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Friday, August 16, 2013

Issue No. 1862


Cheap power key to Guyana’s development


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– Jagdeo tells economic forum

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Pepsi P2 launches summer promotion Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

Suspect in Plaisance murder P2 still at large P8 CJIA lauds security following recent drug bust

Carter’s work remembered at lecture P12 series Guyanese joy and Jamaican gloom as the Guyana Amazon Warriors win a thriller by five runs over the Jamaica Tallawahs on Thursday at Sabina Park in Jamaica (Limacol CPL photo)

Local security situation stable despite rise in crime – Rohee

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Benn scraps TPQ sea defence contract over negligence See story on page 7

U.S.-based Guyanese allegedlyP13 beats foster son to death



Suspect in Plaisance Pepsi launches summer promotion murder still at large


acia Bourne, 22, the mother of two who reportedly stabbed her reputed husband to death during a heated argument at their Plaisance home on Wednesday morning, is still at large. Clifford Singh, 34, of Lot 28 Prince William Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, was reportedly stabbed several times in the vicinity of his heart and lashed to his head by the woman who was allegedly assisted by a man. The man, whose name was given as “Jumo”, is still in police custody assisting with investigations. Jennifer PersaudBovell, the dead man’s sister, told Guyana Times that she returned to the police station on Thursday morning to enquire about the murder suspect, but was told that she was not seen or heard from since. In addition, she was told that investigators were scheduled to revisit the murder scene

Murdered: Clifford “Yaka” Singh

Murder suspect: Dacia Bourne

on Thursday evening to conduct further investigations. The woman also stated that a cousin of the murder suspect visited their home and expressed his sympathy. It was reported that on the morning of the fatal stabbing, the couple was involved in a heated argument about 01:00h in the middle of the street, when she reportedly called out another man who occupied the same house and the two allegedly attacked Singh. About 02:00h, his

body was discovered on the said road in a pool of blood by passersby who raised an alarm. He was reportedly lashed to his face with a piece of wood, which was later discovered and taken by police as evidence. A knife suspected to be the murder weapon was also discovered in a clogged drain. The couple has a 10-month-old child. Singh’s body was taken to Lyken’s Funeral Home as police launched a manhunt for Bourne.

Pepsi Brand Executive Larry Wills (right) speaks with the media at the launch of the Pepsi Dream Prize Promotion at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown on Thursday


epsi is giving its customers more reasons to drink the beverage, since one lucky customer will win a trip for two to attend a Beyoncé super concert slated for December in the United States. This was announced by Pepsi Brand Executive Larry Wills at the launch of the Pepsi Dream Prize Promotion at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown on Thursday. The promotion will see more than 200 customers winning fabulous prizes ranging from Sony tablets, smart watches and lots more during a six-week period. This is the third year for the promotion. In 2011, the winner of the promotion was rewarded with an Audi luxury car, while the winner in the 2012 promo-

tion drove off with a BMW Mini Cooper. This year, Demerara Distillers Limited has increased the stakes, offering two airfares to New York, two VIP tickets to the concert; spending money, accommodations, ground transportation, and a recording studio experience all to the tune of over $2 million for the winner. The promotion commences today and will conclude on September 26. The final drawing for the grand prize will take place on September 28 in the form of a lottery game, which will see 15 persons selecting a box each with the hope of getting the one with the prize. In addition to the grand prize, there will be weekly draws.

To enter this promotion, consumers have to purchase any Pepsi product and text the code that is hidden under the cap/ crown to 677-5000 for a chance to enter. Upon doing so, each customer will automatically receive a confirmation message of their entry into the Pepsi Dream promotion. According to Wills, the beverage company is bracing itself for the rise in sales, while making sure that it has adequate supply. He added that the codes have been in circulation since earlier this month. The decision for the grand prize was made since Beyoncé has been collaborating with the beverage giant since 2012.

Miner charged with illegal possession of pistol


miner was remanded to prison for illegal possession of a pistol after he appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’

Courts on Tuesday. On August 10, in Georgetown, 24-year-old David Alexander, of 61 Hadfield Street, Lodge, had in his possession a pistol while he was not the

holder of a firearm licence. He pleaded not guilty to the charge read against him. The matter was transferred to Court One for September 13.



The Demerara Harbour Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, August 16 from 12:30h to 14:00h. The Berbice River Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, August 16 from 11:40h to 13:10h.

WEATHER TODAY Countrywide: Thundery showers are expected during the day, with clear skies in the evening over coastal regions and near inland locations. Temperatures are expected to range between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius. Winds: North-easterly to easterly at 2.23 metres per second. High Tide: 10:48h and 23:17h reaching maximum heights of 2.66 metres and 2.34 metres respectively. Low Tide: 04:13h and 16:43h reaching minimum heights of 0.83 metre and 0.98 metre respectively.



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Local security situation stable despite rise in crime – Rohee says no threat of riots, wars


ome Affairs Minister Clement Rohee said despite a five per cent rise in serious crime, the security and public safety situation here is normal, noting that there are no wars, riots, and bombings. He, however, acknowledged that transnational organised crimes are becoming a major stumbling block to public safety and security in Guyana. He made the comments while addressing the second day of the economic forum being held at the Guyana International Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. As developed and developing countries in the continents of Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa continue to expand their economical, technological and infrastructural baselines, there is a simultaneous evolution of crime, he posited.

Systems in place

In his detailed presentation, Rohee pointed to the rapid growth of terrorism, cyber crimes, human trafficking, trafficking of drugs and ammunition, money laundering, and corruption in the developed world. This, he said, has now given rise to transnational organised crimes, posing serious threats to countries like Guyana. While industrialised countries have put systems in place to cushion the impact, under-developed and some developing countries are lagging behind. “Fortunately for those industrialised countries, they have managed to apply robotics, cybernetics, and so many other technological advances to industrial production, agricultural production, resulting in the growth in production and productivity...we, however, have not been able to

According to the minister, cyber crime may become another unwarranted crime in the country. “Hackers and persons who use IT to perpetrate criminal activities will emerge in this country. Now we have to be prepared for that,” he posited.

Cyber crime fighting unit

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee

“Hackers and persons who use IT to perpetrate criminal activities will emerge in this country. Now we have to be prepared for that” – Minister Rohee successfully apply those,” the home affairs minister explained.

New security challenges

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, “organised crime threatens peace and human security, violates human rights and undermines economic, social, cultural, political and civil development of societies around the world.” Information technology (IT) has given rise to new security challenges, Minister Rohee said, as he alluded to cyber crime. Cyber crime is the usage of computers and a network to execute a crime.

In addition to building the institutional capacity of Guyana Police Force, Guyana Deference Force, and, by extension, the Home Affairs Ministry, through training locally and internationally, Cabinet has signalled its approval for the establishment of a cyber crime fighting unit. According to reports, the Home Affairs Ministry has been flooded with applications from highly qualified persons who have major interest in combating cyber crimes. While the country is putting strategic systems in place to combat transnational organised crimes, the minister said Guyana is not faced with extreme threats such as constant war, bombings, looting and mass killings, as he alluded to ongoing wars in Iran and Iraq in western Asia. “This is obviously not the situation in Guyana,” he said, although referencing to the early 1960s when British Guiana was hard hit by riot. In February 1962, opposition political parties and the Trades Union Council (TUC) staged massive demonstrations against the budget introduced by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government headed by Dr Cheddi Jagan. The protest had resulted in a series of riots, arson and looting and lasted until 1964. This is no longer the case in Guyana, he said, noting that the society has become more peaceful and politically stable. He said riots and war infringe on public safety and security and stymie the development of a country. “The

agriculture production would reduce, industrial production, private transportation, social and physical infrastructure would deteriorate if not collapse,” he said, noting that Guyanese should be appreciative of the fact that the country is not faced with war. According to him, persons are not afraid to execute their daily duties and engage in social activities. He said while there were a few murders, robberies, and accidents, the situation is not close to extreme. Statistical reports provided by the Guyana Police Force less than week ago indicate that 11 women have been murdered for 2013, with the latest victim being 17-year-old Angela Tamika Mc Allister of Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, who was hacked to death by her 18-year-old boyfriend.

Serious crimes

The force recorded an overall increase of five per cent in serious crimes at the end of July 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012. The total number of reports of serious crimes made between January 01 and July 31, 2013 was 2316 compared to 2204 for the same period in 2012. Some of the offences monitored are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping. The police stated that there have been a total of 72 murders recorded at the end of July 2013 in comparison to 75 murders for the same period in 2012 which saw a four per cent decrease. To reduce these incidences of crime which could have a crippling effect on the development and economy of the country, the Home Affairs Ministry and the private sector have pledged to strengthen collaboration to combat these crimes. (


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Exemplary performances


ews of Guyanese youths’ exemplary performances surfaced in two separate categories recently: academics and sports. Their distinctively different routes to excellence, creating similarly impressive deeds, suggest a “coming of age” among Guyanese youths that should be nurtured more than ever before and, judging from news reports, illustrate without a doubt the importance of discipline, determination and development of good character among youths, regardless of which path in life they choose. One of the most important lessons a good parent tries to teach his or her child is the importance of good sportsmanship, whether as a winner or loser. Good coaches of children involved in any type of sport also strive to inspire good sportsmanship. This is why the sportsmanship of the recent group of young, amateur boxers and the constraint of their management who felt they were allegedly victims of unfair play is so deserving of high praise. There is little that is more disheartening than losing in a fair fight after giving it your all. In an unfair game it is not only disheartening but maddeningly frustrating as well, and history is full of those who forgot the lessons of sportsmanship and allowed their game to descend into brutish chaos. Our young Guyanese boys, on their own out there, proved that contrary to the common perception of Guyanese by many, sportsmanship is not lacking in the Guyanese heart. Neither is the determination to remain civil despite feelings of resentment at perceived injustices. No doubt the other team would have its version of events. But in light of the Guyanese perception of what could be termed cheating, it is uplifting to know that the young boxers, evidently extremely talented and competent, were able to put the occasion behind them and commendably focus on conducting themselves in a disciplined manner. The sport of boxing has often been viewed as one that lacks quality individuals capable of good sportsmanship. But, as with most stereotypes, this has once again been thoroughly debunked; this time by the actions of a small group of young boys and their management. As young boxers they have proven themselves exemplary ambassadors, not just of Guyana in sports, but Guyanese youth in general. It would in the future seem to have been a test for the young lads that proved their strong character, and can only be a lesson for their future tribulations in their chosen field. They may have lost but what they have gained towards their character is immeasurable. Likewise, the extraordinary successes of two young girls from Essequibo at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams originate from youths with an obviously strong sense of discipline and determination toward their education that has reflected and aided their development of character. Academic excellence, like sportsmanship, is not easy in the face of trials, distractions and other such difficulties. But the drive to excel at school to build a foundation for the future can and should never be taken lightly. These girls, like the others who also did well, must know of the long hours of hard work and a strong work ethic not only to do homework and assignments on time but to hand in quality work. It demands a strong character not to give up and choose the easy way out of studying. It cannot be an easy feat to study and excel in 18-20 different subjects in one sitting. While many reason that natural intelligence plays a major role, it is also reasonable to assume that discipline and determination are just as important with or without the socalled natural intelligence. There has always been a debate about academic excellence and real-life; but for many, academic excellence is a way out of poverty and a road to an improved way of life. The determination and discipline involved in reaching that goal is essential and often does aid in real-life situations. What these youths, including those who excelled with fewer but almost as many subjects, have shown is that despite the often negative political propaganda, a diverse group of Guyanese youths are talented and capable of rising above grown-up squabbles to prove that neither social environment nor political affiliation play a part in their disciplined determination to improve their lives. It’s a lesson adults in society would do well to learn.

The People’s Park of Luohe in the Chinese province Henan has an amazing “African lion” on exhibit for spectators. But the most amazing fact about this proud creature is that it’s actually a dog, not a lion. As Agence France-Presse reports, the hoax was exposed when the dog, a Tibetan mastiff, started barking (Yahoo! News)

Self-understanding is crucial to curbing suicide Dear Editor, Imagine a 19-year-old young man committing suicide, which is exactly what happened recently in Berbice. I am left to wonder what really went wrong. I am no psychologist, but sometimes even the best-trained miss the obvious. Gauging from people who have survived suicide attempts, it is that many did not want so much to die as to stop living. That is, they wanted that get-away window just to settle down. It is like time out. The trouble here is that people seldom confide and so it becomes

impossible to offer help. Even the candidates for suicide are not known. This actually happened about 10 years ago, when a high-school student, and budding young lady, committed suicide, without quite intending it. She begged to live during rescue attempts, blurting out how she was only trying to scare her parents into leaving her alone. This can happen and often does. People can get frustrated and parents can overdo it at times. This is when that ‘time out’ is needed. I think that basic high school psychology should

be taught in our high schools. People need to understand themselves. Psychology is incredibly useful in everyday life, even if it is not something that will be majored in later. Learning psychology is learning about self and others. Many young people do not realise how transient emotions are, and how the deepest of heartbreaks can be forgotten. I am not for one minute saying that psychology will fix all problems or even make better a person’s life. It is just that self-knowledge may allow for more intervention from those who

can help. Sometimes it is all about time. In terms of the sway of emotions, some people become maudlin, fearful or angry and then impulsively attempt to end their own lives. Once drained and settled, they usually feel embarrassed, but are the wiser for the experiences. We all feel very sorry for what happened to this mere lad, who, from all reports, was a healthy, lively and happy young man. His demise has lessons for all of us. Yours truly, Albert Hansraj

Security services must act professionally Dear Editor, One security services company is pulling its security officers from various government locations countrywide, but it is doing so in a most unethical and non-professional manner. It is quite understandable that the company cannot cope, as it says, with the new minimum wage and working hours, and so is likely to scale down. However, there must be

some kind of plan of action for this transition. I am going through what happened at the Amerindian Hostel, where the institution was forced to use its residents to fill in the gap at the location’s security outpost. This is ridiculous. With the abrupt pulling of security guards, even the sick are filling in so as to provide security at the hostel. There needs to be a

timeframe for government to handle this matter. The company did not get government to make monetary adjustments to existing contracts, that is, to match the new minimum wage. This pulling of forces from places could have been handled with maturity and consideration. Things just do not happen overnight. Maybe it is time for gov-

ernment to have a new area of employment. Security is important at any level. What I also recommend is that wherever and whenever security officers are not showing up, the police need to be informed, so that they can be doubly alert and make more rounds. Yours faithfully, Security employee Name withheld by request



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The time to deal We need to save Corporal punishment is too misunderstood softly with illegal Georgetown street vending is long gone Dear Editor, Illegal street vending is a running sore in Guyana. Why can’t we put an end to it? It is too entrenched and it is the very centre for so many ills – traffic problems, thievery, congestion of market zones, drug peddling and handling of stolen items, among others. The list is so disgusting. I cannot understand how anyone would fight for the soft treatment of these people. Now the local government ministry is again saying that it will tackle street vending, but I am not optimistic. It has called on the various regional bodies to be most proactive. But then, if and when they do, it is usually for a short time only. Tackling illegal street

vending is full time. The next thing is to get really serious and let the law be enforced. I am not hearing about any kind of prosecution. When caught, illegal street vendors must be placed before the courts. They must face up to the appropriate charges. The ministry has now acquired the services of a legal person and has once again served notices on a number of illegal occupiers. However, I am still thinking that we have to be constant. Let it be once and for all, and just deal definitively with illegal street vendors. They add to the vagrancy problem we have. Faithfully submitted, Amanda Pearson

Target those involved in noise nuisance Dear Editor, Why do we allow vehicles to be equipped with stereo systems and sound boxes that are capable of high levels of noise? Are we really on a campaign to eliminate noise pollution? I keep reading useless advisories about reporting on noise nuisance, from vehicles and homes, and yet I am bombarded with it all the time. Noise is something that cannot be hidden, so I cannot understand why I should keep reporting and then be asked to be willing to

prosecute. This is so silly. Let me list some target areas – bars, weddings, cart vendors and parked vehicles. I also think that when vehicles are pulled over for noise nuisance, they should be stripped of their music sets. We have to get really serious. People get charged for illegal possession of firearms – having them proves intent of using them. Let this mentality prevail for noise nuisance too. Yours truly, Drepaul Ramsammy

An aerial view of Georgetown

Dear Editor, I admire the courage of our acting town clerk. She is most serious about her work, and she is very cognisant of the law. She is likely to appoint a new person to act as head of City Hall in the absence of the mayor and deputy mayor. She made this quite public too as the announcement was made to the media in the presence of several senior City Hall staffers. Now we all know that since the town clerk exposed many financial and other inconsistencies within the City Hall, she has been targeted, even to the point of having protesters in front of her house. According to the town clerk, the mayor left the jurisdiction for an indefinite period, and his deputy has left the council without leave for in excess three weeks. What is this? Do we pay people to just flounce off at their own whims and fancies? What we have here is a situation of utter non-professionalism. Both persons left their posts, without undertaking the legitimate

process of selecting someone else to act in their capacity. Then it is quite natural for their replacements to be identified. The town clerk has since instructed the chief constable to hold on to the keys of the mayor’s office, until the nomination is finalised. Clearly, all is not well as regards the rift between the town clerk and the mayor. Just last week, illegal street vendors and many others protested illegally and threateningly in front of the town clerk’s home. If we want a better Georgetown, I think that we have to work in maintaining law and order for the protection of the property, lives and well-being of the city. For too long we have been allowing things to go unmonitored. It is time to make that positive change and do what corporate Guyana wants – transparency and accountability. Respectfully, Georgetown business man Name withheld by re- quest

Dear Editor, Back to school again with this corporal punishment business. Properly used, corporal punishment will not be injurious, neither painful. Most people see corporal punishment as brutalising the body. If and when this happens, within education, this cannot be deemed as corporal punishment. It instead has just degenerated to abuse and perpetrators, whether parents or teachers, must be held accountable. Apart from the actual physical damage to a victim, there are lingering social, psychological and mental effects, with all being most negative. The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) is not opposed to the removal of corporal punishment from the local school system, but it is insisting that a decision to ultimately halt the practice would require a tried and proven replacement. However, it must guard against corporal punishment descending into outright

abuse. We cannot doubt that violence is now on the rise in our school system and I support the ministry’s idea that the penalty for serious offenders should be a bit more severe, even to the level of a jail sentence for a criminal offence. Right now, more than 90 per cent of the population are for corporal punishment. This kind of support holds true for both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. However, this does not change the fact that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) continues to call for the abolition of corporal punishment. I think that we need to be mature and honest. Going along with trends is not a sign of being civilised. We have to look at our peculiar circumstances and act accordingly. The same kind of thinking should also go into corporal punishment. Yours sincerely, Lennox Harding





Why having big families is good for you (and cheaper) BY COLIN BRAZIER


or five years I have lived a strange double life. Well, triple life, really. On one level I am a TV journalist, pinging around the world in search of trouble-makers. Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya. On another, I am a home-maker, helping my wife chip Coco Pops from beneath the dining table and packing lunches for our halfdozen children. Last and least, I am an amateur academic, who has been commissioned by a think tank to scour dozens of studies in search of something new under the sun of social policy-making. In particular, proof that having a brother or sister is a good thing. Writing about the virtues of siblinghood might seem a strange hobby for a parent struggling under the weight of a six-strong brood. After all, even Brad and Angelina say they find their six children a struggle. So why do it? The answer lies in an early-evening news-reading shift eight years ago and a round-up of the day’s lesser stories. One of those items concerned the cost of raising a child, which was said to have reached £250,000. There are many contraceptive forces behind the 10 per cent rise, in the space of a generation, in the number of mainly middle-class British parents having only one child. The housing mar-

ket, expensive child care, lost career momentum. Our only sibling subsidy – child benefit – has been capped for all and axed for many. But although want of cash is a real disincentive, for the nearly two-thirds of firsttime parents who say they

ly. How clothes and toys are bought for one and handed down to another. How the average cost of a child falls as they share everything from household heating to bath water. How parents pay less for play dates if siblings entertain one another.

– provide some protection against atopic conditions such as hay fever and eczema. But the latest breakthroughs suggest growing up with a brother or sister can also guard against food allergies, multiple sclerosis and some cancers. For rea-

cannot afford family expansion, want of accurate information may also be a factor. Every year, another round of inflation-busting estimates emerges from the press offices of some of our biggest financial services companies. All are looking to secure publicity for their products. Some peddle pseudo-scientific acronyms such as ‘COTS’ (Cost Of The Sibling). But none takes into account the economies of scale of a multi-child fami-

How sibling discounts apply, from school places to theme So, with the help of Swedish researcher Therese Wallin, I set about pulling together data that put a different cost/benefit complexion on the “shall we have another?” conversation. Some of the most startling literature comes from medical research. It has long been known that siblings – by sharing germs at a young age and mutually priming immune systems

sons that have yet to be fully fathomed, these benefits do not apply to children simply by dint of spending time sharing bugs with other youngsters – as they would, for instance, in day care. The other “epidemics” of modern childhood, obesity and depression, are also potentially reduced by exposure to siblings. A clutch of major studies from all over the world shows that the more siblings a child has, the thinner they will be.

Put simply, siblings help children burn off fat. One American study honed its analysis down to an amazingly precise deduction: with each extra brother or sister, a child will be, on average, 14 per cent less obese. Reductio ad absurdum? We can scoff at such a definitive conclusion, until we realise that no one in medical academia has suggested that having a sibling ever made anyone fatter. None of this is rocket science. When we compare like with like, regardless of family background, children with siblings tend to enjoy better mental health. Obviously, again, this is to generalise massively. The world is full of jolly singletons. But dig into some of the big data sets out there and unignorable patterns emerge. On experiences on which nation states hold a big corpus of statistics, events such as divorce and death, for example, strong correlations exist. Cause is not always correlation, but it stands to reason that when parents split up or die, a child will benefit from having a sibling to turn to. That solidarity runs throughout the lifespan. After all, a sibling is for life, not just for childhood. Indeed, policymakers with an eye to areas beyond elderly care may need to wake up to the shifting sands of family composition. In the late 20th century, the received wisdom

among sociologists was that it mattered not a jot to society at large whether more people were sticking to one child. Now that assumption is being questioned. Is the valuable role played by siblings in elderly care factored into the welfare debate? Will an economy with fewer creative middle children be as competitive? How easy will the state find waging war when more parents are reluctant to see their only child march to the front? More broadly, the last decade has seen a major evolution in academic thinking about siblings. They have ousted parents as being the key driver behind personality development. And where, 30 years ago, academics such as Toni Falbo argued that to be born an only child was to have won the lottery of life, now research is running in the opposite direction. A slew of reports by serious scholars, such as Professor Judy Dunn of King’s College London, have chipped away at the idea that family size is the product of a consequence-free decision. Researchers have shown that “siblinged” children will have stronger soft skills and keener emotional intelligence than single children. They will be better at gratification deferment (because they have learnt to wait their turn) and hit motor milestones such as walking and talking more rapidly than those without sibling stimulation. Some of the most recent evidence even suggests that a child with a brother and/ or sister will have more evolved language skills and do better at exams. This information is truly revolutionary. For decades, the assumption of academic ideas such as the Dilution Theory has been that less is more. Have too many children and, as a parent, you will not be able to leverage your resources on to a solitary stellar-achieving child. Indeed, for parents who cannot stop themselves hovering above and over-scheduling their hurried offspring, a sibling for their one-andonly can be the antidote to pushy parenting. “There is a danger of suffocating a child with too much pressure,” Amy Chua told me in an interview. She is the best-selling author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a parent so determined to wring the last drop of performance out of her children that she would arrange marathon daily violin lessons, even on holiday. Having more than one, said Chua, had blunted her laser-like focus. (Excerpt from The Telegraph)




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Benn scraps TPQ sea defence contract over negligence – also suspends contract of M&B Construction


he Public Works Ministry has terminated a multimilliondollar sea defence contract that was undertaken by Toolsie Persaud Quarries Inc (TPQ), and suspended the contract for M&B Construction owing to the companies’ unsatisfactory performance and total disregard for residents’ convenience and safety. The contract is worth $96.6 million, and subject minister Robeson Benn revealed that the level of damage to the road “may exceed the monies that were allocated for road maintenance in the contract”. TPQ’s $126.8 millioncontract to erect rip rap sea defences at Cane Garden, Leguan was terminated for non-performance. The order to commence work was issued since October 2012 for a project scheduled to last eight months. “The company’s negligence resulted in more damage…. And it is something we could not condone,” Minister Benn said. According to him, the ministry will not accept the cost for additional works caused by negligence of contractors. The ministry has since taken over the Leguan sea defence work. According to a ministry statement, Benn, on August 14, requested that his engineers suspend M&B’s contract until the contractor

repairs a two-mile stretch of road in Marias Pleasure, Wakenaam. The trucks used to transport the boulders have damaged the road – impeding the free flow of movement in and out of the community, the statement added. “I was in the area and many residents bemoaned the fact that they really cannot use the road. It is evident that they traverse it with great difficulty,” Minister Benn was quoted in the statement as saying. He further stated that the contractor, Mahendranauth Oodit, was warned before about using heavily loaded trucks on the road. The company commenced the construction of a rip rap sea defence on January 16. “They were told to use lighter loads in transporting materials between stockpiles, and despite several engagements with the ministry’s sea defence engineers, they blatantly continued,” the works minister disclosed. Six weeks ago, Minister Benn visited the island where frustrated residents had begun to complain about the state of the road. “Now they have to repair it immediately. The contract will remain suspended until the road is fixed. The residents deserve that!” the minister declared.

CUSO says volunteerism is key to youth development


olunteerism Support Platform (VSP) Advisory Committee representative Taramattie Persaud on Thursday issued a plea for volunteerism to be seen as an important tool in youth development. Persaud was speaking at the launch of VSP’s website and volunteer fair at the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown. She stated that the National Youth Policy being formulated should take cognisance of and give special attention to the contribution of volunteerism in development. Persaud, who also represented Cuso International, formerly Voluntary Service Organisation (VSO), described the launch of the website as a key benchmark and milestone initiative in the volunteer sector of Guyana. “Like anything that is

new, there will be baby steps. The platform was launched with three main objectives of volunteer mobilisation, recruitment, training and institutional strengthening, and advocacy. The launch of the database is a pivotal step in the achievement of these objectives,” Persaud related. She pointed out that the platform is in a privileged position since it has broadbased support from government, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and is also represented on the platform advisory committee. She also recognised United Nations Volunteers (UNV), which was a strategic partnering organisation in the research process. Persaud remarked that the platform is a means of allowing all sectors to achieve their ultimate goals – whether social development or profits. turn to page 9

Transport and Hydraulics Minister Robeson Benn interacting with residents in Wakenaam



CJIA lauds security following recent drug bust


he Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Wednesday lauded the law enforcement agencies that were instrumental in the discovery of more than 15 kilograms of cocaine found in ochroes on Monday afternoon. The cocaine was found in seven boxes of ochroes among a shipment of vegetables destined for a Bronx, New York address. The illegal substance was concealed in the ochroes by removing the heads, removing the seeds, inserting ochro shaped packages of cocaine, and gluing the heads back on. During an inspection, the boxes of ochroes seemed a little heavier than the others. One of the boxes was reportedly ripped opened by ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch to facilitate further checks and the discovery was made. In a statement, the CJIA said the seizure was successful owing to heightened security checks, enhanced profiling techniques, greater

Hadrick Cummings was jailed for five years on Wednesday for attempting to smuggle cocaine in ochroes

intelligence gathering and sharing, and an increased presence of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras. The CJIA committee emphasised the excellent work executed by officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). “Over the years, drug lords and mules have unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle cocaine in straws disguised as chow-

mein, pumpkin, star-apple, wiri-wiri pepper, cabbage, lipsticks, sunscreen lotion, Styrofoam, rum, and cocaine laced clothing through the airport,” the release added. In April last, more than 80 pounds of cocaine neatly inserted in a quantity of fake wiri-wiri pepper were discovered at the Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago on a flight that departed Guyana destined for New York, leaving law enforcement puzzled as to how the commodity cleared CJIA security. The fake peppers were among authentic ones, so the physical check and scan failed to unearth them.

Increased surveillance

Following this incident, airport officials and law enforcement officers have upped their games and have been successful in intercepting cocaine that is being smuggled in the most innovative means. In addition, baggage and body scanners were erected at the main port of entry. The facil-

ity has also heightened security at strategic locations. As proof of the effectiveness of the security at the CJIA, law enforcement officers on July 27 intercepted 10 parcels of cocaine weighing 11.5 kilograms in total in a suitcase, which was intended for a Caribbean Airlines Flight destined for New York. The bag was detected by CANU ranks at the baggage area owing to an old label which meant that the suitcase did not go through the normal security checks. Several staff members of the Timehri Handling Service; Caribbean Airlines; Secure and Aviation Security Firm, and the Customs and Excise Department were questioned. Days after, CANU issued a wanted bulletin for a suspect who surrendered to the law enforcement agency in the company of his lawyer and was later jointly charged with two others for the illegal substance.

Real estate agent placed on $50,000 bail


real estate agent was brought before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday to answer to the charge of threatening language. It is alleged that on August 7 at Camp Street, Georgetown, Shawn Singh made use of threatening language to Kavita Persaud whereby a breach of the peace was occasioned. He pleaded not guilty to the charge read against him. The defendant was represented by Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat who stated that his 38-year-old client has a wife and children. He said that on the day in question, Singh simply asked the virtual complainant, who is his employee, for the remainder of $1.2 million he had lent her, since he was only repaid $300,000. There was no threatening language involved, according to the defence lawyer. According to Prosecutor Deniro Jones, the VC is a real estate agent through whom the defendant conducted business. On the day in question, the defendant accused her of stealing his money and threatened to slit her throat and burn down her house. Attorney Fung-A-Fat noted that the VC had already signed a document admitting she paid back only $300,000. He added that Singh trained her and when she obtained the money, she left the job. He requested reasonable bail for his client. Magistrate McLennan set bail at $50,000 and ordered that the defendant stay 50 feet away from the VC. The matter was transferred to Court One for September 16.

Eyew tness Rorschach test...

...the inkblot The Rorschach test, Wikipedia informs us, “is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analysed. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning.” Most helpful for us in Guyana, “it has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.” In Guyana, we know, there are hordes of people in public life who just like to tell people what they want to hear – pushing their own self-interest, of course. In other words they generally lie through their teeth in their public utterances. We need a Rorschach test to suss them out. Well right now we have one in the inkblot spread through all the papers with the Nigel HughesSithe-Alliance For Change (AFC) saga. What are the facts? They’re quite clear cut. Sithe Global registers a local company Amaila Falls Hydro Inc (AFHI) in 2009 with the government to execute the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project (AFHEP).  They appoint Hughes as company secretary. As such he has to advise them on local matters – such as tariffs of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), among other things – so that they can earn the most profits and so on. By 2011, Hughes joins the AFC and becomes chairman. The AFC has already indicated its opposition to AFHEP.  No word from Hughes or AFC that their chairman might have a different view on potentially the largest investment in the history of Guyana. In 2012, Hughes and his party leads help organise protests against Linden accepting an equalisation of their electricity rates.  The government mentions that this equalisation is needed to help make GPL viable. Now the very foundation of the AFHEP venture from Sithe’s viewpoint as an equity partner is the Power Purchase Agreement with GPL. When Hughes works to prevent GPL to collect the normal charge in Linden he is working against the interest of Sithe. No statement from Hughes or AFC. It’s 2013, the entire AFHEP is on the line, with the AFC in the frontline against the project, it is revealed that Hughes is Sithe’s company secretary. Most significantly, AFC’s leader Khemraj Ramjattan says he’s heard of an “association” between his chairman Hughes and Sithe – but not as “chairman”.  And this is the essential element of the incident as an inkblot – did not Hughes, chairman of the AFC,  have a duty to reveal to his party leader and the other members of his party that he was employed by Sithe, the 70 per cent owner of AFHI??? ...for public figures Well according to two public figures, Lincoln Lewis, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and Mark Archer, communications officer for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Hughes did nothing wrong or untoward!!!  According to Lewis, since other people might have done the same thing, why should Hughes be blamed? This, of course, is the old moral fallacy that two wrongs make a right.  Now that the Hughes’ Rorschach test has exposed the thinking of Lewis, we can now understand why the TUC is a shell of its former self. The question is, don’t Hughes and Lewis have any principles by which their actions are guided? Is it just “do fuh do nah obeah?” Archer’s tack was to “play stupid” and ask what is wrong if Hughes worked for a company or the government which his party opposed? But that’s not what the inkblot is all about, is it? The question is why Hughes didn’t tell even his closest associates in the party, much less the poor suckers at the grassroots? Their answers expose Lewis and Archer as political charlatans. education The number of subjects being written by our high school students is a Rorschach inkblot of the thinking going on in our schools’ administration. It’s only about passing exams. Imagine one official boasting about “sharing out exam papers”!! How about imparting better teaching skills to teachers?  




Social activist launches children's storybooks


ocial activist Sherlina Nageer on Wednesday launched two children's books at the National Library. The books were illustrated by local artist Nicole Bissoo-Williams and are set in and inspired by the Rupununi region of Guyana, the author said in a release. “Toco the Terrible tells the tale of a dog, who is bullied for years before he demonstrates great bravery and finds his life transformed. Thumbelina and the Yarrow, the other book, is a story about a young Amerindian girl and the redemptive power of friendship. Nageer said the stories are meant to educate and inspire, as well as share aspects of the indigenous way of life and the Rupununi environment with children

and adults who may not have had a chance to visit that part of Guyana. Speaking at the launch, Nageer said she believed it was important for children to see images they can recognise and relate to in literature. She spoke about searching for local stories for her nephews and niece who live overseas and not being able to find much, she was inspired to write these books after visiting the Rupununi. Bissoo-Williams, the artist, described the process of illustrating the books and encouraged children to interact with the stories by feeling free to colour the drawings in the books. Other attendees at the launch included children from the National Library’s Summer Reading Programme who read seg-

CUSO says...


The private sector, she said, plays a really significant role in the volunteer sector and is sometimes not given enough recognition as to its role. “They can work with VSP to provide skills for their own labour force, especially young people. University, schools can provide training for persons, but they do not provide on-the-job experience,” Persaud stressed. She noted that this is where the private sector comes in as it can work through VSP to facilitate volunteer opportunities and work experience for young people. According to Persaud, it is no coincidence that the website is being launched during the week celebrating International Youth Day. She said UN migration statistics have found that youth is the most mobile social group and forms 30 per cent of international migration. “We need to consider not only international but internal migration, which contributes to brain drain,” she noted.

Volunteer platform

Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry Permanent Secretary Alfred King said that in 2010 the ministry was persuaded by CUSO International of the need for research on the efforts of local volunteers. This was in an effort to have a better appreciation of the contribution and value of the efforts of volunteers and establish the link to national development. “And indeed, if that is so, really try to establish a structure that will see us better organised for volunteer participation in national development.” King recalled that at the end of 2010 when the research was completed, the findings informed that there was the need to facilitate the formulation, creation, and establishment of a platform that can better serve volunteers who

were contributing to national development. Once, this was recognised, the ministry conducted the groundwork and in 2012 was able to launch the platform. When the platform was established, it was discovered that volunteers were not only able to bring special skills and make meaningful contributions but give of their time and other resources to help in community and nation building. “But we felt that if they were given opportunity for training and further development, we would not only be in a position to appreciate their contribution and involvement but also quantify the value of that contribution to these activities they are involved in,” the permanent secretary stated.

Structured approach

He explained that there was need for a more structured approach in managing volunteer activities and, as such, mapping arrangements were put in place in order to benefit the general volunteer population. “Only then, were we able to create a network where information can be shared, people can register, and mobilisation take place in a single space and over time they can be appointed to special projects,” King disclosed. The next step was to launch the website formally where persons can search for matching volunteering interests, upload information, and register services coordinated through the platform. “So we are happy for the effort and commend CUSO for taking us to this point where we can boast of having an organisation responsible for the training, development, accreditation, and monitoring of volunteer activities, but also ensuring that over time the management of volunteer efforts are well-coordinated to our advantage in order to make a meaningful impact to national development,” the permanent secretary said.

Social activist Sherlina Nageer autographing one of her books

ments of the new books. Many of the children said

they had never met anyone who’d written a book before

and they were very excited to take part in this event. Laura George, indigenous peoples’ activist with the Amerindian Peoples’ Association, applauded the publication of these two books and said her young daughters, who loved to read, really enjoyed the stories as they were able to relate to them. She was also happy with the positive depiction of the toshao, and said it was important for all Guyanese, including those who were not Amerindian or who lived on the coast, to better understand the way of life of indigenous people.

Nageer hopes that all Guyanese children will read, enjoy, and gain something positive from her books. She also encouraged everyone present to tell their own stories as well, recognising that there are a many talented Guyanese with compelling tales to share. Copies of the two books were donated to the National Library, as well as to the Red Thread Women’s Centre Community Library. The books are on sale for $2000 each from Austin’s Book Services on Church Road.


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Persons with disabilities trained in video production


ore than a dozen youths with disabilities are being exposed to training in video editing and television production. The video production seminar was the brainchild of Ganesh Singh, public relations officer of the Council of Persons living with Disabilities and was facilitated by Young Voices Guyana. Young Voices Guyana President, Leroy Phillips told Guyana Times that the workshop, which began recently, aims to teach participants the art of video production, beginning with the basics of how to use a camera. Phillips stated that the organisation will be making videos highlighting the many discriminatory practices faced by persons with disabilities in today’s society. “We will also outline our rights in Guyana, based on the Disability Act. It is important that we make them

known to the public and ensure that it is reinforced,” Phillips said. He disclosed that the videos will be aired on national television, posted to the organisation’s website and uploaded to YouTube. Phillips explained that the participants are expected to gain basic knowledge of the types of settings required for the kind of video shoots such as lighting and sound effects. During an overview of the workshop, Singh related that the seminar will illustrate in detail the manner in which short video messages can be produced and packaged in Public Service Announcement (PSA) format.


According to Singh, the videos that will be produced at the end of the seminar will depict first-hand accounts of discrimination faced by persons living with disabilities in everyday life and will feature youths speaking about their rights, expectations,

and dreams. He remarked that the objectives are to impart basic skills in using the camera, as well as an understanding of the intricacies of video editing. Singh added that the participants were chosen from all the Young Voices groups across the country. Sixteen-year-old Haseef Khan, of Diamond, East Bank Demerara, said that he was heartened to have been given the opportunity to attend a workshop pertaining to video shoots. “As persons with disabilities, we need to be more involved and recognised. I don’t have the vision to know what is going on, but having the experience can take me a very far way. Just the knowledge that blind persons can still do these things despite our disability is really good,” Khan pointed out. He lauded the organiser of the workshop, adding that gathering information is always important and a part of

daily living. Shazad Mohamed, of Patentia, West Bank Demerara, said since he joined Young Voices Guyana, he has gained much knowledge about issues relating to disability. The 25-year-old technology teacher said this knowledge has helped him in his work at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre. “I teach children with physical disability and special needs. So far, it has been beneficial. I’m willing to give it a try and learn how to use the cameras,” Mohamed noted. Another participant, 22-year-old Tiffany Telesford said she was willing to learn about the camera, adding that it could prove extremely beneficial to her later in life. Telesford pointed out that learning how to use the camera fascinates her, especially as it relates to instructions about the basics of making a video.

Man brought to court for unlawful wounding


43-year-old security guard appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was charged with unlawful wounding. It is alleged that on Sunday, August 11 at 128 Quamina Street, Deodath Singh unlawfully and maliciously wounded Albert Jeffrey. He pleaded guilty with explanation. According to Prosecutor Deniro Jones, the virtual complainant and the defendant are tenants resid-

ing at the same address. On the day in question, about 11:30h, the VC went to the defendant’s room to remove a set of blinds he had lent to him earlier. The defendant became annoyed and dealt the VC one chop to the left eye with a cutlass. The VC sought medical attention and then made a report at the Brickdam Police Station. The medical stated that Jeffrey received a small laceration, which did not cause bleeding nor did it require any stitches. Singh was subsequently arrested

and charged. The defendant, who was unrepresented, told the court that Jeffrey came into his room and ripped down his curtains, so he did the same to him, which resulted in Jeffrey picking up a knife. Singh said it was then that he picked up the cutlass and when he bent to pick up his blinds, the tip of the cutlass touched Jeffrey. He added that if he had “fired a chop”, Jeffery would have been dead. The VC, however, told the court that he had no

knife and that he did not touch Singh. He also said the defendant had several other items for him, including a pot and stove. Singh then said he had lent Jeffrey money sometime ago. Magistrate McLennan told both men that they should not be acting in such a childish manner. The matter was dismissed; however, both parties were placed on a bond to keep the peace for 12 months, with a sentence of five months imprisonment looming if they break the bond.

Every ting green not good fuh Guyana


n these times, any ting green supposed to be a good ting. De whole world talkin bout goin green in every ting. Guvaments want green energy. Only de Americans don’t want to sign on to any ting green. But dem tellin people in other countries to go green. Dem behavin like dem people who does tell other people “do as I seh and not as I do”. In Guyana, Row Bert and de G-G-M-SEE want miners in de interior to stop usin mercury. Dem want de whole minin sector to turn green. GEE-E-A callin fuh clean and green fuel. But just like how every ting that glitter is not gold, every ting green not good fuh Guyana. One of dem greens who not good fuh de country is Green Jah. Green Jah don’t want de Amaila Falls Hydropower project. He is de only man who tink de project not good. Amaila is a green project. But not de kinda green that dey in Green Jah. Despite de green shirt he does wear, Green Jah not too green after all. Another one is Green Bridge, who does talk plenty wid no action. De only action Green Bridge ever had was when he run down de economy when he was fine ants minister. Every ting that was fine, he mash up. Even Green Jah does stay far from Green Bridge in de party. This is one green that Guyana gotta stay far from too. Well, de duttiest of all de greens in Guyana is Green Ham. He not good from de time he born. Every ting bout Green Ham is de opposite of green. Every ting green he touch does change colour. He touch GT and tings change from Garden Town to Garbage Town. Now, it ain’t got nuttin green in de **ity any more. Ting-a-ling-a-ling…friend tell friend…mattie tell mattie! Some body gon have to tell Row Bert to look out fuh all these dutty greens and stay far from dem!


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Carter’s work remembered at lecture series G

uyanese poet and political activist Martin Wylde Carter was on Tuesday evening remembered through a memorial lecture series titled the “Signifying element in the poetry of Martin Carter”. Carter, widely regarded as the greatest Guyanese poet and one of the most important poets of the Caribbean, was remembered for his contribution to literature. Speaking at the event held at the Umana Yana, Culture Minister Dr Frank Anthony said the occasion was not just another to remember Carter, but one to understand the words that he left with us. “To really decipher some of his philosophical

thoughts, some of the things that we can glean from his poetry …perhaps we could use them to inspire us as we move forward with our own lives,” he said. In Carter’s articles and poems, Dr Anthony believes, people can see his passion for Guyana and Guyanese history. He recalled at a previous memorial, Carter’s son, Keith, had highlighted one of the articles written by his father which spoke directly to bringing people together as one. “There is that universal appeal and people around the world can identify with what he is saying,” Minister Anthony added. He said while people may know Carter for his works in poetry, his articles were very

instrumental as it relates to society. He said Carter through his skill transcended the boundaries of Guyana to the Caribbean and the world at large. In 2007, the ministry, in collaboration with various organisations, started a memorial series on Carter.

National literature

University of Guyana’s Al Creighton, who also spoke about Carter, said the annual memorial lecture series in honour of the late Guyanese poet’s serves to show his contribution to literature. “It also serves to propel the development of Guyanese literature in general in a much wider context, than the work of Carter … while it is true that the

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Culture, Youth and Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony; and Dr Louis Regis, head of the Department of Literacy, Cultural and Communication Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, at the Martin Carter Memorial Lecture Series

work of Martin Carter is extremely important and is one of the great contributions, to the national literature, the lecture series has wider reach outside of the work of Carter to the work of Guyanese in general,” he said. Dr Louis Regis, University of the West Indies Department of Literacy, Cultural and Communication Studies head, who also spoke at the lecture delivered a speech titled “I am My Proem: the Signifying Elements in the Poetry of Martin Carter”. Regis said he found

Carter to be a liberal humanist, and his poetry and political activism are all stemmed from this fact. He said many literary critics have used the fact that Carter would have written many of his famous poems while in prison and his political activism to reduce his work and his vision to that of a public political poet. “While this may be true, it is not the whole truth as Carter also embraced social change,” Dr Regis said. Carter is best known for his poems of protest, resistance and revolution. He played an active role in

Guyanese politics, particularly in the years leading up to independence in 1966 and those following immediately after. He was famously imprisoned by the British government in October 1953 on allegations of “spreading dissension”, and again in June 1954, for taking part in a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) procession. Shortly after being released from prison for the first time, Carter published his most well-known poetry collection, “Poems of Resistance from British Guiana”.

City councillors to meet today to choose temporary mayor


ouncillors of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council will today meet in a special session, at 15:00h, to nominate a councillor to perform the duties of mayor. According to a City Hall release, Mayor Hamilton Green, as well as Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green are overseas. Under Section 20 of the Municipal and District Councils Act: The City Council may grant leave of absence to the mayor and the deputy mayor for any period or periods not exceed-

ing three months in the aggregate during their terms of office. According to the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, Section 17 (1 and 2): During any period when the mayor is, for any reason, unable to perform the functions of his office; those functions shall be performed by the deputy mayor. If the deputy mayor is, for any reason, unable to perform the functions of the office of the mayor; in accordance with subsection (1), the town clerk shall call a meeting of the councillors to elect

a councillor to perform those functions; and the councillor so elected shall assume and perform those functions until such time as the mayor or deputy mayor, as the case may be, is able to act. The public should note that the process of nominations and election of a councillor to perform the duties of mayor will be done by the elective council – councillors. The public should also note that, the councillor elected will not be acting mayor but will be a councillor performing the duties and functions of the office of mayor.

UG congratulates successful CSEC students


he University of Guyana has congratulated students who were successful at the 2013 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, on completing the first stage of their future career. In a release, UG reminded students who had applied pending CSEC results to bring in their examination slips in order to complete their application. Additionally, students who

would like to apply now are invited to visit the UG website, see the programmes that are available. Applications close at midnight on August 18. Meanwhile, the opening ceremony for the 20132014 academic year will be held on Friday, August 23 at 17:00h in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre. The first semester will commence on Monday, August 26.



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Cheap power key to Guyana’s development – Jagdeo tells economic forum


ith American President Barack Obama’s recent unveiling of a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and accelerate the usage of renewable energy, former Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo said this could lead to carbon taxation or a carbon trading system which could drive up fuel prices. While expressing dissatisfaction in the country’s failure to move ahead with the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project, Jagdeo said the initiative provides an excellent opportunity for Guyana to benefit from cheap and reliable power. “You can add five cents per kilowatt hours easily to our cost of generating electricity, it’s 19-20 cents now, and it gets up to 25 cents... we are buying from this hydro at 11 cents and then

will come down lower and after 20 years, it will come over to the government for free,” he explained, as he alluded to Obama’s green plan. The former president was at the time speaking during the closing ceremony of the National Economic Forum at the Guyana International Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, on Thursday. Contrary to reports peddled by some politicians that the country would incur significant debt owing to the construction and operation of the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project, the former president said: “There is not a single cent of debt – outside of the money that we are spending on the road, and the equity that we are taking.” “Christopher Ram said $2.2 billion of debt, Gaskin said $2.4 billion, Goolsarran said $600-odd million, Clive

U.S.-based Guyanese allegedly beats foster son to death


Guyanese national was on Wednesday charged for the murder of his four-year-old foster son whom he reportedly whipped and left to die as he went out on the streets to sell marijuana. The beating is believed to have stemmed from an incident on Monday when the child rode his scooter on the wrong side of the street which upset the man. The murder was reportedly committed in the 5600 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. According to the Washington Post, Peter Ignatius Hendy III, 33 was charged with murder committed on his girlfriend’s child, Kamari Zavon Taylor. According to the documents, the suspect told detectives that the young man was a “smart-mouth kid”. It was reported in the newspaper that a Washington DC Superior Court judge ordered Hendy to be detained until August 30 for the commencement of a preliminary hearing. According to court documents, Kamari’s body was found about 14:00h on Monday, after police received a 911 call from the murder suspect. It was reported by the Washington Post that the boy’s mother took him to the man’s apartment on Sunday, and that she did not notice any bruises when the child bathed that night. She did note that he appeared congested. However, the woman left for work on Monday leaving Kamari with Hendy. Police told the court that later in the day, Hendy called the woman at work several times to report that he had “disciplined” Kamari for riding on the wrong side of the street.

Dead child: Kamari Zavon Taylor

Hendy reportedly told the police that when he scolded the child, Kamari told him, “’I don’t have to listen to you — you’re not my daddy.”’ Hendy said he then punched the child twice in the abdomen, according to the court documents. Police said the suspect told the child, “’Now you’re going to listen to me.’” The Washington Police report stated that the child rode off on his scooter again and returned 45 minutes later, sweating profusely and shaking. Hendy told police that he took the child inside, gave him water, and put him in bed. “Hendy admitted that he then went outside to sell marijuana,” the charging documents say. The man returned about an hour later, and recognised that the boy had a “blank look”. Hendy also later told police that he noticed pronounced bruising on the boy’s abdomen. Despite the condition of the child, the man went back outside to sell more marijuana, returning after another hour to find the child motionless thus he called 911. The lad was pronounced dead at the Children’s National Medical Centre.

Thomas said $750 million contingent liability and he had it right, because it is a guarantee, a guarantee just in case GPL [Guyana Power and Light] can’t make their payments. That is all it is, if GPL can’t make its payment, we are issuing a guarantee,” he added, lashing out at political leaders and analysts who objected to the project.

“We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot”

If Guyana is to register significant economic growth and development, he said, it would need to thrive on cheap electricity, noting that investors would need affordable and reliable electricity to be more competitive. While endorsing the concept of debating ideas since it shows a high level of democracy, the former president said “we can’t keep shooting ourselves in the

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

foot”, by objecting to major projects that would create better living conditions for Guyanese. Recently, one of the leading investors and project dealer, Sithe Global

withdrew its services, citing a lack of concensus on the part of the three major political parties. Amid the increasing challenges faced in the fight to implement the Amaila

Falls Hydro Power Project, President Donald Ramotar continues to campaign for national and international support. He pointed out that the total cost to the taxpayer is US$100 million in equity, of which US$15 million has already been spent and US$80 million is already deposited into the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) and is awaiting transfer. “The future cost to the taxpayer is limited to the outstanding amount needed for the access road.”  The total savings to the taxpayer because of the removal of GPL’s subsidy will be at least US$30 million per year, or US$600 million over 20 years – far in excess of the US$100 million provided by the taxpayer in equity, the president explained




Policewoman missing A

lmost one week after Lance Corporal Patriena Nicholson, 38, of 44 Austin Street, Campbellville, disappeared without a trace, her relatives are now fearful that something horrible might have happened to her, since it is unlike her to go away without informing the family. The police rank had reportedly left her workplace last Friday to go home, but has not been seen since. Family members on Tuesday morning received a telephone call from police headquarters enquiring about the rank. Shocked relatives had been under the impression that she was at work as she never returned home. They immediately formed several search

Missing Lance Corporal Patriena Nicholson

parties, but up to late Wednesday evening, the woman was still missing. New information reaching the family was that the corporal was spotted at Kitty Public Road waiting to use the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at

the Guyoil Gas Station about 16:00h. She was reportedly unsuccessful in using the ATM and she left with the intention of using the ATM at the Water Street branch of the bank. The missing woman’s sister, Shellon Nicholson, explained that she was last seen wearing a brown blouse, blue jeans and black sandals. The family attempted to contact her mobile phone, but it went straight to voice mail. The woman reportedly spoke to her fiancé recently. The family is calling on the public for assistance in finding the lance corporal. Persons who may have information are asked to call 692-5163, 621-2126, and 660-0500, 217-0040, or contact the nearest police station.

Major Chinese province seeks ties with Guyana


he Guangdong F r i e n d s h i p Association, a nongovernmental organisation in China, established to promote understanding, friendship, and cooperation between the people of the Guangdong Province and the rest of the world, is looking to mark a new beginning with Guyana through the promotion of bilateral trade, investment, and people to people contacts. Against this backdrop, Guangdong Province Foreign Affairs Office Director General Fu Lang met President Donald Ramotar for in-depth discus-

sions during his first visit to Guyana on Thursday. In the company of a delegation that included Chinese Ambassador to Guyana Zhang Limin, the officials ended the meeting with consensus on several cooperation prospects. Among them is the need to intensify work in the coming days to enlarge bilateral trade, explore investment in the processing and manufacturing sectors, and promote tourism and exchanges between the province and Guyana. The Guangdong Friendship Association, Government Information

Agency (GINA) reported, engages in the development of cooperative relations with foreign friendly organisations, institutions, and public figures. It promotes various exchange programmes through study and diversified activities among others. Guangdong Province, located on the South China Sea coast, occupies a land area of 178,000 square kilometres. A 2010 census put its population in excess of 104 million. The province has the fourth highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita among all districts of mainland China.

Dangerous driving suspect remanded


41-year-old truck driver was brought before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday to answer to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving. It is alleged that on August 12, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, Suraj Ram, of 378 Golden Grove, EBD, drove motor car PHH 397 in a manner dangerous to the public, causing the death of

Frank Ivan Wilson. He, who was unrepresented, was not required to plead to the charge, since it was indictable. According to Prosecutor Deniro Jones, on the day in question, about 12:00h, the accused was driving north along the western side of Grove’s Public Road at a fast pace when he lost control of the vehicle. The car spun and struck Wilson who was walking along the western parapet.

Wilson was picked up by public-spirited persons and taken to the East Demerara Regional Hospital (Diamond Diagnostic Centre) where he was pronounced dead on arrival. An investigation was carried out and the accused was subsequently charged with the offence. Magistrate McLennan transferred the matter to Court One for September 16. Ram was remanded to prison.

Bandit grabs $16.7M from Toolsie Persaud staff


wo employees of Toolsie Persaud Limited and two security guards were relieved of $16.7 million on Thursday afternoon by a lone gunman. The robbery occurred sometime around 13:00h. The employees are Jonathan Dookie, 21, and Dewan Chand, 57, who are accounts clerks at the company. They were on their

way to the bank accompanied by two armed security guards when they were robbed. According to a police release, while on their way to the bank, the motor vehicle in which the group was travelling stopped at Sussex and Charles streets, Charlestown, Georgetown. “At this point they were held at gunpoint by an armed man who approached

the vehicle and took away a bag with some $16.9 million,” the release stated. The bandit also took away a .32 Taurus pistol and a .32 Taurus revolver along with live ammunition from the two guards. The perpetrator then made good his escape in a waiting motor car. The police are currently investigating the multimillion-dollar robbery.

Suspected cannabis trafficker refused bail


suspected ganja trafficker was brought before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was charged with possession of narcotics on Thursday. It is alleged that on August 14 at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, Devon Dundas, 26, of 2300 Safari Street, North Ruimveldt, had in his possession 15 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. He pleaded not guilty to the charge read

against him. The defendant was represented by Attorney Peter Hugh who stated that Dundas is a businessman who sells cellphone accessories at Stabroek Market. On the day in question, a search was conducted in the general area and the drug was found in front of his stall among some boxes. The lawyer added that his client has no pending matters in court and has never been convicted. He also made an

application for bail. Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail on the grounds that there were no special reasons given. He stated that on the day in question, a search was conducted in the defendant’s stall and the illegal substance was found in his presence. Magistrate McLennan said the court found no special reasons for bail to be granted and remanded Dundas. The matter was transferred to Court One for September 16.

Police seeking assistance to identify dead man


lose to a week after the discovery of a man on the Number 47 Mabura Trail, the police are seeking the assistance of the public to identify him. His body was discovered on

Saturday, August 10. The deceased was of Amerindian descent and believed to have been in his late thirties. His body is at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting identification. Anyone

with information that may lead to the identification of the deceased is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 4443406, 444-3512, 911, or the nearest police station.

15 News Mining school begins first set of training courses T

he Natural Resources and Environment Ministry on Thursday officially opened a five-day training seminar under the auspices of Guyana Mining School and Training Centre Inc, which will see some 15 persons being trained in courses relevant to the mining sector. This is the first set of courses being held at the school, which aims to boost the human resources capacity and address some of the setbacks facing the booming industry in Guyana. The first set of courses, which was revealed at the Guyana Forestry Commission, is being facilitated by College of the North Atlantic. Scores of persons were in attendance at the opening from various mining associations. Delivering the feature address at the opening, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud noted that the mining industry has come a far way over the years, adding that it still needs to improve in some aspects. “Some may think that our mining sector is primitive, it is not, it is very sophisticated… both from the prospecting side and the processing side, but, yes, it is recognised that we need to do a better job and there are gaps,” the minister said. Hence, programmes would be implemented to boost the knowledge and performance of staff within various capacities and “help to take care of the gaps”.


A section of the gathering at the training seminar being held by the Guyana Mining School and Training Centre Inc

The minister added that the school and, by extension, its programmes are part of the ministry’s strategic outlook of ensuring the natural resource sector is well-prepared from the local human resource standpoint, for the present and the future.


He noted that the Guyana Mining School and Training Centre would ensure a well-rounded industry and set the natural resource sector down the path to operate within a modernised arena. Persaud added that building the human capacity in this regard will put Guyana in the position to be on par with the rest of the world in the near future. Persaud said the minis-

try will continue to support the diploma and degrees being offered at the University of Guyana, adding that it is expected to speak with UG’s Vice Chancellor Dr Jacob Opadeyi soon on how the two agencies can work to improve mining-related programmes at UG. “We will continue to partner…I don’t want the mining school to be seen as taking away from what we have, it is to bring some synergy,” he noted. This is with the aim of guaranteeing Guyana has an effective natural resources sector. He explained that the school does not focus exclusively on gold, diamond and mineral mining but also includes the country’s oil and gas sector, which possesses tremendous

IAC’s National Eid Fest on Saturday


he Indian Arrival Committee (IAC), in collaboration with the wider Muslim community of Guyana, will be holding its Sixth National Eid Fest on Saturday, August 17, at the MultiPurpose Complex Building and playground located in Belle West, Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara. The celebration is

planned to bring the wider Muslim Community together as well as non-Muslims and provide an opportunity for all to reflect on the holy month of Ramadan. Historically, the events of the IAC have been open to Guyanese of all ethnicities, and the Eid Fest 2013 is expected to attract a large number of persons, many of whom will be adherents of Islam who come

from diverse backgrounds. Admission is free. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is regarded as the most sacred of the year. At the end of Ramadan the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated. The programme includes a rich cultural presentation, exhibition of Islamic artefacts and games, and will commence at 15:00h.

potential. Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) representative William Woolford said the group recognises that none of the technical institutes in Guyana provide training dedicated to the development of the small and medium-scale mining sector. He noted that, as such, these long overdue programmes are needed, particularly at these institutions. He also said, “We need immediate training for general managers of gold and mining operations to help operate and better process equipment.” This, he explained, will aid the recovery of more natural resources. Woolford added that training for the small and medium-scale mining sector is a priority for GGDMA. Canadian High Commission Charge d’Affaires Daniel Joy underscored that skills development for job creation is vital for the future of the extractive industry. “As a leading mining country, with Canadian companies active in over 100 countries in the

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud addresses the gathering at the mining school

world, Canada recognises that we should play a role in promoting socially and environmentally responsible mining practices.” According to commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Rickford Vieira, the courses allow for more attention to be paid to education and research, helping various

stakeholders in the sector to develop knowledge in their respective capacities. Participants in the training include miners, and field and technical staff within the mining sector. The course will cover areas such as confined space entry awareness, fall protection, and transportation of dangerous goods.


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Hyatt completes investment in Caribbean India restricts foreign exchange all-inclusive resort segment to halt rupee slide


wholly owned subsidiary of Hyatt Hotels Corporation has closed a previously announced investment in Playa Hotels and Resorts BV (Playa), a company that has been formed to own, operate and develop allinclusive resorts. This transaction allows Hyatt to increase its resort presence in Latin America and the Caribbean and create

long-term value by providing a platform for future growth, as well as strong returns from common and preferred interests and recurring franchise fees. Playa’s portfolio will include 13 resorts totalling approximately 5800 rooms across The Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica. In connection with its investment, Hyatt will

enter into franchise agreements for six of the 13 allinclusive resorts, or approximately 2800 rooms, which will operate as Hyattbranded resorts. Under an agreement with Hyatt, Playa will have certain exclusive rights to operate Hyatt-branded all-inclusive resorts in five Latin American and Caribbean countries through 2018. (Caribbean News Now)


Cineworld boss pledges to continue with zero-hours contracts


he founder of the UK’s largest cinema chain has defended the company’s widespread use of zero-hours contracts and pledged to continue using the controversial terms instead of offering fixed hours to employees. Cineworld uses zero-hour contracts for 3600 members of staff, or about 80 per cent of its workforce, allowing the business to send workers home if business is quiet or change shift patterns each week. Such arrangements

have been criticised by politicians, charities and trade unions for leaving workers with no certainty of income from month to month. Stephen Wiener, chief executive and founder of Cineworld, said he had worked in a zero-hours environment when he first entered the industry. He said: “I started in this industry as an usher many years ago on a zero-hours contract, so I know what it’s like. I don’t know of any employees that are disgruntled with the cur-

rent working arrangements and there are no plans to change that.” He added that the majority of staff at Cineworld’s 80 multiplexes in the UK have more than one job and use Cineworld to top up their income on weekends and evenings. His comments came as the company saw pretax profits for the six months to 30 June rise by 24 per cent to £16.5 million, on sales of £201.6 million, up 21.9 per cent. (The Guardian)

North America

Wal-Mart sales disappoint as U.S. shoppers curb spending


al-Mart Stores Inc reported a surprise decline in quarterly same-store sales in the United States, its biggest market, after shoppers came in less often because higher taxes and gasoline prices were leaving them with less spending money. The world’s largest retailer also cut its revenue and profit forecasts for its fiscal year, raising concerns about

retail spending as the all-important holiday season nears. It cited weak results from the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan and other international markets that it is relying on for longterm growth. Shares of Wal-Mart were down 2.4 per cent at US$74.59 in midday trading. U.S. sales at stores open at least a year at the company’s main Walmart chain fell 0.3

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per cent in the second quarter ended in late July, the company said on Thursday. Wall Street analysts were expecting a one per cent gain, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Visits to those stores also fell 0.5 per cent during the quarter. “That low-income customer is really struggling now, and that’s hitting Walmart,” Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough said.

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higher prices for key items such as food and fuel. Under the new rules, the limit for overseas investments by Indian companies has been cut to 100 per cent of a company’s net worth, from 400 per cent previously. However, state oil companies were granted an exemption, while others can apply to exceed the limit if they can show a genuine requirement.

The amount of money that individuals can send overseas was cut to US$75,000 each financial year from US$200,000. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also banned imports of gold coins and bars, which constituted about a third of total bullion demand in India last year. Local buyers will also have to pay cash for their gold. (BBC News)

Middle East

Dubai’s Arabtec returns to profit in Q2 D

ubai’s largest contractor Arabtec swung to a profit in the second-quarter, beating analysts’ forecasts, on the back of business growth in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Arabtec, part-owned by Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments, made a second-quarter net profit of AED92.4 million (US$25.16 million), compared with a loss of AED11.6 million in the corresponding period

in 2012, it said in a bourse statement on Thursday. The earnings beat average estimate of five analysts polled by Reuters who expected a quarterly profit of AED51.5 million. Revenue for the second-quarter was AED1.6 billion against AED1.3 billion in the prior-year period. Arabtec, which raised US$650 million through a rights issue in July to support its expansion plans, has won a series of contracts this year espe-

cially in oil-rich Abu Dhabi where its top shareholder and state investment firm Aabar is based. Arabtec has won a series of contracts this year, especially in oil-rich Abu Dhabi where its top shareholder and state investment firm Aabar is based. It also won new contracts in Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and has an order backlog of AED24.4 billion, it said in the statement. (Arabianbusiness)


Boutique beer hard market to crack


ith such a wide variety of craft beers available to Kiwi drinkers, retaining loyal customers is one of the biggest challenges facing brewers in the ultra-competitive New Zealand market, industry players say. This week boutique brewery Moa downgraded its trading expectations for its current financial year, saying sales volumes were expected to be 30 per cent lower than the target of 195,000 cases published in its initial

public offer prospectus. The company, which listed on the NZX in November, said the shortfall was largely the result of lower than expected sales in New Zealand, its core market, accounting for around 70 per cent of total revenue. There are close to 70 breweries in the New Zealand craft sector, up from just 48 in 2008, figures from craft industry group the Brewers Guild show. And they’re competing in a market that still only accounts

for around two per cent of the total beer trade, if the craft ranges produced by the big brewers such as Lion’s Macs and DB Breweries’ Monteith’s are excluded. It’s estimated Lion and DB dominate around 90 per cent of New Zealand’s beer market. The two companies’ combined revenues reached US$1.07 billion in the year to September 30, 2012, although that includes their sales of spirits, wine and cider. (New Zealand Herald)

Investors' guide

Making the jump to self-employment


here may not be a more fulfilling journey than that of making the jump from working for another person to working as your own boss. While the rewards may be numerous, the jump you have to make is not as smooth as you may hope. There are lots of considerations to make in order to find success as a self-employed businessowner.

of work you will be doing. While that is certainly an important factor, unless you are independently wealthy, there are many other factors to strategise before committing full time. Here are some considerations about self-employment you need to mull over before making the jump to entrepreneurialism:

Jump considerations

If you plan to start out on your own as something like a consultant for a cookware company, you need to ensure that the market in your

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ndia’s central bank has put further restrictions on the amount of money that companies and individuals can send out of the country. It hopes to ease the pressure on the rupee, which has lost about 15 per cent of its value against the dollar so far this year. The currency has been hit by a weaker Indian economy and investor fears of more money leaving the country. This has led to

Viable ideas

area is not already saturated or that there is a need for such services and products in your vicinity. This is true for any type of self-employment you are considering. Having a viable business idea may take some trial and error, but overall you need to start out with a workable idea that can be planned out through a business plan. For potential entrepreneurs, a solid business plan is a necessity and if you feel the plan’s concept overwhelms you, consider the operation of the actual business will be far more overwhelming. (Business Dictionary)

Business concept – Fixed cost

A periodic cost that remains more or less unchanged irrespective of the output level or sales revenue, such as depreciation, insurance, interest, rent, salaries, and wages. While in practice, all costs vary over time and no cost is a purely fixed cost, the concept of fixed costs is necessary in short-term cost accounting.

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By Bernice Bede Osol

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) Don’t let obstacles hold you back. Size up your situation and turn a lemon into lemonade. A partnership will undergo change, but in the end it will help you make a crucial decision.


(Jan. 20Feb. 19)

(July 23Aug. 22)

Capitalise on what you have to offer instead of helping someone else gain recognition. Focus on your own interests and what you can do with them. You will make a big splash if you work hard.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)


Your interest in diverse subjects will help you deepen your awareness and expertise. Setting up a space at home to work on personal projects will ensure that you finish what you start.


PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20)


(June 21July 22)


You’ll be drawn toward people who enjoy discussing ideas and are willing to try new things. The more experimental or challenging someone or something becomes, the more your interest will increase.

Calvin and Hobbes


Take a break, have some fun and try new things. Embark on a journey that stimulates you mentally, physically or emotionally. Romance is on the horizon, and a positive change is heading your way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Don’t get down; get busy. Look for ways to become involved in your community or help someone in need. If you talk less and do more, you will gain respect.

Experience will be your greatest asset. Indulge in activities and events that will broaden your outlook and prepare you for longcontemplated changes. You have several friendships and interests that could be broadened and expanded. VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22) Don’t get caught up in a colleague or family member’s melodrama. Distance yourself from negativity and embrace people who are trying to do something that will benefit your community or a cause you believe in.

LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 23) Protect your rights and back away from people who are demanding too much or trying to control your life. Stick to those who share your concerns and you will be much more effective.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) If you need to lift your spirits, you should take a day trip or make pleasant alterations to your home. Sharing your thoughts with a loved one will lead to travel or educational plans.

Thursday's solution GEMINI (May 21June 20)


Spend your time fixing up your home and taking care of family and personal comfort. An emotional situation with someone you care about will result in positive changes.

Set out on an adventure and share your knowledge and experience with those you encounter along the way. The people you touch emotionally and intellectually will offer just as much in return.

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even young ladies from the island of Wakenaam will be clashing head on this Saturday evening with the aim of wearing the title of Miss Wakenaam. The pageant is slated for the Wakenaam Community centre Ground and will commence at 19:00h. The delegates are: Sandeka Rampersaud, 18 of San Souci; Saudia Upadhya, 16 of Good Success; Aneisha Bandoo, 21 of Melville; Dhanwantie Roopnarine, 18 of Noitgedacht; Renita Ranjee, 16 of Belle Plaine; Loretta Hendricks, 17 of Belle Plaine; and Roshana Walcott, 14 of Arthorville. The contestants will be competing in casual wear; a talent piece; platform presentation; evening gown and an intelligence segment. The crowned queen will receive the crown sponsored by Rohan


t is finally here! Jamzone Regional Night featuring some of the best artistes in soca, chutney, dancehall and other genres of music that will thrill Guyanese partyholics to the fullest. The lineup is sizzling hot and includes Konshens, Busy Signal, Shal Marshall, Burning Flames, Mongstar, Karma and a few local acts including the Heat Waves Band and Jory Hector. The headliner will be the explosive Dancehall artist Konshens whose real name

and Sharda Harrynan while the first prize of US$1000 will be donated by Miranda Thakurdeen. The second prize of $100,000 will be donated by Feroz and Ameila Amin and the third prize of $75,000 is sponsored by Twins Manufacturing Chemist. Admission to the event cost $1000 for adults; $500 for children and $1500 for the VIP experience. They can be uplifted from any of the contestants and the committee members. There will also be an after party which will see the Caribbean Hot Shots Band steaming up the dance floor. There will also be local acts out of the island. The major sponsors for the event are the Tourism Ministry and Banks DIH Limited.

is Garfield Spence, and who is well known for his hit songs “Realest Song”, “Winner”, “Good Girl Gone Bad”, “Represent”, “Gal Dem a Talk” and more recently songs that have been sending shockwaves throughout the Caribbean and other parts of the world with “Couple Up”, “I’m coming”, “Siddung”, “Boost Har Up”, and “Bad Gal” – Konshens is sure to rock the venue. Burning Flames which is popular for the tune “Kick Een She backdoor” is also ready and hyped to perform in Guyana for the first

ith less than 48 hours to go, Guyana will witness one of the biggest dancehall events to be hosted at the Guyana National Stadium when Slingerz family hosts its Caribbean Summer Jam featuring Jamaican artistes Tommy Lee and Movado. Since the announcement in July, diehard fans of both artistes are all geared and ready to hit the stadium on Saturday evening to be a part of the event which is expected to be packed to capacity. Apart from the two Jamaicans, Guyanese artistes Jory, Kwasi Ace, Alabama, Lisa Punch and Malcolm Ferreira will also be performing on the same stage. Tickets have been going like hot cakes. Tickets prices are $2500 for general admission while patrons will pay $3000 at gate. For the VIP experience, tickets cost $10,000. These tickets are available at Nigel’s Supermarket, Medicare Pharmacy, White Castle Fish Shop, and all Two Brother Gas Station. There have been a number of give-a-way promotions, promotional parties, live radio and television updates and a VIP party that will give fans a chance to interact with the artistes. The artistes are expected to arrive in Guyana this morning and will be on various

time amid controversy from sections of society. Another group that is known for their energetic performance is Trinidad’s number one Crossover Band, Karma, led by Ravi B and features Nesha B and Gregory. With their latest tune, “Prescription”, they are bound to satisfy their fans. The group is also versatile, since they perform other genres of music including soca; dancehall and some reggae. Also performing at the event will be Busy Signal with his latest tune, “Bedroom Bully”

motorcades around the city. Fans have been flocking various locations to secure their tickets and even from the promotion trucks with elevated music systems across the city. This is the first time the two artistes will be sharing the same stage since 2012 and both have enhanced their artillery of music since then, the question will be asked, who will really be the headline act on the night? Mavado last visited Guyana on News Years Day when he starred at the Kashif and Shanghai After Football Finals Show at the Guyana National Stadium, while Tommy Lee created havoc at the National Park on December 25 when he stormed the stage at the Slingerz Christmas Concert. Slingerz Entertainment expressed its excitement to bring two of the biggest names in the business to Guyana as they continue with their trend of providing quality entertainment and showing appreciation to their fans for their year-round support. The event was created to satisfy the entertainment hunger of Guyanese both at home and those returning for the August vacation period as well as to create an avenue for those regionally, especially our friends in Suriname, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

which has been created some stir on the local airwaves. Mongstar, a soca artiste, is also ready to hit the Guyana National Stadium. The artistes are expected to arrive in Guyana this morning. The local cast will include Jory Hector, Malcolm Ferreira, Lisa Punch and others who are expected to set the stage alight. General admission costs $3000 and VIP costs $20,000 with tickets available at Gizmos and Gadgets, Ashmins, Electronic City and other locations.

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Bikers Fest thrill Berbice;

all set for Georgetown leg


housands of Berbicians came out to the Port Mourant Ground on Sunday last to witness one of the most exciting and heart-throbbing events on the Jamzone Summer Break 2013 calendar, the Bikers Fest. With the blazing sun above, tons of fun activities such as trampolines, bouncy castles and face painting for children, well stocked bars and delicious fast food available, people started pouring in to the venue as early as 13:00h although the event was scheduled to begin two hours later. Children enjoyed the mini fun park as parents and other older folks flocked

the pavilions in anticipation of the commencement of one of the biggest events to be hosted in Berbice. The U.S. based bikers made six 30-minute appearances throughout the day and with each performance they thrilled the audience a little more with dangerous flicks, tricks and stunts. The Jamzone Summer Break 2013 Bikers Fest (Berbice Edition) was a success overall but now all the attention will be focused on the Georgetown leg slated for the National Park on August 18. The venue is expected to be filled to capacity as was seen last year. For the first time, Hits

and Jams has introduced an event which will see bikers definitely thrilling the audience with their gripping stunts, including ramp riding, high flying BMX bikes and skateboarding. Not forgetting our own home grown performers, the event will also feature local riders displaying their talent on bicycles, CBRs and ATVs, and rumour has it that a particular grandmother will be among the riding crew. Bikers Fest seeks to inspire the youth by showing that one can be successful if they follow their passion. Bikers Fest is billed as a treat for the entire family.

Lake Mainstay's 3rd annual Rider’s Fest set for this Saturday


ake Mainstay Resort is expected to host its much anticipated Rider’s Fest this Saturday at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, Essequibo Coast. The main attraction of the event is the 10 motorcycles 125cc races of 12 laps each for both pros and novices. There will also be two ‘Chappy’ races of eight laps each which are opened to all riders. The action is slated to commence at 18:00h but the gates will be opened at 16:00h. After the events are completed, Pream’s Mega Sound System will take over for a night of partying. Also there will be a Children’s Fun Park with trampolines and other games including face painting and bouncy castle at the event. Food will not be an issue since there will be lots to eat and drink from a variety of food and drink bars.

The two previous Rider’s Fests were well received by the Essequibians, with very exciting and competitive races by both professional and Novice riders. Top riders such as Peter Tulshi, Andy Rajkarran, Andy Wong, Alvin Balgobin, Vakesh and others from across the country are expected to entertain the audience. They will be competing for over $1 million in cash and trophies. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third placed finishers. Admission to the event cost $1000 for adults while children under 10-years-old will pay $500 each. Patrons are encouraged to be early at the venue to secure their vantage points to view these breathtaking and exciting races. For further information, please call 2262975, 771-4951 or 771-4960.

Mr Guyana Talented Teen contestant


ighteen-year-old Fazil Rahaman also referred to as “Imran” was born at the Georgetown Public Hospital to Mr and Mrs Rahaman. He is the third of four siblings; Tatiana his only sister and brothers Chris and Cannon who are older. This subtle young man grew up in the beautiful village of Grove on the East Bank of Demerara and was very content with what he had. His siblings were always there to support him even if he did something wrong. Like many others, his childhood was one which taught him to be who he is today – honest, outspoken, and willing. At present, he is not employed but he started his academic life at Campbell’s Trust Nursery School then moved on to Grove Primary School and completed his secondary school education at Xenon Academy. Apart from those, he completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training at the Guyana Red Cross. However, his passion for modelling came at an early age when he found himself taking time to look at international pageants on television and thought that one day he will be able to represent Guyana at a Male International Pageant. He has garnered tremendous support from

his family and friends who are always encouraging him to give it a try. Thus far his experience in this industry has boosted his self confidence; it helped him to come out of his shell, to be spontaneous and to be competitive and has taught him to always keep his head held high no matter the challenge. Rahaman will be participating in the Mr Guyana Talented Teen Pageant this year and he hopes to win the title. If he wins, he intends to leave tears in people’s eyes, be able to spread words of joy, and more over the title will give him the opportunity to live life to the fullest. If not successful, he hopes to be an ambassador for his country and more importantly, work with children that are less fortunate or children that are autistic. “I want to be able to help kids for I know what it feels like to be the kid that never had everything I always wanted. I see myself in another five years as happy as ever, for I will be able to touch not one but many lives… I want to be an inspiration to younger men and in another five years to be an entrepreneur”. He said that his greatest inspiration and role model are his parents. “It’s funny, growing up, I always felt my parents were a big reason

“OMG” for ICC this Saturday


he Indian Cultural Centre, at Lot 67 New Haven, Bel Air, Georgetown is inviting all members of the public to view a comedy titled “OMG” on Saturday, August 17 from 17:30h at its headquarters. OMG is a satirical comedy directed by Umesh Shukla. The film tells the story of Kanji Lalji Mehta (played by Paresh Rawal) who does not believe in God and whose shop was damaged in an earth tremor. When the insurance company says it cannot pay him because the tremour was an ‘act of God’, he then decides to sue some of the religious organisations who he says are representatives of God. The film also stars Akshay Kumar and Mithun Chakraborty. Admission is to the viewing is absolutely free.

why I was depressed and I saw them as unfit parents. Yet now that I’m older and wiser, I see how much they struggled for myself and my siblings and I hope I can be half an amazing parent as they are to us”, the young model related. He further stated that his parents have worked long nights at crappy jobs for very little money, they never had enough to indulge in their spending, but spent all on their children to educate them. He advised young men who always wanted to be in pageantry to go ahead, make the best of it. “Many people might say pageantry is for woman or guys that are gay, but I strongly believe that pageants help you to excel in your confidence, helps you to showcase your hidden talents and make you a role model in society, but never let people tell you it’s for guys that are gay, just be yourself and be the only best model you can be”. This talented young man has no favourite colour while his favourite foods would be anything in the line of pasta; a good Guyanese cook up and a well done tasty steak. He likes spending memorable moments with his friends and family, clubbing, spending time on social networks, meeting new people and travelling to new places and last but not least, learning new things.

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he Nirvana Humanitarian Society is a nonprofit organisation which was established in 1997. Since its inception, Nirvana has been actively involved in the promotion and sustenance of Humanitarian and Cultural activities. The organisation, over the years, has been highly commended for its community work, especially in assisting the less fortunate students on the West Coast Demerara. The Nirvana Learning Resource Centre currently provides several accredited low-cost computer training programmes, lifeskills training programmes and a well-stocked library. This diversified organisation has over the years produced starstudded performances in Guyana. Many can remember the sterling “Laff till yuh belly bust” production followed by the captivating “Visa Wedding” and the enjoyable “Parika Market Starboy” drama productions in Guyana. After the sold-out performance of “Visa Wedding” and the “Parika Market Starboy” in Guyana; USA and Canada, the organisation presents a theatrical drama that showcases the cultural trials and journey of our Indian Fore parent in India to then British Guiana. The show is titled “The Dancing Bells of Rekha” and is held under the backdrop of Guyana’s 175th Indian Arrival anniversary. The superb masterpiece will take the audience back in time to the golden era of motherland India and then travel to the land of sugar cultivation the then British Guiana under the direction of the talented

Ramesh Deochan. This mesmerising piece will be merged with a grand variety concert which will showcase some of Guyana’s best including the Ishara Dance Troupe, Nachgana Dance Company and songs from the versatile Shiva Nayan backed by the Caribbean Hot Shots Band. The four-day extravaganza promises to be breathtaking and would deliver another top class production. The premiere is set for August 23 and 24 at the Astro Cinema, Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD at 19:00h. The show then moves to the Cornelia Ida, Mandir ground, Cornelia Ida, WCD on August 25 at 18:30h with the final showing on August 31 at the Indian Monument Garden, Camp and Church streets, Georgetown at 19:00h. Admission to the event is $1000 for adults and $500. Tickets are available at The Feed Shop, Sandy Babb Street, Kitty; N&S Mattai, Water Street and M&M Snackette Harbour Bridge and those who wish for additional information can contact the organiser on 2750719; 276-0013 or 680-5999.

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Zouks beat Hawksbills Top trio to join Limacol CPL franchises by 17 runs (D/L method)


ntigua Hawksbills went down by 17 runs to the St Lucia Zouks after falling behind on the Duckworth-Lewis calculations at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, on Thursday night. When the rains came the Hawksbills had 76-3 from 10.4 overs, needing another 104 runs with seven wickets in hand and 56 balls remaining to beat the St Lucia Zouks, who earlier had posted an imposing 179-4. At the crease were captain Marlon Samuels on 22 from 23 balls and Orlando Peters, who was yet to yet to face a delivery. Johnson Charles (12), Kieran Powell (12) and Jahmar Hamilton (24) were the dismissed batsmen. Garey Mathurin and Tino Best were the wicket takers for the Zouks, snaring figures of 2-26 (3) and 1-8 (1.4) respectively. Earlier, the Zouks won the toss and decided

to bat and posted 179-4 with Andre Fletcher (76), Darren Sammy (35 not out) and Devon Smith being the principal scorers. Rakheem Cornwall and Samuels took two wickets apiece for the Hawksbills.

Andre Fletcher

SCOREBOARD St Lucia Zouks innings Tamim Iqbal c Powell b Samuels 20 A Fletcher† b Samuels 76 DS Smith c Cotterrell b Cornwall 29 Misbah-ul-Haq c Powell b Cornwall 8 D Sammy* not out 35 A Morkel not out 1 Extras: (lb3, w6, nb1) 10 Total: (4 wkts, 20 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-92, 3-106, 4-165 Bowling: K Roach 4-0-27-0, O Peters 4-0-44-0, S Cotterrell 4-0-36-0, M Samuels 4-033-2, R Cornwall 4-0-36-2

Antigua Hawksbills innings J Charles b Mathurin 12 K Powell c & b Mathurin 12 J Hamilton† b Best 24 M Samuels* not out 22 Extras: (lb2, w3) 5 Total: (3 wkts, 10.4 overs) 76 To bat: O Peters, BJ Rohrer, DC Thomas, RT Ponting, RRS Cornwall, KAJ Roach, SS Cotterrell Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-30, 3-76 Bowling: G Mathurin 3-0-26-2, L Sebastien 1-0-8-0, D Sammy 3-019-0, T Best 1.4-0-8-1, A Morkel 1-0-9-0, S Shillingford 1-0-4-0

T&T’s Jehue Gordon wins 400m hurdles gold


rinidad & Tobago’s Jehue Gordon pipped American Michael Tinsley to the men’s 400m hurdles title at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Thursday. Gordon, 21, clocked 47.69s, the fastest in the world this year, with Olympic silver medallist Tinsley taking silver with a personal best of 47.70. Ezekiel Kemboi won his third straight 3,000m steeplechase world title, with fellow Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto second. Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko won the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.41m. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 400m hurdles, Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi the women’s 1500m and Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia the women’s triple jump. Gordon hunted down the fast-starting Tinsley over the second 200m and won courte-

sy of a lunging finish. Serbia’s Emir Bekric finished third in 48.05. Gordon’s was his country’s first World Championships gold medal since Ato Boldon won the 200m crown in 1997. The flamboyant Kemboi, who clocked eight minutes and 6.01 seconds, pointed across to the 18-year-old Kipruto (8:06.37) as he crossed the line in a gesture of defiance. Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (8:07.86) finished third. Kemboi, 31, matches Moses Kiptanui’s three successive world titles, won between 1991 and 1995. Bondarenko had three failed attempts at Javier Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m but had already seen off Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim (2.38m), who in turn beat Canada’s Derek Drouin on countback. Olympic bronze medallist Hejnova came on strong in the second half of the race to clock

Semi-final bound... He delivered two good yorkers without success but his third would defeat Gayle, rippling through the Jamaican’s late defence. Gayle had scored 43 from 46 balls and once again, his patient approach had failed. Rudolph kept going, stroking two consecutive fours to keep the Tallawahs in the hunt. Narine returned to take his wicket. Sarwan mixed up his bowlers quite well, almost too well. He was left with a tough decision on who should bowl the final over with ten runs needed, and all of his front-line bowlers done. If it was any consolation though, Santokie had gotten rid of

52.83 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. Americans Dalilah Muhammad (54.09) and Lashinda Demus (54.27), the defending champion, finished second and third respectively. Aregawi, formerly of Kenya, clocked four minutes, 2.67 seconds to beat defending champion Jenny Simpson of the United States (4:02.99) into second. Kenya’s Hellen Onsando Obiri (4:03.86) was third. American Allyson Felix got her campaign for a fourth 200m title and ninth World Championships gold under way with victory in her heat in a season’s best time of 22.30 seconds. Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is bidding for a sprint double after regaining her 100m title, won her heat in 22.54. Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure, who took silver in the 100m, won her heat in 22.46. (BBC Sport)

Lasith Malinga


t John’s, ANTIGUA – Three of the world’s leading Twenty20 players, the Sri Lanka duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga, along with former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, are coming to play in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL), organisers have confirmed. Batsman Jayawardene, who sits in tenth place in the list of all-time run-scorers in Twenty20 cricket, is stepping in for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in place of South African Davy Jacobs, ruled out with an injury to his right ankle. Fast bowler Malinga, second in the list of all-time wicket-takers in the shortest form of the game, replaces Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, with Hafeez set to join his country’s upcoming Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe. Malinga once took four wickets in four balls for Sri Lanka against South Africa in 2007’s ICC Cricket World Cup in Guyana. Like Hafeez, Umar Akmal of the Barbados Tridents is also heading to Zimbabwe with his national team, which has created the opportunity for Mahmood, currently fourth in that list of all-time Twenty20 wicket-takers. In another change, Orlando Peters has also been confirmed as the replacement for South Africa all-rounder Justin Kemp for the Antigua Hawksbills with Kemp side lined with an injury to his right gluteal muscle. Commenting on his impending LCPL debut, Jayawardene said: “I’ve always enjoyed playing crick-

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hard-hitting right hander Andre Russell in the penultimate over. Barnwell produced a very good last over, getting the wickets of Vernon Philander and Dave Bernard. Carlton Baugh couldn’t get the ball away. It quite summarised the challenge of batting on that Sabina Park wicket. The Tallawahs had fallen five runs short, but after Barnwell’s first three balls, the Warriors looked all out favourites. Seemingly, it was that type of wicket, where a score around 140 would be competitive. It was quite similar for the Warriors batsmen. Openers Lendl Simmons and Martin

Guptill put on a partnership of 68 runs, but it came from 59 balls; so even those two couldn’t get away. Simmons hit two sixes and two fours in his score of 30, but his two sixes came in consecutive balls. Guptill struck five fours, scoring 39 from 36 balls. James Franklin, promoted up the order to number three, would give the Warriors the boost in run rate they needed. He’s been in fine touch and continued on Thursday afternoon. He hammered 40 from just 29 balls, but ran hard between the wickets. He struck two sixes and a four. He batted through to the 20th over before being one of

three wickets to fall in the last over of the Warriors’ innings. Barnwell chipped in with 11, but it was Franklin’s knock that made the difference between a win and a loss. It was perhaps some consolation that he was awarded the Limacol Super Six of the Match for his 97 metre boundary. Narine’s 4-0-10-1 however, gave him the coveted Manof-the-Match award. Walton’s knock of 36 runs from 20 balls earned him the Digicel 4G Fastest Scorer award. Maybe he’s in line to open the batting for the Tallawahs this weekend. They lose again, and it could be curtains. (CPL)

Mahela Jayawardene

Azhar Mahmood

et in the Caribbean, so I am really looking forward to this short stint with T&T Red Steel. “We have got a really talented young team and I hope I can help us first get into the semi-finals and then go on and challenge for the title. “It should be a really entertaining and exciting finale to the tournament,” he added. Lasith Malinga agreed.  “Playing cricket in the West Indies is always fun and I am really looking forward to playing in the final stages of the inaugural Limacol CPL. “I’ve been following the progress of the tournament back home and I am very happy to be joining the Guyana Amazon Warriors.” The 36 year-old Jayawardene has played for three franchises – Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Kochi Tuskers Kerala – in the Indian Premier League (IPL).  He has a total of 3876 runs in the shortest form of the game at an average of 29.36 and a strike-rate of 130.02 runs per hundred balls, including two hundreds, and he captained Sri Lanka to the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last October. Jayawardene, who has more than 23,000 runs in international cricket, has played 138 Tests, 404 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 48 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He led Sri Lanka in 38 Tests, 129 ODIs and 19 T20Is and it is hoped he will be available for the Red Steel’s match against the St Lucia Zouks in Jamaica on Saturday. Malinga has 219 wickets in Twenty20 cricket, a mark bettered only by one player – South Africa’s Alfonso Thomas. That haul of wickets includes the remarkable analysis of six for seven for the Melbourne Stars against the Perth

Scorchers last December in the latest Big Bash League in Australia. The 29 year-old has played in 30 Tests, 152 ODIs and 45 T20Is and has a total of 387 international wickets. He is one of only seven bowlers in history to have taken more than 50 international wickets in the shortest form of the game. Azhar Mahmood last played for Pakistan in 2007 and since then has become one of the most highly-regarded all-rounders in Twenty20 history. He has played shortform cricket for teams from five different countries – including in India for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL – and most recently has been part of the Surrey side that has reached the semifinal of England’s domestic Twenty20 tournament. Mahmood’s haul of 213 wickets in Twenty20 cricket places him fourth in the list of all-time wicket-takers behind Thomas, Malinga and Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes, and added to that effectiveness with the ball is 3633 runs at a strike-rate of 136.06 runs per hundred balls, including two hundreds. Mahmood’s international career included 21 Tests and 143 ODIs with his last appearance in Pakistan colours coming during the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007. The 25 year-old Orlando Peters made his Limacol CPL debut for the Antigua Hawksbills on Tuesday and made a crucial 31 from 22 balls to help steer the home side to victory over the Barbados Tridents in a lowscoring thriller. The Tridents’ next match is on Saturday 17 August against Jamaica Tallawahs in Kingston, while the Guyana Amazon Warriors next action is on the same day, against the Antigua Hawksbills in Antigua. The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League runs until 24 August with the two semi-finals and final taking place in Trinidad. (CPL)


friday, august 16, 2013

Technical/tactical development an Grenadians arrive area of concern for GFF, says VP for fourth Boyce By Avenash Ramzan


he Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has vowed to sharpen its focus on technical and tactical development, an area Vice President Ivan Persaud believes was gravely underserved by previous administrations. Persaud is in charge of technical and tactical development at the GFF. Speaking at a press conference recently at the GFF office in Dadanawa Street, Campbellville, Persaud said it is “a sad situation” when it comes to the technical development of football in Guyana. He noted however, there is light at the end of the tunnel and the executives of the GFF are determined to remedy the situation by placing strong emphasis on that area of football development. Persaud said the process will start at the club level with programmes to be rolled out soon.

Ivan Persaud

“We’re actually in a sad situation regarding technical development in Guyana, because if we understand that we have almost 100 registered clubs, we only have 25 registered coaches, and out of those coaches, we only have about five or six or seven who are qualified to coach football. So we can understand the dire straits in which we operate regarding the coaching of football,” Persaud lamented. He added, “What we’re trying to propagate at the Guyana Football Federation

is to make sure we educate our coaches to the level where we can have, by now and 2015, a registered and qualified coach for each club. On that basis we’re trying to make sure every quarter [every three months], we have one seminar with respect to coaching, one seminar with respect to referees development, one seminar with respect to psycho-social issues affecting players and one seminar regarding the scientific development of football.” Another aim of the GFF, Persaud said, is to produce elite footballers, and to achieve this, the executives are keen on having the necessary programmes, competitions and even scholarships to create the right environment for such heights to be achieved. “If we look since Guyana was registered with FIFA in 1902, we haven’t been able to provide to the nation or to produce an elite player, so we’re hoping after all of this

is done, very shortly we will be able to do that,” Persaud reckoned. However, Persaud feels the right opportunities must be created for local players to aim for those lofty goals, something the GFF is prepared to create. He said, “With respect to our technical development, one of the parts is to allow them [players] the opportunity to see that dream, to live that dream, to be in that place at the correct time with respect to their age and their ability, and the GFF plans to provide that opportunity with respect to scholarships. We are hoping to continue targeting schools where we have the widest range of talents in our country, and also to work at the grassroots level.” The GFF 2013 season kicked off on Sunday at the GCC ground, Bourda, and according to Persaud, technical and tactical development will be one of the focal points.

and Jefford Classic

Kenisha Pascal (left) pose with Reon Radix (extreme right) and coach Kwame Hypolite at Olympic House after arriving in Guyana on Thursday morning. Saved as grenadians


renadian athletes Kenisha Pascal and Reon Radix, along with coach, Kwame Hypolite, arrived in Guyana on Thursday morning to compete in the Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic on August 17 and 18 at the Police Sports Club, ground, Eve Leary and Mackenzie Sports Club respectively. Pascal will compete in the female 1500m and 3000m while Radix will be part of the men’s 1500m and 5000m events. Pascal, who ran at the event last year, related to media representatives that she is more focused this and aims to improve her times in both events. The first three finishers will receive US$250, US$150 and US$100 respectively. “I am hoping to perform at the best of my ability. Hopefully, I can get in the top three and return a better time than last year,” Pascal stated. The international women’s 1500m race will feature an impressive field, including Pascal, who views Alika Morgan and Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero as her biggest threats. Nero, Morgan, triple Carifta Games gold medalist

Jevina Straker and Carifta Games bronze medalist, Andrea Foster, along Carifta bronze medalist Jonella Jonas, will also feature in the event. In addition to the 16 females who have registered for the event, Carifta gold medalist Cassey George, a Lindener, will feature at the event as a guest athlete to add some more spice to the race. On the other hand, Radix will be competing in the Men’s 1500m and 5000m races. He said he looks forward to being tested against Guyana’s best, Cleveland Forde. “It will be my first international competition for quite some time, since CARIFTA in 2008 to be exact. I am looking to better my times and matching strides with international competition,” Pascal stated. Radix will also be tested by top local distance runners Dennis Horatio from Police and Jamaul Chisholm from the Guyana Defence Force. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname athletes are expected to arrive today since Caribbean Airlines has partly sponsored the airfare for the regional contingents.

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces retirement


imbledon champion Marion Bartoli is retiring from tennis just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title. The 28-year-old Frenchwoman, ranked seventh in the world, said she was taking the decision with immediate effect because of persistent injuries. She made the tearful announcement at a media conference following defeat by Simona Halep at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. “It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career,” she told reporters. “I feel it’s time for me to walk away.” Bartoli, who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final in July, said her Achilles, shoulder, hip and lower back hurt continually when she plays.

She added: “It’s never easy, but that was actually the last match of my career. I just can’t do it anymore.” After her 6-1 6-4 win at Wimbledon, Bartoli hinted that the physical demands of the sport were taking their toll. “That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me,” she said on Wednesday. The 2007 Wimbledon runner-up had won her first Grand Slam at the 47th attempt - the longest wait in women’s tennis before a maiden Grand Slam. She had returned from her Wimbledon triumph to play in Toronto last week and was playing her first match in Cincinnati having received a first-round bye. However, the 3-6 6-4 6-1 loss to Halep appears to have been the last straw. (BBC Sport)

friday, august 16, 2013

36 youngsters complete successful cricket academy at Enmore


RBC bandstand race set for Sunday

By Rajiv Bisnauth


hirty-six aspiring cricketers from Enmore and neighbouring villages on the East Coast of Demerara on last Friday completed a five-day beginners’ cricket academy at the Enmore Community Centre. The academy, which commenced on August 5 last and concluded on August 9, catered for youngsters at the under-19 level. While the aim of the academy was to educate the youths on the basics of cricket, they were lectured on the importance of food and nutrition, road safety, leadership and discipline. The participants were also given lectures on athletics and karate. Speaking at the closing ceremony on Wednesday Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony told the participants to aspire for further involvement in sport that will ultimately aid their own development. “One of the things we have been doing, was having these programmes across the country where we are trying to get young people to be involved in sports. But we just don’t want you come to the camp and just stop, we want you to stay in sport, enjoy it and to then develop yourself so maybe some of you will be able to represent our country. We had a number of persons from Enmore that have represented Guyana in cricket, so if you continue

Riders from the various clubs will engage in rivalry on Sunday around the seawall bandstand

Sitting from left are Sport Director Neil Kumar, Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony, and facilitators Rajian Tiwari and Latchman Yadram. Behind are participants displaying their certificates of participation

in sport you can get there,” the minister stated. Meanwhile, the minister indicated that his ministry is willing to join hands in partnership with the aim of restoring the Enmore Cricket Club to its former glory. He spoke with regard for the work of the community, especially when it comes to the club, which was dormant for approximately a decade. “We want to revitalise the club so that we will have an active sport club and where we can have active programmes. Over the last couple of months the ministry has been working with people in the community here to ensure we put more programme in place. “The ministry is also working with both GuySuCo and residents of the community to develop some of the infrastructure to the facility; if you can see we have already constructed a new pavilion. The gate and sight screen are in the process and once those fa-

Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony hands over a certificate of participation (Chaitram Choonilall photo)

cilities are in place you can come here and enjoy them,” Anthony said. Director of Sport Neil Kumar in his remarks urged the participants to make full use of what they learned during the five days. He also urged the youngsters to pay attention to their education since apart from being cricketers they can also become Scorers, Umpires, Sport Journalists, Selectors and Coaches. Cricket coach Latchman Yadram de-

scribed the academy as “a grand success”. He said the objective of the camp was to promote and develop young cricketers and to instill in them the value and importance of discipline in sports, as well as, good sportsmanship. Yadram also used the opportunity to thank all those who contributed to making the academy an overwhelming success. Sessions were conducted by Yadram, Rajian Tiwari, Nazim Yassim and Mahendra Sharma.


iders of the various clubs affiliated to the Guyana Cycling Federation will throw down the gauntlet on Sunday when the Roraima Bikers Club (RBC) stages the first Bryden and Fernandes 10-race event around the seawall bandstand in Kingston, Georgetown. The event was originally scheduled for July 21 at the same venue, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather. According to president of the RBC, Brian Allen, the club had decided to take a decision to reschedule the day’s activities in the interest of cyclists’ safety. Looking ahead to this weekend, Allen said fans can look forward to a keenly contested day of racing, since the weather has improved significantly and the cyclists are eager to go at each other. For this event, the club has collab-

Brian Allen

orated for the first time with Bryden and Fernandes, a subsidiary of the John Fernandes Group of Companies, to stage the 10-race event. Allen said the aim of utilising the seawall bandstand is to generate spectators’ interest in the sport, and he is pleased that Bryden and Fernandes has seen it fit to assist in this regard. In July, the RBC, in partnership with the National Milling Company (Namilco), attracted a massive crowd for the 10th annual Caricom Day event, held around at

the same venue for the first time, and Allen is confident the Bryden and Fernandes’ activity will be just as successful. When action pedals off at 10:00h on Sunday, leading cyclists from across the country will compete in the feature race, the Bryden and Fernandes Classic, which will go for 30 laps, and carries a top prize of $10,000. The six top finishers will receive cash incentives, according to Allen. Other races carded for the day include the 12-14 Juveniles (three laps), Junior/Catgory Four (five laps), Category 1-3 (five laps), Veteran Over50 (five laps), Veteran Under-50 (five laps), Team Time Trial (four laps), Win and Out (eight laps), Mountain Bike Open (five laps) and Female Open (five laps). The top three finishers in these races will receive cash awards.

friday, august 16, 2013

Sports is no longer our game, it’s our business

Semi-final bound!


Antigua Hawksbills 98-5 beat Barbados Tridents 97-9 by five wickets

Miserly Barnwell helps Warriors trump Tallawahs


hristopher Barnwell came up trumps with a superb last over to help the Guyana Amazon Warriors defeat the Jamaica Tallawahs by five runs. However, the path to the Warriors’ victory was paved well before Barnwell’s first over, which was the last of the game. Ideally, it was a scrap to the finish just as the match suggested it would be. A win for either team would have virtually guaranteed them a spot in the top four and ultimately the semi-finals. The Tallawahs won the toss and asked the Amazon Warriors to bat first on Thursday afternoon in their first home game. The pitch played quite slow and batsmen couldn’t hit through the line of the ball. As a result, the Warriors limped to 139-6 from their 20 overs. It was down to a quick knock from James Franklin that propelled the Warriors’ innings. The Tallawahs seemed relatively satisfied indeed with their effort in the field at the halfway stage. However, they endured the same hurdles the Warriors had to overcome earlier in the afternoon. The ball didn’t come on to the bat so the batsmen couldn’t hit through the line of the ball comfortably. Chris Gayle

and Ahmed Shehzad were slow in the first half of the Powerplay. In fact, when Shehzad got frustrated having scored three runs from seven balls, he opted for the sweep against Mohammad Hafeez and was out Leg Before Wicket. The Tallawahs didn’t need to score at a rapid rate though, or so it would seem. They boast some of the biggest hitters in the tournament, including a new one who introduced himself to the world on Thursday afternoon. Chadwick Walton, playing in his first game for the Tallawahs joined his skipper upon Shehzad’s dismissal. He took a few deliveries to settle in but played positively on a wicket that was difficult to bat on. Once in, Walton took the attack to the Warriors spinners, hitting an array of boundaries. His best over was against Hafeez when he struck two sixes and a four in the eighth over worth 18 runs. For the start of the middle overs, he looked to be just what the Tallawahs needed. Gayle at the other end was batting patiently, trying to bat through the innings once more. Walton though could keep the scoreboard ticking. He added 46 runs with his skipper taking the score to 66/2 before he failed to clear

Franklin at long-off. His knock of 36 runs from 20 balls was crucial in the first half of the Tallawahs’ chase but then the quick wicket of Danza Hyatt followed as Veerasammy Permaul came into the attack. Gayle and Jacques Rudolph would put on 26 runs from 23 balls before the

pressure would take its toll. The Tallawahs kept chasing the game. Runs required were constantly more than balls left. Gayle smashed two sixes in two overs to wind up his arm but Krishmar Santokie was brought back at the start of the 15th over. turn to page 21

SCOREBOARD Guyana Amazon Warriors L Simmons c  A Russell b Muralitharan  30 M Guptill lbw  Gayle   39 J Franklin  c   Russell  b V Philander   40 C Barnwell run out  (Philander)  11 M Hafeez  run out  (Bernard Jr)  6 + D Ramdin c   Gayle  b  V Philander    2 * R Sarwan  not   out     0 Extras: (lb3, w8) 11 Total: (6  wkts, 20 overs)  139 Did not bat:  S Narine, V Permaul, K Santokie, S Jacobs. Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-91, 3-124, 4-134, 5-139, 6-139 Bowling: D Bernard Jr 2-026-0 (2w), V Philander  4-023-2  (1w), N Miller  4-020-0, M Muralitharan  4-0-35-1 (1w), C Gayle 4-015-1, A Russell  2-0-17-0.

Christopher Barnwell (CPL)

Jamaica Tallawahs 134-8 *C Gayle b K Santokie  A Shehzad lbw  M Hafeez  C Walton c  Franklin  b S

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Jacobs 36 D Hyatt c and b  V Permaul   2 J Rudolph c  Barnwell  b S Narine  18 A Russell c Narine b Santokie  14 V Philander c Guptill b Barnwell   1 +C Baugh Jr not out  10 D Bernard Jr c Sarwan b Barnwell  0 N Miller not out  0 Extras: (lb3, w4) 7 Total: (8 wkts, 20 overs)  134 Did not bat:  M Muralitharan Fall of wickets:  1-20, 2-66, 3-72, 4-98, 5-116, 6-123, 7-130, 8-131. Bowling: K Santokie   4-033-2, M Hafeez  4-0-35-1, S Narine  4-0-10-1, S Jacobs 4-0-24-1, V Permaul 3-0-251 (2w), C Barnwell  1-0-4-2. Toss: Jamaica Tallawahs Result: Guyana Amazon Warriors won by five runs. Points: Guyana Amazon Warriors 2, Jamaica Tallawahs   0 Man of the match: Sunil Narine (Guyana Amazon Warriors)

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