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Nationwide coverage from the best news team in Guyana Issue No. 1876


Friday, August 30, 2013

Govt mulls drafting new hydropower plan


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P7 Ituni residents protest deplorable LindenKwakwani Road

No inquiry needed P10 into education system – Dr Luncheon

Cabinet P11 approves several contracts

First credit bureau gets licence to operate See story on page 13 Creditinfo’s Senior Manager Kristinn Orn Agnarsson poses with his licence along with Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, Central Bank Governor Lawrence Williams and other officials at the Bank of Guyana ceremony

Guyana, China ink US$8.16M aid pact See story on page 9

More talks scheduled with govt, CAL over airfare – Ali See story on page 8

Police issue wanted P11 bulletin for Albouystown murder suspect

President to attend P11 UNASUR summit in Suriname today


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The Demerara Harbour Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, August 30 from 13:00h to 14:30h. The Berbice River Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, August 30 from 12:25-13:55h.

WEATHER TODAY Countrywide: Thundery showers can be expected during the day with overcast conditions prevailing in the evening over coastal and near inland locations. Temperatures are expected to range between 24 degrees and 29 degrees Celsius. Winds: Easterly between 1.34 and 2.23 metres per second. High Tide: 11:36h and 00:05h reaching maximum heights of 2.04 metres and 2.10 metres respectively. Low Tide: 17:31h reaching a minimum height of 1.20 metres.

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Govt mulls drafting new hydropower plan I

n the wake of the virtual collapse of the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project, government on Thursday announced that with support from its international counterparts, it is toying with the idea of drafting a new hydropower initiative. Addressing a news conference at the Office of the President on Thursday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon said more stakeholders have withdrawn their support from the US$840 million hydropower project. “For all intents and purposes, that project, with that specific design is dead, whatever small windows of opportunity that were mooted to exist appear less and less likely to be available to the stakeholders to resuscitate the project with its current design,” he explained. His comments come days after the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) announced that

it had ceased work on its due diligence report on the project. Dr Luncheon said that the vision of establishing a hydropower plant in the country as an alternative source of energy is not dead. “Already interests have been expressed by multilateral and bilateral sources in redesigning a project that would utilise our hydropower potential specifically at Amaila Falls to keep our dream, our thrust for renewable energy playing a transformative role in the life and economy of Guyana,” Dr Luncheon said. He, however, declined to disclose the names of the agencies or countries that have signalled their interest in helping Guyana realise this dream. According to him, only when the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project is completely dead, would the names be disclosed. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh disclosed that the due diligence report on the Amaila

Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon

Falls project had been abruptly halted. The A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) was highly criticised, with the government stating that the coalition is a major contributor to the death of the project. According to the finance minister, the APNU was asked to give its support which would have paved the way for the IDB to complete its report on the hydropower project. “Having spent millions of dollars

over many years, involving hundreds of experts; their views and expertise could have been used to resolve any issues the APNU would have had with this project. Instead the party chooses to prevent the IDB from completing its work without reason,” the finance minister said in a statement. However, APNU said it will not take responsibility. “APNU agreement to any IDB proposal has never been stated as a precondition to any aspect of Amaila Falls hydro project,” the coalition’s chairman, David Granger said. He noted that the APNU had nothing to do with and did not influence the IDB’s decision on any matter in any way. Earlier in this month, Sithe Global, one of the major investors in the project and the developer, withdrew, claiming that the project needs the support of the three major political parties in the country.

Labourer charged for counterfeit currency


huroman Dadree, 27, of Bloomfield Village, Corentyne, Berbice was on Thursday slapped with possession of forged currency and simple larceny charges when he appeared before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh at the Whim Magistrate’s Court. He was not required to plead to the charges which stated that between August 1 and August 23

at Bloomfield Village, he had stolen US$2000 from Harrinarine Singh and replaced the bank notes with counterfeit notes. He was granted bail in the sum of 100,000 and will make another court appearance on September 13 when a date is expected to be set for the commencement of trial. Dadree was taken into custody after he alleged-

ly stole the money from a friend with whom he shared a house for the past six years at Bloomfield. According to information received, on Friday the complainant reportedly went to collect the money which was in an envelope in his bedroom to pay for goods he had ordered, but upon sorting through the bills, he realised something was amiss.


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Law and invasion


t is almost certain that the U.S. is going to carry out its threat to intervene directly in the Syrian civil war. Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. had concluded the Syrian government had carried out chemical weapons attacks against its people. Given that he had declared that such an attack would mean the Assad regime had crossed a “red line” that would precipitate an American response, there does not appear to be any wriggle room left. Behind the scenes, there is an intense debate about the legal basis for such an action even as United Nations (UN) weapons inspectors were in Syria assessing whether chemical weapons have been used. The UN law is very clear on the subject: its charter forbids countries from “the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state”. This makes war illegal and is a descendant of the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928, the first general treaty to outlaw war. The UN Charter makes no allowance for the intentions of the states involved. Except in self-defence, the charter outlaws all war-making by states, and is unconcerned with the motivation of the states involved. Whether a state intends to save a population from genocide, to punish a neighbour for an insult, or to gain territory by aggression, the charter treats all the same. All are forbidden by Article 2(4). The charter instead creates a collective process centred on the UN Security Council, which has the authority to marshal the collective resources of the world’s governments “in defence of international peace and security”. This was the legal justification for the removal of Iraq from Kuwait in 1989. Like Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, the UN takes from states their autonomy over the use of force (except in self-defence) and gives it to a centralised agent that acts collectively on their behalf. This is sometimes referred to as “pooling sovereignty”. On the same day that President Obama made his declaration, Russia and China walked out of a UN Security Council meeting as word surfaced Britain planned to pursue a resolution to authorise the use of force against Syria. Russia, a firm ally of the Bashar al-Assad regime, has invoked the UN clause to declare that any unilateral action by the U.S. or other countries would be “a violation of international law”. With both Russia and China having a veto in the Security Council, the U.S. will not receive any approval for its action from that quarter. Just before the British government’s motion to intervene was defeated in Parliament, they had announced their justification: “The legal basis for military action would be humanitarian intervention; the aim is to relieve humanitarian suffering by deterring or disrupting the further use of chemical weapons.” In the face of such “outrages”, outside governments are allowed, and perhaps even required, to intervene. This view has been growing in strength since the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and adds a third kind of war that is considered lawful to the portfolio of international legal options: In addition to self-defence and unanimous Security Council approval, war is legal if it is used to prevent mass humanitarian disasters. This has come to be known as the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).  The French, which have announced that they also support an American action, do so, however, from another position: humanitarian intervention in Syria may indeed be illegal but it should be pursued anyway. This is what occurred when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces bombed Kosovo in 1999 for almost three months to stop President Slobodan Milosovic’s depredations against the Kosovar population. The Independent Commission on Kosovo later declared the war was widely considered to be “illegal but legitimate”. It will be interesting to learn exactly which of the latter two “justifications” the U.S. will use when they may now act without the support of Britain.

Awardees of bursaries and work-study students display their certificates following a presentation at the NEW GPC Farm headquarters on Thursday (Carl Croker photo) See story on page 7

Private versus public schools Dear Editor, The comparison between the private and public school system in any particular country cannot be over emphasised. Here in Guyana, even before we proceed to stating any advantages of one over the other, we need to highlight some major differences between the two in terms of a philosophical mindset. The public school system is under the aegis of the government. So in a real sense its schools are owned, loved and cared for in their entirety by the government. Its mandate then, in being government, is to give to the public a good and essential education that would build up tomorrow’s leader. Such thinking is not to be taken lightly. It impinges on nation building in a futuristic long term manner. This is extremely vital to any democracy, particularly a young one like Guyana. Put therefore in a simple way, the government of Guyana, via the Education Ministry, has targets in mind to help the nation holistically and permanently. In other words, if there is a shortage of skills or human resource in any particular area, then the thinking would be to work in this

direction. It is very unlikely that private schools will be of this mind set. Their orientation is completely different. If and when they contribute to national goals, it is merely incidental. We never hear of these private schools taking census, so as to arrest any kind of negative trends in their results. We also never hear of them targeting specific areas where national development is concerned. The great divide is that government thinks of nation building in a collective manner, irrespective of a single school and its gaining glory. The private schools are much more self oriented, individualistic and selfishly competitive. It is as if myopia and solipsism form their world view. For example, the Education Ministry is currently taking steps to address the decline in English language returns, and in its first pilot project, about two years ago, mathematics and science proved positively significant. When it comes to the socio-psycho constructs, investigations and oversight from government are the norm in matters of abuse and discipline, and teachers’ negligence. From the standpoint of discipline, government

takes an active role in students’ behaviour, not just their academic performance. Government focuses on all facets of child development. Buttressing this all-round development is the school intake, since in government schools, there is a blurring of class structures. The private schools mostly or almost totally cater for the more opulent, and that by itself, even barring actual academic results, sets the stage for a class society, from which government wants to shield its people. If the rich continue to avoid the government schools, they are sending a message of discrimination. This is a huge disadvantage for student development and it is very subversive to the idea of “one people, one nation, one destiny.” It is quite the antithesis to an egalitarian society. When it comes to a qualified teaching staff, government schools come way ahead. It may be flippantly said that the private schools are getting better results, but a few checks have shown that many private schools were and will be able to come off with star performances, but not constant and consistent results. The mean in the government schools

remains quite favourable overall when placed alongside what are the disparity and range in the private settings. We should note too that the trained and qualified teachers, who operate in the private system, are derived compliments of the government of Guyana, whether by virtue of time offs or stipends during training days. This says that private schools are not yet ready to launch their own programmes in terms of a college or any institution where they can produce their own. The fact is that government is losing big on having their trained personnel perform for private institutions. The cost factor is immense as we are sure that even collectively, the private schools will not be able to set up a college for teachers, much less staff it. We make of this that government must work on a new contract that requires private institutions to come through it, paying some kind of fee for seeking to recruit its well trained teachers. If sporting clubs have to pay heavily to buy over contracted players, it seems justifiable that academic institutions should. Yours sincerely, Name withheld by request

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Doodnauth Singh presided Greater attention to safety is needed in our community over fairest election Dear Editor, This is in reference to your news coverage of the funeral rites of the late former Attorney General Doodnauth Singh ( Guyana Times, August 27). Glowing tributes were paid to the outstanding legal doyen – all richly deserving – upon his demise.  It was great to hear Dr Rupert Roopnarain describe Singh as “a man of principles” and he certainly was a professional of such character. The country recalls in December 1997 how Singh, as chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), stood up for principles in announcing the outcome of the general elections when others sought to force him to do otherwise. Thugs sought to derail the outcome of the 1997 general elections, the first genuinely democratic elections since December 1964, with the opposition refusing to accept defeat. Singh

would not allow himself to be bullied to cave in to the demands of political terrorists to throw out the peoples’ verdict at the polls. The people have not forgotten “slo fyah, mo fyah, gyam fyah”. In conversations with me and others, Singh expressed disappointment and deep personal hurt when Dr Roopnarain and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) joined the People’s National Congress (PNC) to attack him (Singh) for enforcing the will of the people in that election. He attributed a lot of the post-election violence and refusal to accept the outcome to the WPA, whose leadership Singh called friends, but the WPA leadership was not friendly to him at a time of need. The PNC went to court to have the election outcome reversed, arguing that voter identification cards should not have been used when casting ballots – a (non-sensical) ruling

the court did make. But Singh did the right thing to swear in the democratically elected president and announce the distribution of seats in Parliament. He became deeply respected after that election for his courage and principles. Singh was known for honesty and dedication to holding a free and fair election and felt betrayed by the WPA for insinuating anything else. In spite of what the court ruled and the opposition stated, the election presided over by Singh was the freest and fairest in post independent Guyana up to that time. May I use this occasion to express my sympathy and condolence with the family of Singh. I wish his soul supreme peace and an eternal heavenly abode that is truly deserving. Yours truly, Vishnu Bisram

Well done, PYO!

Dear Editor, Kudos on all those young people who joined the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) in repainting some pedestrian crossings all across Guyana. This is so commendable, I add quite important too. The organisation has certainly set an example of how young people can be gainfully engaged. It beats just liming and hanging around all day. The PYO mobilised youths from Regions One to 10, asking them to get involved in activism and community work, aimed at making the roadways of the country much safer for all Guyanese, especially children and pedestrians. With the new school term in the offing, the whole exercise was quite timely. I am very impressed with the turn out, maturity and commitment that the young

ones manifested. If all the various groups in Guyana can do one ‘little thing’ like this per year, it would really create a better outlook for the country. I remember a few cleaning up exercises and I was impressed too, but I thought that if people only looked after their waste matter, then clean-up by others would not be necessary. The time and effort can be given to something else. I think of street and village names that should be made at least noticeable, if not attractive. Some sign boards should be put up. Many times, I almost went down the wrong way on roads that are one-direction. I had to ask for information and I said to myself that some work should be done by our people. Many can say that we should leave it to the au-

Stop endorsing women abuse Dear Editor, I am reading almost daily about dismissed cases and dropped charges where a woman would have forgiven her abusive spouse or probably would have begged for him.  We have to move to a new position if we are serious about domestic violence and especially if we want to show that we are serious about protecting abused women.

Some of these women do not even know how much self-damage they are doing when they act in a docile manner. If it is that cases are being dropped when a women relents, then how will the public be on the lookout? We have to stop endorsing women abuse. Yours,  Eunice Watterton

thorities and this is true to an extent. The higher thing to do though is to pitch in and help. I cannot envisage anyone trying to block these kinds of ventures – people will donate towards them, as many can afford things like brushes and paint, if not their time and effort. The thing is to stir the nobler side of mankind and be involved in collective good. Another word here is that Guyana needs to make pedestrian crossing more visible. Every crossing, if not equipped with an overpass, can have a sign board. Also, there should be an approach sign or two, on both sides of the road. It never hurts to be extra-careful.   Yours truly, Stella Carmichael

Dear Editor, Over the last couple of days, a few buildings collapsed in India and Brazil – some of them fell because of age and a lack of maintenance. So I became very interested when I read that right here, heavy winds uprooted several trees in North East La Penitence, one of which fell on a house. I remember very vividly over the last few months, two incidents of high winds. In one case, a single-engine, two-seater aircraft flipped over at the Ogle International Airport. Even

though the aircraft was secured onto the ground, the abnormally high winds upturned it, leaving its wheels in the air. Then during this same period, Herstelling to Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara was without electricity for a spell, as high winds, accompanying the rains, caused two utility poles to collapse. The authorities now have to take things more seriously. In Guyana, there are too many dilapidated buildings and old trees that need pulling down. I am seeing so many rotten poles, both

electrical and others, and yet no one is doing anything. People should act responsibly and ensure that they take safety to a higher level, especially in terms of anything heavy and high. These can be knocked over so easily by the high winds. When it rains, the ground gets soggy too, so that is something to be mindful of. I am sure that the relevant authorities will come when reports are being made. Yours truly, Kumar Persaud

APNU is missing the big picture

Dear Editor, The A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is calling on the police to take measures to ensure that speed limits are enforced. APNU knows it all too well and I call on them to chide drivers too. This will help, as the police are doing the same, but many are not paying attention. I dare say that we have some efficient traffic officers and they are doing a decent job on many occasions.  So when a few bad eggs commit some horrible folly, we cannot just blame the police. We have to chide and challenge these drivers as well. I find APNU to be missing the bigger picture, and it is simply politicising the traffic situation.  Indeed, it will not hurt to have more street lights. I also suggest that police on bikes stake out and track down fast drivers. Many of them are high on alcohol.  It would be good also if at least two officers are stationed at regular spots, not too many miles apart. This will remove the idea that after passing the police, drivers can do whatever they want.

I call on passengers to prevent drivers from driving so fast. The people in buses should take s stand against excessively fast driving.

Commuters have a role to play as well. Respectfully, Sohan Sharma


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Getting involved at your child's school


hether children are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your children that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Many schools now have to raise their own funds for activities and supplies that once were considered basic necessities, and parent volunteers are essential to organising and chaperoning these fundraising events and other school activities.

Reasons to get involved

Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their children the importance of participating in the larger community. Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your children as they grow and change. Even if you have not been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when children reach secondary school. Some parents may experience “volunteer burnout” by the time their children enter high school or decide that the schools don’t need them as much then.

Finding the right opportunity

One of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent-teacher conference. These are usually scheduled early in each school year, and are a great opportunity to approach your child’s teachers or principal about volunteer involvement. If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers. It’s also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Here are just some of the ways a parent volunteer can help: mentor or tutor students; help children with special needs; volunteer in a school computer lab; help organise, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales; help to plan and chaperone events that take place at and away from the school; organise or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an inter-

est in an activity that is not currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team); work as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library; or hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programmes. Remember that not everyone is suited for the same type of involvement — you may have to “try on” a number of activities before you find something that feels right. If you’re at a loss for how you can help, just ask your child’s teacher, who will likely be glad to help you think of something!

Questions to ask

When you offer to help out, find out how much of a time commitment is expected and if it will be ongoing. Be sure to ask if any financial costs are associated with your volunteer activities. If you’re chaperon-

ing a field trip, for example, find out if you’ll be required to pay for transportation and admissions costs. Ask if you’ll need to transport students in your own vehicle or if a school bus will be provided. If you’re organising or helping out with an activity that will take place off the school grounds, be sure to find out if there are any specific school regulations you need to keep in mind or any liability issues you should consider.

Getting started

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when signing up to volunteer: Make it clear before you begin just how much time you’re willing to volunteer. Don’t be afraid to say no if you’re being asked to do more than you feel comfortable with — just try to say it early enough so that someone else can be found to take your place.

Start small

Don’t give your child special treatment or extra attention when you’re volunteering at the school. Follow your child’s cues to find out how much interaction works for both of you. Get frequent feedback from the teachers and students you’re working with. Find out what’s most and least helpful to them, and ask what you can do to make the most of the time you spend on school activities. It’s important to keep the lines of communication open among teachers, administrators, students, and volunteers, and to be flexible and responsive as the needs of the students and the school change. (kidshealth )

Talking to your child’s preschool teacher Part one


nrolling your little one in preschool can bring many questions: How well will my child adjust to preschool? Will my child make friends? Will the teacher understand my child? Establishing and maintaining an open, clear channel of communication with the preschool teacher can lessen many parental concerns.

Getting to know the teacher

When you talk with the teacher, ask about a typical day. You may also want to ask specific questions, such as, “If my child came into class crying one morning, how might you handle that?” or “How do you deal with a child who hits others?” Other useful questions might include how the teacher handles discipline, temper tantrums, toilet teaching, biting, or other preschooler concerns. A teacher’s answers can help you evaluate how creative he or she might be in responding to everyday classroom dilemmas. You can also learn a great deal from how responsive a teacher is to your questions. If the teacher appears defensive, uncomfortable, or uninterested while replying, that could signal future communication problems and may mean that the teacher and preschool aren’t right for your family.

Parent-teacher conferences

Some preschools schedule meetings during the year to discuss the children’s developmental and behavioural progress. Usually, these conferences cover play style and social, language, cognitive, and physical development. A parent-teacher conference should be the time for listening and communicating openly. If your child’s teacher has prepared a formal report for the meeting, let him or her go through it before asking questions. Most of the time, a preschool teacher will emphasise a child’s strengths. But the parent-teacher conference also offers an opportunity to point out areas that children might need to work on. For example, a teacher may suggest writing letters, stringing beads, or practising cutting skills at home to improve fine motor skills. If the teacher has concerns about your child, try not to become defensive — this could make the teacher hesitant to discuss any problems for fear of confrontation. Try to ask direct and focused questions, with the assumption that any problems raised are ones that can be solved. Because of the limited time of most parent-teacher conferences, however, it might be useful to schedule a future time when any troublesome issues can be discussed in more detail. (kidshealth)

7 Ituni residents protest deplorable Linden-Kwakwani Road News

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The Linden-Kwakwani Public Road blocked in the vicinity of Ituni A bus and a truck stuck along a section of the Ituni road


ore than 200 residents of Ituni, Kwakwani, and Aroaima on Thursday protested the deplorable condition of the LindenKwakwani access road. Frustration peaked on Thursday morning and residents moved to the streets to vent their dissatisfaction. Reports indicate that at approximately 07:00h, huge logs were placed across the road in the vicinity of 34 Miles and 36 Miles, Ituni, bringing traffic to an abrupt halt. The blockage caused a traffic jam. Up to press time, the road was still

blocked and residents have pledged not to remove the logs until they receive a strong commitment from the government that the road would be repaired. Speaking with Guyana Times, Cliff Wilson, a resident of Ituni for more than 30 years, said for the past two years, residents have been pleading for remedial work to be executed on the road to no avail. According to Wilson, the situation moved from bad to worse, with the creation of huge potholes and impassable sections of the road. As an owner of a mini-

bus which plies the ItuniLinden route, Wilson said he has incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage owing to the appalling state of the road. Curth Murphy, another resident of Ituni, said: “We need the road to be fixed... the vehicles, buses and even trucks often stick up in the road because of the condition... it is unacceptable and we need it to be fixed.” With school just days away from reopening, Murphy said secondary school students would be unable to attend school in

NEW GPC honours employees’ children with bursary awards


he NEW GPC INC has distributed its annual bursary awards to three students who were successful at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations. In addition, the company also presented certificates to its work-study students. At a simple ceremony held on Thursday at the company’s Farm, East Bank Demerara location, the students were told that they needed to stay focused and true to their goals as they embark on a new stage of their lives. As for the work-study students, they were lauded for the excellent work they did during their stint at the company. The three NGSA awardees are Shelleeza Mohamad, Jonathan Motieram, and Aaliya Datson. The six work-study students are: Marvin Scott, Bianca Phillips, Gaitree Persaud, Tracy Williams, Akeisha Cave, and Damali Seepaul. The bursary awardees were given a cheque of $25,000 each to offset expenses for the new school they are about to attend and also each received a

gift. In addition to the certificate, the work-study students were given a token from the company for their contributions while they were there. Two of the students began their workstudy immediately after their examinations, while the others spent six weeks at the company. In opening remarks, NEW GPC Human Resources Officer Fay Scott told the students that over the years the company has lost several awardees who did not maintain their good performance during secondary school and she urged the parents to guide and work along with their children so that they can continue to excel academically. The awardees were told that intellect and character are key qualities, which help them to achieve their goals. A representative from the Guyana Labour Union (GLU) told the awardees that shortly they will be embarking on a whole new adventure, which is “only the icing on the cake”. He noted that they should stick to their goals no matter the difficulties they are

confronted with. “Identify what you want to do and work towards achieving it,” he urged. He also encouraged parents to continue working with their children and help them so that they themselves can be proud as they are today. The students were also charged to keep abreast with the developing age of technology. They were told to set standards, be committed, make sacrifices, and always encourage themselves. Since 2000, NEW GPC has been awarding the children of its workers for their excellent performance at the Secondary Schools Entrance Examinations (SSEE), now NGSA examinations. The company began by giving $5000 to each awardee; however, the amount was increased in 2006 to $10,000 and then in 2012 to $25,000. The award lasts for a period of five years on the condition that the students obtain a minimum of 55 per cent in their end-of-term exams. An additional two years are given to those awardees who proceed to sixth form.

Linden if the road is not repaired. He complained too that the health sector and economical activities in Ituni, Kwakwani and Aroaima are also being affected. Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon said the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) does not have the resources to rehabilitate the road. However, he explained that recommendations were made by the RDC for monies to be allocated for the road in the 2013 budget, but provisions, he said, were not made. It is the belief of the chairman that if 10 miles of

road is extensively repaired each year, at the end of five years, residents could benefit from a high-quality road. He told Guyana Times that on July 10, regional officials met with key Cabinet members including Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Adviser on Governance Gail Teixeira; Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon and Public Works Minister Robeson Benn whereby a proposal was made to rehabilitate five major roads of concern in the region and sub-region. The Linden-Ituni road, the Moblissa Public Road, Coomacka Mines road, the

Rockstone Public Road and Linden-Mabura Road were the thoroughfares listed.

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More talks scheduled with Eyew tness govt, CAL over airfare – Ali By Sabatini Daniels

of Guyanese in transit in Trinidad; hence, this will also be on the agenda. The minister reminded that Guyana is also working with CAL to have additional airlift for the Christmas season.


high-level meeting to address critical areas of concern raised by government to Caribbean Airlines (CAL) at a recent meeting in Guyana is scheduled in the coming weeks. This is according to acting Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister Irfaan Ali, who said in another week and a half the government will have a follow-up meeting with CAL to get feedback. The prior meeting between the two countries took place two Sundays ago in the Tourism Ministry’s boardroom and saw in attendance CAL Chairman Philip Marshall, accompanied by acting Chief Executive Officer Jagmohan Singh, Airport Manager Carl Stuart, and Corporate Secretary Nalini Lalla. The CAL delegation met with Minister Ali, Transport Minister Robeson Benn and Cheddi Jagan International Airport Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Ghir, along with executives of the private sector. Key issues discussed were customer service, the in-transit process and security checks of Guyanese passengers at Piarco International Airport, Caribbean

Acting Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister Irfaan Ali

Airlines’ capacity, airfare and flag carrier status. Ali underscored that the previous meeting was productive, since CAL has been following up on all the issues that were raised. “Over the last two weeks, I am very pleased with the level of interest and the seniority that Caribbean Airlines has deployed in dealing with the issues, we raised with them…we are happy with their response.” One of the things on top of the agenda of the next meeting is the revision of the airfare structure. Ali also stated that CAL will soon hold high-level meetings with the Trinidadian authorities, immigration officers and airport authorities in relation to the reported harassment

New airlines Turning his attention to Fly Jamaica, which is scheduled to begin flights in October, Ali noted that the airline has made progress in finalising its documentation with the U.S. government hence it should commence operations soon. “Hopefully, we can have these things resolved, because we really need the capacity coming into the country.” The minister added that he plans on having a meeting with Fly Jamaica representatives to find out exactly when they will begin operations in the country. With regard to another prospective airline, Fly Guyana, being granted the go-ahead to operate, Ali stated that the airline has submitted all its documents to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and its application is being evaluated. “My last communication with the representatives was that they are ready and willing to go and

they were basically awaiting the approval from the Civil Aviation Authority, so that they can move forward.” Shifting to talks with COPA Airlines and several other airlines, which government is courting to operate Guyana’s route, the minister explained that “we are at the very confidential stage of talks and negotiations, which we hope will materialise some time in the immediate near future, so that this will enable us to expand our capacity.” Additionally, the minister said one of the large airlines that government is courting continues to raise the issue of physical capacity at the airport. “For those persons who would have passed through the airport during the peak season, they would have seen the tremendous constraints that the present infrastructure poses for us,” Ali noted. He also posited that the present runway does not attract large aircraft because of its length, making another appeal to stakeholders to recognise the significance of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport expansion project. “The expansion of the airport is critical to attracting new businesses and for the expansion of the tourism sector,” Ali noted.

Taxi driver charged for damage to property


man was brought before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday, after he was charged with damage to property. It is alleged that on July 30 at Avenue of the Republic, Allen Doobhey unlawfully and maliciously damaged two vehicle wheels valued a total of $113,680, moveable property of the Public Works Ministry. He was not required to plead to the charge. Doobhey told the court that he is 29 years old and has a fixed place of abode at ‘E’ Half Hadfield Street. He stated that he is currently employed as a taxi driver and is a student pilot. Attorney Gordon Gilhuys made an application for reasonable bail. There were no objections put forward by the prosecution and Magistrate McGusty set bail at $50,000. The matter is set to return to court on September 5.

Missing the beat...

...on Kwayana It seems there was a gathering to reflect on the life and times of Eusi Kwayana, who started out way back when he was Sidney King. All we’re getting are bits and pieces in the letters column from some obvious wellwishers. But their accounts do seem quite hagiographic. While he’s been out of the jurisdiction since 2001, judging from his letters to the press, we’re not so sure even he would’ve wanted it that way. The accounts sound too close to being eulogies. But in these matters, what’s usually left out tells its own story. And invariably that’s a more interesting story. What’s more surprising is those missing episodes were well-ventilated in the press a few years ago... and Kwayana himself participated in that discussion. For instance, his relationship with Dr Cheddi Jagan. This went back as far as the early 1940s when Dr Jagan returned from the U.S. and launched the Political Affairs Committee. But 20 years later, the then Sydney King had turned virulently against Dr Jagan. That story needs to be told. Part of that story is that he resented Dr Jagan lumping him with the “ultra-leftists” who caused the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to be removed by Winston Churchill from office in 1953. For the rest of his life, Jagan was then dragged over the coals (some pretty hot ones) for allowing his “communism” to poison his relations with the West!! But everyone, including the partisans of Kwayana, conveniently forgets it was Kwayana/King, Martin Carter, Richard Westmaas, and other leftist hotheads who raised the ire of the British with their off-the-wall “revolutionary” mouthings. Dr Jagan was thrown out as premier after a mere 133 days and the “communist” label stuck to him until he died. It was to doom him in the eyes of John F Kennedy in 1961, after which he’d be thrown out once again. But this time for 28 years. But Sidney King was always mercurial, and from the flaming Marxist of 1953, he became the purveyor of racist incitement against the PPP government after the elections of 1957. In that election, he lost his seat (which included Buxton) to Balram Singh Rai and blamed Dr Jagan for that. By 1961, when he was general secretary of the PNC, he was so anti-Jagan that he vowed not to accept independence if Jagan won the elections. That was too much for even Forbes Burnham, who expelled him from the PNC. King – who would now become “Kwayana” – then made his infamous call for “partition” of the country. ...on terrorism money Vetoing the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project (AFHEP) isn’t the only spanner the opposition have thrown into the government’s thrust to develop this country. And we’re not even thinking about their terror protests in Linden last year that shot our “political risk” score into the stratosphere. The latest spanner is their recalcitrance in Parliament that caused us to miss the deadline for submitting documents on anti-money laundering legislation to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). We’d already missed the deadline and gotten an extension to August 26 to resubmit the measures and institutions we’ve in place to prevent transfer of funds not only in laundering, but to fund terrorism. We’d thought that sanctions would’ve kicked in after the actual review that’s due in November. But from what the business community has reported, they’re already feeling the heat. In the globalised world, time is money and speed in completing transactions translated into a whole lot of money. Now that international banks will have to apply a greater level of scrutiny on money entering or leaving Guyana, our transactions will slow down. Another reason why prospective investors will shy away from us. ...on journalism So a dog chases a MuckrakerKN reporter from the Marriott site and that becomes the headline for a news item? What has the profession fallen into?



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Guyana, China ink US$8.16M aid pact noted that both countries have good relationships to promote economic and social development. Both dignitaries noted they look forward to further cooperation in the economic sector and in-

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh receiving the US$8.16 million aid agreement from Chinese Ambassador Zang Limin


inance Minister Dr Ashni Singh has lauded Guyana’s relationship with China, as he inked a US$8.16 million new aid agreement on Thursday at the Finance Ministry’s boardroom with Chinese Ambassador Zang Limin. The initiative, according to the minister, will see several new projects being undertaken for the benefit of Guyanese. “We are constantly looking for ways to invest in the economic and social sector...,” he said. Minister Singh noted that he looked forward to strengthening and further building bilateral ties with the Chinese. He said, “Descendants from Chinese ancestry have added to the diversity and rich culture of Guyana… it also added value to the national life. . . Guyana is the first country within the Caribbean to establish relations with China.” Minister Singh noted that Guyana is open to

investors as long as they compile with the laws of the land. Noting that the funds will be used for investments within the social and economic sector, Minister Singh stated, “Guyanese business also seek out opportunities in China just as China seeks new opportunities for business in Guyana...” He emphasised that the funds will be utilised as soon as possible for projects in the areas of capacity building within the social and economic sectors. Good relationship Chinese Ambassador Zhang stated that China has committed to offering aid to Caribbean countries. During the signing, it was stressed that there are mutual benefits for both countries through bilateral relationship and shared friendship. “China is happy to render assistance to Guyana for economic and social development,” said Zhang. He

Minibus driver on bail for dangerous driving


34-year-old minibus driver was granted bail on Thursday by Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving. Param Persaud, of Lot 31 Sixth Street, Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara, allegedly drove minibus BKK 1948 in a manner dangerous to the public on May 24 on Houston Public Road, thereby causing the death of Helena Margret Jones. He was not required to plead to the charge. The accused was represented by Attorney Gordon Gilhuys who said his client, who is married with three children, has been placed on $100,000 station bail and has been

reporting to the station. He further stated that on Monday, he was told he has a court date on August 29. In his application for reasonable bail, the attorney told the court that his client was not a flight risk and the minibus was his only means of supporting his family. The prosecution raised objections to bail on the grounds of the nature of the offence and the prevalence of the offence. Magistrate McGusty granted bail in the sum of $250,000. Attorney Gilhuys then asked for a reduction, reiterating that the minibus was his client’s only means of providing for his family and since the accident his licence has been suspended. Magistrate McGusty lowered the bail by $50,000.

creasing business investments in Guyana and China. The countries have enjoyed frequent high-level exchanges at the political, diplomatic, economic, and cultural levels. The relations have benefited

Guyana socially and economically with a number of key projects, like the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF); the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport,

and the construction of the world-class Marriott Hotel. China has also supported Guyana in the health and security fields, with roving medical missions and the donation of fire-fighting equipment.


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No inquiry needed into education system – Dr Luncheon T Pardnahs he call by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the education system has been rejected by the government, which said there is no need for such a probe. Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon said there is no need for an inquiry to be launched into the education sector. According to him, the opposition has access to all critical information pertaining to the education system dating back to the days when the People’s National Congress led the country, from 1964 to 1992. Additionally, he said, information is readily available from the time the People’s Progressive

Party/Civic took control in 1992. “The documentation exists for the sustained investments that have been made... these results that we are seeing is not a miracle but work, concrete work that has been done, by successive PPP/Civic administrations in this sector... the pumping of money, the implementation of national strategic plans,” he said. The Cabinet secretary pointed out that Guyana has already achieved the Millennium Development Goal on universal primary education. This achievement, he said, did not occur by chance but rather through investment and sustainable programmes. He opined that the APNU should join with the government in praising Education Minister Priya

Manickchand for the major steps made in the education sector. “If the detractors, including APNU, were in a balanced way to put their prejudices behind them, they would, they should, they cannot help but join Cabinet in commending the minister for the work that has been done and the work for even more plans,” Dr Luncheon said. During the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the education minister came in for high praise for the sector’s outstanding performances during the 2013 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). Minister Manickchand was urged to sustain the good

work, even as the ministry pursues universal secondary education in the country. Last week, APNU Chairman David Granger advocated for an inquiry to investigate the state of education in the country. According to him, the call was made based on the results of the CAPE, CSEC and the National Grade Six Assessment exams. He also opined that children are not adequately equipped with the necessary attitudes and abilities to thrive during adulthood and to operate in the world of work. Violence in school, inappropriate conduct of teachers, and poor performances in the hinterland communities were among issues highlighted by the opposition.

Man, woman in court for abusive language


ichael Paul and Chandranie Baldeo appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday charged with using abusive language to each other. They both pleaded not guilty to verbally abusing each other on August 28 at Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown. Baldeo, who was unrepresented, told that court that she is 51 years old with a fixed place of abode at Lot 1 C Shell Road, Kitty and is a customer service agent for Banks DIH at OMG restaurant. She claimed that Paul had previous matters in court for which he was found guilty. She indicated that she was proceeding with the matter. Paul was also unrepresented and told the court that he is a 39-year-old skilled worker with a fixed address of Lot 4 First Street, Alberttown, Georgetown. He told the court that he was on his way to the market when Baldeo saw him and started to verbally abusing him. He said he did not utter a word to her in return, but made his way to the police station where he made a report. However, he said he would not like to go ahead with his matter. There were no objections to bail put forward by the prosecution and Magistrate McGusty granted both parties bail in the sum of $10,000 each. The matter is set to return to court on September 5.

in crime


ld people does use de phrase “pardnahs in crime”. It simply mean that when people ready to do wrong tings dem does gang up together. Over de years, de phrase get popular and plenty people start usin it – even de young people nowadays does use it. Well, it gotta lotta pardnahs in crime around de country. Most of dem does do dem dutty wuk in pairs. And in each case, one pardnah can’t do wid out de other. One pair is Suru and Duru. Dem does operate from a mud paper, which does gotta apologise all year round to some body. When is not to de police, is to de people. Sum times it does be to de guvament and sum times even to people who writin letter. That is because Suru does tell Duru whah lies fuh write. Well, Duru know fuh write lies good, because is since de PEE-N-C days he used to write lies. But de problem is that Suru don’t know fuh read good, so he does don’t know from goat to bull foot whah does end up in de mud paper. It also gotta pair of old Rams who does like fuh play butt-butt wid one another. One does butt de other and de other does butt back when he done. Dem old now so dem don’t butt fuh long. But long ago when dem was young, dem both used to butt a lot more –– and wid plenty more pardnahs in de same crime. Then, of course, yuh have Green Jah and Green Bridge in de House and Green Ham and Green Case in GT de Garbage Town. One pair of Greens is a big mess fuh de de **ity, and de other pair of Greens is an even bigger mess fuh de whole country. Ting-a-ling-a-ling...friend tell friend...mattie tell mattie! De newest pardnahs in crime on de block is Ducktor Rose and Hardish Singh. Dem tryin to do a lil bit of whah all de other pardnahs doin, but de Ducktor seh Hardish not hard enough!

Meadow Brook man released on bail for wife assault


Meadow Brook Gardens resident appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday after he was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. It is alleged that on August 27 around 06:00h Quincy Andrews, 36, of Lot 138 Sliverballi Street Meadow Brook Gardens, assaulted his wife, Simone in their home, causing her actual bodily harm. The taxi driver pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge read against him. The defendant, who was unrepresented, told the court that on the day in question, someone came to his house after midnight to return money that Simone had lent them. He stated that he became annoyed and she hit

him in the head with a bottle and that was when she fell down. He stated that he did not do anything to her. Based on his explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. The prosecutor did not object to bail, but asked that the defendant be placed on a bond and made to move from the home where his wife is living. The defendant said that he had no problem moving, since he did not want to be around the virtual complainant anymore. He stated that he will stay at a friend’s house in North East Housing Scheme. Magistrate McGusty granted Andrews bail in the sum of $25,000, and he was also placed on a bond pending the outcome of the matter and is to vacate the house. An arrest warrant was also issued for Simone Andrews.

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President to attend UNASUR summit in Suriname today P resident Donald Ramotar is scheduled to join his fellow Latin American heads of state in Suriname for the Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) today. Ahead of the engagement was a meeting of foreign ministers of the 12-member group on Thursday to discuss a number of important issues. The gathering of UNASUR leaders at the Royal Torarica Conference Room in Paramaribo will focus on the reinstatement of Paraguay to the group and homage to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the Government Information Agency (GINA) said. Paraguay’s membership in UNASUR was suspended after the controversial ousting of its fourterm President Fernando Lugo by the Paraguayan senate in June last year, and only a satisfactory outcome of the country’s April 2013 elections could have determined whether or not a return to the group was imminent. The elections ended with Horacio

President Donald Ramotar

Manuel Cartes Jara of the Colorado Party being elected. He is expected to be in attendance as the UNASUR summit gets underway. Among the other issues to be addressed are the development of a strategic vision for UNASUR, the institutional strengthening of the secretariat, the establishment of work

groups on human rights and youth affairs, statements of the Falklands/ Malvinas Argentine claim, the Middle East situation, and the peace process in Colombia. UNASUR is an intergovernmental union integrating two South American trade blocs; Mercosur (a regional trade agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) and the Andean Community of Nations (a trade bloc comprising Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru). Participating nations of UNASUR are Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and Chile. Guyana chaired UNASUR for the first time after hosting a summit of heads of state in November 2010. Six months later, Columbia’s Maria Emma Majia Velez was installed as secretary general, a position which had been vacant since the passing of former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, late husband of Cristina Kirchner, the incumbent president.

Cabinet approves several contracts


he National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) building, which was burnt down during the 2012 Linden Protest will be reconstructed at the cost of $18.2 million. The rebuilding of the facility at Wismar, Linden is among 10 projects that received Cabinet’s no-objection during its weekly meeting on Tuesday. In the agriculture sector, Cabinet granted its no-

objection for the construction of a drainage pump station at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara to the tune of $134 million. Additionally, a greenheart timber revetment will be erected at the East Demerara Water Conservancy at Lama. Approximately $20 million has been allocated for the initiation and successful completion of the project. In the area of public works, the roof of the

National Assembly will be rehabilitated to the tune of $31.7 million. Rehabilitative works will also be executed on sections of the Linden/ Soesdyke Highway at the cost of $57.5 million. A whopping $135 million has been allotted for the acquisition and supply of spares for motor vessels in the marine sector, while under the Local Government Ministry, Lethem, Region Nine will benefit from a

$25.9 million asphaltic road. Tractors, trailers, ploughs, and harrows will be procured at the cost of $37.5 million for hinterland communities. Additionally, $28.6 million was allocated for the procurement of school uniform materials and sewing materials for the hinterland communities. Finally in the education sector, the Mahaicony Secondary School in Region Five will be extended using $15.6 million.

U.S. State Department, Port Miami to cooperate on Caribbean security issues


he United States State Department has signed a partnership agreement with Port Miami aimed at enhancing port security in the Caribbean. As enforcement pressures increase against drug traffickers in Mexico and Central America, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William R Brownfield said on Wednesday that it was logical that criminals will try to resurrect old drug routes through the Caribbean. He, therefore, urged regional governments to begin preparations to combat the threat. Although the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has signed more than 60 such partnerships with

state, county and local entities in the past few years, the Miami agreement is the first inked with a port authority. Brownfield was quoted in the Miami Herald as saying that his goal is to build such partnerships and relationships now, so that as “the inevitable laws of market economics” come into play in 2014 to 2016 with traffickers seeking the paths of least resistance, “we’re not caught with our pants down’’.

Drug trafficking

The Caribbean drug trafficking routes of the 1970s and 1980s are “gray-haired in some respects’’, but “they are still around and will begin to look more attractive’’ to traffickers, as law enforcement puts more of a squeeze on Central American routes,

he said. Under the arrangement, Port Miami, a hub for Latin and Caribbean travel and trade, would provide training and mentoring on anticrime and port security matters to its counterparts in the Caribbean. The specifics of the assistance are still subject to negotiation and costs for the programme will be covered by the INL. But in broad brush strokes, the partnership would give ports in the Caribbean access to the technology, experience, and personnel at Port Miami. During the 1970s and 1980s, Miami was at the centre of the Caribbean drug trade. “We have been there before and we did learn some lessons,’’ said Brownfield. Among the things, Brownfield said, Miami can share with its

counterparts is its expertise in cargo container inspection and control programmes. When such programmes work, he said, “they work for everyone’’, eliminating long port delays that can tie up shipments for two to three days as inspectors search for drugs and other contraband. If ports around the Caribbean have better procedures and better inspection techniques, Brownfield said that will help Port Miami to function more efficiently. Brownfield said he wanted to communicate to officials at Caribbean ports that “if you want your port, tourism and cargo to flourish and grow, it’s in your interest to have a port that’s compatible’’ with one of the largest ports in the southeast United States.

Police issue wanted bulletin for Albouystown murder suspect

Wanted: Muammar Jabbar

Murdered: Tolasicy Marshall

ore than a week after Tolasicy “Talo” Marshall, 28, was stabbed to death in Albouystown, Georgetown over jewellery, the police have issued a wanted bulletin for the main suspect in the murder. Muammar Jabbar, of Lot 33 James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown is wanted by the police for questioning in relation to the murder of Marshall. The police, in a release, called on anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Jabbar to contact them on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-6978, 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-7476, 911 or at the nearest police station. All information will be treated with strict confidence, the police added. Marshall, of D 11 Hogg Street, Albouystown, was stabbed twice to the left side of his chest some time around 11:00h on August 20 at School Street, Albouystown. After the stabbing incident, Marshall was rushed

to the Georgetown Public Hospital by his twin brother and he subsequently succumbed while receiving medical attention. Marshall was a diamond miner and was also employed with Barama. It was reported that the murder suspect owed the now deceased man $250,000 which he had given to him to make some jewellery. After some time passed, Marshall decided to enquire about the jewellery which led to a confrontation during which he was asked for another week to produce the jewellery. Marshall returned in one week to collect the money or the jewellery and upon seeing the suspect, he pulled a chain from Jabbar’s neck, informing him that he was taking it as a part payment, requested the remainder of his money and left. The following day Marshall was walking along the road when Jabbar ran out of his yard armed with a knife and stabbed him twice from behind.


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Road safety bodies donate marshalling Toy gun bandits wands to Leonora Police Station strike in

West Coast Demerara Road Safety Council President Shab Hack handing over the set of marshalling wands to police officers of the Leonora station on Thursday


he Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC), in collaboration with its West Demerara affiliate, on Thursday donated a quantity of marshalling wands to the Leonora Police Station. According to West Coast Demerara Road Safety Council President Shab Hack, the donation is aimed at empowering the traffic department to make the roads safer. “We are always grateful to help in any way we possibly can to assist the police officers with their job and keeping the

road safe for commuters,” said Hack. “We have recognised that the police are ill-equipped to do the work they are mandated to do, and we have decided to play a little part to assist them as much as possible.” The road safety council president noted that the committee hopes to continue working in collaboration with the Leonora Police Station’s traffic department in various areas to ensure that commuters are safe. “We are mainly focusing on road signs on the West Demerara, because we have

recognised that without signs, in the night it is very dangerous.” He continued, “We are trying to also fill pot holes and place as many signs as we can around turns and assist in whatever way we can.” Collaboration Also speaking at the handing over ceremony was acting E Division Commissioner Errol Watts, of the Leonora Police Station. He said, “We are grateful for the assistance of the committee and hopes that this will not be the last one made to the traffic depart-

ment.” Noting that the commuters’ complaints of arbitrary hikes in fare, particularly at night, is something he would like to tackle collaboratively, the commissioner stated: “I urge commuters to make complaints to the police station and we will look into it.” He emphasised, “I hope we can work together with the authorities and the minibus association to fix these issues, because it has become burdensome on the everyday working-class commuters.” The Leonora Police Station traffic department thus far has made 48 charges of drunk driving to be read before the court. The GNRSC has stated that continuous education on road use and traffic regulations would help win the fight to reduce road fatalities. The body had also called on government and the private sector to come onboard in providing this education and other interventions to make the roadways safer. It is urging all road users to always practise the five Cs of road safety – Care, Caution, Courtesy, Consideration, and Common sense when using the roadways. The national road safety council continues to appeal to all road users to exercise care, stating that every death on the road is unwanted. It also encourages the public to become volunteers in the council to ensure all are involved in making Guyana’s road ways safer.



hree men armed with a hammer and what is now believed to have been a toy gun terrorised two watchmen attached to a Corriverton service station in the wee hours of Thursday after which they escaped with a quantity of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) phone cards and mobile phones. The alleged robbery was committed on Shazim Ibrahim of Lot 15 Queenstown, Corriverton, Berbice, at approximately 01:30h by the three masked men who relieved him of one Sony Ericsson mobile phone valued $60,000 and $50,000 in cash, along with $20,000 in GT&T phone cards. Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Ibrahim is employed as a pump attendant at the said gas station and was in the company of Tommy Mendonza, another watchman when the attack was carried out. Mendonza was making checks on the building when he was confronted by the three men on bicycles. They were reportedly

wearing black and white rags over their mouths and noses, and one was sporting long brownish hair. One man reportedly placed the gun to Mendonza’a stomach and demanded that he hand over the cash, while another dealt Ibrahim to lashes to his head with the hammer, resulting in him falling to the ground. The long-haired bandit then reached into Ibrahim’s pockets and removed the mobile phone, money and phone cards. The bandits made good their escape on their bicycles through a cross street. The two traumatised watchmen raised an alarm and the police were summoned. Upon arrival, the police conducted a search in the area which led to the arrest of one man who was found with a toy gun in his possession. Ibrahim was taken to the Skeldon hospital where he was treated and sent away. The police are grilling the suspect to find out the names of the other two men as the investigation continues.

Guyoil awards employees’ children with bursaries

The Guyoil bursary awardees displaying their award certificates afer the ceremony on Wednesday. Absent from the photograph are Chavez McIntosh and Chandanie Khusial


he Guyana Oil Company Limited (Guyoil) held its annual presentation of bursary awards, with nine employees’ children who were successful at the 2013 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examination being rewarded. The presentation ceremony was done on Wednesday at the company’s head office on Waterloo Street. According to a release from Guyoil, Human Resources Officer Jean Cumberbatch, in making the presentations, urged the students to take their studies seriously and to make good use of the opportunity and assistance given for them to pursue their secondary education. She also encouraged them to stay focused while working towards achieving their academic goals. Cumberbatch

recognised their successes after years of hard work and was very proud to present the awards on behalf of the company. Parents who were also present at the function were charged to ensure that their children attend school regularly, their school work is examined as regularly as possible, and time is set aside for homework and studies. The parents were also encouraged to keep in touch with the school teachers. Congratulations and best wishes were extended to the children for success in their education at the secondary level and beyond. The 2013 bursary awardees were: Regina Lynch – daughter of Robert Lynch/ Gaitree Gangadin (operations assistant/confidential secretary, operations department, head office);

Kiana Samuels – daughter of Yonetta Samuels ( shift supervisor, Palmyra Service Station, Berbice) ; Anoop Muthu – son of Seemamol Muthu (supervisor , internal audit department, head office); Sarafina Williams – daughter of Carlotta Nedd (cashier, Kitty Service Station); Chavez McIntosh – son of Roslyn Austin (pump attendant, Sheriff Street Service Station); Johnathan Jordan – son of Ivor Jordan ( armed guard, security unit, head office); Chandanie Khusial – daughter of Khusial (baton guard, security unit, head office); Shemar Aaron – son of Michelle Aaron (pump attendant, Kitty Service Station); and Tenisha Johnson – daughter of Melissa Johnson (pump attendant, Providence Service Station).



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First credit bureau gets licence to operate T

he Bank of Guyana on Thursday officially presented Guyana’s first credit bureau with its licence to operate here. Creditinfo, out of Iceland, will now allow Guyanese easier access to financing. The licence was handed over to the credit bureau during a ceremony at the Bank of Guyana, with the stakeholders present. The granting of the licence followed a lengthy selection process that reviewed four other requests from international operators. According to Central Bank Governor Lawrence Williams, the need for a credit bureau in Guyana stemmed from the Financial Sector Assessment Programme of 2005/2006 and the Economic Summit of 2007. “It was posited that deficiency in credit information is a significant contributory factor to the prevailing low level of bank intermediation. Attention was drawn to the difficulties faced by small and medium enterprises with limited or no acceptable collateral and the large segment of the population that is unable to access credit due to the absence of reliable credit history,” he stated.

Credit reporting industry

As such, legislation was drafted and enacted in 2010 to provide for the establishment of a credit reporting industry to facilitate the provision of information about potential borrowers from a credible source. Following the implementation of the new act, “the task of operationalising a bureau commenced with the Bank of Guyana inviting six international credit bureau operators to submit “requests for solu-

tion”. Williams pointed out, “The aim is to enable more reliable, competitive and responsible lending while protecting borrowers’ rights”. The bureau is, therefore, intended to compile a credit history of consenting consumers, consisting information from credit providers such as banks, trust companies, hire purchase companies, and public utilities among other institutions.

lenders would be able to verify credit worthiness.”

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Milestone achievement

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, who gave the feature address at the presentation ceremony, welcomed the new initiative for Guyana, noting that it signals a milestone achievement for the financial sector. He said it will allow goods and services providers and other potential borrowers increased access to loans for investment. Dr Singh added that given the fact that a number of financial institutions are looking for good lending opportunities and borrowers are seeking easier financing, the credit bureau will now fill that gap, providing a medium through which both parties’ needs are met. “If you speak to most of the licensed financial institutions in Guyana, they will say to you that they are looking for good lending opportunities. If you speak with … the producers of goods and services in Guyana, they would say to you that improved access to financing would perhaps be one of the most significant contributors to accelerated growth and expansion,” the minister highlighted. In this regard, he noted that there was extensive room for more efficient intermediation of the financial resources held by financial institutions in

Central Bank Governor Lawrence Williams hands over the operating licence to Creditinfo’s Senior Manager Kristinn Orn Agnarsson, while Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh looks on

Guyana. The finance minister believes that a significant part of the population has developed strong and responsible credit track records. As such, he noted: “The establishment and coming

into operation of a credit bureau will significantly improve the ease with which persons and institutions will be able to access credit in Guyana [and] the ease with which financial institutions and potential

Creditinfo’s Senior Manager of Group Business Development, Kristinn Orn Agnarsson said his company stands ready to serve the Guyanese populace with world-class service. He said Guyana is the 16th country to which Creditinfo has expanded its services. “Based on the framework that Guyana has now in place, the stage is set for a very successful venture that will contribute valuable benefits to consumers, companies, entrepreneurs and the economy as a whole,” he noted. Agnarsson added that bankers will have more accurate information to make credit decisions. Creditinfo Guyana Chief Executive Officer Judy Semple-Joseph pointed out that the entity is still in the

processing of signing on financial institutions for its services. “To date, we have signed five and we’re in the process of negotiating with four others who are close to signing and eventually we hope to have at least 12 agencies on board by the end of September,” she stated. Semple-Joseph said Creditinfo has been enlightening banks, over the past few months, on its subscriber agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions of their involvement. According to her, each customer is entitled to one free report per annum, with each additional report costing $1000. The licence for the newly-established business was signed on July 15. Creditinfo is located at 267 B New Market Street, Georgetown and will go into operation in September, but will officially open to the public on December 1. (


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“We’ll fix what needs fixing”

– Manickchand promises during visit to President’s College

Education Minister Priya Manickchand with School Board Secretariat Coordinator Melcita Bovell and President’s College principal Carlyn Canterbury at the induction ceremony for the 2013 batch of students


ducation Minister Priya Manickchand on Thursday installed a new board of governors at the President’s College (PC), promising to fix what needed fixing at the East Coast Demerara institution, while asserting that the school will remain true to its founder’s vision. Manickchand made the announcement while addressing the school’s orientation ceremony amid complaints that government has allowed the residential facility to deteriorate. According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) report, Manickchand said PC remains true to its founder’s vision of being an institution of quality that produces elite persons based on their capacity to serve, and the government of the day is committed to ensuring that the school remains one of excellence. The minister said, “… this vision remains true today, this is a school of excellence and its records over the years would show that the students who have come in here have groomed themselves and have been guided to be the best that they can

be.” She told the new batch of PC students that it was now up to them to grasp the opportunity and commit to becoming the best that they can be. “You are at a special place in your lives as students: you are entering high school in one of the most exciting times in the history of our country, where much is happening and we are at the verge of takeoff and you get to be a part of it,” she advised.

Significant growth

Minister Manickchand pointed out that since the establishment of the institution in 1985, there has been significant growth and highlighted that the institution, which offered 11 subjects at the then Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) now Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in its founding year, at present offers 29 subjects. “I want when we look back 10 years down the road that we must say that they were only offering 29 subjects, 10 years ago… while right now President’s College is the best that it has ever been, when we go

forward this must not be the standard that we measure ourselves by,” she said.

School’s performance

Minister Manickchand also called attention to the school’s performance over the years, and saluted the teachers in this regard. Over the past five years (20072012), 100 per cent passes in grades one to three were attained in 14 subjects, 99 per cent in three subjects, over 90 per cent in five subjects, over 80 per cent in four subjects, and over 70 per cent in two subjects. The school’s lowest overall performance in a subject over the last five years has been in French, which has gradually increased from a low of 20 per cent pass rate in 2007 to 100 per cent in 2012. Reiterating that PC is still a school of distinction, Minister Manickchand also reaffirmed government’s commitment to ensuring that it remains that way. In Budget 2013, government provided just over $242 million in allocation for the school, translating to a $391,000 investment in 2013 for each student. She admitted that there are some works to be done

Parents, teachers and students at President’s College 2013 orientation ceremony

on the school and announced plans to resuscitate the farm, to provide extra-curricular activities for students, and to service the school’s kitchen. There is a plan also to improve the school ground and pavilion, which were affected by the 2005 flooding. “Are there things to fix? Yes, there are things to fix. Is this a school of excellence? Yes, it is,” she said.


Minister Manickchand stressed the need for parents to play their part in the education of their children, advising that being involved means attending the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings and monitoring their children to ensure they are committed to their studies. “We could give the finances… but we need desperately this partnership of government, school administration, teachers, students, parents, community members, PTA, and old students’ associations if we are to make President’s College better than it is today… Government is committed and we are committing again that the school will remain one of excellence … we will

provide the resources that are necessary,” she said. When PC was established in 1985, only the top two per cent of students were offered a place at the school. In or around 1994, the school began to accept non-residential students who lived within the school’s catchment area and who had the required entry score. Later, the school opened its door and dorms to those students who excelled from Regions One, Two, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and 10. From an enrolment of 65 students in 1985, the enrolment rose to 600 in 2012. Toussaint Boyce, who was among the first batch in 1985, was there Thursday to speak to the new students. He advised them of aspiring to be more than simply existing in PC and to use their sojourn there as an opportunity to build character and a bright and elite future. Boyce was also adamant that PC was still relevant and important to Guyana catching up with the rest of the world in terms of education development. He urged the students to seize the opportunity and to understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity being giv-

en to them to attend a school where there is so much diversity. He advocated that this would bring out the best in them as Guyanese, making them broadminded and tolerant to every view and every race of people.

New board

The new board of governors that was constituted with effect from July 11 and which will serve for a period of two years includes Dr Mahendra Sharma (chairman), and Francesca Vieira (deputy chairman). Other members are: Region Four Education Officer Jennifer Bourne, local media operatives Kwesi Isles and Michella AbrahamAlly, Guyana Teachers Union representative Coretta McDonald, Child Protection Agency Deputy Director Teresa Gaimes, Agriculture Ministry personnel Aditya Persaud and Natasha Beerjit, Education Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Genevieve Blackman, and Human Services and Social Security Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Patrick Findlay. It also comprises a staff and a student representative and the ex-officio members, the principal and deputy principal.

Pastry vendor lands in court President calls for calm as Colombian farm protests reach Bogota for damaging windows


pastry vendor who said he accidentally broke a window was on Thursday released on $10,000 bail by Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he appeared to answer a damage to property charge. Ian Subryan, 32, of Lot 19 Independence Boulevard, Albouystown unlawfully and maliciously damaged three windows valued $10,000, property of George Carrington, on August 6 at Sixth Street, Alberttown, the court was told. The defendant pleaded guilty with explanation

to the charge read against him. Subryan, who was unrepresented, told the court that he gave a woman who lives on Sixth Street something to keep and on that day, he was knocking on her window when he fell and broke it. He said the woman came out of the house, and hit him while he was picking up the broken pieces. The defendant stated that he told the woman he would buy the window back, but she went to the station and made a report. He added that the other windows Carrington was speaking of were at the back of the yard and both

were broken long before this incident occurred. Based on his explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. According to the facts, the defendant was behaving disorderly and when spoken to by the virtual complainant, he became annoyed and threw an object at the windows. The matter was reported, and Subryan was later arrested and charged. There were no objections to bail put forward by the prosecution, and it was set in the sum of $10,000. The matter is to return to court on September 5.


housands of Colombian farmers and state workers marched through the streets of Bogota on Thursday, converging on the capital after 11 days of increasingly violent national protests against agricultural and trade policies that they say have left them impoverished. President Juan Manuel Santos, who has been unable to end the so-called national strike that has united potato growers and milk producers with teachers and health workers, acknowledged agriculture is in crisis, but called for peaceful dissent while talks

about possible solutions are going on. “The farm sector has been abandoned,” the centre-right president said in a televised address early on Thursday. “The protests are valid ... but via dialogue we will resolve the problems. ... We are in a storm but we will persevere.” Protesters wearing the woollen ponchos, brimmed hats, and rubber boots typical of farmers to show their solidarity and waving banners that slammed Santos’ government, marched in 15 separate columns toward the Plaza Bolivar, where the presidential palace and Congress are housed.

The labour disputes, in which farmers have blocked roads to snarl transportation into cities, pile pressure on Santos just three months before he must decide whether to run for a second term. At the same time, the government’s tough peace negotiations with Marxist FARC rebels are creating their own contentious national debate. “My purchase power is zero, it’s only enough to survive,” said Orlando Pamo, 50, an indigenous father of six from central Tolima province who earns less than minimum wage farming citrus and other fruits.

(Excerpt from Reuters)

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Bin Laden case: CIA helper UN Security Council members to discuss Syria doctor to be retried



Anti-war protesters gathered outside the British parliament ahead of the debate

nvoys from the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are preparing to meet to discuss a British resolution calling for international military action in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack. Thursday’s meeting was called by the Russian delegation. A similar meeting on Wednesday ended after more than an hour with no agreement. There were signs, however, that a coalition of Western countries, including the United States, France and the UK, are nonetheless moving towards military action against

Syria after the alleged attack, which killed hundreds of people in Damascus suburbs last week. Britain’s government has published internal legal advice which it said showed it is legally entitled to take military action against Syria, even if the Security Council blocks such action. “If action in the Security Council is blocked, the UK would still be permitted under international law to take exceptional measures in order to alleviate the scale of the overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe in Syria,” a copy of the British government’s legal position read. It was “highly likely”

that the Syrian government was behind the attack, the document said. The UK and the U.S. have both already dispatched planes and warships to the eastern Mediterranean. In a debate on Thursday, however, Prime Minister David Cameron told the British parliament it was “unthinkable” that Britain would launch military action against Syria if there was strong opposition at the Security Council. Meanwhile, Reuters news agency reported that Russia has sent ships to the Mediterranean Sea as tensions escalate. (Excerpt from Al Jazeera)

Syrian army moves Scud missiles to avoid strike

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (centre) chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in the town of Daraya, south-west of Damascus, on the 68th anniversary of Army Day, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria’s national news agency SANA on August 1


resident Bashar alAssad’s forces have removed several Scud missiles and dozens of launchers from a base north of Damascus, possibly to protect the weapons from a Western attack, opposition sources said on Thursday. The move from the po-

sition in the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains, one of Syria’s most heavily militarised districts, appears part of a precautionary but limited redeployment of armaments in areas of central Syria still held by Assad’s forces, diplomats based in the Middle East told

Reuters. They said rebel raids and fighting near key roads had blocked a wider evacuation of the hundreds of security and army bases that dot the country of 22 million, where Assad’s late father imposed his autocratic dynasty four decades ago. With U.S. air strikes looming in response to poison gas attacks last week on rebel-held Damascus suburbs, some of the formations on the move are accused by Assad’s opponents of firing the chemical weapons. The Syrian government blames rebels for releasing gas, but Western powers hold Assad responsible. At the headquarters of the army’s 155th Brigade, a missile unit whose base sprawls along the western edge of Syria’s main highway running north from the capital to Homs, rebel scouts saw dozens of mobile Scud launchers pulling out early on Thursday. (Excerpt from Reuters)

fficials in Pakistan have overturned the jail sentence and ordered a retrial of a doctor who helped the CIA in their search for Osama Bin Laden. Shakil Afridi was charged with treason and tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information. He was jailed for 33 years in May 2012 and has been held since then at Peshawar Central Jail.

Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Abbottabad in May 2011. His killing created a crisis in relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, which felt the covert operation was a violation of its sovereignty. His cousin, Qamar Nadeem Afridi, told the BBC it was a “great development” and said the “true facts” would now come out. Although Dr Afridi’s conviction has been overturned, his retrial will still be heard

Rwanda accuses Congo of shelling as tensions mount


wanda accused Congo on Thursday of shelling its territory and said it would not tolerate such “provocation”, raising fears that violence in eastern Congo could erupt into a regional conflict. The Democratic Republic of Congo said Rwanda’s accusation was a sign Kigali wanted to intervene openly in its eastern war. Rwanda has denied accusations by United Nations experts that it covertly backs Congo’s M23 rebels.

The mounting cross-border tensions came as a newly-deployed UN Intervention Brigade, with an unprecedented mandate to crush rebel groups, entered combat alongside the Congolese army for the first time. UN officials accused the M23 of firing a shell into Rwanda on Thursday which killed a civilian. Congo and Rwanda have fought two wars over the last two decades in Congo’s mineral-rich, lawless east. Rwanda has come under in-


border with Nepal. “Yasin Bhatkal was arrested last [Wednesday] night in [the northern state of] Bihar,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters on Thursday morning. He is in the custody of Bihar police and is being questioned, Shinde said. Reports say the 30-year-old is being brought to Delhi. His real name is believed to be Muhammad Ahmed Zarrar Siddibappa, but he uses a number of aliases, officials say.

The authorities had announced a reward of one million rupees (US$14,862) for information leading to his arrest. Bhatkal was arrested along with another alleged member of the IM who has been identified as Asadullah Akhtar, reports said. The group was outlawed in 2010 after Indian authorities blamed it for an attack on a German bakery in Pune in which 17 people were killed and 64 people were injured. (Excerpt from BBC News)

tense international pressure to play a constructive role for peace in its larger neighbour after rebels seized control of Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo, in November. Regional mediators said they were “gravely concerned” by the escalation in violence and called for a return to peace talks. M23 rebels said they were ready for a bilateral ceasefire, but this was promptly rejected by Kinshasa. (Excerpt from Reuters)

Montana judge’s remarks about raped teen prompt outrage


Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was “as much in control of the situation” as the man who assaulted her is under pressure to resign. Montana Judge Todd Baugh also said the girl was “older than her chronological age”, as he handed the teacher who assaulted her a month in prison. The mother of the victim, who took her own life three years ago while the case was pending, is furious. Judge Baugh, 71, has

since said his comments were “stupid and wrong”. Hundreds of protesters were expected to demand his resignation outside the Yellowstone County Courthouse on Thursday. A petition seeking his resignation is also being circulated. The case began in 2008 when Stacey Rambold, now 54, was charged with three counts of sexual intercourse with a girl beneath the age of consent.His victim, Cherice Moralez, was a student at the high school where he taught in the city of Billings,

Montana. Her mother blames her daughter’s suicide in 2010 on the distress caused by the assault and its aftermath. Prosecutors had asked Judge Baugh to hand down a 20year prison term to Rambold, but defence lawyers said their client had suffered enough. On Monday, Judge Baugh sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days of the term suspended. He gave him credit for one day spent in jail. (Excerpt from BBC News)

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leader Beltagi

India Mujahideen “top militant” arrested

olice in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say. The group is thought to be behind deadly blasts in the cities of Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi. Bhatkal, who officials say is a co-founder of the home-grown group, is one of the most wanted men in the country. Reports say that he was detained close to the

under tribal jurisdiction in a closed court. There is no guarantee that a similar verdict will not be reached. What Dr Afridi did angered many Pakistanis and to release him would be politically very damaging. The sentence was quashed and a retrial ordered, because the previous judge had exceeded his authority in handing down the sentence, a judicial official hearing Dr Afridi’s appeal heard. (Excerpt from BBC News)

Mohammed al-Beltagi was a prominent speaker at the pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo


eading Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohammed al-Beltagi has been arrested, according to Egyptian officials. Beltagi, secretary general of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), is accused of inciting violence, state media said. Former Labour Minister Khaled al-Azhari was also held. It comes as Egypt’s military moves against Brotherhood leaders fol-

lowing the ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi. Prosecutors had ordered the arrest of Beltagi on July 10. Despite the arrest order, he had appeared on an almost daily basis at the Rabaa al-Adawiyah protest camp in Cairo, which was occupied by supporters of Morsi. The former MP was often seen delivering fiery speeches on the stage.

Hundreds of people were killed earlier this month when security forces stormed the protest camps in the capital. Among them was Beltagi’s 17-year-old daughter Asmaa. Much of the criticism of the Brotherhood in Egypt’s media has focused on Beltagi, who is accused of being behind acts of violence allegedly perpetrated by Brotherhood members. He has continued to call for Egyptians to rise up against the military in recorded video statements while in hiding. Further pro-Morsi demonstrations are reportedly planned for today. The Interior Ministry has warned that security forces have the right to use live ammunition against protesters who attack public institutions. (Excerpt from BBC News)


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Brassington, Ram discuss Amaila Falls project The following is a summary of NICIL Executive Director Winston Brassington’s encounter with opposition adviser Christopher Ram on the Amaila Falls project


excessively high cost of electricity today). Mr Ram correctly identified the key components of these costs to Guyanese. Taking each in turn:

ome weeks ago, my team and I spent seven hours with Mr Christopher Ram, making available to him all information he requested concerning the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. At the end of the meeting, Mr Ram made two commitments. Firstly, he recognised that some of the documents we gave him were still under negotiation and remained confidential. Secondly, he said that he would not make pronouncements publicly without fact-checking the data with us. This is confirmed on his website. However, Mr Ram did not respect either of these commitments. Firstly, he selectively circulated some confidential information. Secondly, he pronounced loudly and with great certainty in the public domain, several new statements which are not remotely based on fact. Mr Ram’s statements need to be scrutinised by anybody who feels that the Amaila Falls debate was hijacked by partisan and prejudiced interests. Mr Ram’s maths is still wrong and spectacularly so. I noted a recent exchange between Mr Ram and Captain Gerry Gouveia, where Mr Ram set out his latest position. The exchange between Mr Ram and Captain Gouveia is important, because it addresses the costs of Amaila Falls to Guyanese. Amaila Falls is designed to bring benefits to Guyana by reducing the cost of electricity to the taxpayer (through a reduction in the subsidy or a need to borrow to invest in electricity generation) and to the consumer (because of the

Public debt

Mr Ram has finally admitted what the government of Guyana has said for a long time: there is no public debt involved in the construction or operation of Amaila Falls. Not a cent. I hope that Mr Ram has the grace to accept that this is a massive u-turn in his public position, as for several years he has spoken about the public debt associated with Amaila.

Contingent liability

Mr Ram has also accepted the government’s long-standing statement of fact: that the only thing the government is guaranteeing is payments from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc in the event of GPL being unable to make their payments. Considering that the government is the sole owner of GPL and that government has been injecting a subsidy into GPL over the last several years, a guarantee of this kind is fairly typical. He says “this is what accountants call a contingent liability.” Correct. It is not what accountants call a debt. However, Mr Ram then goes on to say that “by the government’s own reckoning”, this could exceed over US$2 billion over 20 years. This is totally wrong on two levels. First of all, the scenario Mr Ram describes could only occur if GPL was unable to pay any of its bills for 20 years in a row. Surely Mr Ram accepts that this is an

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extremely improbable scenario. But more importantly, Mr Ram should know that this contingent liability is limited by current law to G$30 billion.


Mr Ram accepts the governments view that postAmaila, the subsidy paid by the taxpayer to GPL could be eliminated. This was G$6 billion last year – money that could be put to better use for the benefit of Guyanese. Since 2008, subsidies/loans have amounted to over G$38 billion. However, perhaps to hide this new recognition, it only warrants a couple of words, buried deep inside an explanation of his position on tariffs. Perhaps Mr Ram will have the grace to acknowledge that even under his analysis, the elimination of the GPL subsidy would significantly benefit the public finances by increasing the amount of money in the Treasury for more productive uses.

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This is perhaps Mr Ram’s most illuminating contribution. Despite having the facts, Mr Ram tries to avoid the question about how much the Amaila Falls Hydropower


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Mr Ram admits that there will be savings on fuel, but claims that these will only kick in after 12 years. This is wrong. Money will be saved on fuel from the first day the Amaila project begins commercial operations. This is easily calculated when you look at GPL’s 2012 audited statements. In 2012, GPL spent US$117 million in fuel costs to generate approximately 690 Gigawatt hours (GWh). Under Amaila, GPL will pay US$124 million to purchase 1070 GWhs of electricity. That is a 34 per cent reduction in fuel costs per unit of power for GPL at today’s fuel price. The reduction in generation costs will be even greater when other avoided costs of generation are included. Mr Ram goes on to state that “A GPL that is not modernised and which maintains the same level of system losses and other inefficiencies will never be able to pay an annual all-in tariff of US$122 million.” And yet, in 2012, GPL paid over US$130 million in generating costs and US$117 million in fuel alone. I ask Mr Ram how can he make such a false statement when GPL will pay less for Amaila to generate power that will be 150 per cent of what GPL generates today.


Project will reduce the cost of electricity to GPL. Further, Mr Ram goes on to conflate GPL’s cost of generation and selling price. It is important to juxtapose the government’s analysis with Mr Ram’s assertion. I repeat the summary of both here: Government of Guyana: With Amaila, GPL’s cost of electricity generation will come down in stages – by 40 per cent in the first 12 years; by 71 per cent for the eight years after that, and by 90 per cent for the 80 years after that, based on current fuel price projections. Therefore, the total consumer tariff will decrease significantly because of Amaila Falls. The reduction in consumer tariffs will be at least 20 per cent when the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project comes online. Mr Ram previously said: “Based on my calculations, the tariff will be increased by 23.6 per cent.” However, in his latest statements, Mr Ram makes some extraordinary contortions. He says (my emphasis): “allowing for a reduction in system losses and growth in demand, the inflated allin tariff GPL will have to pay Amaila, and a projected increase in the exchange rate, our conclusion was that the total revenue of GPL would have to increase by 23.6 per cent. Our projections were further based on no more subsidies from the Consolidated Fund.” In other words, he is not answering the question of how much the Amaila project will reduce the cost – instead

Government of Guyana

he is asserting that the revenue will have to increase, and this will have a knock-on impact on the end-user tariff (as will the removal of the subsidy, which he just slips in). Mr Ram is now claiming that GPL revenue would have to increase by 23.6 per cent. This is very different to the cost of electricity going up by 23.6 per cent which was Mr Ram’s previous public assertion. And finally, Mr Ram includes the removal of the subsidy. Of course, if GPL no longer received G$6 billion per annum, the tariff would have to increase. My advisers have shared information with Mr Ram on the projected increase in volume of sales with Amaila. The summary of this information is already contained in GPL’s 2013-2107 Development and Expansion Plan (www.gplinc. com). The following chart was fully discussed with Mr Ram which shows sales of electricity increasing by 55 per cent between 2013 and 2017, and by 23 per cent in the last year (2016 to 2017: The real question for Mr Ram remains – by his analysis, how much will the GPL tariff increase or decrease because of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project? Mr Ram needs to answer this question as it is the single most important benefit from the project, and warrants more than a nine-word assertion. To help make sense of this issue, perhaps Mr Ram can address the two areas underlined in the following chart. Then we can have a more meaningful discussion about where his assertions have come from:

Christopher Ram

With Amaila, this will reduce by 40 per cent, then 70 per cent after 12 years, then 90 per cent after eight more years. Subsidy will be removed GPL’s efficiency needs to be improved, with or without Amaila

There will be an “inflated allin tariff GPL will have to pay Amaila,”

End user tariffs will come down by 20 per cent in the early years of the Amaila project. Improvements in GPL efficiency through the separate modernisation project will improve these benefits

No comment – only GPL’s revenue will increase by 23.6 per cent

Subsidy will be removed GPL’s efficiency needs to be improved, with or without Amaila

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By Bernice Bede Osol

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) Emotions that you or another has been trying to tamp down will surface. You need to deal with potentially messy relationship issues with calmness and grace. Make adjustments to your work methods to ensure security.


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It’s a good day to wheel and deal, draw up contracts, push your ideas and form partnerships that will ensure that you reach your goals. Live fully – the sky is the limit.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)


Plan an outing with someone you love. The pleasure you take in joint endeavours will encourage you to take on a new project. Plan a trip to an unusual destination for additional inspiration.


PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20)


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Let the past be your teacher in terms of your financial security. Something you learned long ago can be used to open up a new income channel. Be innovative, take charge and move forward.

Calvin and Hobbes


Take advantage of your many options, but don’t exceed your boundaries. There will be a fine line between success and failure. Make your choice based on what you know, not what you assume.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Share information and do your best to help others. Your contribution will raise your profile and bring interesting people into your life. Partnerships and proposals look to be quite profitable.

Make personal changes that will make you feel good about yourself and what you have to offer. An emotional reunion with someone from your past will bring much happiness.

VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22) Get together with people who share common interests. Attending an event in your community or getting together with people with past and present co-workers will lead to an opportunity.

LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 23) You’re in a cycle of quickly shifting trends, so embrace change and accept the inevitable. Sometimes a push is required to get moving in a direction better suited to your needs.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) Step back and re-evaluate a relationship with a person who is trying to coerce you into something you don’t want to do. Your time is better spent with people who have your best interest at heart.

Thursday's solution GEMINI (May 21June 20)


Listen carefully and size up the situation before sharing your thoughts on a work matter. Someone is likely to use your words against you, so don’t give them much to work with. Romance will turn your evening into an adventure.

Get your facts and figures from a reliable source. Deals can be made and improvements to your living arrangements or surroundings begun. Do your own thing and avoid meddlers.

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s the countdown starts for the hosting of Mc Neil Enterprise and Hits and Jams, “Night of Legends” billed for the Guyana National Stadium on October 19, the public is still awaiting to hear who will join international R&B Singer, R Kelly. As always, Guyana Times entertainment has received several scoops about the event. First it was rumoured that R&B singer, Usher and Hip Hop sensation, 50 Cent will join the cast but after thinking about it, we realised that would not be realistic.


n an exclusive interview with twenty-six-yearold, Jamaican dancehall artiste, Leroy “Junior” Russell also called Tommy Lee from Montego Bay, Jamaica, he disclosed that “Uncle Demon”, as he is seen in most of his music videos is just a character. The artiste explained that his self-described “Gothic Dancehall” style, which often features dark and Satanic-inspired subject matter, is just him being different from the other Jamaica artistes who associate themselves with various characters. Lee added that he lives for music and creates the rhythms that match his personality, noting that people are taking the “demonic character” personally, whereby it should be seen as “just a character”. “Is like Beenie Man being called a doctor but he is not a doctor; Elephant Man is not an elephant; Mad Cobra is not a cobra; Vybz Kartel is called the Devil but he is not; Bounty Killa is not a killer; Assassin is not someone who pays people to assassinate people so Uncle Demon is not necessarily a demon…” Nevertheless, Lee who originated from the Sparta Empire, his hometown, gained popularity as a member of the Portmore

So we went about snooping around for more details, but organisers remained tightlipped and would not reveal their master plan that is expected to wow the Guyanese partyholics. Nevertheless, we did not give up and tackled anyone in sight for information. We finally “think” that if the name of the event deals with music legends, then there are various genres of music that are loved by Guyanese and it could possibly be one renowned person from each category. As we know Guyanese love soca, chutney, reggae, hip hop, dancehall

Empire under the leadership of Vybz Kartel but he has recently been using the Sparta Brand name all over again. He explained that he is originally from the Sparta Family but worked with the Portmore Empire popularly known as “GAZA” but really and truly he never left. He also slammed reports which suggested that there is a war between “GAZA” (Kartel) and “GULLY” (Mavado) since they both represent for the people of Jamaica and dancehall lovers. Lee and Movado have performed on the same stage as recent as July in St Lucia and described it as pure “business”. “We don’t get in each others’ way… we hail up each other and that is it… we nah fight”, he added.

and others, so it means that we have to think logically. To get the international artistes at this point, it will entail a lot of work with respect to contract signing and such, which will be timeconsuming, so we have decided to stick to performers in the region. Guyana Times predicts that Jamaican artistes, Beres Hammond will represent the Reggae aspect while Beenie Man will represent the dancehall aspect and Machel Montano will do well in the soca category. We just have to wait and see!!!

With respect to the “World Boss” issue; Lee is optimistic that since one of the murder charges has been dropped against Kartel, he should be released from prison by December noting that there will be no evidence for a conviction. All of Jamaica wants to see, the “Teacha” on the streets, once again. However, Lee’s musical career began as a deejay in late 2008 at Snipa Studios in Flankers, where he recorded his first song, “Spartan Story.” During this time, he performed as an opening act for local shows, including several from Portmore artist Vybz Kartel. Kartel, noticing that the artist was receiving positive responses from the crowd, invited him to move to Kingston and become a part of the Portmore Empire, Kartel’s music crew. Tommy Lee Sparta, however, was reluctant to leave his family and neighbourhood, and declined the offer. Tommy Lee Sparta’s breakthrough hit came with “Some Bwoy (Link PonWi Chain)” on the 2011 “So Bad Riddim”. Thus far, Lee has a number of hits including “Some

Bwoy,” along with followup singles such as “Psycho,” “Buss a Blank,” and “Shook (Uncle Demon)”. Apart from all the hits, the dancehall artiste stated that his fans can expect more music from him in the future. He is working on a few songs that will definitely create some vibes on the regional and international airways. When asked about his personal achievements; Lee told the Guyana Times that he has been a successful dancehall artiste and is loved throughout the regional and further afield and draws a young fan base, but his greatest achievements are when his songs make it on top of the dancehall charts. He was also touched when he was asked to performed for a group of children in Europe during his tour. “I feel proud to have been given de opportunity to perform at the kids show… I was the first Jamaican artiste to be asked to perform and it meant a lot to me”. It is recognisable that Lee has a lot of young followers and in this respect he urged them to stay focused and believe in what they want to become. “Whether you wanna be a lawyer, doctor, anything just stay positive and remember to always obey your parents… Mommy and daddy cannot do it for you, u have to do it all by yourself”.


onia Noel stole the show at what was touted as the Grandeur Fashion event at Carifesta XI which was held recently in Suriname. On Monday evening last at the Royal Torarica, Paramaribo, a lineup of 15 hand-picked designers from Suriname, Trinidad, St Lucia, Belize, Haiti and Guyana presented their pieces to a sophisticated audience comprising cultural attachés, fashion cognoscentis, culture buffs and creative arts enthusiasts from around the region. The show presented the widest assortment of couture apparel from bedazzling accessories to bohemian bags, from architectural hats to avant-garde garments, from ethnic men’s couture to exotic hand-painted textiles, but the showstopper was Sonia Noel. “The response in Suriname at the Carifesta events has been tremendous which saw people from different countries. My showing at the Grandeur Fashion event was one of my best presentations and the audience responded from outfits one to 18… was a great feeling reconnecting with so many of my Surinamese who supported me years ago”, Noel said. Sonia Noel stood proud as the Guyanese brands ‘Mariska’s Designs’ and ‘First Resort’ erupted on the runway with an outpouring of her legendary latticing, her perennial ponchos, her branded busters and her distinctive dresses, all celebrating her signature style. More interestingly, she decided to incorporate the launch of her magazine, ‘Makin’ Style, at the affair. Indeed, it was a grand affair which saw her helpers distributing the inaugural copy

of the publication to eager patrons whose resounding applause attest to her success. She was in her element as the master of ceremony requested a command performance of the style maven herself. She rose to the occasion and took to the microphone where she seized the opportunity to tell her story, her Guyanese biography of which she boasted. “I stand before you as a testimony that little smalltown girls can have dreams and pursue them and make them a reality. I stand here beaming with pride, just as I felt when I presented on Caribbean fashion development, at the prestigious Ivy League Brown University, not only as a passionate fashion practitioner but as a daughter of Guyanese soil and a true product of my nationality”, Noel told the gathering. Noel’s booth at the grand market attracted many with her elaborate and unique white collection and huge blown up banners of GFW and makin’ style. Patrons were always in and around the booth either to buy an outfit, inquiring about GFW or to have a autographed copy of Makin Style. Icana boutique in Torarica Hotel already has the First Resorts line in stock and they will also be one of the outlets for Makin’ Style Magazine. Sonia Noel’s designs were also selected to outfit the closing ceremony hostess Lygia Sherida Amania and popular media personality Odette Miranda. “This entire event is even more special because I share our Caribbean aesthetic with my regional creative arts peers as I salute the mission of Carifesta XI, – culture for development.”

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uyana Telephone and Telegraph jingle star, Shawn English has released his newest single on The Focus Project Compilation Album called “Standing Firm”; a dancehall/gospel song which was written by Dennon Lewis and himself. It was recorded at Vision Recording Studios. The original idea for ”Standing Firm” came after an all friends hang went down at the Church of Christ instrumental (on Hadfield Street) sometime in 2010. Shawn English stated “It was here that I was exposed to the talents of Dennon Lewis. We were just free styling and doing all sorts of crazy dancing when the track for Standing Firm (Beast Riddim) came on. I was immediately inspired and the hook was birthed”. He further stated that a couple of guys tried their hand at some lyrical renditions but it


was Dennon who did the job. “After the hang, we listened to some of the audio recorded and we decided to do a song together using the hook”.

The song itself advocates for us to stand firm on the word of God despite our trials and problems. It also encourages

he Red Earth Riders’ Club of Bartica will host its first grass track meet after a notable hiatus. The “Go for Gold” Karrau Motocross promises an exciting match up as riders from Bartica and Georgetown go head

listeners to look out for each other and it’s a catchy way to represent your faith. It’s good for fitness walks, parties, events or just regular good old

listening. Along with this song, there is now a new video that further draws the fans into the World

to head. The event is set for Sunday, September 1 at Big Roy’s Place, Karrau, Essequibo River. On the last day of the August holiday, the event brings clean family fun time and some thrills as Georgetown riders such as Stephen Vieira, Andy Rajkarran and Junior Da Silva compete alongside Bartica rides such as Andrew Wong, Bobby Rasul and Dave Younge on tantalising race tracks.

of Christ church, which is represented by Shawn E and DC (Dennon Lewis). The video was produced by the Red Sparks Media team in July of 2013 and was prelaunched on several television stations via prime time playing and direct interviews. The Standing Firm video can also be seen on Youtube via this link com/watch?v=YA0lxt4yPXk It encourages viewers to stand up for what they believe in despite the negatives and obstacles that may stand in their way. Its main message is for us to hold on to God’s word because it represents truth and to live by the principles that Jesus taught us… stand up and be counted. Copies of the focus album can be found at Matts Record Bar, Kester D’s Record Store, Giftland OfficeMax or call 6112997 to order your official copy or book the artiste.

Gold medals and cash prizes are up for grabs with 10 races. The categories include 125 four stroke, 125 two stroke and ATV sport racing. There is also a memorial race in honour of Clive Welcome. The young, up and coming racer passed away in a tragic boat mishap in May. The Red Earth Riders’ club has been hosting grass track meets in Karrau for a number of years but Vice President of the club Dave Younge said this was put on hold following the two Regattas that are held yearly in Bartica. However, the club decided to resuscitate the Karrau Motocross and plans to make it an annual event every August. It is also expected to bring needed tourism dollars to the Amerindian village of Karrau which is located in the lower Cuyuni of Region Seven.


he publisher of IZWE Corbin Media Group Inc (CMG) disclosed that there was a tremendous demand for the magazine in 2012, so they decided to produce another issue in 2013. The print quantity was also increased to meet the anticipated requests. IZWE is a full colour magazine that was launched in 2011 – The International Year for People of African Descent. The magazine got its name from a Zulu word meaning people or nation.  It chronicles the experiences of African descendants locally, regionally and internationally through historical facts and present day information. CMG reiterated that the magazine has no racial or political agenda, and its focus remains the same – to bring forth segments of Guyana’s history to a new generation of readers.  Information about the past and present is presented by knowledgeable experts and researchers on African matters. This is done in an easy to read format and complimented with high quality pictures and illustrations.   The third edition of IZWE has on its cover, a painting of three elegantly dressed women which embodies the magazine’s focus on women this year. A sneak peek at the contents of IZWE 2013 reveals features on influential women in Guyana and the diaspora, the 1823 Slave Uprising, Queenstown, Essequibo Village, African themed fashion, the Ghana Day Committee, A glossy of terms and much more. In a release, CMG thanked all of its sponsors and supporters who helped to make this edition possible. “It is through your vision and open-mindedness that we are inspired to work even harder to make the magazine better”, the release went on to say. The glossy IZWE magazine is available at Austin’s Book Services, Church Street; Rubis Service Station, Mandela

Avenue, Shell Service Station, Vlissingen Road and German’s Restaurant on New Market Street for $1200. You can also contact IZWE on Facebook or call 226-0540 and 225-1738.


ifteen-year-old Dennis Anthony Glasgow also called “Tony” and “Junior” was born in Georgetown to Kayola Duncan and Dennis Glasgow and is the last of six children. He grew up with his other siblings Matthew, Melissa, Sallylicia, Shaumar and Jenacy in Alexander Village but prefers to spend his vacation in the countryside. The young model, who is a contestant in the upcoming Mr Guyana Talented Teen Pageant, described his childhood as amazing. He started his education at Alexander Village Nursery School, then to the West Ruimveldt Primary School and in the upcoming academic school year, he will be a fifth form student in the Business Stream at Bishops’ High School. Most of his childhood days were spent in Essequibo where he was exposed to fishing, going to the same church his mother went to, taking long quiet walks on the sea walls, among other activities. As a young child he was always loud, funny, energetic, and rather over dramatic at times, and vividly remembered being one of the chief troublemakers in his class. Getting involved in pageantry, he noted was something that “just happened”. He said days before the auditions for the Mr Guyana Talented Teen Pageant, he received messages from a few persons encouraging him to attend the interview so jumped at the opportunity. Thus far, pageantry has been an amazing journey which led to him meeting some of the most enriching persons such as founder of the event Pamela Dillon and Gileon James but more importantly, his fellow delegates. One of the major challenges, he noted, is the stigma attached to males in the industry but feels that he lives to please himself. “I don’t see why I should be persecuted for the sexual instabilities of guys not even involved in this pageant. I know where I stand and stereotyping won’t bring me down”, he added. On this note, the brazen young man expressed his intention of having four children with a beautiful

Guyanese wife. “I want to get married at the age or 25 in Anna Regina. I plan on furthering my education in International law and economics abroad, but I will definitely return to Guyana”. Glasgow explained that most of his expectations have already been met while in this pageant. “I expect exposure as a young person, I expect to bring awareness to society about male pageants and change its perception,I expect to become a better performer, I seek to boost my confidence, gain friends, become more educated, be more informed about society and issues affecting us and more importantly, to be crowned Mr Guyana Talented Teen, 2013”. In anyone’s life there are role models but to Glasgow, he respects everyone and everything they do but his greatest inspiration is U.S. President, Barack Obama. His advice to young men who would want to participate in pageantry is “do it and do it well… put aside what people are going to say and put forward what you want in your life. There are a lot of benefits that you will be able to experience”. On a lighter note, his favourite colours are black or red while his favourite foods are fried rice, baked macaroni and baked chicken. He loves to look at Power Rangers Samurai but his favourite movies would include “Home Alone” and any movie done by Tyler Perry. The young man added that his favourite subjects are human and social biology, English Literature, economics and social studies. He likes to sing, dance and be involved in nature activities. The young man also loves social networking, and like most teenagers Facebook is his favourite. He also loves to entertain persons and to put smiles on persons’ faces especially those who are less fortunate. He has been volunteering in various groups and organisations such asthe U.S. Embassy’s Guyana Shines Programme and their Youth Action Network, Habitat for Humanity, Witness Project, Interact Club of Bishops’ High School, Come Alive Network Inc and he is also a youth ambassador candidate with the U.S. embassy. He is also fond of debating.

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Finch stuns England with blazing 156

Hafeez helps Pakistan draw level


aron Finch smashed a world record 156 as Australia beat England by 39 runs in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals in Southampton on Thursday. The opener hit 14 sixes and 11 fours in a 63-ball knock to help Australia record their first win of the summer over England and first win in 200 days. Shane Watson’s 16-ball 37 lifted Australia to 248-6 - the second highest T20 international score. Joe Root scored 90 not out off 49 deliveries as England ended on 209-6. “Sometimes you have to hold your hands up, it was a magnificent knock by Finch and he won the game for Australia,” England captain Stuart Broad told BBC Sport. “It was incredible striking and to hit 14 sixes in an innings is pretty special. It was amazing to watch but unpleasant to bowl at. “The crowd will go home happy having seen 460 runs off 40 overs but there are 11 disappointed Englishmen that’s for sure.” On any other night, Root and England’s effort may well have kept them in touch but Finch’s extraordinary innings left them with too tough a target to chase. Finch, a 26-year-old righthander from Victoria, signalled his intent by pulling the first delivery he faced, from Steven Finn, to the legside boundary for six. He brought up his second


Mohammad Hafeez scored his second century in Harare

Aaron Finch made a century from just 47 balls

few things went my way but it was nice to get on a roll,” Finch told BBC Sport. “I got a little bit nervous as three figures approached and I slowed up the innings for a little bit but it was nice to carry on once I’d got the

Joe Root plays a delicate reverse sweep

T20 international half century with a straight six and then clubbed three successive maximums and two fours off what proved to be Root’s solitary over to race into the 90s. Finch looked set to break South African Richard Levi’s record for the fastest international T20 century - 45 balls but faltered for a couple of deliveries before finally bringing up his ton with a six to fine leg off his 47th ball. Once he reached his century, Finch accelerated again, hitting a six to move past the previous international best of 123 by New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum. He took just 13 balls to move from 100 to 150, reaching the landmark with another maximum. But, with Chris Gayle’s T20 record score of 175 in sight, his stunning innings was ended when he chopped a slow bouncer from Jade Dernbach onto his middle stump. “I was pretty lucky, a

century.” Dernbach, who was the pick of the England bowlers, then bowled Watson with a superb slower delivery and removed Glenn Maxwell (1) at the death as he finished with 3-34. England opener Michael Lumb briefly looked like he

may follow Finch’s lead, hitting 14 off Mitchell Johnson’s opening over but he was trapped leg before wicket by the left-arm seamer on 22 to leave England 33-1. Alex Hales (8), Luke Wright (4) and Eoin Morgan (0) all fell cheaply as England limped to 42-4 and although Root, playing his first international T20 innings, and Ravi Bopara (45) put on 95 for the fifth wicket and Jos Buttler hit a quickfire 27, they were unable to match Finch’s hitting power. The hosts did, however, compile their second highest T20 score, six adrift of the 214 they scored against New Zealand earlier in 2013. Australia broke the record for most sixes in a T20 innings - 18 - while the aggregate score of 457 is the highest recorded, beating a tied game between Australia and New Zealand in 2010. Earlier on Thursday, England’s women regained the Ashes by beating Australia on the same pitch and they meet again at 10:00 BST on Saturday at Durham, ahead of the men’s second T20 match. (BBC Sport)

SCOREBOARD Australia innings D Warner c †Buttler b Broad 1 A Finch b Dernbach 156 S Marsh c Lumb b Briggs 28 S Watson b Dernbach 37 G Maxwell b Dernbach 1 G Bailey* lbw b Finn 1 M Wade† not out 15 J Faulkner not out 5 Extras: (lb2, w2) 4 Total: (6 wkts, 20 overs) 248 Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-125, 3-226, 4-227, 5-228, 6-242 Bowling: S Finn 4-0-45-1, S Broad 4-0-47-1, J Dernbach 4-0-34-3, D Briggs 4-0-511, R Bopara 1-0-15-0, J Root 1-0-27-0, L Wright 2-0-27-0

England innings M Lumb lbw b Johnson 22 A Hales c †Wade b Hazlewood 8 L Wright c †Wade b Hazlewood 4 E Morgan c Maxwell b Johnson 0 J Root not out 90 R Bopara c Warner b Watson 45 J Buttler† b Faulkner 27 S Broad* not out 4 Extras: (b1, w6, nb2) 9 Total: (6 wkts, 20 overs) 209 Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-33, 3-37, 4-42, 5-137, 6-203 Bowling: M Johnson 4-1-41-2, J Hazlewood 4-0-43-2, Fawad Ahmed 4-0-43-0, S Watson 4-0-42-1, J Faulkner 4-0-39-1


ith the series at stake, Pakistan hit back strongly on Thursday by posting a total well beyond Zimbabwe’s reach, thereby giving the final match greater context. Mohammad Hafeez led the way with an attacking, unbeaten 136 to lift Pakistan to 299, and although Zimbabwe had their moments in the chase, they failed to stretch Pakistan over a sustained period. A clump of wickets towards the end widened the gap between the two sides, as the margin of victory suggested. Both sides, while batting, were removed from their comfort zones. Pakistan didn’t have the safety net of a steady Misbah-ul-Haq innings for the other batsmen to bat around. A rare failure from Misbah gave Hafeez the chance to step up and guide the innings. Zimbabwe, for a change didn’t have the luxury of a solid opening stand in the face of a daunting total, and the middle order couldn’t cover the slack. Pakistan, though, responded better to the challenge. Put in to bat, Pakistan had a better idea of the kind the score needed to intimidate a confident Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe were guilty of dropping catches in the first ODI but those let-offs, fortunately, didn’t cost them in the end. While they were relatively

better today, one lapse cost them plenty of runs. When on 30, Hafeez went for the slog sweep but as the ball dipped towards deep square leg, Brian Vitori was a touch too late on the dive. He couldn’t hang on and Zimbabwe were made to rue the missed chance. Hafeez’s driving, flicking and defense against the seamers was solid and he used his feet against Prosper Utseya, lofting two sixes over long-on. He launched Elton Chigumbura over the same region as he progressed to his fifty off 65 balls.

Following Misbah’s departure - he limped to 3 off 23 balls - Pakistan had lost all their experienced batsmen, but Umar Amin stepped up to give Hafeez the support he needed. Amin looked busy at the crease, looking to push the singles and attempting the odd slog, looking on nervously at his senior partner who urged him to play straighter. Amin opened up at the start of the batting Powerplay, taken in the 36th over, clipping Utseya wide of midwicket and then launching him over cover the next ball. He found the gaps with ease through the off side and reached his maiden fifty in ODIs off just 61 balls. Pakistan smashed 43 in the Powerplay without losing a wicket, setting the platform for their late-innings acceleration. Amin was eventually runout from a direct hit by Tendai Chatara, but not before adding a valuable 129 with Hafeez. Hafeez made sure his side didn’t lose the initiative, like they did on Tuesday with a collapse, batting positively and finding the gaps. He had all but bettered his highest ODI score (139*), made on the same ground two years ago. A blazing cameo from Shahid Afridi took Pakistan to the doorstep of 300. (Cricinfo)

SCOREBOARD Pakistan innings N Jamshed lbw b Utseya 32 A Shehzad c Maruma b Vitori 5 M Hafeez not out 136 Misbah-ul-Haq* c Williams b Vitori 3 U Amin run out (Chatara) 59 S Afridi not out 39 Extras: (lb3, w20, nb2) 25 Total: (4 wkts, 50 overs) 299 Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-62, 3-84, 4-213 Bowling: T Panyangara 10-1-710, B Vitori 10-1-68-2, T Chatara 10-2-50-0, P Utseya 10-2-541, H Masakadza 4-0-24-0, E Chigumbura 1-0-10-0, S Williams 3-0-12-0, M Waller 2-0-7-0 Zimbabwe innings H Masakadza b Khan


V Sibanda c †Ahmed b M Irfan 2 B Taylor*† c Irfan b S Ajmal 79 T Maruma run out (Misbah-ulHaq/†Ahmed) 8 S Williams st †Ahmed b Ajmal 37 M Waller b Khan 40 E Chigumbura lbw b Khan 0 P Utseya b Khan 3 T Panyangara not out 3 T Chatara c †Ahmed b A Rehman 2 B Vitori c Irfan b Rehman 0 Extras: (lb6, w4, nb1) 11 Total: (all out, 42.4 overs) 209 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-65, 4-135, 5-200, 6-200, 7-201, 8-206, 9-209, 10-209 Bowling: M Irfan 8-1-45-1, A Rehman 9.4-0-36-2, J Khan 7-215-4, M Hafeez 6-0-35-0, S Ajmal 7-0-40-2, S Afridi 5-0-32-0

Bolt claims victory in Zurich Diamond League 100m


amaica’s Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt recovered from a slow start to power to victory over 100m in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday. The 27-year-old clocked 9.90 seconds to beat compatriot Nickel Ashmeade (9.94) and American Justin Gatlin (9.96). Britain’s Adam Gemili finished eighth in a season’s best of 10.06, just outside his personal best of 10.05. His compatriot Shara Proctor, sixth at the recent World Championships in Moscow, won the long jump with 6.88m. Bolt believed he could run under 9.80 at the Letzigrund Stadium, but that never looked likely once he had started poorly. “I think the longer the season goes on, the worse my start gets,” Bolt told BBC Sport. “I’ll be happy to go home at the end of the season. I thought I was fit but I wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be in.” Gemili, 19, also rued his start, which cost him the

chance of breaking 10 seconds for the first time. “I fell out of the blocks and lost about a tenth of a second or so,” he said. “I tried to drive out of the blocks but stumbled and had to pick myself up. “My drive phase was limited and in a field like this you can’t do it. It is a great learning experience and I’m happy with a PB [for the season]. “It is great to come into a race like this and I now know that, if I can execute, I can do well and I will take that forward into the future.” Proctor, meanwhile, beat all three World Championship medallists. America’s world champion Brittney Reese was seventh with a best of 6.37 while Nigerian Blessing Okagbare (6.76) and Ivana Spanovic of Serbia (6.73) finished second and third respectively, just as they had in Moscow. Meseret Defar produced a sprint finish to hold off a strong challenge from fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba and win the 5,000m. Defar, the world champi-

on and double Olympic gold medallist, finished in 14 minutes 32.83 seconds - just over two seconds ahead of Dibaba, the triple Olympic champion, who completed the 5,000m/10,000m double in Beijing five years ago. The victory gives 29-yearold Defar a 15-11 head-to-head lead over her 27-year-old archrival in 5,000m contests. American world champion LaShawn Merritt, 27, ran 44.13 seconds to beat Grenada’s 2011 world gold medallist Kirani James (44.32) in the men’s 400m. Ukrainian world champion Bohdan Bondarenko cleared 2.33m to win the high jump on countback but the 23-year-old failed in his attempt to match Cuban Javier Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m, set 20 years ago. Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who became the first woman to claim the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the same World Championships in Moscow, won the 200m in 22.40 seconds. (BBC Sport)


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IAC calls Shewdass’ record-breaking feat a superb achievement T he Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) has described the sterling performance of Guyanese powerlifter Gumendra Shewdass in the World Junior and Sub Junior Powerlifting Championships in Killeen, Texas, as a “superb achievement.” In a release issued to the media on Thursday, the IAC said the example set by Shewdass should be followed by young people. The 18-year-old Berbician on Monday recorded 475.5kgs en route to winning the gold medal in the 53kg sub junior class. The 2012 runner-up Junior Sportsman-of-the-year’s closest rival was U.S.A’s Dalton La Coe, who finished a distant second with a total of 425kg in the bench press, squat and deadlift. Shewdas’ best squat of 180kg and bench press of 90kg were below La Coe’s 182.5kg (squat), 105kg (bench press) heading into the deadlifts, but a huge lift of 205kg on his second attempt thrust the Guyanese into the lead. With Shewdas holding the psychological advantage, La Coe only mustered a lift of 137.5kg and failed twice at 192.5kg. Russia’s Alexei Kula-kov was third with a total of 412.5kg. The IAC said: “The IAC recognizes the superb achievement of 18-year-old,

The Guyana Cricket Board and NEW GPC INC hosted a dinner Thursday night at Palm Court on Main Street, Georgetown for the Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago players who will be involved in warm-up games tonight and Saturday night. Both games will be played at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara starting at 20:00h. The games were organised in an effort to provide the twin-island team with the best possible preparation ahead of the Twenty20 Champions League in India from September 17 to October 6. Jamaican Krishmar Santokie has been confirmed as the only foreign player, who will be part of the Guyana line-up. Newcomers to the Guyana team are Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) opener Robin Bacchus and Berbice allrounder Rajiv Ivan

Wilson benefits from highperformance course in Brazil

Gumendra Shewdass

Gumendra Shewdass, who hails from Berbice, Guyana, and calls upon all Guyanese, especially those living in rural hinterland areas, to recognise and to take inspiration of the world-class performance of Gumendra Shewdass. He recorded 475.5kg en route to winning the gold medal in the 53kg sub-junior class. He was also the 2012 runner-up Junior Sportsman-of-the-year.” It added, “The IAC believes that the example set by ‘golden boy’ Shewdass should be followed, especially by our young peo-

ple rather than them being involved in various types of anti-social behaviour such as drug use and alcohol abuse. Strive for what you believe in and to always be the best at what you do. This is exactly what Mr. Shewdass did and he received the rewards of all his hard works. Once again, we congratulate him and all those who would have supported him, especially his parents, relatives and trainer/coach.” Shewdass was accompanied on the trip by manager Denroy Livan.


oach of the Police Sports Club, Lyndon Wilson is currently on a course in Brazil for high-performance athletes, sponsored through the Olympic Solidarity Fund and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA). According to information reaching this publication the training will not be specific to track and field. In an invited comment,

Lyndon Wilson

Wilson told Guyana Times Sport via social media: “The course is excellent; Guyana is way behind the best part of the course is the sports science but the course is very good and I think it will benefit all the athletes in Guyana in the long run. Meanwhile, Wilson is expected back home on Saturday with more knowledge to impart to local athletes and coaches.

Serena Williams cruises Vickery loses to Glushko into third round in U.S. Open S


resh off a commanding win over Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Tuesday, Sashia Vickery of the United States of America suffered a defeat of her own in round two of the U.S. Open on Thursday. Playing in the Women’s Singles on Court Four at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, the 18-yearold of Guyanese parentage lost in straight sets, 7-5 6-3, to Israel’s Julia Glushko. The loss ended Vickery’s campaign in the Women’s Singles, but extended Glushko’s stay in the tournament. This is 23-year-old Glushko’s second appearance at the U.S. Open after being knocked out in the opening round in 2012. Vickery made a brilliant start to the U.S. Open on Tuesday, comfortably beating Lucic-Baroni 6-4 6-4. It was a remarkable start to 18-year-old Vickery’s Grand Slam career, as she upstaged her more illustrious 31-year-old counterpart on Court Seven. Vickery, who gained a wildcard entry into the U.S. Open, needed a mere 87 minutes to wrap up victo-

Sashia Vickery

ry, as she had five aces compared to Lucic-Baroni’s two. She is the second player of Guyanese parentage to have qualified for the U.S. Open, which is the final tournament on the Grand

Slam calendar. Vickery had won the United States Tennis Association’s Girls 18’s tournament which guaranteed the winner a wildcard spot in the U.S. Open.

erena Williams continued her US Open title defence with a crushing victory over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan on Thursday. The top seed came through 6-3 6-0 in 69 minutes to book a third-round tie with Yaroslava Shvedova, another Kazakh. Elsewhere, five time champion Roger Federer comfortably beat Carlos Berlocq and second seed Victoria Azarenka was too strong for Aleksandra Wozniak. There were also wins for David Ferrer, Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic, but fourth seed Sara Errani was eliminated. Flavia Pennetta (Ita) beat Sara Errani (Ita) [4] 6-3 6-1 Fourth seed Errani admitted she felt so weighed down by pressure that she did not want to go on the court before losing to her compatriot. Maria Sharapova’s withdrawal meant the 26-yearold was elevated to fourth seed and she struggled to cope with it. “I think it’s the pressure,” said a tearful Errani. “I have never been in this situation. I don’t want to go

on the court. I don’t want to go to play. I don’t want to stay there on the court. I feel very bad. Serena Williams (US) [1] beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) 6-3 6-0 The 16-time Grand Slam champion has lost just four games in two matches following her opening-round demolition of Francesca Schiavone and after easing past 77th-ranked Voskoboeva. Roger Federer (Swi) [7] beat Carlos Berlocq (Arg) 6-3 6-2 6-1 “It might take a few matches and next thing you know you’re playing really, really good tennis again and you’re close to playing some really great tennis,” said Federer, who is at his lowest ranking since 2002. “I think that’s kind of where I am right now, and that’s where every match is really important to me and how I play every single point.” Caroline Wozniacki (Den) [6] beat Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 6-1 6-2 Angelique Kerber (Ger) [8] beat Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 6-4 2-6 6-3 Bouchard, 19, has been tipped as a future star, but Kerber battled through and

remains on course for a quarter-final meeting with Serena Williams. David Ferrer (Spa) [4] beat Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-2 His pre-tournament form was unimpressive, but Ferrer has now made it to round three or better at each of the last 15 Grand Slams. Victoria Azarenka (Blr) [2] beat Aleksandra Wozniak (Can) 6-3 6-1 Azarenka, who beat Serena Williams at the recent Cincinnati Open, was was broken three times on a windy day - but she prevailed in a little over an hour to book a meeting with Alize Cornet of France. Ana Ivanovic (Ser) [13] beat Alexandra Dulgheru (Rom) 6-2 6-1 Adrian Mannarino (Fra) beat Sam Querrey (US) [26] 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 Mannarino is through to round three of a Grand Slam for only the second time, and his reward is a meeting with Roger Federer. Querrey’s first defeat before round three at Flushing Meadows since 2007 means the highest-ranked US man left in the draw is 13th seed John Isner. (BBC Sport)

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horse race meet Five-year strategic plan is BLUTC confirmed for September 29 focus of paralympic workshop …registration closes September 23


Facilitator Kenneth McKell (left) makes a point as some of the participants pay keen attention during Thursday’s opening session (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)


ith focus on setting the groundwork for a fiveyear strategic plan, the National Paralympic Committee of Guyana (NPCG) on Thursday commenced a three-day workshop at the Guyana Olympic Association headquarters. The event is being conducted by Kenneth McKell of Trinidad and Tobago. President Wilton Spencer said the ultimate aim of the workshop is to lay the foundation for a five-year strategic plan to ensure a proper structure is in place to guide the administration of the NPCG. He said it is against this background that the local committee has solicited the services of McKell, who is the president of the Trinidad and Tobago National Paralympic Committee and chairman of the Caribbean associations. Spencer noted that McKell has a wealth of experience in the paralympic movement and is also very knowledgeable in the formation of strategic plans. “We hope that by Saturday when the workshop ends we would be in

Wilton Spencer

a much better to formulate that stragetic plan that will lead us on the way forward. Mr. McKell is very experienced when it comes to the paralympic movement and we will be using the next three days to brainstorm ideas with him and come up with the best possible plan,” the NPCG head explained. Spencer added that with the next Paralympic Games to be hosted in neighbouring Brazil, the possibility of Guyana participating in that event is highly likely as there are at least two ath-

letes who could qualify for those Games. He made reference to table tennis player Safraz Gibran Hussain and cyclist Walter Grant Stuart, both of whom have lost a limb, as prime candidates to represent Guyana in the XV Paralympic Summer Games in Rio in 2016. According to internet site, Wikipedia, the Paralympic Games is a major multi-sport international event involving athletes with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities, including mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness and cerebral palsy. Meanwhile, McKell, during one of Thursday’s sessions, told the participants that paralympic movement is more than just persons participating in sport, but rather a dynamic field that encompasses several areas. He noted that every ministry in the Trinidad and Tobago government has policies designed to accommodate paralympic, underlining how serious the movement is being treated by the administration there. The workshop continues today and concludes on Saturday.

NCN U-15 Inter-Zone Cricket Competition…

East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje and Lower Corentyne meet in final today


efending champions East Bank/ New Amsterdam/ Canje will clash with Lower Corentyne in the final of the Berbice Cricket Board National Communications Network Under-15 InterZone cricket competition today at the Albion Community Centre ground. The match is expected to be keenly contested after East Bank/New Amsterdam/Canje defeated Upper Corentyne on first innings points in their semi-final. There line-up is also boosted by a number of players who represented Berbice at the Inter-County level this year, the likes of

Joel Seetaram

off-spinner Joel Seetaram, batsmen Steve Deonarine and Tyrell Peters, all-

rounder Felon Crandon and wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Michael. On the other hand, Lower Corentyne defeated West Berbice in their semifinal game and have in their line-up two players who represented Guyana this year at the regional level - wicket-keeper/batsman Adrian Sukhwa and batsman Matthew Hardyal. The match is scheduled to start at 09.00h and will be played under the 55-over first innings limitation rule. Meanwhile, the third place play-off between Upper Corentyne and West Berbice is also scheduled for Friday at the No. 73 ground.

he Bush Lot United Turf Club (BLUTC) horse race meet is confirmed for September 29 at the club’s facility at Sea View Park, Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, according to coordinator Lakeram Sukhdeo. Sukhdeo told this publication on Thursday that the meet will be held in collaboration with Inshan Bacchus Trucking Service and Jumbo Jet Jr. Seven races are listed on the day’s programme, with over $7 million in cash and prizes up for the taking, according to Sukhdeo. The feature race will be for horses classified C and Lower and will run a mile for $1.2 million. Other events

Lakeram Sukhdeo

billed for the day are the E and Lower for $600,000 over a distance of one mile,

the Three-year-old race for animals bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies for $500,000, Two-year-old Guyana and West Indies bred horses, also $500,000, the race for the G3 and Lower for $400,000, the I and Lower for $200,000 and the J, K and L Class for $150,000. Registration for the meet will close on September 23. Interested horse owners can make contact with Sukhdeo on telephone numbers 2320558 or 672-0810 or president R Jagit on 232-0231. Race time is 12:30h. On the other hand, Sukhdeo said that preparation is being made to repair the fence and pavilion.

ECB 50-over tourney bowls off today

Kevon Boodie


he Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) 50-over competition bowls off today with four matches across the county. The competition is being used as the yardstick to select an Essequibo team for the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board Inter-County 50 overs tournament. Today East Bank Essequibo host Bartica at the Parika Salem ground, Leguan play Wakenaam at Enterprise, North battle with South Essequibo at Devonshire Castle and Central Essequibo play Pomeroon at Imam Bacchus ground. Former national under-19 wicketkeeper batsman Kevon Boodie leads the East Bank team which also includes Trevor Benn, Jason Heyliger, Mark Braitwaite and Julio Jones. Bartica are yet to name their team.

Ricardo Adams

Ronsford Beaton

Leguan have home advantage when they face arch-rivals Wakenaam, and will be led by Muneshwar Jattan. National under-19 player Ricardo Adams will lead the visiting team. One of the more dominant teams of recent in the Cinderella county, South Essequibo will look to start

Guyana and T&T... On Friday, Universal DVD Club Berbice Titans will play DCC Wolverines while the next day, overseas line-up, Suriname Tigers, take on West Demerara Mavericks. Meanwhile, tickets are on sale at the GCB office on Regent Street for $1000. Patrons who purchase three grass mound (Party stand) tickets will receive another ticket free.

Mark Tyrell

the competition on a winning note and will depend heavily on Royan Federicks, Anthony Adams, Ricardo Peters, Mark Gonsalves and Raj Parbattie. Their opponents will not be easy to get past. However, they will depend heavily on Mark Tyrell, Vishwanauth Lall, Uvindra Balgobin, Rajiv Manichand and Greyson Paul. Central Essequibo will be favourites when they face Pomeroon. Exciting fast bowler Ronsford Beaton will lead their challenge with support from Herry and Herrell Green, Rovindra Parsram and Parmesh Parashotam, while Pomeroon will rely on Chris Williams, Andrew D’Aguiar, Sherman Austin, Kenneth DeAgrella and Eric Gomes. The semi-finals and final will be played on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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On the other hand, regular security measures will be in place where spectators will be scanned before entering the stadium. Also, no glass bottles and weapons will be allowed into the venue. Guyana squad: Chris Barnwell, Narsingh Deonarine, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Leon Johnson, Steven Jacobs, Trevon Griffith, Paul Wintz, Keon Joseph, Anthony

Bramble, Zaheer Mohamed, Rajiv Ivan, Robin Bacchus, and Krishmar Santokie. T&T squad: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Sookdeosingh, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin—Captain, Rayad Emrit, Imran Khan, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Sherwin Ganga, Khesan Ottley, Nicholas Pooran, Shannon Gabriel, Navin Stewart and Adrian Barath.

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

Australia 248-6 (Finch 156) beat England 209-6 (Root 90*) by 39 runs; Pakistan 299-4 (Hafeez 136*, Amin 59) beat Zimbabwe 209 (Taylor 79, Waller 40, Junaid 4-15) by 90 runs

Experts select Limacol CPL team of the tournament T

he inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) has named its team of the tournament. The team, a playing eleven plus a 12th, and in batting order, is: Andre Fletcher (St Lucia Zouks), Chris Gayle (Jamaica Tallawahs, captain), Lendl Simmons (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Shoaib Malik (Barbados Tridents), James Franklin (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs), Marlon Samuels (Antigua Hawksbills), Shakib Al Hasan (Barbados Tridents), Rayad Emrit (Barbados Tridents), Krishmar Santokie (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Muttiah Muralitharan (Jamaica Tallawahs) and Ashley Nurse (Barbados Tridents) The side, which includes six players from the finalists, the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors, was chosen on the INSIDE TODAY’S SPORT

Vickery loses to Glushko in U.S. Open P22

Chris Gayle

Lendl Simmons

basis of it being balanced and, as a result, theoretically capable of playing a match. Selections were made from performances in the tournament only; past records and reputations were not taken into consideration. The captain was only selected once the side had been chosen. It was agreed that a minimum number of four matches had to be played by an individual in the tournament in order to be eligible for a place in the side. The side was selected by a group of individuals brought together by the Limacol CPL for their knowledge and understanding of the game and their in-depth knowledge of player performances during the tournament. The selection panel was made up of Mike Procter, the former South Africa all-rounder and a

match referee in the tournament; ex-West Indies and Jamaica wicketkeeper-batsman Jeffrey Dujon, a member of the television commentary team; Mike Haysman, the former South Australia batsman and part of the television commentary team; Craig Cozier, a journalist with extensive regional and international experience, and also a producer for the television coverage of the tournament; and Billy Bowden, Nigel Duguid, Joel Wilson and Danesh Ramdhanie – all umpires who have officiated in Limacol CPL. The Limacol Caribbean Premier League took place between July 30 and August 24 and involved six franchises from across the region. The Jamaica Tallawahs beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets in the final, played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

Guyana and T&T clash in first warm-up match today Sarwan ruled out due to injury; Narine and Darren Bravo asked to be excused By Rajiv Bisnauth


here are only warm-up games, but there is always plenty of spice and drama whenever Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago clash, and today’s first of two T20 warm-up games will be no different. The games will be played at the Guyana National Stadium from 20:00h with the second game scheduled for Saturday. The games form part of the twin island team’s preparation ahead of the T20 Champions League in India from September 17 to October 6. Even though some star players will be missing from both teams, the contest is still generating a lot of interest in both countries. Ramnaresh Sarwan, who led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League final last Saturday has been ruled out with an wrist injury, while T&T players Sunil Narine and middle order batsman Darren Bravo have asked to be excused, cit-

Esaun Crandon

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Denesh Ramdin

Krishmar Santokie

ing personal commitments. Meanwhile, Jamaican Krishmar Santokie has been confirmed as the only foreign player, who will be part of the Guyana line-up according to Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Anand Sanasie on Thursday. The only newcomers to the Guyana team are Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) opener Robin Bacchus and Berbice allrounder Rajiv Ivan. On the other hand, in

an invited comment on Thursday, Guyana’s coach, Esaun Crandon reveled that his side would be going all out to win both matches, adding that the team will not treat the games as warm-ups. “It’s more than warm-up games. Everybody knows that Guyana/Trinidad is always a game most people are looking for. Whenever we play each other it’s like a final for everybody. Fans always want to see these two countries play-

ing each other, so we will go all out to win both games” Crandon said. This is the first phase of the preparations for the T&T cricketers. They are expected to leave the Caribbean immediately after playing the Windward Islands in Dominica next weekend. T&T has earned direct entry into the tournament this year, after lobbying by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB). In 2011 and

2012 they played in the Qualifiers. They are in group ‘B’ along with Brisbane Heat (KFC T20 Big Bash League champion), the runner-up in the Pepsi IPL 2013, Titans (RAM SLAM T20 Challenge runner-up), and the second-ranked team from the CLT20 2013 qualifier. Prior to the two feature games, the GCB has also organised exhibition matches on both days, starting at 15:00h. Turn to page 23

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