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Friday, December 13, 2013

Opposition flexes muscles in Parliament See story on page 3

– votes down supplementary funding for NCN, GINA, CJIA project ... some funding for Specialty Hospital approved in default


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Appointment of new P2 GECOM CEO unlikely this year Amerindians P7 protest Ramjattan’s move to cut funding for communities Police clear up misconceptions of Middle P7 Street rampage Local Govt Ministry in Christmas cleanup campaign

All cheers: Veterans at a luncheon hosted by prominent businessman, Captain Gerry Gouveia at the Roraima Duke Lodge, Duke Street, Kingston, Georgetown, on Thursday. Also in photo is Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips (Carl Croker photo)

Forum launched to promote business development in Rupununi See story on page 16

Man stabs Mahdia residents lament poor roads, brother electricity supply to death See story on page 12

See story on page 16


NOC teen P11 to spend Christmas in prison for sodomy Mexican embassy honours young Joshua House artists


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Sugar workers resume duties Appointment of – GuySuCo, GAWU to meet today to resolve issues


fter downing tools on Wednesday, causing a shutdown of all the sugar estates across the country, sugar workers resumed duties on Thursday. The one-day strike has however caused major setbacks to the sugar industry, as much work has been left behind. An Agriculture Ministry official confirmed that the meeting scheduled to take place today between the management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) is expected to take place as planned. The meeting is expected to see both parties discussing a way forward, with the aim of reducing any further strike and actions that will challenge the industry’s work plan. Sugar workers are demanding their annual production bonus, but GuySuCo had indicated to GAWU that the corporation was not in the position to pay this award. GuySuCo said in a statement on Wednesday that on November 18, GAWU submitted a claim for an annual production bonus. This bonus would have covered a 6.80 day’s pay for a production of 201,000 tonnes of sugar, or alternatively 29,500 tonnes per day pay. GuySuCo has however suggested that the union review its original demand to facilitate further dialogue. It further suggested that both parties

new GECOM CEO unlikely this year

Sugar workers resumed duties on Thursday after downing tools the day before

meet to resolve the matter and the union allegedly agreed to the proposition. GAWU President Komal Chand told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the union fully supports the strike and said workers have been waiting for too long to receive their annual production bonus. Chand said the union has waited some 23 days before it received a response on the issue, despite numerous calls made to the corporation’s Industrial Relations Department. Chand said the union will stand by the side of its members. Sugar production in Guyana has been declining since 2005. During

2002 and 2004, production average was 315,000 tonnes per year. GuySuCo has said that weather, strikes and poor workers’ turnout are problems affecting the industry. However, GAWU has refuted these claims, contending that the issue lies with GuySuCo providing better predictions and increasing its production with the effective use of workers and machines. The sugar industry is a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product; some 18,000 persons are directly or indirectly employed in the industry.


GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally

uyana Elections C o m m i s s i o n ( G E C O M ) Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally said the process of selecting an appropriate person for the post of chief elections officer (CEO) is not likely to take place this year. According to the GECOM chairman, all of the commissioners are not available at this time and the decision to appoint a new CEO depends on the input of all the sitting commissioners of the elections commission. However, it was noted that Calvin Benn remains the acting CEO, until such time a decision is made to have a substantive CEO. Dr Surujbally told Guyana Times on Thursday that the current team of GECOM officials are doing the job in the meantime. The GECOM chairman said “people should not worry”, as the current team is competent in carrying out the next elections, even the highly anticipated local gov-

ernment elections. Calvin Benn and Keith Lowenfield are among 14 persons who applied to become GECOM’s CEO. Both of them have served GECOM for a number of years in senior capacities. The post of CEO became vacant after GECOM declined to renew the contract of Gocool Boodoo. The commission had refused to renew Boodoo’s contract after concerns were raised in the opposition camp about a computing mistake with the allocation of seats. Dr Surujbally had told this newspaper previously that the entire team met and were looking to finalise the short list for the candidates, who have applied for the CEO position. He said based on the criteria prescribed in the job description for the post; the team has been able to point out certain critical areas, which they will use to select successful applications.



The Demerara Harbour Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, December 13 from 14:30h-16:00h. The Berbice River Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, December 13 from 13:35h-15:05h.


Weather: Thundery showers are expected to prevail during the day with cloudy conditions in the evening over coastal regions and near inland locations. Temperatures are expected to range between 25 degrees and 27 degrees Celsius. Wind: East north-easterly between 2.5 and 3.05 metres per second. High Tide: 13:39h reaching a maximum height of 2.41 metres. Low Tide: 07:09h and 19:42h reaching minimum heights of 0.92 metre and 0.80 metre respectively.

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Opposition flexes muscles in Parliament – votes down supplementary funding for NCN, GINA, CJIA project – some funding for Specialty Hospital approved in default


inutes after joining with the Alliance For Change (AFC) to vote down the $217.194 million in supplementary provisions for the National Communications Network (NCN) and the Guyana Information Agency (GINA), the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said it will take actions against Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh for “unconstitutional” spending. In presenting Financial Paper Number One, statement of excess on the current and capital estimates totaling $3.384 billion, the government sought the National Assembly’s approval for $217.194 million expended on GINA and NCN under the Office of the President. Earlier in the year, in April, the opposition used its one-seat majority to impose budget cuts that reduced the allocations for NCN and GINA to a meagre $1. But despite this move by the House, $217.194 million was taken from the Consolidated Fund to sustain the operations of the state agencies.


Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Anandlall said government’s move to utilise the money from the Consolidated Fund was in keeping with Article 218 of the Constitution 3A. “We are saying, Your Honour, this is a statement of excessive in which the executive is employed to lay in the National Assembly under the conditions set out in Article 218:3 of the Constitution of Guyana. If you ask the questions a million times, that is the answer that is forth coming. Sir, that is the position of the government,” Nandlall told the house with no sign of uncertainty. But the APNU and

APNU MP Volder Lawrence

AFC parliamentarians had tagged the move as illegal and unconstitutional. APNU shadow finance minister, Carl Greenidge said the request termed “statement of excess” in this particular scenario is unlawful.


He contended that the finance minister’s move to utilise monies that were voted down by the House is in total contradiction of the Constitution. “I believe the Fiscal Amendment and Accountability Act specifically sets out criteria in article, Section 41:3 regarding the eligibility of items to be funded from the contingency,” Greenidge pointed out. He added: “If I might remind you, have to do with urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen. These are salary payments and payments of salaries that were submitted in the budget and during the course of the deliberation in April, this House specifically cut those items from the budget to a dollar and the criteria and conditions governing those cuts were specified.”

Action to take

Greenidge did not buy the arguments put forward by the government, and as a result, made it known that actions will be taken against the finance minister. AFC Leader Khemraj

Ramjattan expressed similar sentiments, stating that there must be respect for the authority and autonomy of the National Assembly. “The assembly had voted down this allocation and provision, how come Article 218 is going to substantiate the excess spending again. Please answer that,” he asked the government members of the House. In addition to the $217 million voted down, APNU and AFC once again withheld its support for the supplementary spending of $65.4 million for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Modernisation Project, which was provided for under the Public Works and Transport Ministry. The CJIA Modernisation Project had sparked another heated debate on the constitutionality of government’s move to utilise funds from the Consolidated Fund without support from the House.


On a different matter, though the opposition had challenged the health minister on the $34.4 million provision for the Specialty Hospital project, the opposition lost at the hands of the government, since its member Volder Lawrence was not in Parliament when a vote was taken on the provision. Meanwhile, the House approved $1.770 billion for electrification programme under the Office of the Prime Minister. Additionally, though concerns were expressed about the procedure under which monies were expended, $21.065 million was approved for the upgrade of hinterland and coastland airstrips and $80 million for the acquisition of

Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh

civil aviation equipment. But in defence of the CJIA Modernisation Project, Transport Minister Robeson Benn said the government had already secured funding for aspects of the project through an agreement with the EXIM Bank of China. “Let me say that the sums sought were appropriated, were provided under arrangements with the Export-Import Bank of China, under a contract with China Harbour Engineering Corporation and that these were specific sums which came to Guyana for this project, and that the monies were already here and available.” In addition to the financial papers, the legal affairs minister made a bold step in re-tabling four bills which were previously defeated in the National Assembly by the joint parliamentary opposition. These are the AntiMoney Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT) (Amendment) Bill, the Evidence (Amendment) Bill, the Summary Jurisdiction (Amendment) Bill and the Firearms (Amendment) Bill.


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ield workers in the sugar industry have downed their tools. It is an “official strike” sanctioned by their union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). The issue is the Annual Production Incentive (API) bonus, which is based on the workers achieving production targets established by management. The API had supplanted the traditional “profit sharing”, introduced in 1968 after years of struggle by the workers in the industry. The fate of the latter payment can shed some light on the merits or demerits of the present stand-off between workers and management. For centuries, sugar workers had been exploited in the production of what historian and former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Eric Willliams once memorably called “bitter sugar”. In the post World War II era, the sugar producers introduced a bonus – “once for all” – which became an annual feature. The quantum of the payment, however, remained completely at the discretion of the planters. In 1968, a special arbitration panel decided that the profits of the industry should be distributed in the same proportion as the labour/capital ratio: 60 to 40. Not so incidentally, this statistic demonstrates that the claims of an “exorbitant” amount of the industry’s revenues going to labour is misguided since the proportion has always been around 60 per cent. In 1974, when sugar prices quadrupled on the world markets and the workers would have shared in the historic profits, the then illegal People’s National Congress (PNC) regime introduced the “sugar levy”.  In the first year, this siphoned off over US$400 million, which was frittered away by Forbes Burnham on the Mazaruni and other misguided “projects”. The levy remained in place long after the government was changed, and prevented the industry from making the necessary capital investments, as well as giving the workers a fair share of the profits. After four decades, profits were distributed in 1999 – which became a real “once for all”. The replacement of profit sharing by the API reflected a change in the philosophy of the owners of the industry – in this case, the government. Instead of rewarding “profitability”, it sought to push “production”. The assumption evidently was premised on the assumption that if production increased, profits would follow. Under a regime of “preferential prices” from Europe under the Lome Convention, this made sense, but after this contract “in perpetuity” was unilaterally abandoned by the European Union (EU), the policy should have been re examined. It never was – and now the industry has lost “corn and husk” – or maybe more appropriately “sugar and trash”. If the focus had been on profitability, then it is quite possible that decisions – such as privatising some of the most high cost and unprofitable estates – that might have seemed harsh at the time, would in retrospect, been best for all stakeholders. And this returns us to the present workers’ strike for the API. To most outside observers, it might be quite unreasonable for workers to demand a “production” bonus, when the profitability of the corporation is at its lowest ebb. But to the workers, their demand follows the logic of the scheme: once the targets established by management are satisfied, the API formula must kick in. Profitability is not an issue. This newspaper has advocated the position that all business enterprises must be guided by their “bottom line”: if there are no profits, then management will have to take appropriate action to stem and then reverse the flow of red ink. In the case of the sugar industry, the solution is not to penalise the remaining sugar works for structural problems in the industry that demand tough management decisions.  Among the latter, this newspaper has advocated the privatisation of the West Demerara estates, which are the most unprofitable (sans the special problems of Skeldon on the Corentyne, Berbice). The lands are well irrigated and drained and should be profitable for other crops that are demanded by the market.  In the meantime, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has no choice but to pay the API.

Apsara dancers focus on their footwork during an intricate dance piece at “An Evening of Dance”, organised by the troupe, last Saturday at the Indian Monument Gardens

Making our streets safer Dear Editor, The habit of attending bars and other hang out spots which encourage the consumption of alcohol and further results in individuals getting behind the wheel in an intoxicated state must be addressed immediately. A few Sundays ago, I witnessed an intoxicated man precariously manoeuvre his car down a public road. He subsequently managed to careen into the car in which I was travelling, further causing damage to the bumper and tail lights. My friend and I exited the vehicle in which we were

travelling and proceeded towards the man. We managed to convince him to pull up alongside the road in an attempt for him to sleep off his intoxication. The Road Traffic Act in Barbados is expected to be revised and include penalties for individuals who are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and also for texting while driving. Considering that a large percentage of road accidents in Guyana are caused by drunk driving, it is critical that the relevant authorities in Guyana adapt similar initiatives.

There are multiple bars and night spots in the city that engage in the sale of alcohol and it is the responsibility of the police to stake out these areas for people who may become potential driving under the influence (DUI) suspects. This way, they are able to identify them before they even have a chance to get behind the wheel. Drunk driving has over the years contributed to many accidents that have claimed the lives of many on our roadways. However, we must realise that these accidents are quite preventa-

ble and it just requires us as individuals to make proper decisions and demonstrate good judgment. In order to be responsible individuals, we must desist from drinking and driving. Moreover, people who sell alcohol must play their role and report individuals who appear intoxicated and who are likely to get behind the wheel. This simple act of responsibility can help to prevent the unnecessary loss of our loved ones. Yours truly, Wesley Liverpool

Speeding is a problem that can be monitored Dear Editor, The family of an 80-yearold man that was killed recently in an accident is claiming that his death was caused as a result of a speeding vehicle that was driven by a member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). Speeding on our roadways has become too common in Guyana. Additionally, I have noticed how people who hold high positions and statuses in our society are using it to their advantage as an excuse to breach several traffic laws and subsequently face no consequences for their actions. Evidently, a large per-

centage of accidents are caused by human error and many of those errors are directly linked to speeding. Ironically, speeding is a behaviour that can be monitored and further eliminated. We are all aware that speeding increases the risk of vehicular collisions, yet we continue to perform this irresponsible act that can result in serious injuries and death, leaving people both financially and emotionally distressed. Reduced speeds not only reduce the likelihood of a crash, but also reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a crash. Studies

reveal that if a pedestrian is hit at 30km/h (under 20 m/h), he or she has a 90 per cent chance of surviving; whereas one struck at 50km/h (under 32 m/h) has an 80 per cent chance of being killed. The relevant authorities need to implement a heavy fine for those found guilty of speeding. Insurance premiums need to be increased. This will surely make people more aware of the fact that they need to be more cautious on the roadways, simply because vehicular repairs will be costly and thirdly the need to imple-

ment a demerit point system. In today’s society, many of our drivers are well off and money is not often a problem and so my fourth suggestion caters specifically for such individuals. People who repeatedly breach traffic laws and regulations should have their licences suspended and should be required to attend some form of road and traffic conduct course. I urge the relevant authorities to take a stand and put a stop to the recklessness on our roadways. Yours sincerely, Aaron McPherson

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The Bhagavad Geeta offers something for everyone Investigate this

Dear Editor, Today, December 13, Hindus observe Gita Jayanti. It is a day in honour of the great, universal Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, which was handed down to humanity by God incarnate, Sri Krishna some 3000 years BC. The Bhagavad Gita consists of 18 chapters and 700 verses. It gives answers to the many questions of life, shows the art of perfect living, and teaches the way to evolve spiritually into the absolute reality. The Bhagavad Gita is a recipe for life as it gives profound and elaborate wisdom upon God, soul, creation, matter and paths for liberation, among other things. It deals with Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge, Karma Yoga, and the path of selfless action, all leading to perfec-

tion. The Bhagavad Gita is a wonderful message of hope, consolation, peace and above all the divinity of man. It solves all problems of life, gives fearlessness to everyone, and lifts the individual from the depth of penury and misery to the height of immortality and eternal bliss. It presents in a concise form the Hindu view of life – primarily the divinity of the soul and the immanence of God in nature. This is a scripture that has inspired the greatest of minds, both Eastern and Western. The great Mohandas K Gandhi said, “When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to the Bhagavad Gita and find a verse to comfort me, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate

on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.” Swami Vivekananda states: “The Bhagavad Gita is a bouquet composed of the beautiful flowers of spiritual truths collected from the Vedas and the Upanishads.” And the prominent Westerners had this to say: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmological philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.” (Henry David Thoreau) “I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad Gita. It was the first of books, it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which

exercise us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) The highly regarded scientist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein noted: “When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous. I have made the Bhagavad Gita as the main source of my inspiration and guide for the purpose of scientific investigations and formation of my theories.” As we celebrate Gita Jayanti, let’s begin to delve into the pages of this magnificent universal gospel for our spiritual upliftment and inner solace. The Bhagavad Gita offers something for everyone. Regards, Pandit Charranlall Nandalall Secretary, Sanatan Vaidic Dharma Pandits’ Sabha Region Three

Spinning and tinkering with the facts on granting of the PGGS Dear Editor, The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is disappointed by the continuous efforts of the Stabroek News to misinform the public on the granting of permission of a geological and geophysical survey (PGGS) and the presentation by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud to the Standing Sector Committee on Natural Resources on November 27. There can be no excuse. All the facts and answers to questions on this matter have been dutifully and accurately provided to the Stabroek News and the media as a whole. * Attempts to suggest that the required and legal process was not followed in the processing of the PGGS were debunked as the facts were glaring. Evidence that the process of granting derived from a public and open one undermined its false claims of lack of transparency. * The Stabroek News then changed the angle of its story to suggest that the minister’s presentation to the parliamentary sectoral committee was untruthful. The ministry supplied to the transcript as provided by the Parliament

Office which vindicated the minister. What did the Stabroek News do? It did not retract its misleading story, but then proceeded to tamper and manipulate the transcript of the Parliament Office so that its earlier erroneous version can stand. Shame! Again for ease of reference this is what the Parliament Office provided: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) [Joe Harmon]: Thank you very much, minister. Is there though any permission or anything for any activity other than mining say for example forestry or forestry concessions issued for in that area? Robert Persaud: I am advised by the technical officer… am told by the staff that there is no permitted forestry operation in that particular area. And this is the tampered version of the Parliament Office transcript the Stabroek News produced in its story on December 12, headlined, “Minister for grilling over New River survey grant”; “Harmon also asked whether there was any permission issued ‘or anything for any activity other than mining,’ in-

cluding forestry or forestry concessions, in the area”. * Having being exposed for misleading the public, the Stabroek News now seeks to engage in semantics rather than sticking to the relevant facts of the matter. The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and its agencies, particularly the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) remain open and available to present information so requested. Just recently, the National Assembly was supplied with all the various permits for the mining and forestry sectors from January 1, 2012 to November 2013. Further the minister has directed the GGMC to join the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) in putting online all the various permits and licences granted. This will be a first for Guyana. We are aggrieved at the slew of partisan and tabloidstyle reporting. Since we are unable to get the Stabroek News to carry the unassailable facts regarding this matter, we invite the public to view the facts on the ministry’s website

gy and watch the television excerpts of the minister’s presentation to the sectoral committee on television show “El Dorado Shines”, which will be aired on National Communications Network (NCN) on December 13 at 19:30h, as well as on other stations. With regards, Parmanand Persaud Stakeholders’ Support Officer Natural Resources and Environment Ministry

private school Dear Editor, It is with great displeasure that I write this overdue article. It has been two years since a private school, Academy of Excellence, located in Block X, New Housing Scheme, Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara, a residential area, was opened. This tranquil community is now disrupted by speeding taxis and private cars during the mornings and afternoons transporting students. The neighbouring house lot is terribly littered with empty packets and plastic containers from this school. There has been “success” over the years and the constant increase in the attendance of pupils. There are classes for all the primary levels. However, the most notorious level is that of Grade Six. It is stated that this particular level has three sub-divisions, namely, Grade Six Special, Grade Six A and Grade Six B. There are 29 students in the Special Class, which has only two Afro Guyanese students. Mind you, there was a recent racial issue at the school, that is, the dismissal of trained female Afro Guyanese teachers. It is with utter disgust that I explain the prices per term. On a per term basis, the parents of Grade Six students have to pay $36,000 which amounts to $108,000 yearly. Recently, this private school implemented a lessons system, for “weaker” students, which costs $3000 weekly for a price of $12,000 monthly for

a price of $36,000 per term, which in the end adds up to $108,000 yearly. Children are stationed at the Academy of Excellence from 08:00h to 16:30h. However, if one does the lessons system as 10-year-olds do, for instance, they must go until 19:30h. How can a child handle 12 hours of teaching? Is there capacity in Guyana’s medical system to accommodate and treat an influx of hundreds of mentally disabled children? This is outright abuse of our children! I am appealing to the relevant authorities to investigate this private school that has caused the drying up of many parents’ earnings. In addition, these lessons are basically the working of specific problems and questions and the following day the same exact problems and questions are repeated in the exams. Now tell me, who are the students that are suppose to be on top, the “weaker ones”? Additionally, there is no Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) at this school and thus parents feel as though they have no say in school activities. There is no voice to be heard! It brings tears to my eyes to watch and listen as desperate, voiceless and helpless parents explain their situation of barefaced and brazen disregard and unprofessionalim displayed at this school. Yours truly, Y Singh


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Advice for parents of children with diabetes

Helping children deal with injections and blood tests

(Part one)


hen you learned that your child has diabetes, you may have experienced disbelief, grief, and guilt. Maybe you asked, “Why did this happen to my child?” Maybe you cried out, “It’s not fair!” You must come to grips with these feelings so that you can learn the tasks and techniques of diabetes control. Your whole family needs to make adjustments to your child’s condition. How you deal with and accept diabetes affects the way your child deals with, and accept diabetes. The more you know about diabetes, the better equipped you are to help your child. As a parent, you are naturally anxious, but it’s up to you to help your child accept his or her diabetes with a minimum of stress. Other parents who have faced the same problem and learned to cope with it are more than willing to share ideas and

advice. You must learn to protect without dominating, to supervise while encouraging self-care. Work with your child for the best control, but remember that “ideal” control isn’t always possible. Your child’s self image and self esteem are threatened by diabetes. Be understanding and supportive. Try to avoid unnecessary anxiety about “cheating.” You don’t want to cause guilt feelings, or make your child think he or she is “bad.” Children who think are bad may act accordingly. Help your child plan ahead. No child can should be expected to assume complete responsibility for diabetes control at too early an age. But, ultimately, responsibility for eating properly, injecting insulin, testing blood sugar, and planning exercise will be the child’s. Maturity, independence, self control, and self esteem will grow as your child learns self-care.

A child with diabetes is a child first, and a person with diabetes second. Like all children, yours needs to grow physically, socially, and emotionally. Alert parents who are relaxed, knowledgeable, tolerant, and accepting help in the growing process. Feelings of guilt and resentment lead to problems between spouses and between parents and children. Your child’s diabetes is a challenge your whole family must face together. It is not a punishment for anything any of you did. Pitfalls for parents An overanxious parent creates an overanxious child who is over-dependent. By doing everything for your child, you deny him or her the selfcontrol and self-confidence necessary for an independent life. An overindulgent parent feels dietary restrictions and daily injections are too much for a child to handle. He or she offers special treats while providing little discipline. Children of overindulgent parents may grow up under the impression that they are incompetent – incapable of coping with their own problems – which reinforces feelings of inadequacy. A perfectionist parent may achieve good diabetes management in early childhood through discipline, but there are risks. The child may feel guilty about poor

blood sugar test results, and may even alter a result to obtain parental approval. During adolescence, children of perfectionist parents may rebel – against both their parents and their diabetes care programmes. An indifferent parent may force his or her child to seek attention through rebellion, by “cheating” on the diet, or by skipping insulin injections. Children of indifferent parents may become depressed because of the lack of discipline, support, and supervision in their lives. They also have a higher frequency of hospitalisation. The parent’s role Your role as the parent of a child with diabetes will change as your child grows. Every child is different, of course, but there are some general guidelines you can follow at each stage. And there are some things you can keep in mind no matter what your child’s age: Accept your child. Love, teach, guide, and discipline just as you would if diabetes were not a factor. Do not overprotect or overindulge. Accept your child’s diabetes without guilt. Learning all you can about diabetes will help you overcome your fears and anxieties. And remember, you cannot control your child’s diabetes by over-controlling your child. (TO BE CONTINUED)


hildren with diabetes are the ones getting blood tests and insulin injections, but they can be a challenge for parents, too. Your child’s diabetes health care team will help you both learn to manage the disease and minimise the pain and anxiety surrounding injections and blood tests. The team may also tell you about testing technologies and medications that offer the most convenience and least discomfort. Together, you and the diabetes health care team can find the most comfortable solutions available. Dealing with feelings When Children are very young, blood tests and injections can be especially difficult. A parent needs to enforce diabetes management, which can include regular testing and

giving injections to a child who cries, resists, and gets angry. Learning how to manage diabetes is a process. Even if your child has been cooperating with blood tests and injections for a while, a new fear or emotional issue may crop up that could make test or shot time difficult. To help manage feelings about diabetes, including anger, frustration, and fear about testing and injections, let your child know that it’s OK to be worried about or dislike the injection or test. Talk openly about these fears. Children need to be able to express their frustration and know that it’s OK to be upset. It can also help to describe the need for injections and blood testing in childfriendly terms. For example, you might explain that the injections and blood tests help keep your child feeling good throughout the day – and that not getting the shots could mean having to stay home from school or miss fun activities because of diabetes problems. Treating testing and injections in the same matter-of-fact way that you would treat any other part of the daily routine also might help. And many children like to have a sense of ownership and control of diabetes. Instead of feeling like victims of the tests and injections, they’ll feel more in charge of their own health. Young children might select a needle, read the glucose metre test result aloud, choose the spot or finger for testing, or press the plunger on the syringe. Encourage your child to take more control gradually as age allows – eventually, children are ready to handle testing and injections on their own (although parents should continue to supervise). If your child argues or cries, you might be tempted to skip an injection or test just this once. But you shouldn’t negotiate blood tests or injections. They’re necessary and not optional. The first time you’re talked out of one, you’ll set a precedent your child will never forget. (kids health)



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Police clear up misconceptions Amerindians protest Ramjattan’s move to cut funding for communities of Middle Street rampage


n the wake of criticism over its handling of the Middle Street shooting, the Guyana Police Force on Thursday cleared up some misconceptions about events of that horrific day. In a statement, the force said the incident involving Deryck Kanhai at Middle Street, Georgetown was initially reported as a robbery being perpetrated on the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital during which someone had been shot. Minutes after the first report came in, another was made that a man was walking down Middle Street and shooting at members of the public with a shotgun. Upon receiving the report via radio, Constable Sherwayne Pantlitz, along with two others, who was on anti-crime patrol, responded. The ranks were on motorcycles and were attired in protective body gear. By that time, Kanhai had retreated into his residence, which also housed a taxi service. During efforts to make contact with him, Constable Pantlitz was shot and killed.

Crowd control problems

Two other ranks on motorcycle joined the others and they made valiant efforts to control the gathering crowd of persons and to divert traffic. The police further stated that reinforcements subsequently arrived including Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner George Vyphuis, and a number of other officers. As such, a command centre was set up and cordons were established with clear consideration for the public’s safety. “It was a major task to divert traffic and control the large number of members of the public who had converged on the scene, instead of moving to areas of safety, while simultaneously concentrating on neutralising the threat posed by Deryck Kanhai,” the police release added. Senior officers continually engaged persons in the crowd, urging them to move to a safer distance, but they

were generally uncooperative. Before metal barriers were sent for and placed at strategic points, police ranks were forced to hold hands and form a human barrier. The police release further stated: “Our history is replete with incidents of crowds converging at various scenes and despite efforts by law enforcement officials to have them remove, they do not. When persons do so, they remain there at their own risk”. The force said it wishes to clarify that all ranks deployed in the immediate area of the operation were fitted with body protective gear. Some ranks who were more involved in the outer cordon were not so fitted, but were relatively safe in view of the distance and physical protection available. The force added that at no time was there any sharing of body armour as alleged, since additional body armour was acquired and distributed to ranks on the ground. Also, there was no sharing or exchange of arms and ammunition at the scene; as such, action is in breach of the standard operating procedures as it relates to the uplifting of arms and ammunition by ranks.

Defiant killer

The statement further added that the police had to adjust tactics and strategies as the incident unfolded in order to prevent further loss of life. Efforts were made by senior officers and other ranks who identified themselves and pleaded with Kanhai in a language that he would clearly understand to give up and come out of the building. He was continually assured that no harm would come to him, but he responded with gunfire. This process continued for a prolonged period of time without success during which time Lance Corporal Michael Forde was shot and killed. Law enforcement officers were at a disadvantage, since Kanhai was in a

Deryck Kanhai went on a murderous rampage that left two police officers and two civilians dead in an hourslong ordeal

building with opaque windows, and also had the use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, which had to be subsequently disabled. A limited number of tear smoke grenades were used with consideration for the nearby hospitals, business places and residents in the area, but this tactic proved futile and was discontinued. The police were later able to enter the building after a key to one of the doors was provided by Kanhai’s brother, Aubrey. The situation was eventually brought under control and relieved residents in the area were loud in praise for the police. During the operation, two units from the Guyana Fire Service and personnel from the Guyana Power and Light Inc were on standby. Reports have been received of articles found missing from the building after the operation and these are being investigated. Contrary to reports in the media which alleged that a licensed shotgun belonging to Aubrey Kanhai was missing, the firearm was taken by the police as part of the investigation process and this has been communicated to him. “In keeping with force policy, a review of the operation has been conducted and the lessons learnt will be incorporated in its Standard Operating Procedures where applicable,” the police concluded.

Ptolemy Reid Centre children treated to Christmas party


he arrival of Santa with presents for all the boys and girls of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre Thursday brought much cheer and excitement to more than 65 children. The party was a joint effort of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Science and Technology, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and several other business entities. Santa Claus and the gifts were sponsored by the uni-

versity and Republic Bank. Adults who have lost limbs also joined in the celebration with their own party. In the season of sharing, Principal Anand Mangru expressed gratitude to former President Bharrat Jagdeo and the Education Ministry for constructing the new building, which is soon to be commissioned. “ This has been a tremendous year for us; we received a new ramp with the support of UNICEF, and we are very thankful, happy

and excited.” The new ramp, Mangru said, will assist greatly, especially for those in wheelchairs and using it will be safer than climbing the stairs. Mangru further stated that the centre received five desktop computers and a minibus from the government of Guyana. The computers enable those who have difficulties with their muscles to access technology, as the keyboard with the use of a special mouse provides easy access.

Amerindians protesting in front of Parliament building


cores of Amerindians on Thursday protested in front of Parliament Building the move by the Alliance For Change (AFC) to axe monies that would be used to develop their livelihoods. AFC leader Kemraj Ramjattan came in for heavy criticisms from the gathering who came from all parts of Guyana to make their voices heard as they alleged that the opposition is blocking their development. Ramjattan had filed a motion to cut $30 million in

supplementary funding earmarked for the provision of projects and programmes in Amerindian communities. The protesters were armed with placards bearing various slogans as they shouted “Ramjattan disrespectful to Indigenous People” followed by “Who came first?” then a louder shout “The Amerindians!” A Region Nine resident, who requested anonymity, told Guyana Times that the government has been working for the development of Amerindians, but

Ramjattan and the AFC apparently have a problem with this. The resident said children in the hinterland region have to travel long distances to get to school, and it would be good if they are provided with a minibus to facilitate timely transport, contending that Ramjattan should re-examine his decision. Many of the protesters say that they have lost hope in supporting the opposition as they are not acting in their interest.

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City constable fined for possession of cannabis


city constable was on Thursday fined after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was slapped with a possession of narcotics charge. Standing in Court One before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, Jermaine Fenty, 22, of RC Durban Street, Lodge, Georgetown pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on December 11 at Ferry

Stelling Stabroek, Georgetown, he was in possession of one gram of cannabis. On the day in question, at approximately 21:40h, the police on mobile patrol went to the ferry service at Stabroek where they found the defendant rolling the leaves, seeds and stems into a cigarette form. Chief Magistrate SewnarineBeharry fined him $3000 along with six months community service.

Miner remanded on narcotics possession O

n Thursday, a 39-yearold miner was remanded to prison after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was charged for possession of narcotics. It was alleged that on the December 10 at Seven Mile, Mahdia, North West District, Winston Peters was in possession of 31 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Peters entered a not guilty plea to the

charge when it was read to him. Prosecutor Bharat Mangru told the court that police ranks on patrol at Seven Mile, stopped and searched the defendant. In his pocket, a white plastic was discovered containing leaves, seeds and steams. Prosecutor Mangru objected to bail citing that there were no special reasons given for it to be granted. Bail was refused and the matter was transferred to the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court for January 27, 2014.

Eyew tness Can’t count...


...can’t read

ow many lies must a newspaper publish before the people say “enough is enough”? According to Bob Dylan, the answer might be “blowin’ in the wind”. Seems like every day, the MuckrakerKN’s forced to retract, rewrite, apologise or otherwise “beg pardon” for lies about one thing or other. Then there’s the countless other concoctions people just allow to slide past. Just the other day, it had to apologise twice for claiming “billions” in government overpayments... when it was just thousands! The MuckrakerKN’ s owner – Mohan Lall aka Glenn Lall – never learnt to count beyond his fingers, of which he has six on each hand. Now he’s just shown he can’t read – and had to beg pardon once again. With all his digging and peeping, he claimed that former President Bharrat Jagdeo – the man he gets his jollies off by cussing every day – had been gifted a house. He even plastered a picture of the house – a very nice house, if we may say – in his rag. Now it turns out the house is on the south side of the plot on which the former president has refurbished a building for the Jagdeo Foundation. Jagdeo had acquired the northern lot. Now you and I – and the kid in first grade – might know the difference between “north” and “south”. But how do you convey the idea to a fella who don’t know “b from bull foot”? Do you

say “top side” and “bottom side”? But the issue goes far beyond the disabilities and infirmities of one deluded and megalomaniacal individual. It has to do with the responsibility of the press to conduct their inquiries with a modicum of seriousness that shows they’re willing to at least genuflect to the facts. What’s going on with Lall and his MuckrakerKN is the media bodies and authorities are allowing him to get away with murder. Murder of reputations...murder of facts and murder of the profession of journalism. Has anyone read the contents of some stories filed under “news”? The ones that concern Jagdeo and anyone even remotely connected with him? You can’t even call them “opinions”. Maybe there should be a new category called “tales”. Malicious tales. But seriously folks, when will the media groups sanction this fella? Are they satisfied being lumped together with such unsavoury behaviour?  As for the government – it doesn’t look like they have the courage of their convictions. If they even have the slightest convictions expressed on the need to have such a body to ensure some guidelines are followed by the press.  And maybe they can have Lall attend some remedial classes in “reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic”.

...can’t understand business

The Muckraker yesterday kept

repeating that the opposition was a “collation”. We know they can’t read (see above) and don’t know the difference between “collation” (to put together things like paper) and “coalition” (a temporary alliance). Anyhow this “collation” – the fellas are “paper tigers”? – has been making noises about “reducing the tolls on the Berbice bridge”. It’s clear they don’t know the first thing about public-private partnerships. Or they’re too dull to learn. The Berbice bridge corporation is just that – a corporation. A government – and certainly an opposition – can’t just walk in and change the contract between the corporation and the government.  Apart from the legal challenge, does the “collation” (of index cards?) appreciate the signal they’ll be sending to the outside investors?  Now it could be that David Granger and Carl Greenidge have been closet communists all along – having been young men who directly worked under Forbes Burnham – and they don’t give a damn about the private sector. Folks should take note. Next thing you know, they’ll be banning food items.

...can’t shop

We’re making one last appeal to the “collation” (of twigs?) to follow through with their promise to clean the city along with government officials. Your Eyewitness’ wife can’t shop and she’s making his life miserable.



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Local Govt Ministry in Christmas cleanup campaign

A section of the vendors’ waste after market day at La Penitence


he Local Government Ministry is collaborating with the Public Works Ministry, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and other community stakeholders to get going with an intensive Christmas cleanup campaign around Georgetown. According to Local Government Ministry Municipal Services Officer Fabion Jerrick, the campaign will be held over a 10day period which began on Wednesday with mobilisation and sensitisation activities. He noted that the Local Government Ministry is tasked with administering the project, while the Public Works Ministry, with assistance from City Hall, will be executing the bulk of the work. The local Government Ministry will be responsible for cleaning the Kitty/ Campbellville; Cummings Lodge/Liliendaal; AgricolaMeadow Bank; River View – Laing Avenue – inclusive of Alexander Village; Sideline

Dam, La Penitence; and Lodge-Meadow Brook areas. Jerrick pointed out that the campaign will be tackling clogged internal drains, illegal dumping and slashing overgrown vegetation. Arrangements will be put in place for the disposal of waste collected. All wards within Georgetown will benefit from the Christmas cleanup campaign but the La Penitence Market, which is considered a major eye-sore after market day on Sundays, will attract a lot of attention during the 10-day period. There have been numerous complaints from residents of Albouystown/East La Penitence area about the reckless disposal of waste by market vendors in that area. According to an M&CC market official, City Hall will try its best to carry out an ongoing activity to ensure the cleanliness of the La Penitence market, despite limited resources and funds.

Body of homeless man in tarpaulin identified


hree weeks after the battered body of an unidentified man was discovered by residents in Caneview, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, wrapped in a blue tarpaulin, he has been positively identified. His name was given as Dexter Baveghems, 43. He was known to be around the city, and as such, had no fixed place of abode. Upon the discovery of the man on November 21, his body bore several marks of violence, including a wound to the abdomen, indicating that he may have been beaten and stabbed to death. The body was discovered between Purple Heart Street and David Rose Avenue. Based on reports, on the day in questions, nearby residents woke up, saw the

tarpaulin and went to investigate. As residents got close to the tarpaulin, they saw the arm of a person protruding and immediately raised an alarm. Within minutes, a member of the community policing group arrived and inspected the body and reported the matter to the East La Penitence Police Outpost. Residents believed the body was taken to that location in the wee hours of the morning. The body of the man was clad in a white, gold and green netted armless vest and forest green camouflage three-quarter pants. He was bare-footed. No one was arrested for the suspected murder of Baveghems, but the police are continuing their investigations.

Latter-day saints church donates wheelchairs to Health Ministry


he Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints on Wednesday donated 244 wheelchairs to the Health Ministry in its continuing effort to reach out to those in need in Guyana. The chairs were presented to Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Leslie Cadogan by the church’s First Counsellor in the West Indies Mission, Colin Goodluck during a simple presentation ceremony. Cadogan expressed appreciation to the church for the kind gesture, while Goodluck thanked the ministry for affording the institution the opportunity to work with the ministry to help Guyanese. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is looking to strengthen its relations with the Health Ministry and is hoping to conduct a neonatal resuscitation training programme in the near future. Also present at the handing over were The Dominican Republic welfare leader Julio Acosta; New Humanitarian Missionaries Elder, Sister Moore; Elder, Sister Beecher; and the church’s public relations representative Rowena Bowen. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church or, informally, the Mormon Church) is a Christian church that considers itself to be a restoration of the church found-

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Indies Mission First Counsellor Colin Goodluck (left) handing over a document to Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Leslie Cadogan in the presence of church representatives

ed by Jesus Christ. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations (called wards or branches) and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has over 80,000 missionaries worldwide and has a membership of over 15 million. It is ranked by the National Council of Churches as the fourth largest Christian denomination in the U.S. It is the largest denomination in the

Latter Day Saint movement started by Joseph Smith during the period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening. Adherents, sometimes referred to as Latter-day Saints or, more informally, Mormons, view faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement as the central tenet of their religion. LDS theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ.


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Little Jaden died from blocked artery – autopsy


he result of a postmortem examination performed on four-year-old Jaden Mars who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was taken there for a tongue injury, has indicated that the lad succumbed as a result of a blocked main artery to the lung, or one of its branches. Sources close to the hospital where the child died say the blockage to his lung or one of its branches might have stemmed from a substance that was administered to him at the medical institution. This publication understands that medical officials investigating the matter are looking at the nexus between the anasthetic the child was given and the cardiac arrests he suffered shortly after. The finding of the autopsy was not officially disclosed, but Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Chief Executive Officer Michael Khan said the report is with

Dead: Jaden Mars

a team of professionals who are investigating the matter. Khan is expected to receive a compiled report on their findings today. He will then move to discuss the report with the aggrieved parents before making any further pronouncements to the

media. Jaden’s mother is standing her ground, contending that he was healthy and should have never died as a result of the minor injury he sustained to his tongue. Commenting generally on the report, she said “It

proved that my child was healthy… he did not suffer any internal injuries as a result of the bitten tongue, that is all I can say at this point.” The mother has pledged to have the matter thoroughly investigated so that she can get justice for her child, who was her first. “I am fighting for justice for my son… I am confident that justice will be served.” Guyana Times was informed that a candle light vigil will be held in memory of Jaden today evening from 18:30h on the pavements in front of the Georgetown Public Hospital. The aggrieved mother is encouraging all those who have lost their loved ones at the medical facility to join the vigil in solidarity. Jaden had suffered a minor injury after a fall and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, but died while receiving treatment.

Tailor remanded on firearm possession


tailor was on Thursday remanded to prison after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry after he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Collin Alicock, 54, of 52 Durban Street, Lodge, Georgetown entered a not guilty plea to the charge

which stated that on December 10 at Georgetown, he was in possession of one .32 revolver and five matching round of ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. Prosecutor Bharat Mangru told the court that acting on information provided by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), ranks went to the

home of the defendant where they conducted a search. In his tailoring shop, the officers found the firearm on the chair where he sits. Alicock was told of the offence and admitted ownership, stating that he uses it for protection since he is robbed often. Attorney Mark Waldron represented the defendant and told the court that on the day in question; his cli-

ent was in the bathroom when he saw ranks enter his yard. The ranks then approached him and made enquiries about his eldest son. Afterwards, the officers “split up” and conducted a search and found the gun in the tailor shop. Alicock was subsequently taken to CID. Bail was refused and the matter stands adjourned to January 13, 2014.

Mook Lall plantin pumpkin and sharin out catahar


hen people doin sketchy wuk, dem does be suspicious of other people. Dem does tink that other people sketchy just like dem too. Old people does call it tekkin yuh s*it and daubin it pun other people bottom. Well, Guyana got a sketchy man. He name Mook Lall. De Mook so sketchy that de police still can’t ketch he. And this sketchy man people got plenty s*it, not only pun he bottom, but all over he face. Some fall pun de headitor face and leff pun he mouth. Is not even de Guyana police seh Mook Lall sketchy. If de Guyana police had seh so, people woulda doubt. Is de U.S. embassy seh so. And WikiLeaks leak out whah de U.S embassy seh. Now every body know and every body believe. Even Bend Hard believe. But Bend Hard is a “stan easy better then beg pardon” man. Is a good ting easy snake does bite hard. And he done name Hard already. So look out fuh de hard bite. He know Mook Lall is a mook fuh plenty tings. People even tek way people from de Mook. That does only happen to mooky people. But Bend Hard know de Mook is no mook fuh sketchy wuk. In fact, de Mook is de bass fuh sketchy wuk. And de Mook is not a bass fuh plenty tings. De Mook could bass only two tings: de headitor and de sketchy wuk. He is a bass wid out de “b” fuh other tings. Big time one too. Ask dem boys who seh dem is boys bout de Mook a**. Nuff people friken de sketchy man. He does mek people disappear. Even a man in a busy night club disappear. That was after another man disappear who was he friend. Dem reporters was even friken fuh seh dem friken when dem see he. De Mook promise dem reporters wuk, but he give dem basket to hold water instead. Old people call that catahar. Ting-a-ling-a-ling…friend tell friend…mattie tell mattie! But while de Mook sharin out catahar, he plantin pumpkin! Just that he never buy a pumpkin seed in he life yet. Police know bout de pumpkins too. But like dem waitin pun de U.S. again!

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hike by Route 32 minibus First ambassador from Fare operators illegal – Minister Ali Sahrawi Arab Democratic – urges commuters to report errant operators to the police Republic appointed A cting Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali has announced that any increase in fares charged by Route 32 minibus operators is illegal and commuters must report these minibuses to the ministry or the nearest police station. The minister made the call on Thursday as he called on commuters not to pay any increases. The United Minibus Association and the Combined Road Transportation Association recently implemented a new fare structure for Route 32. The two bodies in a statement has said the unions met on October 10 and November 12, during which they embarked on a cordial relationship

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, performing the duties of president, greets Ambassador Lehebib Abderahaman Didi on his appointment


ehebib Abderahaman Didi, the first Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) ambassador to Guyana, was accredited on Wednesday by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who was performing the duties of president. The prime minister said the decision to establish relations and accredit a Sahrawi ambassador was testimony of the government and the people of Guyana’s support of the ideals and noble objectives of the country. He said that Guyana fully supports the country’s fight for territorial integrity and sovereignty and to seek to exercise their right to selfdetermination, consistent with the principles and purposes of the charter of the United Nations. Prime Minister Hinds is

confident that the ambassador’s appointment will strengthen political cooperation between Guyana and Sahrawi. He wished the ambassador a productive and successful tour of duty of Guyana, and expressed government’s and the people of Guyana’s best wishes to the president and to the progress and prosperity of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Ambassador Didi expressed a sense of pride at being the first ambassador of his country to Guyana. He said that the Sahrawi people have always looked to Guyana as a strong defender of liberty and democracy and said his presence in the country will contribute to raising awareness for the Sahrawi people in this re-

gard. The newly-appointed ambassador said his hope is to work closely with the government and authorities in Guyana to promote, foster and consolidate the friendship and solidarity that have happily existed between the two governments and their people. SADR is a partially recognised state that claims sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony. SADR was proclaimed in Bir Lehlou in Western Sahara on February 27, 1976, as the Polisario declared the need for a new entity to fill what they considered a political void left by the departing Spanish colonisers. A total of 40 states currently maintain diplomatic relations with the SADR.

NOC teen to spend Christmas in prison for sodomy


17-year-old youth from the New Opportunity Corps was on Thursday remanded to prison for sodomising his peer when he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate's Court.

The youth, who pleaded guilty to the offence, will be spending Christmas in prison as he was ordered to be housed there until January 1, 2014. According to the charge, on Saturday, the youth committed the act on a 15-year-

old colleague. The perpetrator reportedly took the victim aback of the NOC compound to pick coconuts, and there he committed the crime. The matter was reported to the police and he was subsequently arrested.

and agreed to speak with one voice on all matters relating to minibus service providers, commuters, and other stakeholders. According to the bodies, during the meetings, which were held at the Tourism, Industry and Commerce Ministry, many concerns common to minibus operators were raised. These issues include the contentious and arbitrary fare increases Route 32 commuters have to bear, mostly in the evenings. “We have, therefore, jointly agreed on a fare structure for the Route 32 buses, which will be displayed in the buses, with the passengers paying upon entry. Commuters are urged to board only buses that display the new fare,” the state-

ment said. The bodies also agreed upon the introduction of the “pay as you enter” requirement. This system requires commuters to pay before they enter a minibus or as soon as they enter. The “pay as you enter” policy is the norm in many countries, including the U.S. and Canada. The United Minibus Association and the Combined Road Transportation Association also disclosed that they are looking to review the rates of all the routes “in the not-too-distant future”. Below in table are the fares recently approved by the United Minibus Association and the Combined Road Transportation Association. Commuters are urged not to pay more.

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NIS investment in Berbice Bridge profitable – Dr Roger Luncheon J

ust days after the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) accused the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) of making risky investments, board chairman, Dr Roger Luncheon said the scheme’s move to plug US$10 million into the Berbice River Bridge has proven to be profitable. However, he did not disclose the financial returns the scheme has raked in since the operationalisation of the Berbice River Bridge in 2008. “The scheme has benefited, the benefits have been to our expectation and I would utter without lack of any reservation and say that this investment in the Berbice River Bridge has indeed been one of the better investments the scheme has made.” APNU had also con-

future. “We are awaiting, like many others, resolution of outstanding legal litigation to have our $5 billion return to us. We are optimistic; primarily because a parliamentary resolution, a minister of finance and a president have come out in the public domain and has made commitments that the scheme will never lose its $5billion dollars,” he told media operatives.

NIS Chairman, Dr Roger Luncheon

demned the move by the scheme to pump approximately $5.2 billion into CLICO. CLICO has been fully liquidated; however, the coalition said NIS is still without the $5.2 billion it invested. Dr Luncheon was optimistic that the money would be reinstated in the


Opposition Leader David Granger had opined that NIS was in a state of crisis. But like all other allegations, Dr Luncheon has refuted them. According to him, claims by the opposition that NIS is in a crisis are simply fallacious. “The average stakeholder knows that NIS being in crisis is just fallacious. We

The Berbice River Bridge

do have problems… but to elevate it to the level of crisis, I think it is.. downright uncharitable…” When a company or entity is approaching crisis stage or is in a state of crisis, there are often several indicators, Dr Luncheon said, noting that there are no such indicators emanating from NIS.

Rotary Club of Demerara celebrates 20th anniversary


he Rotary Club of Demerara on Tuesday hosted a dinner at the Pegasus Hotel to celebrate its 20th anniversary and service to the Guyanese people. The club was charted on December 9, 1993 and was the first Rotary club in Guyana to break the “men only” mould by admitting women into its membership. The club at its inception was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central under the guidance of past presidents Leslie Chin and Mike Davis. And at that time, it immediately took up the mandate of the parent organisation, Rotary International, of service above self and this has continued for the next 20 years in the various areas of service. The club, since its founding, has conducted many successful medical outreaches throughout the country

“We pay over a billion dollars every month, in benefits, religiously without being harassed. We routinely honour our statutory obligations… I repeat, the National Insurance Scheme is not in crisis.” But records indicate that the scheme had a deficit of $371 million in 2011 while in 2012, a deficit of approximately $474 million was recorded. The figure is likely to climb by the end of 2013. According to reports, contributions collected over the period January to August 2013 were approximately $7.754 billion, while total expenditure over the same period was approximately $9.120 billion. According to APNU, the answer to NIS's financial problems is reformation. In support of the coalition’s call

for reformation, the opposition leader said government should swiftly implement the recommendations listed in the eighth actuarial review in 2011. The imposition of overbearing political control and risky investments by the scheme were among problems highlighted. NIS has remained firm on the position that the recommendations contained in the eight actuarial reviews did not find favour with sizable segments of those consulted and other stakeholders of the scheme. NIS operates out of 14 offices countrywide, providing social security to over 45,000 pensioners and medical insurance for thousands of Guyanese in the formal and informal workforce.

Man stabs brother to death


Members of the Demerara Rotary Club at dinner on Tuesday evening

to tackle malaria, diabetes awareness and testing, dental health and women’ health issues, all of which have touched the lives of thousands. Club President Osbert James also spoke of the club’s Gift of Life Programme in which Rotarians have dedi-

cated their time to making a difference in the lives of others. Two of the beneficiaries were also present at the event. Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara were also given awards for the outstanding work they have

done and the contributions they have made to the club for the past several years. After dinner, members toasted to their achievements over the last two decades and James charged his members to pledge themselves to continue the great work and legacy of the club.

n argument between two brothers ended tragically on Wednesday after one stabbed the other to death. The dead man was identified as Richard France, 20, of Falls Top, Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD). Police in a statement disclosed that they are investigating the murder of Richard, which occurred about 13:00h at Falls Top. Investigations revealed that the man was involved in an argument with his brother, Neville France, during which he was fatally stabbed. The suspect has been arrested and is in police custody assisting with investigations. Based on reports, the two brothers were under the influence of alcohol when an argument ensued between them. During the argument, the now dead man, who is mentally challenged, reportedly hit his elder brother

Neville, and in retaliation, the latter picked up a knife and dealt him a blow to the back. Upon seeing this, the father who was at home, ran to the rescue of his son, only to find him lying on the ground in a pool of blood. The suspect was apprehended and handed over to the police who took him to the Port Kaituma Police Station, where he was placed in custody. Further information revealed that earlier in the day, the now dead man had an issue with a neighbour, resulting in him receiving a few lashes. It was immediately after that commotion, the argument broke out between the two brothers. The murder weapon has been retrieved and taken by the police as evidence. Guyana Times understands that Richard and Neville are known for their heavy drinking habits in the community.


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Mexican embassy honours young Joshua House artists

Mexican Ambassador Francisco Olguín with some of the children at Joshua House

Mexican Ambassador Francisco Olguín (third left, second row) and embassy staff with the four children who were presented with certificates on Wednesday


he Mexican embassy has rewarded six children from Joshua House who participated in an annual children’s drawing competition called “Este es mi México” (This is my Mexico). A panel of Mexican

painters and sculptors led by renowned artist Jorge Marin, sent the children a Certificate of Recognition for their efforts. The certificate includes a “winged” child painted by Marin, whose work is always inspired by winged characters.

The competition was originally intended to strengthen the ties of children of the Mexican diaspora born mainly in the U.S. and Canada, with their motherland. However, the Mexican authorities discovered that

non-Mexican children were often willing to participate. Conscious that understanding among peoples is more easily achieved through cultural and artistic expressions, and of the importance of fostering the creativity of children and their ability to communicate through learning about different cultures, the 11th edition of the drawing contest in 2006 was opened for children ages seven to 11

from schools and orphanages the world over, whether they were of Mexican heritage or not. They were invited to express their artistic abilities and imagination by drawing different aspects of Mexican life, culture and history. In Guyana, as the Mexican embassy officially opened in Georgetown in July 2009, starting in 2010, local children were invited to participate in the compe-

tition. On Wednesday, Mexican Ambassador Francisco Olguín presented the six Joshua House children with their certificates. It was also an occasion to share with all 60 children of Joshua House a joyous time ahead of the Christmas season. The embassy also made a book contribution to the library of the children’s home.

U.S. embassy, Health Ministry host blood drive

A donor making his contribution at the blood drive at the U.S. embassy


taff of the U.S. embassy, other diplomatic missions and international organisations have donated a total of 28 pints of blood when the embassy, in collaboration with the Health Ministry, hosted a blood drive on Wednesday. The drive was held at the U.S. embassy. The National Blood Bank relies on donations of blood from publicspirited persons to ensure safe blood is available where blood transfusion may be the only option to save a life.  According to the embassy in a release, 2013 marks 10 years of partnership between the U.S. and Guyana in combating HIV/ AIDS under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  A major success story of that partnership has been the development of an adequate, safe supply of blood for the people of Guyana, the embassy said. “Over the past decade,

the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided technical support to the Guyanese Ministry of Health on blood safety activities in order to enhance blood collection procedures and policies in Guyana, to recruit and retain low-risk blood donors, and to ensure 100 per cent testing of all donated blood units for HIV and other transfusion-transmissible infections. Physicians and other clinicians in transfusion practises have been provided education and utilisation guidelines to reduce inappropriate use of blood as a clinical therapy, which has been linked to shortages,” the embassy noted. It pointed out that 2013 marked the first year in which Guyana has been able to collect sufficient blood to meet its projected national needs, having collected over 10,000 units of donated blood.

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Guyana urged to fully utilise ITEC programme


ndian High Commissioner to Guyana Puran Mal Meena has called on the government to take full advantage of opportunities offered to them for the development of its human resources through the Indian Technical and Economical Cooperation (ITEC) programme. He issued the call at an event to celebrate ITEC Day 2013 on Wednesday at the Aagman Restaurant, Sheriff Street, Georgetown The ITEC programme was established in India in 1965 for bilateral assistance to developing countries. It aims at sharing the gains made by India in socio-economic fields and its technological advancements by partner countries. So far, in excess of 400 persons from countries such as Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, along with others from the Caricom Secretariat, have been trained under the programme. To celebrate this achievement, the Indian high commissioner hosted a luncheon in honour of its longstanding bilateral relations with partners in Guyana. This year, a combination of private and public sector representatives were chosen for the programme which lasted six weeks in India. Speaking at the event, Meena said Guyana has not utilised the ITEC programme to the full extent. “We would like to see a 100 per cent utilisation of the ITEC training seats allocated to Guyana… the scope for training of Guyanese representatives will assist in participation in the development process of the country by those who are trained,” said Meena.

Training available

Training is available in areas such as forensics, hydrology, renewable energy, urban development and planning, including city planning and sustainable development, management of biomedical equipment, tool design, rural electrification, education planning disaster management, small business development and human resources management. The high commission, under the ITEC programme, also undertook study tours, provision of equipment, project development and deputation of ITEC experts in the fields of rice production, agronomy, horticulture, coconut production, legal drafting, telecasting and telecommunication and disaster management. The Indian high commis-

Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Puran Mal Meena

sioner further called for the increase in nominations for these courses; however, he noted that those applications should be fully completed since it causes the commission great difficulties when processing them. He also asked that the Human Services Ministry formally recommend via a letter on behalf of those nominees who are not suitably qualified, but have the requisite experience, to make the process easier for the authorities in India.

Make full use

Meena said it is important for Guyana to capitalise on all the seats allocated for the ITEC programme since the non-utilisation of those seats may lead to a reduction in its number in the future. “We hope to see more cooperation with the government of Guyana and with Caricom, including the Caricom Secretariat, in the field of training, provision of expertise and provision of equipment and projects. We also hope that the ITEC programme with all its components would be utilised more effectively and more exhaustively, for capacity building and institution building process, and for technology and economic advancement, by our partners,” he added. Meanwhile, acting President Samuel Hinds acknowledged the suggestions made by the Indian high commissioner, noting that he will ensure that the government pays heed on capitalising on these opportunities which will further develop the manpower of the country’s human resources. He also noted the many contributions the ITEC programme has made towards developing other countries. Hinds said that the advancements India has made to place itself as one of the fastest growing economies in world, has enabled the ITEC programme to expand its scope and also see more successes. “India is now seen in the world as a land of advancement in science and technology and mediation,” he said.

The acting president said that Guyana continues to welcome all investments by the Indian government which has shown its worth in the construction of the Guyana National Stadium, the installation of traffic signal systems and soon, the provision of a ferry to transport people and goods to the northern regions in the country. In closing, Hinds expressed his gratitude to the Indian government for its significant contributions to the growth of Guyana’s economy while adding that the ITEC programme has made profound development and will continue to play a vital role in facilitating the advancement of Guyanese.

Hindus want Lord Hanuman’s statue on Oklahoma Capitol grounds


indus in the U.S. are thinking of erecting a statue of Lord Hanuman if the space is available in the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. The Universal Society of Hinduism has applied to Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission for permission to place a statue of Lord Hanuman in the statehouse grounds and hopes that the commission will approve it. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada, U.S.A., said that if the Oklahoma State Capitol was open to different monuments, “we would love to have a statue of Lord Hanuman, who is greatly revered and worshipped and known for incredible strength and was a

Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed

perfect grammarian”. Zed pointed out that besides honouring the Hindus living in Oklahoma, this statue would raise awareness of Hinduism in Oklahoma. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought.

Some three million Hindus reside in the U.S. Zed had written to Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission Chair Trait Thompson and others for detailed procedure, required forms, conditions to be met for approval, size and dimensions of the weather-proof statue. The Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission, based in Oklahoma City, has 15 members, including Thompson, who is a senior policy advisor in Oklahoma Senate and Louis Trost is vice chair. Created in 1982 to plan and supervise the preservation and restoration of the interior and exterior of the Oklahoma State Capitol building, the commission also controls the display of objects in public areas of the State Capitol building.

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Forum launched to promote business development in Rupununi

Representatives from Neal and Massy in discussion with balata craft workers, Toshao Guy Fredricks and George Tancredo


n an exciting new endeavour at the opening ceremony of this year’s Rupununi Expo in Lethem, the Rupununi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) used the opportunity to launch the Rupununi Stakeholder Business Forum on Sustainable Enterprise Development. This inaugural event was jointly hosted by the RCCI and Conservation International (CI) Guyana. In keeping with the theme for this year’s expo, “Fostering development through cooperation and partnership”, the forum on November 30 provided a unique opportunity for key local, regional and national actors and stakeholders to interact, network, and negotiate collaborative opportunities with each other. The aim of the forum was to catalyse networking and collaboration towards integrated management of enterprises in the Rupununi, with the ultimate goal of developing a healthy sustainable economy in the region. The event was conducted in an atmosphere that encouraged and promoted understanding of shared professional and developmental interests. Recognising the importance of building strong alliances between the owners and users of natural resources in the Rupununi, the RCCI and CI Guyana, anticipate that partnerships formed through this medium, will lead to joint responsibilities for resource management and the creation of business networks that enable sustainable businesses to evolve in the region.

Building vital links

Building on the vital role played by local communities in the Rupununi, the forum will strengthen the links between commu-

nity-based enterprises and other private sector firms, government agencies, service providers and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). RCCI President Daniel Gajie expressed his delight at the turn out and support for the event.

American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Neil & Massy, the Society for Sustainable Operational Strategies (SSOS), the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, as well as financial institu-

knowledge already in existence in the Rupununi, and the need to bring providers of resources and service agencies from the region and Georgetown, to work together with these “extraordinary people from the Rupununi”. Peter Joseph, a self-employed tour operator could hardly contain his enthusiasm after his dialogue with SBB representatives. “This forum is a great first step for all the businesses in the region,” he said, adding “You could see how urgently it was needed when people started networking even before the official opening. It was interesting and interactive. I am looking forward to seeing it continue, bringing in more stakeholders, which will be better for the region and better for Guyana.” “The number of participants was impressive,” commented Kanuku Mountains Community Representative Group (KMCRG) Programme Manager Jessica George. “It enabled more sharing of ideas and knowledge, and allowed community members to get to know the wider business com-

Motorcyclist hospitalised after colliding with dog

Vijay Lall on his hospital bed


ineteen-year-old motorcyclist Vijay Lall of Middlesex Village on the Essequibo Coast is a patient at the Suddie Public Hospital after he collided with a dog on the Onderneeming Public Road. Lall suffered bruises to the face, arms and legs while the dog reportedly died shortly after the accident. According to reports, the young man was riding along the Onderneeming Public Road when a dog suddenly

Mahdia residents lament poor roads, electricity supply

Opposition Leader David Granger


The forum in full swing: Community members talking to representatives from GEF small grants programme, SBB and CI Guyana

“Our organisations are engaged in community activities centring on agriculture and tourism, the partnership with CI allows us to combine our efforts, for the benefit of the participants of both, the Rupununi Expo and the business forum.” Close to 80 participants attended from a variety of agriculture, tourism, handicraft, light manufacturing and financial/ technical service provision backgrounds. Representatives present from organisations such as the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), the Inter-

tions such as the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), the Small Business Bureau (SBB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Small Grants Programme (SGP) and the newly-opened Republic Bank, were able to hold discussions with individuals and groups from communities across the Rupununi who are currently engaged in communitybased enterprise activities.


THAG President Kit Nascimento commended the initiative as an “ambitious and brave project”, taking the opportunity to draw attention to the range of skills and

munities, especially those from Georgetown. This forum opened a window into more possible forums in the future,” she said. Pleased with the overwhelming positive feedback from the participants, CI Guyana Executive Director, Dr David Singh shared his vision for the future of the forum. “We hope that the networks and collaborative efforts assisted by this process will support an integrated approach to the management of natural resources and viable enterprise development in the Rupununi, which will in turn, lead to a progressively healthy and sustainable economy in the region.”

ran in front of him, causing the collision. Lall, speaking with Guyana Times from his hospital bed, said when he hit the animal, he lost control of his motorcycle and fell on the road in an unconscious state. The motorcyclist said he is experiencing pain in the back and was surprised to know that he was in hospital when he regained consciousness. Police are investigating the accident.

esidents of Mahdia, Region Eight have complained that poor roads, inadequate water and electricity supply are some of the major issues affecting their communities as the called on opposition parliamentarians to be a voice of their plights. The residents voiced their concerns during a town hall style meeting with Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament (MP) Eula Marcello and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) parliamentarian Ronald Bulkan at the Mahdia Community Centre. The some 100 residents complained that they were dissatisfied that the work of the Regional Democratic Council was being stymied by the regional executive officer. They also voiced their dissatisfaction with the condition of the roads and other infrastructure in the region. The residents told the MPs that scheduled maintenance was not being done on the roads and bridges, in particular the Mahdia surface roads, the Mabura junc-

tion, Mango Landing and the roads to Tumatumarie, Micobie, North Fork and Princeville. Most of the complaints raised by the residents were related to education, the cost of living, health care, electricity supply and pure water supply. The residents were of the opinion that the central government was stifling the development of the region. It was suggested that an improved transportation network and properly maintained roads would help to reduce the cost of bringing food stuff to the region. Bulkan called on the government to commit resources to the rehabilitation of the Tumatumari Hydro Electric plant, so that residents of Mahdia and surrounding communities would have cheap, reliable and continuous electricity. Opposition Leader Brigadier David Granger, who was also in attendance, said that it was his vision to see agricultural institutes in all of the 10 administrative regions of Guyana. The opposition leader also told the gathering that it was time that Guyanese started weaning themselves off of fossil fuels. According to Granger, wind, solar and hydro were all credible alternative sources of energy. The opposition leader told the residents that the Potaro-Siparuni region was not a Cinderella region, but one of the biggest and potentially the richest region of the country. Bulkan claims that the central government’s failure to allow the local democratic organs to function is to be blamed for the underdevelopment of Madhia.

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By Bernice Bede Osol

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) Follow your heart and your dreams. Creative pursuits that have been carefully thought out will be successful. Your ability to get things done will enhance your popularity and attract valuable partners.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 19) Change the things in your life that haven’t been working. Look at your options, speak up about what you want and follow through with your plans.

Calvin and Hobbes

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Network, socialise and interact with your peers today. Get involved in organizations that have something to offer you. A business venture should be seriously considered. Put your creative talent to work if you want to make a splash.


ARIES (March 21-April 19)


Patience, compassion and supportive dialogue will help you gain respect and avoid criticism. Don’t let a job you’ve been asked to do get you down – get it over with and keep moving.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Today calls for a diversion. You should take time to pursue some new activities or cherished hobbies. Put romance at the top of your list and work on the quality of your personal life in general.

CANCER (June 21July 22) Network, join in the festivities and share your thoughts, ideas and capabilities. Don’t be afraid to be a little different if you want to encourage an enticing partnership opportunity.

LEO (July 23Aug. 22) Make your move with confidence and dash. Your intellectual appeal will be your ticket to the spotlight. Be persistent and entertaining to win the support you need.

VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22) Don’t say anything that you may regret. Size up your situation and offer a kind word or gesture. Make decorative changes to your surroundings. Actions will take priority over dialogue.

LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 23) Add a little excitement to your life. Travel plans or signing up for an interesting course will lift your spirits. A relationship may take an unexpected and costly turn.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) Good fortune will come through interaction with people of different backgrounds. Find ways to make personal improvements or to indulge in a trip that will bring you satisfaction or joy.

Thursday's solution GEMINI (May 21June 20)


The value of certain partnerships will depend on the discussions you have and the ideas you present. Have alternatives ready to offer but be willing to compromise and make things happen.

Push your ideas, discuss your intentions and show confidence in your every move. Your enthusiasm will help to motivate others as well as lead to some new possibilities.

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Texila American University inaugural pageant slated for December 22


tudent representatives and the social activities team of Texila American University (TAU) will be hosting its inaugural Miss and Mister Texila American University on

Sunday, December 22 at the National Cultural Centre. The pageant will feature 16 delegates competing in sportswear, formal wear, talent and intelligence, along with the ques-

tion and answer segment. The delegates, who are aspiring doctors, will vie for the privilege of being TAU’s representative and face of the school for 2014. The delegates are all medical students of the univer-

sity, and come from different nation – as far as Asia to Africa and Guyana. The organising committee is seeking to make this an annual event and encourages the public to support this venture.

The objective of the pageant is to change the role of pageantry in Guyana by bringing a twist and spice to the concept of beauty and brains. TAU has been in operation for the past four

years and has recently dispatched its first batch of doctors to the Georgetown Public Hospital in clinical rotations and at the Cheddi Jagan Dental Centre.

Meet the contestants vying for the Miss Texila University title

Fortune Jonathan

Maha Azha

Salma Khan

Shyama Viswambharan

Stephanie Chinaza

Valerie Atulomah

Umadevi Bux

Aziza Cooke

Meet the delegates vying for the Mister Texila University title

Abel Ugbede

Bharath Madhu

Bonaventure Atulomah

Erastus Nwanekezi

Fabian Akpan

Manmeet Dhillon

Ofure Obaseki

Stephen Ram

“Licence to Wine” @ PC this Saturday F

rom now to the end of the year, Pulse Entertainment will be creating the right vibes as they celebrate the festive season and come this Saturday, it will be no different. The entertainment group, over the last year,

has hosted some of the best concept parties and will host another called “Licence to Wine” this Saturday at Palm Court, Main Street. It will be one hot and energetic party, so, soca lovers, get in gear and ready to boogie down.

Ladies will be admitted free to “Licence to Wine” before 23:00h. Pulse Entertainment will provide sexy wining instructors all night who will make sure everyone has a grand time. Admission to the event costs $2000.

Partyholics will be party to the vibes of DJ Ryan and the Pulse Sound System all night long. Lighting will also be provided by Pulse. The event is sponsored by Banks DIH, Gizmos and Gadgets, Glamour Designer Brands and Shoe Heaven.

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KI and the JMC 3Veni band added to ‘Night of Love’ cast

he combination of John Legend and Beres Hammond for the ‘Night of Love’ concert has already been creating quite a buzz. Now, promoters are raising the bar with the addition of KI and the JMC 3Veni band out of Trinidad. Surely, the reggae and R&B superstars can be considered as geniuses of romance in their respective genres. However, before lovers wind down at the Night of Love, they can look forward to an energetic performance by Chutney sensation KI backed by the JMC 3Veni band. This group, which is popularly known for ‘Friends for the Night’ and ‘Single Forever’, along with local entertainers, will be opening for the main acts. JMC 3Veni which was originally an East Indian music aggrega-

Vergenoegen Village Day set for Christmas Day


he Slingerz Family has promised the Guyanese a Christmas to remember with its biggest event, the 12th annual Vergenoegen Village Day on December 25. The annual Slingerz Christmas party will feature Jamaican World Clash Champions, Bass Oddessy with one of its members, Charlie Black. Jamaican dancehall artiste, Macka Diamond will also be gracing the event with her presence. Local performers are not left out since, Carib Soca Monarch, Jumo Primo; Chutney Soca Monarch competitor, Bunty Singh and others will also make special appearances. As usual, the event will be hosted on the Vergenoegen Rice Mill Tarmac, with the fun starting at 14:00h with the cookout. Santa will arrive at 16:00h and will be distributing free gifts for all the children of Vergenoegen. Slingerz will be providing the music for the children. The live performances are expected to start when the sun sets. Ticket prices and locations will be announced soon.

tion, now straddles all genres of music, excelling in soca and chutney soca, providing music to revel in on any occasion. The band has successfully captured a larger audience in recent years and has brought to them a vibrant and captivating brand focused more on soca or calypso. Lead vocalist for the band, Kris Persad, more popularly known as “KI”, won the Trinidad Chutney Soca Monarch title in 2012. These performers are billed to take the stage at the Guyana National Stadium on January 4, 2014. The event is a collaboration of Hits and Jams Entertainment and McNeal Enterprises, which has brought Beres Hammond and KI and the JMC 3Veni band to Guyana before.

“An Evening of Dance” leaves audience mesmerised


psara’s production, “An Evening of Dance”, was held two Saturdays ago and saw some stunning and exceptional performances by Miss India Worldwide 2013 Nehal Bhogaita. At the beginning of the show, the Apsara Dance Company took the stage with a whirlwind of colours, stunning costumes, innovative moves and mesmerising dances that were filled with energy. Starting with a beautiful blend of dance fusions that incorporated a range of dance styles, kathak, filmi, hip-hop and belly dancing were among the favourites throughout the show. The new students of the Apsara dancing school performed for the first time on stage and were well received by the audience, especially the children and senior boys, and not forgetting the core and senior members; Chandini Rambalak, Lucria Rambalak, Kiran Mattai and Lelianne Persaud. The highlight of the evening were performances by the reigning Miss India Worldwide, Nehal Bhogaita. Through the rhythms of vibration, which she feels through her feet, she counts the steps in her mind and executed an exceptional

dance piece. Her humbleness was expressed through her interpreter when she was asked about her experience here in Guyana. The crowd was delighted when Katherina Roshana delivered a motivational speech on youth empowerment and also shared her experiences at the recently concluded Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. She

“Captain meets the King”


onscious Minds is set to host a Christmas concert featuring Jamaican Dancehall King, Beenie Man; “Big Ship” singer, Freddie McGregor and upcoming dancehall artiste, out of Jamaica, Denyque at the Guyana National Stadium on December 28. The event is a follow up to Conscious Minds’ November to remember titled “Night of the Divas” which was held in November, 2012 and featured Lady Saw, Tanya

was also the chairperson at the event. One lucky patron was the winner of a ticket from Georgetown to New York, compliments of Fly Jamaica, this came as a surprise at the end of the evening from Fly Jamaica. Apsara thanked Fly Jamaica, the Pegasus Hotel, Cellular Plus and Rent-ATent for making the event a success.

concert slated for December 28 Stephens, Spice, Pamputtae, soca sensation Destra Garcia and Denise Belfon. This show promises to be an affordable one which allows for locals and people who are back home on holiday the opportunity to attend . Lenox Lewis, the event’s promoter says he is expecting the usual turn out of

Guyanese in their thousands and describes this event as one of the more memorable ones from his promotion group. Tickets are on sale at Moitori Boutique, Laing Avenue; and This is IT Mini Mall, Robb Street and cost $10,000 for the stage front experience and $2000 for general admission. The event is sponsored by Banks DIH, Fly Jamaica and others. All the necessary permits have been issued to the promotional group.


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“Early bird Noel… GT Styles” on this weekend


onia Noel and her new guard of dynamic designers invite the general public to kick off the yuletide season with Sonia Noel’s Design located at 176 Barr Street, Kitty, Georgetown titled “Early bird Noel…GT Style”. Customers will be treated to a true Guyanese experience as they enjoy a bite of Guyanese cuisine – traditional garlic pork, ginger beer and fruit cake. The event will also see local designs by Sonia Noel, Paul Burnette, Nelsion Nurse, Andy Cummings, Wynetta Jones, Louis Jordan and Paula Evans. There will also be a bundle of designer gift selections and a vast collection of Caribbean Christmas music to set the mood. “Early bird Noel... GT Style” will be held today and Saturday commencing at 10:00h and will last up to 22:00h. On the other hand, customers will be given a gift of special discounts and an opportunity to give a loved one a gift certificate from any of the designers. “This is a great opportunity for Guyanese to support the local fashion industry and purchase your one of a kind peace for the holidays”, Noel said. Come get a taste of the season before it gets started and ensure that you seize this opportunity to secure local designs that will leave onlookers in awe.

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NBA Round-up: Thunder BBCI donates monies to boxing championships win 12th in 13 …Curry’s hoop at :03 caps Warriors’ rally


Clippers 96, Celtics 88

ormer Celtics coach and current Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers earned a win in his emotional return to Boston on Wednesday night. Veteran backup guard Jamal Crawford led the way with 21 points for Los Angeles (15-8), and hit backto-back 3-pointers, the second with 2:11 left to seal the game. Rivers, who coached for nine years and won a world championship in Boston, received standing ovations as his team held off the Celtics (10-14) despite 20 points and nine assists from Jordan Crawford.

Knicks 83, Bulls 78

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring for the 21st time in as many games, pouring in 30 points in New York’s win over the Chicago Bulls. The Knicks (6-15) forward is the only player to lead his team in scoring in every game this season. Chicago (8-12) received 20 points from forward Mike Dunleavy but lost their third straight and fell for the ninth time in 11 games.

Timberwolves 106, 76ers 99

Russell Westbrook had 27 points and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the 12th time in 13 games. The Thunder (17-4) pushed the lead to 24 points in the third quarter and the Grizzlies did not recover. Mike Conley led Memphis (10-11) with 20 points and nine assists.

Kevin Love (26 points, 15 rebounds) and Nikola Pekovic (20 and 10) produced double-doubles, and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a 19-point deficit in the first half to win. Minnesota trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 8681 early in the fourth quarter, before the Wolves (11-11) went on a 10-0 run to take control. Tony Wroten and Spencer Hawes each finished with 20 points but Philadelphia (716) scored just 38 points in the second half to lose for the eighth time in nine games.

Spurs 109, Bucks 77

Magic 92, Bobcats 83

Thunder 116, Grizzlies 100

Tim Duncan scored 21 points with 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. San Antonio (16-4) never trailed in the contest and led by as many 38 points. Spurs coach Greg Popovich was even able to give his reserves extended minutes while the starters still racked up some impressive numbers. Milwaukee (5-17) had won two of its last three.

Glen Davis and guard Jameer Nelson led a balanced attack with 17 points each and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak. Charlotte shot just 36.9 percent from the field, and fell to 10-12 as their twogame winning streak was snapped.

Pelicans 111, Pistons 106 (Overtime)

Ryan Anderson overcame an ice-cold shooting

night by hitting two 3-pointers and a two free throws in overtime, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a victory over the Detroit Pistons. Anderson had missed 12 of 16 shots before he finally made a game-tying, and goahead three-pointer to fall in overtime. Anderson finished with 22 points, and center Jason Smith added 22 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Pelicans (10-10).

Warriors 95, Mavericks 93

Stephen Curry capped a 33-point night by sinking a tie-breaking 15-footer with 1.5 seconds remaining that gave the Golden State Warriors a victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Despite trailing throughout the second and third quarters, the win allowed the Warriors (13-10) to move into a tie with the Mavericks (13-10) in the Western Conference standings. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis each had 21 points for the Mavericks.

Jazz 122, Kings 101

Richard Jefferson scored 20 points, and five Jazz players finished in double figures in Utah’s rout of the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz (5-19) posted a season-high points total and led by as many as 28 points in the second half. The game was expected to mark the Sacramento (6-14) debuts of Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray, all three of whom were acquired from the Toronto Raptors, but none featured because of a delayed player physical.

Australia and England on the brink


ustralia will pick up the Ashes or England will pick up the pieces. This much can already be concluded as the two sides prepare for the third Test today in Perth, a ground where the fifth day is often surplus to requirements on fast-paced pitch that can be the catalyst for cricket of breathtaking speed. Take last year’s encounter between Australia and South Africa for example. The hosts were happy enough to bowl Graeme Smith’s side out for 225 on day one, but found themselves back in the field after lunch the following afternoon having been razed for 163. Smith and Hashim Amla then showed runs can be collected as swiftly as wickets in a rollicking stand of 178 that broke Australian spirits and set the Proteas on the path to a 309-run triumph. If a team gets on a roll, there is no better place to exploit it fully than the WACA ground. England, of course, are

a team in desperate need of one such turnaround. By the end of Adelaide the tourists’ faces bore the thousand yard stares of their forebears, either against Australia in 2006-07 or the West Indies in the preceding decades. The rhetoric emanating from the captain Alastair Cook has been frank and bordering on the stirring, but he and the rest of his senior players must back it up with action on a pitch that will aid Australia’s pacemen more than either Brisbane or Adelaide did. A team of great method has looked increasingly scatterbrained, hitting out wildly or surrendering limply. While Graeme Swann joined teammates in denying he was scared of Johnson, he did admit that “sometimes you see people play more shots than normal because of the surge of adrenaline”, a statement that summed up the visitors’ batting thus far. Of greater hope for England is the fact that Perth’s pace

and swing will be welcome for Stuart Broad and James Anderson - it is not beyond either of them to cut through Australia’s batsmen in the dramatic style required to keep the series open. As for Michael Clarke’s team, it is a case of carrying on in the same style. Aggressive, focused, settled and hungry, they have not allowed the pressure of the series nor the weight of three consecutive Ashes defeats to cloud their minds from fierce concentration on the next ball, the next over and the next hour. With a day less time to recover than England’s seamers, the Australian fast men are bowling minimally in preparation, but can be expected to recalibrate their sights smoothly enough. The major question mark based on recent history surrounds the batsmen. With the urn in sight, might they contrive to produce the sort of disastrous session that dogged them through most of 2013?

Amateur boxers and Jeff Roberts, Chairman/Coach of the Robert’s Champions Boxing Gym


he Berbice Bridge Company Inc. (BBCI) donated on November 6 $40,000 to Jeff Roberts, Chairman/Coach of the Robert’s Champions Boxing Gym, for the establishment’s boxing show that was held on November 30. In a release the com-

pany noted it was privileged to partner with the Robert’s Champions Boxing Gym. The company felt that Robert’s Champions Boxing Gym is creating great opportunities for youths, keeping them off the street and away from drugs, crime and other illicit activities.

The release also related that the company will continue to sponsor other events, subjected to the availability of funds, and is looking at a wider crosssection of sports and other charitable, non – charitable, governmental, and non–governmental activities.

Soldado scores hat-trick in Spurs win


oberto Soldado scored his first Tottenham hattrick as Spurs maintained their 100% record in the Europa League by easing past Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday. The hosts were already guaranteed top spot in Group K, but began with an attacking verve as Soldado headed in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick before finishing well from Erik Lamela’s pass. Anzhi responded before the break when Ewerton Almeida Santos stabbed in. But Lewis Holtby’s delicate volley and Soldado’s penalty confirmed the win. Like Tottenham, the Russian visitors had already sealed progress to the last 32 prior to this game, and although they caused moments of worry for Andre VillasBoas’s team, they were eventually overpowered. By winning the group, Spurs will play at White Hart Lane in the second leg of their Europa League knockout tie in February and they will take heart for the remainder of the competition after a confident display. This was their fifth game unbeaten since they were thumped 6-0 by Manchester City last month. Soldado scored his first goals from open play in front of the home supporters since his £26m move from Valencia in the summer, and was greeted with

Roberto Soldado

cheers as he departed 12 minutes from the end. Anzhi might be bottom of the Russian Premier League after having to sell former stars such as Samuel Eto’o and Willian because of cost-cutting, but an energetic Tottenham certainly answered Villas-Boas’s calls to make an impression before they host second-placed Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. Spurs had suffered an early scare before they went ahead when Ilya Maksimov failed to test Brad Friedel when clean through, but Andros Townsend was then brought down with Soldado flicking in Sigurdsson’s whipped free-kick after seven minutes. That was Soldado’s first goal since 27 October and the 28-year-old added another six minutes later, when Erik Lamela played

him in with a cute pass and the Spaniard found the bottom corner. Townsend then should have made it 3-0 but chipped wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. Despite their fragility in defence, there were still signs Anzhi could prosper in attack and the Russian side pulled a goal back after 44 minutes when Eweton prodded home from a corner. Townsend continued to be the hosts’ most positive outlet, and he set up a third goal when he drifted in from the right, chipped to Holtby, who took one touch with his left and then flicked into the top corner with the same foot. Villas-Boas then introduced 21-year-old Ryan Fredericks in defence, and although it was his first game this season, he wasted little time in causing havoc. After another surging run, Fredericks was clipped in the penalty area and, after a nod from the official behind the goal-line, Swedish referee Stefan Johannesson awarded the spot-kick. Soldado found the net from 12 yards for his seventh goal of the season, although Anzhi goalkeeper Evgeni Pomazan got a hand to it, sending the Spurs fans home in good spirits after a thoroughly entertaining game for a dead rubber. (BBC Sport)


friday, december 13, 2013

Titan Bowl tips off today Boult six-for flattens WI for 193 T he Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) organisation will have a weekend of basketball, featuring the eight top schools in Guyana. The Titan Bowl tips off from 18:00h this evening, featuring 2013 champions of the National School Basketball Festival (NSBF), Marian Academy. The most dominant team in the NSBF Kwakwani Secondary will also be competing, along with the likes of St Rose’s High School, Bishops High School, President’s College, Government Technical Institute (GTI), Linden

– rain halts WI openers in follow-on


est Indies managed another spectacular and depressingly familiar collapse on the third morning in Wellington, losing their last six wickets in 35 deliveries to crumble to 193. Five of those six wickets were taken by Trent Boult, who put on an exhibition of fast, accurate inswing bowling. Four of Boult’s five victims on the day were righthand batsmen who insisted on driving at the original line despite the copious movement. Boult ended with his best figures of 6 for 40, his final four wickets coming in just six balls. Despite the frustration of Dunedin, Brendon McCullum enforced the follow-on again, New Zealand having sent down just 49.5 overs in the first innings, and only 12.5 this morning. Marlon Samuels and

play with a winning drive. However, LTI would be seen as a bigger threat to upset both Marian Academy and Kwakwani as they have won the NSBF title before. The first round on Friday will see Kwakwani Secondary facing off against St Rose’s in the first game while Marian Academy will battle Bishops’ High in the second game of the evening. President’s College will take on the University of Guyana in the third game while the fourth game will be a meeting between the technical institutes with GTI going up against LTI.

Torginol Paints Inc to sponsor Boxing Day J3 and K race Marlon Samuels plays the ball to the off side during his half century (Getty Images)

Trent Boult claimed his best figures of 6 for 40 (Getty Images)

Narsingh Deonarine began with the score on 158 for 4 and for the first seven overs, there was little hint of what lay in store, although Boult troubled the left-hand Deonarine. West Indies carried on from the positive approach of the second evening, Deonarine especially going after anything pitched up. Boult, keeping a tight line close to off stump, soon began troubling Deonarine. He beat the outside edge, and also hit it, but Deonarine escaped with a boundary past the slips. Boult then slipped in a sharp bouncer that nearly hit Deonarine. The examination produced reward in Boult’s fourth over of the

Technical Institute (LTI) and the University of Guyana (UG). Marian Academy held on by one point to defeat the then defending champions Kwakwani Secondary in a 54-53 earlier this year. Kwakwani will definitely be looking to gain some measure of revenge while Marian will be looking to keep their status as the top basketball school in the nation which should set up a highly competitive weekend of basketball. LTI and UG are the two dark horses that can possibly steal the show over the weekend if both teams

day as Deonarine prodded a straightening delivery to first slip.

It was the beginning of a swift end. Samuels, who’d timed a couple of fours down the ground, kept on trying the off-drive without much foot movement, and succumbed as Boult’s inswing induced a thick inside edge to the wicketkeeper. The next three batsmen were all bowled, refusing to adapt to the swing and not even managing an inside edge on their attempted drives. Darren Sammy lasted two balls, leaving a gaping distance between bat and pad as he drove weakly. As did Shane Shillingford and Tino Best. In the space of five balls. Tim Southee, not remotely finding the sort of rhythm Boult was in, completed the job in the next over, an outswinger hitting Shannon Gabriel’s off stump. It was a perfect demolition of the lower order, the last four batsmen bowled for ducks. West Indies have now made more than 250 only once in their past seven Test innings, when they scored 507 after being made to follow-on in Dunedin. The disappointment of that stalemate would have been on McCullum’s mind, but the momentum Boult generated was too intense to be ignored, and West Indies were set for another trial by swing. (Cricinfo)

SCOREBOARD West Indies 1st innings K Edwards c Rutherford b Anderson 55 K Powell lbw b Southee 21 D Bravo c Fulton b Anderson 4 M Samuels c †Watling b Boult 60 S Chanderpaul c Anderson b Boult 6 N Deonarine c Taylor b Boult 22 D Ramdin† not out 12 D Sammy* b Boult 0 S Shillingford b Boult 0 T Best b Boult 0 S Gabriel b Southee 0 Extras: (lb 8, w 1, nb 4) 13

Total: (all out, 49.5 overs) 193 Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-67, 3-103, 4-119, 5-175, 6-182, 7-182, 8-188, 9-188, 10-193 Bowling: T Boult 15-5-406, T Southee 15.5-2-58-2, N Wagner 7-1-37-0, C Anderson 7-1-20-2, I Sodhi 3-1-180, K Williamson 2-0-12-0 West Indies 2nd innings K Edwards not out K Powell not out Extras: (lb 4, nb 1) Total: (0 wket, 14.5 overs)

17 23 5 45

Sharon Blackman, Personal Assistant to Torginol Paints Incorporated Corporate Secretary hands over the sponsorship cheque to honorary president of KMTC, Cecil Kennard. Corporate Secretary, Percival Boyce Jr at centre (Photo: Rajiv Bisnauth)


he Kennard Memorial Turf Club on Thursday received sponsorship from Torginol Paints Incorporated for its Boxing Day (December 26) horse race meet at the club’s facility, Bush Lot Corentyne. The sponsorship, the sum of which was not disclosed, will go towards the J3 and K race. The handing over was done at Kennard’s office, Brickdam, and according to the Corporate Secretary, Percival Boyce Jr, the company, which has been with the KMTC over the past 25 years, is pleased to be associated with the horse race meet. “This company has supported the development of sports in Guyana and is very pleased to be associated with the KMTC once again. We have been supporting events organized by the turf club for a number of years and we are happy to do so once again.”

Kennard, who is also the honorary president of KMTC and head of the Police Complaints Authority, lauded the sponsors for their continued contribution to horse racing. “On behalf of the executives of the KMTC, I would like to extend my gratitude to the management of Torginol Paint for coming on board with us. Torginol Paint has been with us (KMTC) for almost 25 years. Most sporting activities cannot go ahead without sponsorship and I am extremely happy to know that Torginol Paint has agreed to continue their partnership with us.” Eight races are billed for the day with over $6 million in prizes to be distributed. The feature race will be for horses classified A and Lower and they will run a mile for $1.5 million. Other events billed for the day are the D3 maiden and E Lower for $600,000 over seven furlongs; the

Three-old West Indies bred median and Guyana bred open will run a mile, also for $600,000. The J3 and K, G1 and Lower, Two-year-old Guyana and West Indies bred and J1 and Lower races will run over six furlongs. The winning for those four races are $150,000, $400,000, $400,000 and $200,000 respectively. Rounding out the roster will be the I and Lower, over seven furlongs with the winner collecting $250,000. The races will be run under the regulations of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority and entries close on December 15; no late entries will be accepted. Horses can also be entered through Roopnarine Matadial or Ivan Dipnarine on 331-0316, Cecil Kennard on 623-7609, 225-4818 or 226-1399, Isabella Beaton on 693-7812 or Dennis DeRoop on 325-3301 or 6099143. (Rajiv Bisnauth)

friday, december 13, 2013


Bishoo, Crandon bowl Berbice to 10-wicket victory

…Essequibo crushed by an innings defeat By Rajiv Bisnauth


pinners Devendra Bishoo and Royston Crandon scalped four second innings wickets apiece to bowl Berbice to a thumping 10-wicket victory over Demerara on the third morning in the second round of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) senior Inter-County four-day tournament match on Thursday at the Enmore Community Centre ground. Demerara, who already six wickets down for just 68 runs when they resumed on the third morning in pursuit of a first innings deficit of 82, slumped to 96 all out with a dismal batting dis-

Andre Stoll

play. Bishoo claimed 4-24 in 23 overs to finish the game with figures of 10-74 while Crandon ended with 4-28 in the innings off 19.3 overs. Only 55 minutes and 17.3 overs into the day’s play were needed by Berbice to complete the convincing victory. Overnight batsmen Amir Khan (9) and Chris Pattadin (3), along with Joseph Perry (3) and Zaheer Mohamed (3) were the batsmen that perished on day three. Paul Wintz was left unbeaten on 11, as Demerara could only manage a meagre second innings lead of 14 runs. Berbice openers Sewnarine Chattergoon

(11) and Kandasammy Surujnarine (1) knocked off the small target of 15 in just 1.1 overs. Meanwhile, Essequibo succumbed to a humiliating innings and 52-run defeat to the President’s XI on the third morning at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground. Needing 193 runs to ensure the President’s XI bat a second time, Essequibo, after resuming on 126 for 6 were bundled out for 141 within an hour of play. First innings chief wrecker, left-arm fast bowler Andre Stoll, who grabbed 4-34 followed up with 3-24, while spinners

Steven Sankar (2-19), Collis Butts (3-20) and Shaquille Williams (2-19), helped to mop up a woeful Essequibo batting lineup. Overnight batsman Kemo Paul (27), who looked positive on the second day, clobbering five boundaries only add three runs to his overnight score of 24; he was caught behind off the bowling of Stoll. Keanu Harry (4) was bowled by off spinner Butts, while Ricardo Peters and Hemchand Persaud were dismissed by leg spinner Sankar. The final round is fixed from December 15 when Demerara face President’s

XI at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground and Essequibo oppose Berbice. That game is also tentatively scheduled for the Demerara Cricket Club ground. The tournament forms part of Guyana’s preparation for next year’s regional competitions. The competition is of utmost importance to the GCB since it is being used by the senior selectors to pick the best possible Guyana team. Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance joined forces with the GCB as co-sponsors of the tournament.

Christianburg Wismar routs Farfan & Mendes junior squash tournament serves off Wisburg 47-7


hristianburg Wismar Secondary humiliated Wisburg Secondary 47-7 to keep their semi-final berth alive when the Sunburst Linden Under-17 Secondary Schools basketball tournament continued on Monday at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court. Christianburg played hard-nose defence that held

Wisburg down from every part of the court; the eventual winners were also able to run the fast break well for easy points in the paint. However, one day prior to embarrassing Wisburg, Christianburg missed an opportunity to have their win-loss record balanced as they were edged by Mackenzie High School 1213. MHS is undefeated in

the tournament and has already made it through to the final four. Mackenzie High sits on top of the points table with eight points. Linden Foundation sits in second with seven points from three wins and one loss while New Silvercity is in third with five points after two wins and one loss.


he Guyana Squash Association, in collaboration with its number one corporate sponsor, Digicel served off its Farfan & Mendes junior Christmas tournament at the Georgetown Club Limited squash courts on Tuesday. Matches will be contested in six categories and on day one play took place in four of these categories. In categories E and F matches are best out-of-three while

in categories A to D matches will be best out-of-five. In category F Rayad Boyce defeated Tome Reis 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 and Nechemiyah Levans got the better of Kirsten Gomes 11– 4, 11-1. In other results: Category E Daniel Lowe defeated Nathan Rahaman 12 – 10, 11 - 6 Category D Zachary Persaud defeat-

ed Demetrius De Abrue 11 – 6, 10 – 12, 11 – 6, 11- 4 Jonathan Edwards defeated Dominic Collins 9 -11, 11-4, 11-7, 9 – 11 – 5 Category C Anthony Islam defeated Jael Gaskin 11 – 2, 5 – 11, 11 – 5, 10 – 12, 13 – 11 Michael Ramroop defeated Savannah Mendes 11 – 5, 11- 7, 14 – 16, 11 – 9 Makeda Harding defeated Dennis Bagot 9 – 11, 11 – 8, 11 – 13, 11 – 5, 11 – 7.

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

friDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013


West Indies 193 (Samuels 60, Edwards 55, Boult 6-40) and 0 for 0 (f/o) trail New Zealand 441 by 248 runs

Bishoo, Crandon bowl Berbice to 10-wicket victory See story on page


…Essequibo crushed by an innings defeat

Steven Sankar celebrates after removing Ricardo Peters, caught behind off Jason Sinclair


Boult P22 six-for flattens WI for 193

Devendra Bishoo

Titan Bowl tips off today See story on page


FLASHBACK: Marian Academy poses after winning their first NSBF title earlier this year (Treiston Joseph photo)

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