seweyo on the Soesdyke/ Linden Highway. He pleaded guilty to the charge, but was remanded to jail until Friday when he will be sentenced. It is not the first time that Lewis has been in hot water for slapping his wife. In the previous incident the Police were called in after a report was made by a female of an alleged domestic problem at their home. When the ranks visited the home they encountered the undelivered mails in the house. The Guyana Post Officer Corporation (GPOC) was informed of the development and began investigation.

Sookdeo Singh displays his injured back the cows water—they chased me out of the pound. They didn’t even want to pen the pound gate. They saying that the animals getting food but I didn’t see any impression of water or grass…” For every additional night

the animals are impounded, the Singhs have to pay $200 per head of cattle. The Singhs have solicited the services of Attorneys- at- Law, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan and Mr. Moses Nagamootoo. Legal paperwork is expected to be

drawn up shortly. “My husband was with the cows and we were forced to pay this money and plus they beat the man up.” Efforts to contact the Station Sergeant of the Albion Police Station proved futile.

Two Guyanese in US custody after 2,800 pounds ganja haul Jamaica (Go-Jamaica. com) - Six Jamaican men were to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on multiple drug-related charges yesterday. Reports from the CCN are that the men were arrested during a probe which extended over a period of several weeks, by members of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND), in collaboration with officials from the United States Coast Guard and the British Navy. The operation is said to have begun on Saturday, August 31 when a Jamaicanregistered vessel laden with 2,800 pounds of ganja was intercepted in the Eastern

Caribbean. Seven men were aboard the vessel at the time— two Guyanese men and five Jamaicans. The boat, and the drugs, which has an estimated street value of J’ca$14 million were seized, and the men arrested. The Jamaicans were handed over to investigators at the TCND, while the Guyanese nationals were incarcerated in the United States. The sixth Jamaican man, who was found to be the owner of the vessel, was picked up during follow-up investigations locally last week. More than US$2000 and other items were reported to have also been seized in that operation. Charged with possession

of ganja, dealing in ganja, exporting ganja, conspiracy to export ganja and trafficking ganja are: Robert Lindsay, otherwise known as ‘Robbie’, a chef of Nannyville Gardens, St. Andrew; Stephen Watt, a fisherman of Mountainside, St. Elizabeth; forty-six-yearold Owen Dunkley, otherwise known as ‘Egg Head’, a fisherman of Black River, St. Elizabeth; fifty-six-year-old Anthony Augustus Williams, otherwise known as ‘Lara’, a fisherman of Lacovia, St. Elizabeth; forty-nine-year-old Bernard Knight, otherwise known as ‘Powder’, a fisherman of Parottee district, St. Elizabeth and Byron Forrest, 44, a fisherman of Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth.

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Social Activist dubs failure to hold Local Govt Elections a “mockery of democracy” - calls on Govt to fix “broken education system” Even as Education officials, parents and their top performing children, who participated in this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) flocked to the Theatre Guild at Parade Street, Kingston, Georgetown, for a laptop distribution ceremony yesterday, Social Activist, Mark Benschop, commenced a picketing exercise outside. The move represented another in a series of such activities undertaken by the aspiring Mayor of Georgetown, as part of his efforts to amplify the importance of having Local Government elections. Benschop intimated to this publication yesterday that he is on a mission to ensure that the President addresses the Local Government Bills that have been sitting at the Attorney General’s office for weeks. “It is unacceptable; we have not held Local Government Elections in Guyana for almost 20 years and that cannot be defined as a democracy,” asserted a placard-bearing Benschop. “The President is running around this country as though everything is okay, but everything is not is not acceptable to me and it is certainly not acceptable to

also the unacceptable conditions at some of the country’s schools. According to him, “I am here to ask the Minister of Education and of course, her boss, the President of this country to fix the school system. We cannot have children returning to school, and the schools are not properly fixed; there are not proper classrooms for them...” “I am standing out here because the education system is broken. Democracy is being misrepresented and I am out here as a citizen; I am not here because I have signalled my intention to run (Continued on page 24)

foreign is obviously going to drive away anybody wanting to do business in Guyana, because if we have a mockery of democracy then what message is it sending to the international community and more so to the (potential) investors?” questioned an irate Benschop. But the Social Activist’s picketing action yesterday did not only focus on the Local Government Bills but

Preliminary Inquiry into wife’s strangling continues The Preliminary Inquiry into the charge of murder against Prabhudyal Tarachand, called ‘Ramesh’ 34, of High Reef, Albion, Corentyne. Tarachand is accused of strangling his wife, Geeta ‘Diane’ Bhishundial, on Sunday June 2, last. The preliminary inquiry has begun in the Albion Magistrate’s court before Magistrate Rabindranath Singh. Prosecutor Corporal Sherlock King has so far called four witnesses, including two police officers. Testifying so far are Police Officers Howard Barlow and Detective

Constable Emanuel Rajnauth. Inshan Bhishundial and his wife Khemranie Bhishundial, the parents of Geeta are the two civilian witnesses to have testified so far. The witnesses were all grilled by Attorney at Law Mursaline Bacchus who is representing the accused. It is understood that around 21:00 hrs on the day in question the couple was involved in a misunderstanding at their home when the woman was strangled. The couple allegedly got into a misunderstanding following an alleged

triangular love affair involving Diane, Ramesh and another man. Her lifeless body was discovered on a bed in the living room. Prabhudyal after allegedly committing the act drank a quantity of paint ‘thinner’ and tried to hang himself. He was cut down just in time and rushed to the New Amsterdam hospital. The couple had three children ages 7, 3 and 1, and they are presently living with Diane’s parents. Tarachand will have to return to court on the 24th September when the matter is expected to continue.

NGSA top performers... From page 13 we can be a developed country in the not too distant future with your help,” asserted the President. But according to Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, although there are tangible signs that Guyana is doing much better in the business of education, there is yet more work to be done. This, according to her, includes the quality of education that is delivered at the primary level. “While we have the Government giving resources to all the Regions equally, we have to make sure that the quality of education that we deliver in those Regions is strengthened

and is of a higher nature,” stated the Minister. She highlighted though that while the need for improvement is evident it is certainly not unique to Guyana but rather could be found across the globe. “We know we have work to do but we need you to help us to do it,” said the Minister as she turned her attention to the importance of parents' support to the education sector. This year close to 17,000 pupils wrote the NGSA. When the results were unveiled it was Salma Majeed of the ISA Islamic Academy who was adjudged the top performer with 548 marks. The highest possible mark that a single candidate could have secured was 560 marks.

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Social Activist, Mark Benschop in picketing mode yesterday outside the Theatre Guild. most Guyanese.” It is the view of the Social Activist that the Government of the day is overlooking the existing concerns about the Local Government Bills. Benschop said that he is calling on the International Community as well as the Diplomatic Community to give ear to the existing state of affairs. So unacceptable is the situation, he noted, that it has the potential of “driving away

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Thursday September 19, 2013

Residents of Bartica concerned over distribution of house lots Residents of Five Mile located in Bartica are concerned over what they feel is discrimination against how house lots are being distributed in the new housing schemes opened their. Last November, the Ministry of Housing had opened a new “turnkey” housing scheme within the Five Mile area for residents in Bartica stratified along low, middle and high income for persons who could afford it. This news agency understands that the necessary surveys were done and house lots were sold to persons within the income brackets that they could afford. Works were commenced by some of the persons who paid for their house lots. However, on August 30, 2012 house lot owners were advised by two Ministry officials that they are going to be relocated from this housing scheme since it was brought to their attention that the land was eroding and as such was not suitable to build on. The residents said that they were presented with documents to sign, acceding to the request by the ministry officials to relocate. Some of the residents signed while others declined since they did not agree with the turn of events being presented to them. According to one of the residents of Five Mile, Christopher Murray, he applied for the low income house lot and paid off for it. He was told by the two Ministry of Housing officials

An eroded section of the 5 Mile Housing Scheme

that he had to relocate since the lands are no longer suitable for residences. He said that when he enquired about where he would be relocated, he was given two options; either wait until another scheme opened or relocate to Region Three. Murray further stated that he was told that in reviewing his options he could “take the next ten years to think about it.” The disgruntled man said that he is a father of three and had been waiting for five years to acquire the house lot that he bought and which is now being repossessed. Heightening Murray’s position was the fact that for him to relocate he would have to pay in excess of $500,000 for the new low income lot that the Ministry would be giving to him. This, he stated,

is absurd since he paid just over a $130, 000 for the current low income lot that he has. The man said that he did not sign any document since he sees that the land that he bought is in good condition and was not affected by the effects of erosion, which he states is a result of improper drainage. Kaieteur News understands that it was only the middle income house lots areas that suffered from the effects of erosion to the extent that houses could not be built on the land. While there was erosion within certain parts of the low income housing lots, those problems could be fixed. This has led many residents to believe that they are being forced to move from their low income house lots so that their land can be used

to relocate the middle income house lots that were affected by the erosion. In relocating house lots to middle income persons affected by erosion, lot numbers were placed in a bag and shaken up and whatever number the middle income residents picked then the corresponding house lot was given to them. It was found that two of the low income residents who chose to be relocated ‘lost’ their house lots to the middle income house lot owners. Kaieteur News tried to make contact with the Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali but was told that he was not in. Attempts to get into contact with other officials who would be able to pronounce on this issue were futile.

Police shoot mentally unstable man A man of unsound mind was on Wednesday shot and wounded by ranks of the Guyana Police Force who were responding to a report that the man was misbehaving and threatening residents. The police were forced to open fire after the man wounded one of the ranks with a stick (rod). A police release on the matter stated that about 10:25hrs yesterday, the police responded to a report that Andrew Barker, 37, of Betsy

Ground, East Canje, Berbice, and who is reported to be mentally unstable, was threatening persons with a cutlass at Goed Bananen Land, East Canje. On seeing the police ranks approaching, Andrew Barker attacked them and was shot to his left hand. He has been admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital under police guard. Barker, a father of three is well-known in the district. He lives by himself in a shack in

a yard. According to information, Barker would walk around the district and cut branches to strip broom which he would walk and sell. It is understood that he went into a yard and cut some branches to the annoyance of the owners. Barker and the man got into an argument and Barker subsequently left with the branches, after telling the occupants that the yard belongs to him. The resident subsequently left and

reported the incident to the Reliance Police Station. Ranks from the station visited Barker in his shack where he was busy making brooms. In the process of trying to arrest Barker, the man took a stick and lashed one of ranks in his head. Back up was sent for as Barker continued to resist and threaten the cops. He was shot in his left hand. The police removed a knife, two sticks and the brooms.

Social Activist dubs failure to hold Local... From page 23 for Mayor of Georgetown but it goes beyond just that...This is something I have been doing for years” said Benschop. According to him his action is fuelled by his love for country and the fact that he wants the best for it. Justifying his move to adopt a picketing tactic, the Social Activist said that he is

only continuing a trend that has been embraced by the Government whereby “they feel they have the right to picket and they have the right to coerce their people in the Ministries and the Office of the President to come out and protest...this is not a monopoly that the Government holds.” However although he was not able to coerce any

supporters of his own, Benschop insisted that he will continue his solo picketing action indefinitely. According to him he is prepared to continue his picketing exercise everyday alone even “if no one else wants to join me perhaps because they are afraid...” said Benschop as he likened himself to “one man standing against injustice.”

He said that he is prepared to follow the President anywhere to continue to highlight his concerns. “I will follow him even if he goes to Haiti or if he goes to Canada. He has to fix the broken education system in Guyana and he has to ensure that we have a proper democracy by the holding of Local Government elections; it is a must!”

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Thursday September 19, 2013

IMF prescription for Grenada? Volney steps down from Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, whose New National party (NNP) came to office in the February general elections, said he would be addressing the nation on the issue. He gave no date for the address, but the accord with the IMF is likely to be signed

in October. An IMF delegation has ended a 10day visit here, but there has been no official announcement regarding the outcome of the visit. However, prior to the arrival of the team, the Mitchell administration

issued a statement stating it had invited the Washingtonbased financial institution to assess the current economic situation in the country. Grenada is discussing a formal arrangement with the IMF and while here the delegation, headed by Aliona Cebotari, focused on the fiscal performance of the country for 2013 as well as the proposed debt restructuring programme. “Government’s plans and priorities for the New Economy, including growth and job creation and projections and reforms for the medium term 2014 – 2016,” was also examined according to the statement. (CMC)

Parliament on Monday Trinidad Guardian Herbert Volney will resign as St Joseph MP Monday. A two-page press release issued yesterday morning by the Office of the St Joseph MP said the seat “will be vacated on Monday, September 23, 2013”. On September 9, House Speaker Wade Mark declared the St Joseph seat vacant after Volney had resigned from the United National Congress (UNC). Volney had 14 days to legally challenge or accept the Speaker’s ruling. But the release suggested the embattled MP does not

intend to pursue legal action, although he “disagrees with the ruling of the speaker” that invoked the procedure to declare his seat vacant. The letter also suggests that he will not run for a second term. “The Member expresses his gratitude to the constituents of St Joseph for their support and joins prayerfully for the election of a worthy successor.” However, he described the matter as one “of great constitutional importance” and “a cause for civil

Herbert Volney societies and the law bodies to take up”. The letter was signed by the Manager of the St Joseph Constituency Office of the Member of Parliament, Mark Dolsingh.

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Russia says U.N. report on Syria attack biased MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) Russia denounced U.N. investigators’ findings on a poison gas attack in Syria as preconceived and tainted by politics yesterday, stepping up its criticism of a report Western nations said proved President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were responsible. Russia, which holds veto power in the U.N. Security Council, could cite doubts about proof of culpability in opposing future efforts by the United States, Britain and France to punish Syria for any violations of a deal to abandon chemical weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who negotiated the deal with Washington, said on Tuesday the U.N. report had not dispelled Russia suspicion that rebels staged the attack to try to provoke Western military intervention in the civil war. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, visiting Syria as warplanes struck rebelheld areas and clashes continued unabated on the ground, took Russia’s criticism a step further. “We are disappointed, to put it mildly, about the approach taken by the U.N. secretariat and the U.N. inspectors, who prepared the report selectively and incompletely,” Ryabkov told the state-run Russian news agency RIA in Damascus. “Without receiving a full picture of what is happening here, it is impossible to call the nature of the conclusions reached by the U.N. experts ... anything but politicized, preconceived and onesided,” said Ryabkov, who met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem late on Tuesday and Assad

Sergei Lavrov yesterday. Assad’s government gave Ryabkov what it said was evidence that rebels were behind the attack, and Lavrov said Russia would present it to the Security Council. Lavrov has said the investigation was incomplete without examination of evidence from other sources, including postings on the Internet and an account from nuns, and that suspicions of chemical arms use after August 21 should also be investigated. “We also have information that there have been many incidents like the one in August in Ghouta,” Lavrov said, referring to the August 21 attack. “We will consider all this in the Security Council along with the report by the U.N. experts.” During Ryabkov’s visit, Assad thanked for Moscow’s support against what the Syrian leader called Westernbacked “terrorism”. The report issued on Monday confirmed the nerve agent sarin was used in the August 21 attack but did not assign blame. Britain, France and the United States said it confirmed Syria’s

government was behind it rather than rebels. The United Nations defended the report yesterday, saying the findings were “indisputable”. “They speak for themselves and this was a thoroughly objective report on that specific incident,” spokesman Martin Nesirky said. However, the stark disagreement over blame may complicate discussions among veto-holding Security Council members - Russia, China, the United States, Britain and France - over a Western-drafted resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. “We are surprised by Russia’s attitude because they are calling into question not the report, but the objectivity of the inspectors,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Paris yesterday. “I don’t think anybody can call into question inspectors that have been appointed by the U.N.,” said Fabius, who met Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday and said several aspects of the U.N. report clearly pointed to Syrian government involvement. Russia has been Assad’s most powerful backer during the conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people since 2011, delivering weapons and - with China blocking Western efforts to use the Security Council’s clout to pressure his government. Moscow argues that the danger emanates from rebels, many of whom harbor militant Islamist ambitions for Syria that could ultimately pose a threat both to Russia, which is fighting against Islamist militants on its southern fringe, and the West.

U.N. says chemical arms report on Syria attack ‘indisputable’ UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations yesterday defended a report by U.N. chemical weapons experts that Russia has criticized as “one-sided,” saying its conclusion that rockets loaded with sarin gas were used in an August 21 attack should not be questioned. “The findings in that report are indisputable,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters. “They speak for themselves and this was a thoroughly objective report on that specific incident.” U.N. chemical investigators led by Ake Sellstrom of Sweden on Monday confirmed the use of sarin nerve agent in the August 21 attack outside the Syrian capital in a long-awaited report that the United States, Britain and France said proved President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were responsible. Russia, however, denounced

Sellstrom’s findings as preconceived and tainted by politics, stepping up its criticism of the report. Russia, like Assad’s government, says the rebels carried out the attack, which the United States says killed more than 1,400 people, including over 400 children. Nesirky said the chain of custody of all environmental and biomedical samples taken by the inspectors was meticulously documented. He added that the experts would return to Syria as soon as possible to continue their investigation into a March incident at Khan al-Asal and all other “credible allegations.” Sellstrom’s mandate was limited to investigating whether chemical weapons were used, not who used them. But Western officials say that technical details in the report provide clear evidence that Assad’s forces carried out the attack.

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EU providing budgetary support to Jamaica The Government has received •7 million in budgetary support from the European Union (EU), which will assist in the implementation of various development programmes. The provision is being facilitated through a grant agreement, which Government and EU officials signed on Tuesday, during a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who signed the agreement with Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the EU’s Development Cooperation Office, Jolita Butkeviciene, thanked the organisation for providing financial support to the Government “as we go through our economic reform programme”. He noted that the event symbolises the reconsolidation of the relationship between the EU and Jamaica “consequent upon us having concluded the (agreement for an) Extended Fund Facility

Dr. Peter Phillips with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).” He explained that the absence of a fund programme from 2011 “had interrupted the flow of budgetary support resources to the Government and people of Jamaica.” “This ceremony, in a sense, symbolises the restart of those flows. We are very cognizant that we need to continue our performance in all aspects of the programme, and particularly, in relation to the strengthening of our

financial management capabilities within the Government of Jamaica as a whole in order to facilitate these funds,” the Minister said. He pointed out that the country was particularly grateful to the EU for its financial support over the years, amounting to more than •1 billion, which has mostly come in the form of grants rather than loans. Ms. Butkeviciene said the signing was a re-affirmation of the EU’s commitment to support Jamaica “in this difficult period of economic adjustment where extra funds are difficult to come by.” “I do believe that the •7 million that we are releasing today into the budget of the Government of Jamaica, these additional funds will definitely help the Government to tackle its priorities and certainly, these priorities come in the social sector because in the times of economic adjustments, we know who bears the biggest burden,” she stated. (JIS)

Opposition blanks government offer for Deputy Speaker post

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Dr. Godwin Friday KINGSTOWN, St, Vincent – CMC - The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has rejected the offer for one of its legislators to be nominated as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, whose ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) enjoys a slender one seat majority in the 15member parliament, said that an offer would be made to Dr. Godwin Friday to become the Deputy Speaker. But Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace has blanked the offer saying that Friday, who is one of the party’s vicepresidents, would not take up the post. “Dr. Friday will not be accepting any such

nomination; let me make that absolutely clear,” Eustace, said on his weekly radio programme. The post became vacant after David Browne demitted office as a senator last month and Prime Minister Gonsalves said his nomination of Friday was “part of the refreshing of the government and of the political system” But he admitted that he had spoken to Eustace, who was “not enthused … not supportive of the idea. “He understood what I was seeking to do and said it quite correctly that it should have been done a long time ago and I agree with that, but every idea has its own time … And if something is good

to be done, it doesn’t matter when it is being done, it is the goodness of the policy,” Gonsalves said. He said newly appointed senator, Jomo Thomas, would be sworn in today as Deputy Speaker if there is no change of heart on the part of the NDP. Eustace told radio listeners he had listened carefully to Prime Minister Gonsalves, adding “he gave all the reasons why Dr. Friday, in his view, should be the Deputy Speaker, including his competence and knowledge of the rules and so forth, but I told him that is not his decision to make, that is not his business, that is the business of the New Democratic Party.

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2013 Berbice River Bridge Company First Division Cricket final fixed for Sunday Albion Community Centre face Universal DVD Young Warriors The final of the inaugural Berbice River Bridge Company first division 50 over knockout cricket competition has been fixed for this S u n d a y a t t h e Cumberland Cricket Ground

in East Canje. Albion Cricket Club had a relatively easy victory over arch rival Rose Hall To w n Gizmos and Gadgets in their semifinal clash, and will

*************************** GEMINI (MAY 21 - JUN 20): If someone you know is going through a rough time, Gemini, they could come to you for support or advice. People see you as genuinely concerned and a good friend, especially when times are tough. *************************** CANCER (JUN 21 - JUL 22): With some leisure time on your hands, you'll find an opportunity to start fresh in some area that has challenged you, Cancer. Find the courage to examine your attitudes toward adverse situations. *************************** LEO (JUL 23 - AUG 22): Today you might want to try something completely new, Leo. If you've never done this before, why not try expressing yourself through dance? Even if you're convinced you have two left feet, you might be surprised. ************************ VIRGO (AUG 23 - SEP 22): If you're not already so inclined, Virgo, why not try expressing yourself through song? Even if you're convinced you have a tin ear, you might be surprised at what happens if you just let yourself go. Do you feel silly singing out loud? Then be silly.

Decision Review System to change for winter Ashes series England ask for a referral against Australia. (PA)

take on the improving U n i v e r s a l DVD Young Warriors Cricket Club who had a hard fought win in their semifinal clash with Port Mourant Karibee Rice. Action starts at 09.30hrs.

Thursday September 19, 2012 ARIES (MAR 21 - APR 19): Today's a good day to work toward the goals you've set, Aries. The aspect of the day influences your ability to focus on the necessary steps to achieve what you want. No goal is too big! *************************** TAURUS (APR 20 - MAY 20): You may watch the clock today, Taurus. It can be hard to focus on tasks when you're thinking about relaxing, but do your best. You won't get through your tasks any faster if you're unfocused.

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LIBRA (SEP 23 - OCT 22): Libra, you may discover today that you have a talent for something you've never even thought about before. If you always stick to what you know, how will you ever experience anything new? Trying this unexplored area doesn't mean you have to excel in it. *************************** SCORPIO (OCT 23 - NOV 21): It's a new day, Scorpio, a good day to let your caring side show. Take the time to smile and chat with as many people as you can. *************************** SAGITTARIUS (NOV 22 DEC 21): Today brings the opportunity to see things as they are and not as you'd like them to be. It's easy to fool yourself sometimes, but you can only get away with that for so long before the truth comes out. *************************** CAPRICORN (DEC 22 JAN 19): Today your creativity might be stimulated by some free time, Capricorn. You can try and save it for later, but you may not feel the same way then. *************************** AQUARIUS (JAN 20 - FEB 18): You probably have a knack for listening to other people and noticing when they need help or a shoulder to cry on, Aquarius. Today may be excellent for you to help another person out. Consider going the extra mile by lending a hand to those around you who are in need. *************************** PISCES (FEB 19 - MAR 20): It's possible that someone will question your motives or wonder whether or not you're genuine, Pisces. Don't take it the wrong way. You don't take everything at face value either. Show your sincerity by following through and sticking by your word.

BBC Sport - The decision review system (DRS) used in Tests will be changed to allow an extra two referrals per team in this winter’s Ashes series. An International Cricket Council trial will start from 1 October allowing reviews in Test matches using DRS to be

topped up after 80 overs of an innings. At the moment teams are allowed two unsuccessful reviews per innings. DRS was criticised during this summer’s England v Australia series after a string of controversial decisions.

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said on Twitter that the change was “bonkers”. “Reviews need reducing not increasing! Paves the way for more speculative time-wasting LBW reviews,” he wrote on the social networking site. Snickometer, which detects edges using sound, could also be made part of the DRS process, subject to further testing. Many of the questionable decisions during this summer’s Ashes related to Hot Spot, which uses heat sensors and infrared cameras to determine what, if anything, the ball has made contact with. In some of these instances Snickometer might have helped, but it is not currently part of DRS because it takes too long to return a result. The ICC also suggested extra training for television umpires and announced its intention to clamp down on slow over-rates and time wasting and to “maximise playing time in conditions where is it safe to do so”. England were denied a dramatic win on day five of the final Ashes Test at The Oval when the umpires took the players off the field for bad light. Chasing 227, England were 21 runs short of their target with four overs remaining but the umpires deemed the conditions too dangerous to play in. It is believed Australia and England could reach their own agreement over what conditions they would play in during this winter’s Ashes series. Agnew said: “All the grounds have excellent floodlights, if the lights are on you play. Some fielding teams will chunter, of course. “I have seen matches where fielding in those circumstances is difficult but it is the same for both sides and you cannot possibly have a situation again where with four overs to go and a finish building up the umpires take the players off.” The first Test of this series in Australia starts on 21 November in Brisbane.

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Letter to the Sports Editor

An Assault to the Integrity of the City’s Football! DEAR EDITOR, Reference is hereby made to the above caption as it relates to the commencement of the GFF/Georgetown zonal 6 team playoff, on 08.09.13 at the Tucville Ground, with a tripleheader involving Fruta Conquerors, Santos, Pele, B.K Int. Western Tigers, Camptown and Riddim Squad, wherein each team will play each other once (roundrobin), with the top 3 teams securing the 3 remaining slots, joining automatic qualifiers Alpha United and Guyana Defence Force. The 5 clubs will be the representatives of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA), in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) 16 team – 1 Round Premier League. Editor, once again the notion of the sport’s counter

productivity has surfaced, at the behest of the principal players in the administration, emanating from both the GFF and GFA, that both Pele and B.K Int. Western Tigers; affiliates of the GFA, had previously secured 2nd and 3rd positions respectively, in the recently concluded GFF Super League. As a matter of fact previously, the Tigers led by 2 times champions Alpha United, secured the runnerup spot! So, how and why Pele and Western must participate in a playoff? While GDF by some frivolous ruling is granted an automatic place! Editor, is it the more things change the more they remain the same. That the army lineup is purported to have won the GFA/President’s Beer 2013 League! The definition of a League is

“when each team plays each other once or twice, over one or two rounds”. And the team finishing with the most points is declared the winner! If two or more teams finishes with the same amount of points then, Goal Difference and Head to Head wins are tabulated to determine the winner. Did GDF play each team in the GFA/ President’s Beer 2013 League? How many teams participated, and which remaining 2 teams brought 2nd and 3rd? What are the final placings and points standing? In the final analysis, if for some strange reason the GFF along with the GFA (executives) is foisting their undemocratic and nontransparent will upon the 2 clubs, albeit, “witch hunting”, rather than allowing bygones

to be bygones, then both teams should submit an appeal to the Federation’s General Council, towards nullifying the biased ruling, while advocating that they both should be automatic qualifiers, in the Federation’s 16 team – 1 Round League. Additionally, the Guyana Olympic Association; General Secretaries, of the, GFF, CFU, CONCACAF and FIFA should all be provided with cc of the Appeal! It is rather unfortunate that both Pele and Western are being treated as outcasts of the football’s fraternity, primarily due to their affiliation to the then GFF executive, during the turbulent times between the GFA and the GFF. How much more of the vindictiveness must the clubs endure? Lester Sealey

LABA/Trophy Stall Regulation Basketball Tournament

Flames roast top-ranked Kings, Falcons fly pass Jets Upsets marked the o p e n i n g o f t h i s y e a r ’s second edition of the Trophy Stall Regulation Basketball Championships, as the lesser-known clubs fashioned unlikely wins against their higher-ranked opponents last weekend at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court. In the biggest upset yet at these Championships, the seventh-ranked Block 22 Flames, in this eightteam tournament, scored a huge upset win when they roasted the Kashif and Shanghai Kings 55-38 on S u n d a y, w h i l e o n t h e previous day, the Bankers Trust Falcons returned to competitive basketball after over ten years, with a staggering 63-55 win over the second-rated Amelia’s Ward Jets. Retrieve Raiders also held off the charging Half Mile Bulls 65-64 in another encounter. The Championship continued with two more games last evening. Kings, a prohibitive favourite to beat the Flames at this level came up short against the battling Flames, which was led by the young guns Selwyn Noble and K e r w i n Wi l l i a m s w h o inspired them to this notable win. The Kings were off to a flying start leading 100 before the Flames registered their first

points, and when the whistle was blown for the end of the first quarter, Kings led 13-4. This pattern continued to the conclusion of the second quarter with the Kings in control, or so it looked, with them ahead 25-21. But the second quarter exchanges showed that the Flames were serious in challenging the Kings and in a great display of competitive basketball, Flames were able to tie things up at 33 when the third quarter finished. Going for broke the Flames were determined to make the best of their chances and contested every shot as they crashed the ‘board’ against a Kings line-up that withered under the pressure as the Flames rallied to a convincing win in the end. Noble had 13 points and Williams 11 for the winners while the Kings best scorer was Orin Rise with a game high 14 points. The Raiders came from behind to win as they showed poise in their end game. In the end, Raiders had the e x p erienced Neil Marks steering their side before their lesser-known players, who had shown potential over the years, stepped up while Marks got a breather mostly in the final period to seal an unlikely win. The resilience of the Raiders showed when

Dauwin Lovell first sent them ahead 62-61. As the Bulls responded they regained the lead through their leader Michael Turner 63-62.Then Raiders’ centre, Omar Sam had knotted the scores at 63, the Bulls key s c o r e r, K e o n C a m e r o n missed two shots from the line, which could have sent his team into the lead with 50.5 seconds left. Sam was there to send his team up with a crucial basket in the paint a n d a s t h e B u l l s attacked the basket, they got three more s h ots from the line, but only scoring one as the Raiders sealed their come from behind win as Marks led with 21 points and was given support from Sam with 11 and Larose with eight. Turner was the best scorer for the Bulls with 17 points while Keon Cameron got nine, Terron Welch eight and Travin Dryden seven in a losing cause. In the feature game between the two Amelia’s Ward teams, the Falcons were out first, taking the lead at the end of the first quarter 14-9 and at half time 24- 20. The first half h a d revealed that the Jets would have to come strong if they were to beat this energized falcons unit and with experienced Allister

We b s t e r eventually deciding to play the Jets were able to snatch the lead at the end of the pivotal third quarter 43-41. The Falcons had secured the acquisitions of former Jets players Lawrence ‘Bolo’ DaCosta, Devon Thompson and Leonard Caleb along with Kwakwani’s Dale Sauers and the Kings’ Thornton Wilson and this proved important to their game plan. DaCosta was key with a three point shot and a three point play early in the game as the Falcons were up 24-14 and Caleb started the response by the Falcons after they were down 45-41 in the fourth quarter as they battled back in a 18-9 run to eventually lead 59-54 with just under five minutes remaining in the game. From that recovery the Jets never got their game on course and eventually lost with the Falcons flying home winners 63-55 in the end. DaCosta had a game high 14 points as Sauers got 10 while Thompson netted nine and Wilson eight for the falcons. The Jets top scorers were Javon Nelson with 1 2 a n d S h a n e We b s t e r had 10 while their captain Kevin Joseph added nine for the losers.

Xavier claims Billiards and Pools titles at Banks DIH Sports Anthony Xavier secured the Billiards and pools titles at last weekend’s Banks DIH Limited Sports Programme held at the Sports Club at Thirst Park. Xavier, of the Sales Department, defeated Outdoor Sales Manager Mortimer Stewart (Sales Department) in the Billiards final by 120 points to 64. Xavier also got the better of Dave Singh of Soft Drink Plant in the Pools final to cap an outstanding day in the cue games. Essequibo Branch Manager Muniram Singh (16 games) was crowned Dominoes King with victory over Geoffrey La Rose of Linden (13 games) and Terry Liverpool of Vehicle Workshop third with 12 games in the final. Ann Josiah of Security Department marked 17 games to claim the Queen Dominoes Crown from Goleen Ferguson of Sanitation and Sheron Douglas of Electrical Department who both ended on 12 games but Ferguson copped the second position having more sixes than

Douglas. Mubianbo King of Brewery retained his table tennis title after playing unbeaten in the five-man playoffs. King secured 16 points to beat into second position Communications Manager Troy Peters who ended with 12 points, losing only to King, while third place was taken by Rayan Faria of Berbice who secured eight points. Essequibo Branch scored an exciting four-wicket win over Berbice in the 12-over aside Tapeball cricket semifinals and will now meet Soft Drink Plant in the final. Berbice made 73 runs in their allotted 12 overs and Essequibo hit off the required runs for the loss of six wickets. Sales Department will battle with Distribution Warehouse in the five-a-side football finals. Stores ‘B’ will square off with Workshop ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams in the team dominoes finals. The dates for the cricket, team dominoes and football finals will be decided shortly.

Phyllis Carter Memorial T\20 cricket – Leguan

Zaman, Murray star with the ball as Satro, Young Warriors register wins Mustapha Zaman and Brian Murray turned in commendable performances with the ball as Satro and Young Warriors registered victories when play in the Phyllis Carter Memorial T\20 cricket competition continued last Sunday in Leguan. In the day’s first game at Enterprise, Zaman claimed 415 from 4 overs, while Imtiaz Khan captured 2-29 from 4 overs to restrict Western Pit Bulls for 136-9 in 20 overs batting first. Godfrey Austin stroked an even half century and Gangaram Munilall supported with 36. Satro responded with 1379 in 17.3 overs. Naeem Habib led with 29 while Trevor Whyte made 21 and Zaman 17. Dayanand Tribhowan

snared 2-17 and Jerry Kowsilla 2-21 for Western Pit Bulls who lost the game by 1 wicket. In the second game at the said venue Young Warriors defeated Rebels by 11 runs. Young Warriors batted first and posted 122 all out in 19.1 overs with Brian Murray top scoring with 40 while Oudit (only name) chipped in with 20 and Tyrone Narine 17. Bowling for Rebels was Brian Roopchand picked up 3 for 27 and Raymond Nandram 2 for 20. Rebels were bowled out for 111 in 19.1 overs in reply. Amit Jagroop was their leading batsman with 24, Anil Jagroop made 19 and Toney Jagroop 14. Murray returned to capture 4-28, Satnarine Jattan had 2-8 and Tulsieram Premnauth 2-24.

Team Guyana arrive, logistical challenges... From page 37 jovial way these young athletes have been since arriving, they are gelling and getting to know each other more. The fact that we have come here a few days before competition will aid in these young athletes getting accustomed to the different weather pattern here; I am sure they will all rise to the challenge.”

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Sunrisers progress, Tiger in prime position for East Lake despite some doubts Faisalabad knocked out

ESPNcricinfo - The match was over as a contest in the 14th over of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase. Saeed Ajmal had bowled his last over, remained wicketless and mostly ineffective. Shikhar Dhawan soon reached his second consecutive half-century in the Champions League Twenty20, setting up Sunrisers’ comfortable victory over Faisalabad Wolves which eased them into the main competition. The result also ensured that Otago Volts, who had beaten Kandurata Maroons earlier in the day, also qualified. Both Faisalabad and Kandurata were knocked out. Sunrisers look to be the most well-balanced side among the four qualifiers, and will provide competition for the rest of the pack. Dhawan’s fifty came off 48 balls, and it had his usual dose of pleasing off-side strokes as well as some slogs. His only six was hit between reaching his fifty and getting out to left-arm spinner Imran Khalid. He added 68 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel, before a 44-run stand with Jean-Paul Duminy during which they got over a tricky

period when the ball kept low. Biplab Samantray got out for a duck to a beauty from Khalid, but Duminy and Darren Sammy completed the win. Dhawan, Patel and Duminy tackled Ajmal quite well, but the offspinner was tasked with defending a low total in a ground favoured by chasing sides. The Faisalabad bowling was as insipid as their batting, except for their captain Misbah-ul-Haq who, like his time as Pakistan captain, played a lone hand. Faisalabad’s innings ran out of juice as soon as the Powerplay overs were completed, by when they had raced to 44 for 0. But two wickets fell in the next two overs and the run-rate fell too, as Sunrisers reclaimed momentum. Amit Mishra made the difference at that stage, as he bowled four tight overs on the trot. His figures, 4-1-13-1, stunted Faisalabad’s hopes of getting the score past 150. He started off with a wicket off his second ball when Ali Waqas flicked him to deep midwicket. Mishra’s line was immaculate for most of the four overs, as he accumulated

17 dot balls. The only boundary in a spell that caused plenty of damage to Faisalabad’s confidence was in his final over when Misbah launched him straight down the ground. There was a danger of the Pakistan Twenty20 champions slipping further, but with Misbah around, they had fight at one end. Misbah struck five sixes and a four in his unbeaten 40-ball 56, becoming the oldest batsman - at the age of 39 - to score a fifty in the Champions League Twenty20. He was playing a young man’s game but his running between the wickets, the five sixes and the fight he provided showed he was in his element. He slammed four of his sixes down the ground, and the last one off Thisara Perera over square-leg, a timely and powerful swivel of the bat. But despite all his efforts, Faisalabad’s first Champions League campaign is set to be a short one as there was too much for Misbah and Ajmal to do. Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 131 for 3 (Dhawan 59) beat Faisalabad Wolves 127 for 5 (Misbah 56*) by seven wickets.

Barnwell to lead Demerara in Inter-County Cricket Coach Bailey satisfied with team’s preparation Charismatic all rounder Christopher Barnwell has been named captain of the Demerara senior team for the up coming Guyana Cricket Board\ Pepsi 50 over inter county tournament. Malteenoes off spinning all rounder Steven Jacobs will serve as his deputy. The squad also includes Trevon Griffith, Robin Bacchus and Andrew L i g h t J n r, P a u l Wi n t z , Kellon Carmichael and Zaheer Mohamed. The team will be coached by Orin Bailey and managed by Robert Adonis. Bailey said he was satisfied with the squad and the preparations adding that 14-man squad and six standby players will be involved in a net session from 13:00hrs today before resting tomorrow before their opening round encounter against Essequibo at Bourda on Saturday.

The squad was selected after a simulation match at DCC yesterday and most of those involved showed promising form a h e a d o f t h ei r f i r s t match, especially wicket keeper Derwin Christian who hit a b l i s t e r i n g h a l f c e n t ury. “We are the defending Champions and we beat Essequibo for the last few years. However we will not take them lightly since in limited overs cricket a bad day for a good team can cause an upset defeat for you. We have a quality team although (Ramnaresh) Sarwan is injured and (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul is unavailable,” Bailey informed. “Most of the players have been around for a while and some of them have been exposed to the CPL tournament so I am confident of success on Saturday,” the former DCC and GDF all-rounder said.

Bailey said the focus today w i l l b e o n chasing a target and was confident that S k i p p e r C h r i s B a rnwell would lead from the front since he had IPL experience. He also expects a lot from Vice-Captain Jacobs who was a former We s t I n d i e s u n d e r- 1 9 Captain. The Demerara 14-man squad: Christopher Barnwell (Captain), Steven J a c o b s ( Vi c e C a p t a i n ) , Trevon Griffith, Robin Bacchus, Andrew Light Jnr, Rajendra Chandrika, Shemroy Barrington, Derwin Christian, Zaheer Mohamed, Amir Khan, Andre Stoll, Paul Wintz, Kellon Carmichael and Shaquille Williams. The standbys: Kemol S a v o r y, Ta g e n a r i n e Chanderpaul, Dennis Legay, Yetesh Dhanpaul, Seon Daniels and Raj Nannan. Coach: Orin Bailey, Manager: Robert Adonis.

ATLANTA (Reuters) Tiger Woods heads into this week’s season-ending Tour Championship in pursuit of his sixth victory of the year as the top seed in the FedExCup standings, yet a few question marks are still hovering over his game. No one has come close to his six PGA Tour wins during 2013 but the American world number one has lost some momentum in the last two FedExCup playoff events with poor putting undermining his once renowned ability to close out tournaments. After getting into prime position to contend for the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston just over two weeks ago, Woods fell back into a tie for 65th with scores of 72 and 73 in the last two rounds. At the weather-delayed BMW Championship in Chicago, which ended on Monday, Woods trailed by just four shots going into the final round but he again struggled with his putting as he slipped back into a share of 11th in an elite field of 70. “I think I had somewhere in the neighborhood of either five to seven three-putts,” Woods said of his four rounds at Conway Farms Golf Club where low scores were plentiful. “It was not a very good putting week. You know, it was just one of those weeks where I just didn’t have it.” Woods has recorded the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour this season, with 68.87, but significantly he sits a lowly 118th when it comes to his average score in the final round, managing only 71.43. “Eliminate the simple mistakes on the greens, and I would have been all right,” the 14-times major champion said of his final round at Conway Farms. “I would have been in there with a better chance. But I’m in good shape going into this week.” Woods is certainly in good shape this week at East Lake as one of just five players in a field of 30 players who would secure FedExCup honors, and the mindboggling bonus of $10 million, with victory here. As the number one seed in the standings, he has a reasonable chance of landing the overall prize with a topfive finish at the Tour Championship, and mathematically could still do so by ending up 29th at East Lake.

Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits from the second tee during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, llinois, September 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young “Well, I’m in a position just like the other four guys in the top five,” said Woods, who was the FedExCup champion in 2007 and 2009. “Top five you control your destiny. You win the tournament, you win it outright. “Sneds proved that last year,” he added, referring to fellow American Brandt Snedeker, who clinched the 2012 Tour Championship and FedExCup honors after starting the week fifth in the standings. “With the double (points) reset, it’s all about positioning,” said Woods. “We’re jockeying for position to be in the top five, and I was able to accomplish that.” The other question mark hanging over Woods’ game at the moment relates to the rules violation he incurred during the second round of the BMW Championship where he was hit with a twostroke penalty for a moving ball. STOOD OUT What made that infraction stand out was that it was his third this year, but the first where he was still unhappy with the decision even after watching video footage of the incident. “After seeing the video, I thought the ball just oscillated, and I thought that was it,” Woods said. “I thought that was the end of story. But they (rules officials)

saw otherwise. “They replayed it again and again and again, and I felt the same way.” The infraction occurred on the par-four first at Conway Farms where Woods struck his second shot over the back of the green under trees, then tried to remove a twig from his ball before playing his third. Though Woods felt his ball had only oscillated before he ran up a double-bogey six there, video footage showed that it had slightly shifted its position and his score was amended to a quadruplebogey eight. While many critics have expressed surprise that Woods could have been unaware of his ball’s movement at the time, some have pointed out that it may not have been that obvious from his angle, looking down. Woods has since received welcome support from his fellow players. “I’ve got good eyesight, I was probably 20 feet from the television ... I looked; I didn’t realize that ball moved,” said Jim Furyk. “It was so minute, it was probably tough to pick up.” Steve Stricker said: “There’s always a fine line between oscillating and moving. A player can see it as one thing and the camera is going to pick it up differently. It’s tough.”

GTM win first round of PKF, BN & Co tri series dominoes Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life General Insurance Company (GTM) won the first round of the PKF, Barcellos Narine and Company Tri series Dominoes competition which was contested recently at GTM building. GTM marked 80 games with W. Khan scoring a maximum of 18 games taking the man of the match award in the process. Bank of Guyana took the runner up spot with 77 games and PKF ended in the cellar position on 69. K. Texiera chalked 16 for Bank of Guyana and Munesh (only name given) made 15 for PKF.

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GABA, Yolo Ent. mull Super- Brazil approves term limits for Seven Basketball Challenge heads of sports confederations The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) and Yolo Entertainment is mulling a Super Seven Basketball Challenge, which is to be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) in October, according to a join release from the entities. “The tournament will be open to all basketball players in Guyana and will include some special novelty rules which will make the game more entertaining,” the release said. Yolo Entertainment, which Kirk ‘Chow Pow’ Jardine heads, said that the concept of the Super Sevens is designed to create an opportunity for players, who are not affiliated to any club and/or association, to experience game situations. “These are players who would normally be playing “scrubby” games on various make-courts in and around the country just for fun and a ‘sweat”. This tournament will, I am sure, stimulate their interest in joining existing clubs or forming new ones,” the release noted. The format of the game allows seven players per team with each team being allowed a maximum of three first division players. The duration of each game will be 20

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minutes, and will see special rules being implemented for the competition. According to the release, balls going out of bounds will result in a free shot to the opposing team and only three team fouls will be allowed during each half. Once a team is in the penalty any foul against them will result in three free-throws with the opposing team retaining possession of the ball. The maximum of three personal fouls will be allowed to each player. A “differently” coloured ball will also be introduced into the game for the last three minutes of each half. Points scored with the “differently” colored ball will

be doubled and attributed to the scoring team. Playing bibs will be provided for teams that register to participate in the tournament. The release noted that GABA President, Michael Singh welcomed the introduction of the Super Sevens Challenge; “We’re all cognizant of the excitement a game of basketball produces and this novelty format will definitely bring much more excitement,” the release observed. According to the circular, the contest will be used as a precursor for National Championship that is slated to commence at the end of October.

Caledonia signs Grenadian National striker Kithson Bain He’s regarded as one of the top forwards in the Caribbean and his exploits are well known, especially by Trinidadians whom he had devoured in the past and now, he’s now part of the TT ProLeague club Caledonia AIA following his recent signing. Kithson Bain, the Grenadian National striker arrived in Trinidad and Tobago and was included in Caledonia’s 20 man squad which faced Deportivo Toluca in yesterday’s CONCACAF Champions League clash at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. “I think I have a lot to offer the club and I’m very excited because honestly, playing here is something I always wanted to do and I’m thankful Mr. Shabazz is giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent in Trinidad, noted Bain. The 5’ 10" striker is considered as ‘bully’ on the ball, often times using his muscularly built physique to have his way with defenders, but confesses upon his arrival that he doesn’t expect

Kithson Bain to have a walk in the park in the Caribbean’s premier professional League. “I remember playing many of times against Trinidad and while I would have my way with them, I can always remember working hard to get those goals. But that’s what I like to do; work hard at the top and hopefully my presence here can help Caledonia win the league and finis the Champions League on a high note” Bain pointed

out. Caledonia are yet to win in the last six Champion’s League outing, dating back to the 2012/2013 tournament and have only scored one goal while conceding sixing in their two matches played thus far as Shabazz calling Bain’s signing as “something we desperately need right now”. Trinidadians remembered Bain from the 2008 and 2010 Caribbean Cup where he finished as the joint top goal scorer of both tournaments. He helped Grenada to qualify for the Gold Cup in 2010 but suffered an injury that caused him to miss his debut in the CONCACAF event. His exploits for finding the back of the net has landed him in England, playing for League one club Tranmere Rovers F.C and Kettering Town Football Club as well as the North American Soccer League club Carolina RailHawks. Bain has made 35 International appearances for his country, netting 15 goals in the process.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Leaders of Brazil’s sporting confederations, many of whom have been in power for decades, will have their time in office restricted under new legislation enacted on Tuesday. Brazil’s Senate voted to ratify a bill that limits presidents of sporting confederations who receive public funding to a maximum of two terms in office. The bill also obliges the federations to publish their annual accounts and include athletes in the decisionmaking process, amongst other conditions. Although the bill must be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff, that is expected to be a formality and some of Brazil’s best-known

sports figures were jubilant at the law’s passage. Three-times French Open tennis champion Gustavo Kuerten, 1994 soccer World Cup winners Rai and Mauro Silva as well as Popo, a former world champion boxer who is now a deputy, were all in the Senate to back the legislation. “Sport should be an example of modernity, transparency and professionalism,” said Rai. “The approval of this law is vital if we are to come up with public policies for sport.” The change comes amid increasing concerns about Brazil’s preparations to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Many of the public transport projects supposed to be in place for the World Cup will not be

ready in time and the International Olympic Committee recently warned Rio de Janeiro that it was dangerously behind schedule in preparations for the 2016 Games. The former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Ricardo Teixeira, was in power for two decades before resigning last year amid w i d e s p r e a d allegation of wrongdoing and Carlos Nuzman, the man organizing the 2016 Olympics, has been in power since 1995. Although Nuzman and other long-lasting leaders contend they are elected legitimately in open elections, critics say they use their budgets and influence to remain in power.

Basel hit back to stun Chelsea

Basel players celebrate while Chelsea players look dejected after the loss. (AP) BBC Sport - Jose Mourinho’s first Champions League tie since returning to Chelsea ended in disappointment as Swiss champions Basel earned a shock win at Stamford Bridge. Oscar put the home side ahead with an angled first-time shot into the bottom corner at the end of the first half. Basel’s Mohamed Salah levelled when he fired across Blues keeper Petr Cech. And the home crowd was left stunned as skipper Marco Streller won the Group E opener for the visitors with a late nearpost header. Chelsea have made their worst start to a Premier League season in a decade after drawing with Manchester United and losing to Everton in their last two matches. But the Blues, who have won the Champions League and Europa League in the past two seasons, expected a change in fortunes as they returned to European action. Instead Basel consigned Chelsea to their first Champions League group stage defeat at Stamford Bridge since October 2003. The shock loss came exactly six years after Mourinho took charge of the final match of his first Blues spell, a 1-1 draw against Norwegian side

Rosenborg. The Portuguese, who returned from Real Madrid in the summer, has played down his youthful side’s chances of winning the Champions League - describing them as “young eggs who need nurturing”. But the team he selected on Wednesday could hardly be described as inexperienced and they dominated possession in the opening hour, but only had Oscar’s strike to show for it. The home side forced six corners in a dominant first-half display, without being able to force Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer into a serious save. Sommer did find himself in trouble when he fumbled an Oscar set-piece under pressure from Gary Cahill and home debutant Samuel Eto’o in his sixyard box, only to be rescued by referee Daniele Orsato who generously awarded a foul against the home players. But Chelsea were finally rewarded just before the interval when Oscar fired a first-time shot into the bottom corner after latching on to a perfectly weighted throughball by Frank Lampard. The Brazil midfielder also hit the crossbar after the break as Chelsea searched for the security

of a second goal. But it did not arrive and Basel, dangerous on the counter-attack throughout, punished their hosts. Salah, who scored on the same ground when the teams met in last season’s Europa League semi-final, had repeatedly tested Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole and it was no surprise that he was the man to level the scores. Neat build-up from the visitors ended in Streller picking out the unmarked Egypt international, who curled a low left-foot shot beyond Cech. Mourinho introduced Juan Mata and Demba Ba as the Blues pressed for a late winner, but they only looked more vulnerable as Basel grew in confidence. The home side scrambled clear after midfielder Fabian Schar burst through the middle, before team-mate Marcelo Diaz had a shot blocked. But the Swiss side continued to press and grabbed the decisive goal when Streller escaped two Chelsea markers to head home with eight minutes to go. Basel and German side Schalke, who earned a comfortable 3-0 win against Romanian visitors Steaua Bucharest, top Group E after the opening round of matches.

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