Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:59:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vanguard emerge winner of GVF Female Olympic Day tourney http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/vanguard-emerge-winner-of-gvf-female-olympic-day-tourney/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/vanguard-emerge-winner-of-gvf-female-olympic-day-tourney/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:59:31 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408986 GOA/GVF Olympic Day Female champs, Vanguard Volleyball Club.

GOA/GVF Olympic Day Female champs, Vanguard Volleyball Club.

Georgetown based Vanguard Volleyball Club emerged as the champions of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) Female Volleyball Tournament on Sunday last which was held in observance of Olympic Day.
The champions served and spiked their way to overall victory in a tournament that also attracted Linden Central, Spikelands, the Guyana Defense Force, Plaisance, and St Cuthberts Mission.
Linden Central took the runner-up position. Competing against Linden Central in the final, Vanguard prevailed 2 sets to 1 after the teams were tied one game each and playing some entertaining volleyball.
The Linden team was visibly tired in the third set which opened the way for Vanguard to breeze to victory. The young female team from Plaisance Volleyball Club was awarded the trophy for Most Improved Team and Ms Nikita Samaroo of Vanguard was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament apart from also being adjudged the Best Setter and Best Server.
Vanguard players, Ms Odile Broomes and Ms Bowman were declared the Best Receiver and Best Spiker, respectively. The activity was sponsored by the Guyana Olympic Association.

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‘ISIS’ member jailed for 3 years …after demanding $10M from GBTI http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/isis-member-jailed-for-3-years-after-demanding-10m-from-gbti/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/isis-member-jailed-for-3-years-after-demanding-10m-from-gbti/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:59:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408898 JAILED: Terrence McLean

JAILED: Terrence McLean

“ISIS: there is a bomb in the bag. Give us $10M or you will all die”, were the words written on a note that Terrence McLean gave a supervisor at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), on Regent Street, Georgetown, after he had threatened to set off a device.
The 34-year-old man appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman yesterday after undergoing psychiatric evaluation. He was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to a charge of demanding money with menace.
McLean, of Charlotte Street, Georgetown admitted that on June 28, at the aforementioned bank, he demanded the money for himself from Dahana Ramjist with intent to steal it. He had no legal representation and showed no remorse for his actions. When asked by the Magistrate if he had anything to say before sentencing, McLean insisted that they (the bank) should have handed over the money to him. The man said that they should have given him the cash before calling police.
He threatened that everyone will die the next time someone comes into the bank with a bomb.
Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt told the court that on the day in question, around 09:20 hrs, McLean walked into the bank and requested to speak with the manager. Hunt said that when the convict was given the opportunity to do so, he handed the manager a note stating as quoted above.
The prosecutor added that an alarm was raised and police were summoned to the bank and were able to apprehend McLean after he dropped a haversack on the floor and screamed “Allahu Akbar”.
Lawmen searched the haversack but found nothing of evidential value, except for several documents.
Before passing sentence, the Magistrate considered all mitigating factors and the fact that McLean pleaded guilty at his first appearance.
Magistrate Latchman highlighted the seriousness of the offence. She pointed out that McLean had sent fear into employees of the bank and members of the public who were at the time transacting business.
Kaieteur News was able to confirm that the man pulled a similar stunt almost nine years ago. It was reported that on November 8, 2007, he entered Citizen’s Bank on Camp Street, Georgetown and gave a teller a note demanding $1M, while claiming to have a gun. He was subsequently charged for the alleged robbery attempt.
Reports at the time indicated that he had been deported from Canada. McLean was also charged that same year for attempting to commit a felony.

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DSFC – Two regional finals on this weekend GTI defeat St. John’s College 4-0 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/dsfc-two-regional-finals-on-this-weekend-gti-defeat-st-johns-college-4-0/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/dsfc-two-regional-finals-on-this-weekend-gti-defeat-st-johns-college-4-0/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:58:41 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408964 DIGI FIXGovernment Technical Institute (GTI) defeated St. John’s College 4-0 to advance to the next round of this year’s Digicel Schools Football Championship which continued yesterday, at Camp Ayanganna ground.
On target for the winners were Donte Yonnick (18th), Emmanuel Thomas (29th), Tafari Simon (30th) and Kevin James (33rd). Meanwhile, below are the fixtures for July 1-4.

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Corrective works being done on defective $1B Kato secondary school – contractor’s other projects under scrutiny http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/corrective-works-being-done-on-defective-1b-kato-secondary-school-contractors-other-projects-under-scrutiny/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/corrective-works-being-done-on-defective-1b-kato-secondary-school-contractors-other-projects-under-scrutiny/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:58:31 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408918 Kares Engineering, the contractor in the defective $1B Kato secondary school, is under scrutiny with other projects, Government said yesterday.

Kares Engineering, the contractor in the defective $1B Kato secondary school, is under scrutiny with other projects, Government said yesterday.

The beleaguered $1B secondary school at Kato, Region Eight, is continuing to give authorities the gripes, with no definite word when it will be opened.
Updating the media yesterday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during the post-Cabinet press briefings, disclosed that the facility, one of the most expensive to date, has been delayed yet again. This is because there are still remedial works being carried out to correct major structural defects that were found following the school’s construction.
Harmon disclosed that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is still working along with the contractor to rectify the defects on the school.
“The contractor who was given the contract, has been called in and they are basically dealing with the Ministry of the Public Infrastructure now in relation to that contract, and several other contracts which that contractor has with the Ministry of Education,” Minister Harmon said.
Kares Engineering had won the contract for the construction of the school which, when it opens its doors, would allow for universal secondary education in the region.
Construction of the school started in 2013 under the previous administration and the edifice was scheduled to be opened in January 2016. This was delayed following the discovery of the defects.
Minister Harmon said that the administration “felt it was not safe to put children into that school.”
News of the defects in the structure of the school was first made public in January, during the consideration of the 2016 estimates and expenditure.
Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, responding to questions about the budgeted estimates of Region Eight, was questioned about the school’s opening. In responding, he told the House that this was being delayed due to flaws in the school and that these went beyond the construction of the complex to its design.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, later revealed that a detailed assessment conducted by his Ministry had found that the concrete work done by the contractor was defective.
The Kato Secondary was initially billed at $780M, but the previous Government had later disclosed that the final tally could be about $1B.
The school is intended to be a modern institution which caters for 400 students, 250 of whom will be accommodated in the dormitory. The school also has an adjoining administrative block, teachers’ quarters, kitchen and sanitary facilities, and apart from the dozen classrooms, it also boasts computer and science laboratories, departments for industrial arts, home economics, visual arts and agriculture.
The previous administration in justifying the costs, had said that the contracting firm utilised timber, sand and stone from within Region Eight. However, cement and other hardware had to be transported by trail and air from Georgetown into Kato by the contractor.

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Charles, Miller help Zouks to victory http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/charles-miller-help-zouks-to-victory/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/charles-miller-help-zouks-to-victory/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:58:06 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408944 Johnson Charles

Johnson Charles

Port of Spain, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies opener Johnson Charles belted an attacking half-century and South African David Miller produced an entertaining late cameo as St Lucia Zouks stunned title-holders Trinbago Knight Riders by six wickets in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League here Wednesday night.
Set a competitive 163 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, Zouks got home off the first ball of the final over when the left-hander Miller clobbered fast bowler Ronsford Beaton to the cover boundary, well after midnight.
Charles top-scored with 52 off 38 balls with six fours and a six while Miller counted four fours and a six to end on 33 not out from 20 deliveries. Andre Fletcher made 23 from 22 balls. Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine was the best of the TKR bowlers with two for 25 while medium pacer and captain Dwayne Bravo claimed two for 43 from his four.
Sent in earlier, the hosts rallied from a slow start to reach 162 for six, thanks mainly to Darren Bravo’s superb unbeaten 63 off 44 balls. The innings was stuttering at 58 for three at the end of the ninth over when Bravo and Umar Akmal, who made 30, combined in a 66-run, fourth wicket stand to pull things around.
Bravo lashed two fours and four sixes while the energetic Akmal faced 28 balls and counted two fours and a six. They were separated in the 18th over when Akmal tried to slap a short one from seamer Shane Watson down the ground and was caught and bowled.
However, Bravo went into overdrive as TKR briskly gathered 39 runs from the last three overs of the innings. When New Zealander Brendon McCullum pummeled two boundaries off the opening over from South Africa Morne Morkel, Zouks seemed in for a long night.
But left-arm spinner Derone Davis removed him for 12 in the third over with the first delivery of his spell – caught at slip by captain Darren Sammy – and Watson, who finished with three for 26, knocked over Colin Munro for 11 courtesy of a catch at mid-wicket also by Sammy, to leave TKR on 38 for two in the sixth over.
South African open Hashim Amla, who made 26 from 21 balls with fours and a six, tried to revive the innings until holing out to deep over in the ninth over off off-spinner Nitish Kumar.
Bravo and Akmal then took command as they pushed TKR past the 100-run mark, a milestone raised in the 14th over when the Pakistani cleared the ropes at long-off with Morkel and then tickled him fine for a boundary.
In reply, Charles and Watson got stuck into opening bowlers Beaton and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, as they set the foundation for victory with a 47-run, opening stand off 35 deliveries. With Watson doing most of the heavy lifting, Zouks raced to 29 without loss after three overs but Dwayne Bravo’s introduction in the sixth over accounted for the Aussie, caught at mid-off for 16 off a leading edge.
Charles added another 46 for the second wicket with Fletcher before a botched reverse sweep off Narine found McCullum’s safe hands at slip in the 12th over and when Fletcher fell to Narine two overs later, Zouks were in a spot of bother at 104 for three in the 14th over.
But Miller and Australian Mike Hussey, who made 16, effectively killed off TKR’s hopes by adding a positive 43 off 30 balls for the fourth wicket, to ensure Zouks a winning start.
Scores: TKR 162 for six off 20 overs (Darren Bravo 63 not out, Umar Akmal 30, Hashim Amla 26; Shane Watson 3-26).
ZOUKS 164 for four off 19.1 overs (Johnson Charles 52, David Miller 33 not out, Andre Fletcher 23; Sunil Narine 2-25, Dwayne Bravo 2-43).

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ExxonMobil’s second well offshore Guyana confirms “world-class” oil discovery http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/exxonmobils-second-well-offshore-guyana-confirms-world-class-oil-discovery/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/exxonmobils-second-well-offshore-guyana-confirms-world-class-oil-discovery/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:56:53 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408879 ExxonMobil’s second well offshore Guyana confirms “world-class” oil discovery

ExxonMobil’s second well offshore Guyana confirms “world-class” oil discovery

` Exxon Mobil Corporation has said that drilling results from the Liza-2, the second exploration well in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, confirm a world-class discovery with a recoverable resource of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels.
“We are excited by the results of a production test of the Liza-2 well, which confirms the presence of high-quality oil from the same high-porosity sandstone reservoirs that we saw in the Liza-1 well completed in 2015,” said Steve Greenlee, President of Exxon Mobil Exploration Company.
“We, along with our co-venturers, look forward to continuing a strong partnership with the government of Guyana to further evaluate the commercial potential for this exciting prospect.”
The Liza wells are located in the Stabroek block approximately 120 miles (193 kilometres) offshore Guyana. Data from the successful Liza-2 well test is being assessed.
The Liza-2 well was drilled by ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd., approximately two miles (3.3 km) from the Liza-1 well. The Liza-2 well encountered more than 190 feet (58 metres) of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 17,963 feet (5,475 metres) in 5,551 feet (1,692 metres) of water.
“This exploration success demonstrates the strength of our long-term investment approach, as well as our technology leadership in ultra, deepwater environments,” said Greenlee.
The Stabroek block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.
ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.

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Jagdeo sold out Guyana, so he thinks others are into the same business – Harmon http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/jagdeo-sold-out-guyana-so-he-thinks-others-are-into-the-same-business-harmon/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/jagdeo-sold-out-guyana-so-he-thinks-others-are-into-the-same-business-harmon/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:56:25 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=409002 Minister of State, Joseph Harmon

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman

Minister of State Joseph Harmon yesterday jumped to the defence of his colleague Minister, Raphael Trotman saying that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is mistaken to judge Trotman by his own standards.
At a recent press conference, Jagdeo stated that Trotman was selling out Guyana.
He said that Trotman carelessly handled the interest of the country by supporting the allocation of two million hectares of the nation’s forest resources for conservation purposes.
Responding to this, Harmon said, “I want to say Trotman don’t sit on his own nor does he go around the world negotiating contracts on his own. He is a part of a Cabinet and Government, and whatever he negotiates comes to Cabinet. Cabinet then look at it and discuss it before any final decision can be made”.
Harmon said that Jagdeo needs to stop making reckless statements and think things through before speaking. However, the Minister said that he can understand why Jagdeo cannot seem to think differently.
“When Dr. Jagdeo says Trotman is selling out Guyana and so on it is because he is stuck in that kind of mindset. That is what he is accustomed to doing, so he is now thinking that because all these things are being put into the public domain, that it is Trotman doing it. So he sees Trotman as a target,” said Harmon.
Jagdeo has chastised Trotman on numerous occasions. His latest criticism came in light of the announced conservation of two million hectares of state forest. Jagdeo claimed that Trotman does not know what he is doing.
The pledge referred to was made in April by President David Granger while addressing the United Nations.
According to Jagdeo, the pledge has counter-productive terms which will inhibit national development in the future.
During his remarks, the former head of state read an excerpt of the pledge which reads:

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo

“The conservation of an additional 2 million hectares through Guyana’s National Protected Area System and other effective area -based conservation measures as per Guyana’s commitment under the UNCBD (United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity), including the protection of conservancies and reservoirs and their watersheds and the watersheds upstream of new hydro-power sites.
Existing mangrove forests will be counted in this target and the mangrove restoration programme along the vulnerable coast will be expanded.”
Jagdeo continued, “If we do want to develop hydro power in the future, with this pledge, we are going to have a hugely difficult time.” He criticized Trotman for supporting this move.
“Trotman has now taken our country into a new area; it is a pure conservation that will harm growth, development and will run counter to the green economy that President Granger speaks about.”
The opposition leader added, “In that pledge Trotman made, he sold out Guyana through bad negotiations and bad pledges; sold out our national interest.”

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HM abandons Silver Hill Primary School …examinations stalled, PTA clueless of woman’s whereabouts http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/hm-abandons-silver-hill-primary-school-examinations-stalled-pta-clueless-of-womans-whereabouts/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/hm-abandons-silver-hill-primary-school-examinations-stalled-pta-clueless-of-womans-whereabouts/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:55:15 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408896 It has been reported that the head teacher of the Silver Hill Primary School on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway has not reported for duty at the school since last Monday nor has she made contact with staff regarding her whereabouts.
It is common that during this stage of the school term that the students would be engaged in their end of year examinations. As a result of the HM’s absence this exercise has stalled.
Concerned parents and members of the Parent-Teachers’ Association of the school who made contact with Kaieteur News yesterday, confirmed the woman’s absence.
The dismayed parents said that examinations were to begin last Monday. The HM had reportedly collected the prepared test questions last week from the teachers with the intention to go and have the official examination papers printed.
According to one parent, since leaving, no form of communication has been made with the school or the PTA.
The HM’s absence has resulted in the office being closed since Monday. The teachers are unable to sign in their time stamps and mark their class registers. The parents find the situation unacceptable and untenable.
The disturbed parents are disappointed with the HM’s actions since it appears as though she has no consideration for the distance children are forced to commute from home to school, then to be told that their test has been postponed. The children therefore have nothing to do all day.
According to one mother, she is tired of hearing her child telling her that test has been postponed until the next day, only to hear the same words the following day. The parents are of the opinion that the students will suffer due to this insensitive delay.
Another parent expressed the view that it is unfair for the HM to be receiving a monthly salary to do her job but chose to abandon the school at this critical time.
One member of the PTA informed Kaieteur News that the school has several other problems; one such issue being the empty treasury of the PTA. Consequently the school cannot fund any extra-curricular activities for the students.
Also, it was reported that the toilet facility designated for teachers is in a deplorable state.
One member of the PTA stated that contact was made with the Ministry of Education and they have promised to begin investigating the matter.

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Digicel Schools Football Championships Vreed-en-Hoop thump EISS to advance http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/digicel-schools-football-championships-vreed-en-hoop-thump-eiss-to-advance/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/digicel-schools-football-championships-vreed-en-hoop-thump-eiss-to-advance/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:54:46 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408989 Action between Vreed-en-Hoop and EISS at Leonora yesterday.

Action between Vreed-en-Hoop and EISS at Leonora yesterday.

Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary defeated Essequibo Islands Secondary School (EISS) 6-0 to advance to the next round of the Digicel National Schools’ football championships which continued yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.
EISS showed early promise, but it was Vreed-en-Hoop which went ahead with Alwin Kendall slotting home in a 21st minute after receiving a through ball. The goal lifted Vreed-en-Hoop’s confidence as the increased their pace and control.
Shem Thom extended the advantage in the 32nd minute. After gaining possession, EISS goalkeeper Dwain Retemiah threw the ball straight to the booth of Thom who made no mistake as he tapped the ball over Retemiah’s head for an easy goal.
EISS almost pulled one back, but Quacy White was ruled off side after finding the back of the net. The Islanders played aggressively, creating several chances during a good period where forward Wendell Osbourne forced a save from Vreed-en-Hoop keeper Shay Thom just before half time.
However Vreed-en-Hoop continued to dominate possession after the break lifting the tempo which forced EISS, which hardly had a shot on goal in the second session to defend for the most part.
Retemiah then saved a shot from Alwin Kendall as he made a run down the left flank while Brain Chapman sent his free kick over the bar from just on the edge of the area. However Chapman made it 3-0 in the 57th minute beating Retemiah to his left with a shot from almost 30 yards out.
EISS looked a tired bunch and Vreed-en-Hoop stretched their lead four minutes later when Akeem Pinder slotted home from inside the 18-yard box. Retemiah managed to save a shot from Alex Welcome moments later, but a goalkeeping blunder gave Vreed-en-Hoop another goal in the 65th minute.
Defender Steffan Webster played the ball into his opponents’ area, but Retemiah advanced in an attempt to clear the ball which found the back of the net after bouncing over his head, much to the dismay of his teammates.
Champan then netted his second goal in the 86th minute after receiving a pass from Akeem Pinder inside the area to complete the scoring. (Zaheer Mohamed)

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Hope Canal Project… Contractors’ unsatisfactory work stalls completion – Harmon http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/hope-canal-project-contractors-unsatisfactory-work-stalls-completion-harmon/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/hope-canal-project-contractors-unsatisfactory-work-stalls-completion-harmon/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:54:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408941 Minister of State Joseph Harmon

Minister of State Joseph Harmon

The East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC)’s Hope Canal project, at Hope on the East Coast Demerara – the “brainchild “ of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration, is being plagued by the aftermath of the unsatisfactory work that was carried out by contactors, thus delaying the completion of the multi-billion-dollar venture.
The project is a four-component development and was touted as being a solution to the flooding being experienced along Guyana’s Coastal Plain. It includes a structure with a channel which will work in conjunction with three other components: a high level sluice outfall structure, the conservancy head regulator and a public bridge.
Minister of State Joseph Harmon yesterday during a post-cabinet press briefing said the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) is currently in consultation with the contractors who worked on the bridge across the canal and those who are working on the completion of the canal itself.
According to Harmon, almost every week the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has been carrying out repairs to the bridge.
“The bridge which was commissioned…almost every week the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has to do repair works on that bridge, because it is moving as the traffic moves, and so there’s always a gap between the bridge and that road, and so that is a construction matter,” Harmon explained.
Additionally, the canal itself, the head regulator and the eight-door sluice are yet to be completed, Harmon added.
“There was the Hope bypass, which meant that water from the conservancy would have been filtered through a head filter operation at the commencement of the canal through the eight-gate sluice and then the water goes into the Atlantic. As far as I’m aware, the process has not been completed…there is also the issue of sea defence; beyond the sluice there were some issues there as to who is responsible for beyond the sluice going into the Atlantic,” the Minister said.
The US$15M project was expected to offer a solution to the annual flooding experienced in the Mahaica/Mahaicony Abary areas during the rainy periods. However, the project over the years has been facing intense scrutiny.
An Audit Report into the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) revealed that the cost for the project was actually $500M over the amount that was disclosed by the previous administration.

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GINA was draining “lifeblood” of Chronicle – PM tells House http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/gina-was-draining-lifeblood-of-chronicle-pm-tells-house/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/gina-was-draining-lifeblood-of-chronicle-pm-tells-house/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:53:15 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408912 Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

The House yesterday afternoon approved the supplementary provision that was being sought – though already advanced from the Contingencies Fund – by the Government to the tune of $11M to offset partial liabilities to the Guyana National Newspaper Limited (GNNL) that was incurred by the Government Information News Agency (GINA).
The approval that was being sought by the Government in the National Assembly yesterday, came under heavy scrutiny by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)’s Members of Parliament (MPs). However, the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, took no prisoners since it was his office – the Office of the Prime Minister- Prime Minister’s Secretariat – that sought this provision.
The Prime Minister, responding to queries made by MP Irfaan Ali about the period that the debt was incurred, told the House that it was prior to May 2015.
This sparked chatter amongst MPs on the opposition side. Ali subsequently questioned why the $11M was not included in the August 2015 Budget.
The Former Minister told the house that the Prime Minster has “exposed himself” and cited that there was an “irregular financial situation” at hand.
Nagamootoo later unleashed, stating that the money was a part of a $74M that was owed by GINA to the GNNL and efforts were being made to keep the company viable.
“…Or it would collapse due to its indebtedness owed by the Guyana Chronicle…A forensic audit was conducted into the operations at GNNL and all manner of skullduggery was discovered. There was no discovery of the debt which (was) surreptitiously amassed in transactions that amounted to irregularities which will come eventually,” Nagamootoo stated.
“It was only when we discovered that GINA was draining the lifeblood of the chronicle that we decided that it was in fact, an expenditure that could not be avoided.”
The Prime Minister stated that Cabinet was approached and the money was allocated, describing the process as “an operation to rescue the Guyana Chronicle”.
“We would not allow the Chronicle to be killed because GINA placed ads for the PPP in the Chronicle and they did not pay,” he said.
The Forensic Report into the GNNL was published on the Ministry of Finance’s website a few months ago where several irregularities were highlighted in the report by the auditors. The report showed that free services were provided to political parties in 2015 totalling over $260,000 and there was poor oversight over trade receivables with a balance of $102,489,156 outstanding as at May 31, 2015.
It revealed also, that the top ten customers owe $88,981,814 as at May 31, 2015, these customers had included GINA ($74,091,147), the National Communications Network (NCN) Inc. ($1,582,950) and Kings Advertising ($1,520,843).
From the auditors’ observations, no effort was made on the part of the company to recover these debts.

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CSV Providing Developmental Assistance to Guyana http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/csv-providing-developmental-assistance-to-guyana/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/csv-providing-developmental-assistance-to-guyana/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:52:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408951 President of the South American Confederation of Volleyball, CSV, Mr. Rafael Lloreda, has embarked on a developmental assistance programme for member countries. The Coach responsible for executing this programme, Mr. Marcos Miranda paid a short planning visit to Guyana between June 28-30, last.
Miranda’s visit was to interface with representatives of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) as well as the federation’s affiliates with a view to plan the best way to utilize his expertise.
Coach Miranda has coached Beach and Indoor volleyball at the Olympic level and is a highly sought after expert. He is expected to return to Guyana in mid September to conduct training for coaches in Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo.

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Smith, Tanvir and Mohamed leads Amazon Warriors past Patriots in final over thriller http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/smith-tanvir-and-mohamed-leads-amazon-warriors-past-patriots-in-final-over-thriller-2/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/smith-tanvir-and-mohamed-leads-amazon-warriors-past-patriots-in-final-over-thriller-2/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:51:51 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=409025 cplMan-of-the-match Dwayne Smith smashed a 35 ball 62 to set the perfect foundation for the Guyana Amazon Warriors which chased down St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots 164 to end on 165-6 to ease to an exciting 4-wivket win one ball to spare in their first game and the second match of this year’s Caribbean Premier League last night at Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
Pacer Sohail Tanvir took 4-20 when the Patriots batted to help limit the home team to a manageable total (164-9) which the Warriors chased down with one ball to spare. Captain Martin Guptill and Smith set the foundation for the win as they featured in a 62 run opening partnership before Guptill fell for 22 (2×4 1×6) off 16 balls.
Smith was joined by Chris Lynn in the 7th over after Guptill was caught off the final ball of the 6th. Smith, who was hitting the ball well and looking well set fell for 62 (3×4 5×6) off 35 balls with the score on 91.
He became Krishmar Santokie’s 50th CPL scalp as the Jamaican became the first bowler to achieve this landmark beating Dwayne Bravo who is on 49 wickets. Christopher Barnwell went 9 runs later with the score on 100 for 5.
Debutant Anthony Bramble was given out at 134-5 despite TV replays showing Shamsi had bowled a no ball; he went for 14 off 10 balls with two fours. It was eventually left to Jason Mohamed who had to keep the bottom half of the batting together in guiding the Warriors to victory.
Mohamed was left unbeaten on 42 which came off 29 balls decorated with 6 timely boundaries. Tanvir made a rearguard 8 as Veersammy Permaul was left unbeaten on 0 without facing a ball after coming to the wicket when Tanvir went off Santokie with 3-balls remaining in the innings.
The Patriots got off to a bad start after being invited to take first strike by the Amazon Warriors which won the toss. Lendl Simmons went for a duck in the first over caught by Dwayne Smith in the slips off the bowling of Tanvir who also bowled one maiden in his 4 overs.
Evin Lewis did not last very long as he went for 8 bowled by Rayad Emrit with the score on 34 (5.1 overs) following a brief recovery with Faf du Plessis for the second wicket. Jonathan Carter was brilliantly run out by Chris Barnwell for 1 with just a single added to the score and one delivery after the fall of the second wicket.
du Plessis was next out for 30 off 28 balls (2×4 1×6) caught off the bowling of Adam Zampa with the score on 54 in 9.3 overs before a mini recovery for the 5th wicket between Brad Hodge and Devon Thomas. The two took the score to 114 in 14.5 overs when Hodge became Zampa’s second scalp.
Hodge’ contribution was 38 (joint top score) which came off 32 balls (4×4 1×6). Thereafter there was a steady trek of batsmen back to the dugout as the Patriots lost wickets regularly. Thomas was knocked over by Tanvir for 38 (1×4 4×6) after a mini blitz off 17 balls.
Tanvir also accounted for Thisara Perera for a 12 ball 20 (2×6) and Carlos Brathwaite for 5 (1×4); no other batsman was able to get into double figures, extras contributing 12 as the Patriots ended on 164-9 off their 20 overs at 8.20 runs per over. Samuel Badree was unbeaten on 7 and Tabraiz Shamsi 5.
Tanvir was supported well by Adam Zampa who took 3-34 from his 4 overs with the other wicket taken by Emrit for 37.
Today in Trinidad, the Trinbago Knight Riders will entertain the Barbados Tridents from 21:00hrs.

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Smith, Tanvir and Mohamed leads Amazon Warriors past Patriots in final over thriller http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/smith-tanvir-and-mohamed-leads-amazon-warriors-past-patriots-in-final-over-thriller/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/smith-tanvir-and-mohamed-leads-amazon-warriors-past-patriots-in-final-over-thriller/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:50:40 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=409022 cplMan-of-the-match Dwayne Smith smashed a 35 ball 62 to set the perfect foundation for the Guyana Amazon Warriors which chased down St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots 164 to end on 165-6 to ease to an exciting 4-wivket win one ball to spare in their first game and the second match of this year’s Caribbean Premier League last night at Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
Pacer Sohail Tanvir took 4-20 when the Patriots batted to help limit the home team to a manageable total (164-9) which the Warriors chased down with one ball to spare. Captain Martin Guptill and Smith set the foundation for the win as they featured in a 62 run opening partnership before Guptill fell for 22 (2×4 1×6) off 16 balls.
Smith was joined by Chris Lynn in the 7th over after Guptill was caught off the final ball of the 6th. Smith, who was hitting the ball well and looking well set fell for 62 (3×4 5×6) off 35 balls with the score on 91.
He became Krishmar Santokie’s 50th CPL scalp as the Jamaican became the first bowler to achieve this landmark beating Dwayne Bravo who is on 49 wickets. Christopher Barnwell went 9 runs later with the score on 100 for 5.
Debutant Anthony Bramble was given out at 134-5 despite TV replays showing Shamsi had bowled a no ball; he went for 14 off 10 balls with two fours. It was eventually left to Jason Mohamed who had to keep the bottom half of the batting together in guiding the Warriors to victory.
Mohamed was left unbeaten on 42 which came off 29 balls decorated with 6 timely boundaries. Tanvir made a rearguard 8 as Veersammy Permaul was left unbeaten on 0 without facing a ball after coming to the wicket when Tanvir went off Santokie with 3-balls remaining in the innings.
The Patriots got off to a bad start after being invited to take first strike by the Amazon Warriors which won the toss. Lendl Simmons went for a duck in the first over caught by Dwayne Smith in the slips off the bowling of Tanvir who also bowled one maiden in his 4 overs.
Evin Lewis did not last very long as he went for 8 bowled by Rayad Emrit with the score on 34 (5.1 overs) following a brief recovery with Faf du Plessis for the second wicket. Jonathan Carter was brilliantly run out by Chris Barnwell for 1 with just a single added to the score and one delivery after the fall of the second wicket.
du Plessis was next out for 30 off 28 balls (2×4 1×6) caught off the bowling of Adam Zampa with the score on 54 in 9.3 overs before a mini recovery for the 5th wicket between Brad Hodge and Devon Thomas. The two took the score to 114 in 14.5 overs when Hodge became Zampa’s second scalp.
Hodge’ contribution was 38 (joint top score) which came off 32 balls (4×4 1×6). Thereafter there was a steady trek of batsmen back to the dugout as the Patriots lost wickets regularly. Thomas was knocked over by Tanvir for 38 (1×4 4×6) after a mini blitz off 17 balls.
Tanvir also accounted for Thisara Perera for a 12 ball 20 (2×6) and Carlos Brathwaite for 5 (1×4); no other batsman was able to get into double figures, extras contributing 12 as the Patriots ended on 164-9 off their 20 overs at 8.20 runs per over. Samuel Badree was unbeaten on 7 and Tabraiz Shamsi 5.
Tanvir was supported well by Adam Zampa who took 3-34 from his 4 overs with the other wicket taken by Emrit for 37.
Today in Trinidad, the Trinbago Knight Riders will entertain the Barbados Tridents from 21:00hrs.

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Dem boys seh…Nuff money mek a big man choke http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/dem-boys-seh-nuff-money-mek-a-big-man-choke/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/dem-boys-seh-nuff-money-mek-a-big-man-choke/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:50:16 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=409018 Is nah fun to lef you house in de morning and got de police waiting fuh arrest you before you reach wuk. But then again, is only scamps can be in that position. Decent people does lef home, go to work and go back home without any problem.
Old people also quick fuh seh that moon does run till day ketch it. Day come and ketch a young moon who didn’t know when to stop siphoning off de people money. It was Jagdeo who was de first one to claim how de audit was a waste of time and how it only trying to embarrass he people.
This man wuk wid him. He see what was happening so he do de same and end up wid US$50 million in some bank account. One account had he wife money and although she only wuk wid this man she had more than $400 million in she bank book.
Dem boys seh that when dem see de money dem begin to get de idea wha use to happen. Somebody decide to tek out de money and pass it to this boy who would then bank it and ship it to different bank account. That is why nobody coulda seh Jagdeo tek money. Other people tek it for him.
But when illegal things sharing people does tek something fuh demself. This man proppa tek. Then he buy phone cards and claim that de revenue from de cards was really nuff. That is when dem detective ask him if he does buy de cards cash and keep all de sales money because that is not how de thing does wuk.
He start to tremble and tell dem how he mix up de phone card money wid dem other money. That is only de tip of what really happen when Jagdeo was boss. Brassington move couple million and everybody decide to move couple million.
People getting ketch and dem boys willing to bet that in de next few days nuff people gun disappear from de country. This is de set who bank dem money elsewhere but Uncle Sam promise to help track dem down.
Talk half and watch how greed skin up a man.

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Mysterious blaze leads firemen to body in unoccupied house http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/mysterious-blaze-leads-firemen-to-body-in-unoccupied-house/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/mysterious-blaze-leads-firemen-to-body-in-unoccupied-house/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:50:10 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408893 Relatives of Elizabeth Sattaur stand near to the burnt building in which the remains were recovered.

Relatives of Elizabeth Sattaur stand near to the burnt building in which the remains were recovered.

Firefighters stumbled upon the remains of an unidentified person in an unoccupied house at Wales, West Bank Demerara, early yesterday. They had gone to investigate a fire that had broken out on the property.
The discovery was made shortly after 01:30 hrs yesterday at Lot 1 Goedverwagting, Wales. The origin of the fire has not been determined as yet.
Reports are that firefighters were called to the house by neighbours to put out a blaze and upon doing so, discovered the remains among the rubble in the bathroom area.
The body was burnt beyond recognition. Investigators could not have identified the gender of the corpse.
The cops are hoping that someone would come forward to help identify the dead person since the house had been unoccupied for a number of years and its owner; Elizabeth Sattaur, never permitted anyone to enter the property.
Detectives were unable to obtain useful information from neighbours since they too did not see anyone entering the yard or hear any noise when the fire started.
The owner resides in Timehri, East Bank Demerara and would visit the property occasionally to carry out checks.
During her last visit, she did not notice anything unusual at the property, according to sources.
Investigators believed that the body might be that of a drug addict who sneaked into the yard and then managed to gain entry into the house.
When this newspaper visited the scene yesterday, family members of Sattaur refused to speak to the media.
They would only say that they do not know the identity of the person whose body was found in the house.
A resident in the area, Shameer Ally, said that early yesterday he heard people in the area start making noise and when he went outside to inquire, he noticed the building was on fire.
“I see the estate fire truck was there trying to put out the fire and the police break the lock on the gate for them to get into the yard. Everyone thought was just a fire because people ain’t live there but is when the men went in to investigate, they found the body,” Ally said.
He explained that a lot of destitutes would frequent the area so it would not be strange if the person who was burnt was indeed a destitute who broke into the unoccupied building to seek shelter.
Only last Saturday, the body of Satesh Jagmohan, 20, was found in a charred state in his burnt house at De Willem Village, West Coast Demerara.
The fire started around 22:00 hrs and the house was completely destroyed. It is believed that Jagmohan was burnt to death while he slept.

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PUT UP OR SHUT UP http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/put-up-or-shut-up-2/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/put-up-or-shut-up-2/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:49:48 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408882 Public trust within the ambit of governance addresses the conduct and activities of ruling elites and members of the opposition. It is predicated on the public’s belief that elected officials will act in the right way that either narrows or eliminates disparities between expectations of outcomes and actual outcomes.
Public trust affects actions and public confidence impacts outcomes, and in these two inseparable concepts lie transformative and visionary leaders. Public trust and confidence in government tend to wane when there are no visionary or transformative leaders. Trust is essential in building confidence. However, the citizens of Guyana expect the government to act on their behalf and in the interest of the country.
Last year, the people elected the current administration and have placed their confidence in it to serve their needs efficiently, effectively and fairly. But so far the government has not articulated any clear policy or disseminated information to do so. It has not reacted to public concerns in a timely manner and has not been transparent either. It has cultivated walls of secrecy and mountains of obfuscation as mechanisms to avoid criticism or public scrutiny. This has weakened the public confidence and trust in the government.
It is alleged by some that the government is on a crusade to establish good governance and as being accountable and transparent by touting decency and integrity as its enduring qualities. However, it has not provided any explanation to the public on perceived scandals and allegations of misconduct.
Simply put, the government must come clean with the people if it is to maintain their confidence. It should not fool itself into believing and subscribing to the annoyingly falsehood that the people do not deserve an explanation. Such belief could lead to self-destruction.
Public trust is an important barometer of public satisfaction which comes with significant electoral consequences. Lack of public trust had created a political environment in the country which made it difficult for the previous government to be reelected. The primary reason being it did nothing to curb corruption or the waste of public funds. It allowed misconduct by public officials and did not do anything to prevent executive thuggery in government entities.
In politics, the dynamic of public trust and confidence are quintessential to the development of policies that lead to good governance. Positive performance increases public trust and confidence in governments as it displays the clear ability to perform. Negative performance, of course, is the opposite. It highlights inadequacy. However, public trust and confidence have changed over time based on government’s actions, perceived outcomes and the people’s perceptions. The government should be aware that its failure to serve the needs of the people adequately could result in far-reaching consequences.
Fortunately it can be said that Guyana has credible and functional state apparatuses, evident in the three branches of government—executive, legislative, judiciary—as well as the Fourth Estate, the media. So it is a pity that after one year in office, the government has not aggressively taken the bull by the horns – it has taken only incremental steps in key areas. It has effectively reduced corruption and has put a relative dent on crime and the trafficking of drugs, but it is struggling to curb the abuses of office.
When in opposition, it had promised to prosecute those found culpable of corruption and misuse of state funds. But after numerous forensic audits that cost the taxpayers nearly $150 million, no one has been charged. And although there are rumours of charges pending, the administration has admitted that there is not sufficient evidence that could stand-up in a court of law, yet the audits continue. The time has come for the government to “put-up or shut-up.”

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GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power Nat. U-17 – Berbice Matches continue this weekend; Cougars and Paradise Invaders are latest winners http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/gffnamilco-thunderbolt-flour-power-nat-u-17-berbice-matches-continue-this-weekend-cougars-and-paradise-invaders-are-latest-winners/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/gffnamilco-thunderbolt-flour-power-nat-u-17-berbice-matches-continue-this-weekend-cougars-and-paradise-invaders-are-latest-winners/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:48:31 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408947 Flashback! Paradise Invaders (red & white) controlling play in their match against Mahaicony Thunder Hawks on July 17.

Flashback! Paradise Invaders (red & white) controlling play in their match against Mahaicony Thunder Hawks on July 17.

Self rising flour logoPlay in the Berbice Football Association (BFA) leg of the GFF/NAMILCO Flour Power National Intra Association Under-15 league is set to continue this weekend with five matches.
Last weekend, only two matches were possible owing to heavy rainfall which affected all the participating associations, Bartica being the only other association where matches were played.
At the Mahaicony ground tomorrow from 14:00hrs, Hopetown United Rangers will face off against Monedderlust and over at the Esplanade ground, New Amsterdam from 16:00hrs, New Amsterdam United will oppose Paradise Invaders.
On Sunday, three matches will be played. At Rosignol ground from 14:00hrs, Rosignol United will play Litchfield Nuggets Youth and Sports while two matches will commence at 16:00hrs. The Scottsburg ground will host the Corriverton Links vs Canefield Diamond Strikers clash and over at Burnham Park, Cougars will oppose Mahaicony Thunder Hawks.
In results from the two matches that were contested last Saturday, Shane Hamilton blasted five goals to lead Cougars to n exciting come from behind 7-4 win over Canefield Diamond Strikers which had taken the lead two minutes into the match through a Alade Grant goal.
Grant’s goal sent Cougars into overdrive with Hamilton firing in the equalizer in the 9th minute before blasting goals again in the 12th, 22nd, 60th and 80th minute. Wayne Joseph offered able support to Hamilton with a pair of goals in the 57th and 83rd minute.
Canefield got their other goals from Akeem Bovell (27, 72) and Nkrumah Smith in the 76th minute.
Over at the Mahaicony ground, Paradise Invaders clipped Mahaicony Thunder Hawks 4-0 on account of an own goal in the 4th minute; Nial Reynolds’ 12th and 47th minute strikes and Gladwin Humphrey’s 64th minute effort.

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Sugar industry hopes to turn fortunes with ‘New GuySuCo’ mode http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/sugar-industry-hopes-to-turn-fortunes-with-new-guysuco-mode/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/sugar-industry-hopes-to-turn-fortunes-with-new-guysuco-mode/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:44:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=409010 The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) yesterday launched the ‘New GuySuCo’, ‘One GuySuCo’ and ‘Putting GuySuCo First’ concepts as a part of the strategic and systematic implementation of its change management programme.
The launch was held in the Conference Room of the Head Office at Ogle Estate and targeted members of the Executive and Senior Management of the Corporation.
This event is the beginning of an internal social mobilization campaign to be conducted over the next year, until 30 June 2017.
In a statement, the Corporation explained that the ‘New GuySuCo’ concept captures the essence of the direction in which the entity is progressing.
“It will include sugar cane cultivation, sugar production and a Diversification Division that will focus on a variety of ventures, some of which include aquaculture, fruit crops, dairy farming, livestock farming and rice cultivation.”
According to the Corporation, the ‘One GuySuCo’ is an aspiration, and will be used as an approach in the social mobilization programme. It promotes greater internal collaboration, synergies, partnerships and team-building and will be used to bring on board employees at all locations and divisions, and to promote shared values within the corporation
‘Putting GuySuCo First’ is the internal campaign as a mechanism that will be utilized in an effort to achieve ‘One GuySuCo’ and realize the goals and objectives of the ‘New GuySuCo’.
“The aim is essentially to organize managers and general staff around the transition process and the ‘New GuySuCo’, as well as to secure commitments to the transition process from the individual, departmental and estate levels.”
GuySuCo said that the objectives of the campaign are to foster greater ownership within the Corporation and the compilation of a list of commitments from employees, departments and estates on their involvement in the transition process and beyond.
“The campaign targets employees and focus will be on the individual, departmental and estate levels. The executive and senior management staff who participated in the session made pledges and commitments to what will be done at the individual, departmental and management levels to enable a smooth transition process and ensure that the ‘New GuySuCo’ is successful.”
According to the release on the meeting, individual commitments were also made by those present, some of which included ‘being open to change’, taking ownership, ‘being more efficient’, increasing output, ‘being flexible’, ‘being positive’, ‘being a team player’, ‘being honest’, doing self-evaluation in order to be more professional, ‘being creative and thinking outside the box’, and committing to tasks and meeting deadlines.
GuySuCo is hoping that the changes will see a mobilized workforce around the transition process; greater ownership within the corporation; and more committed individuals, departments and estates to the transition process.

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Brian Tiwarie sets Ramotar straight on Surendra steel http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/brian-tiwarie-sets-ramotar-straight-on-surendra-steel/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/brian-tiwarie-sets-ramotar-straight-on-surendra-steel/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:32:41 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408998 BK Managing Director, Brian Tiwarie

BK Managing Director, Brian Tiwarie

Former President, Donald Ramotar

Former President, Donald Ramotar

Managing Director of BK Group of Companies, Brian Tiwarie has debunked allegations by former President Donald Ramotar that his company was awarded $800M in Specialty Hospital steel.
In the June 30 issue of a daily newspaper, Ramotar, said that the coalition administration needs to explain why some $800M of steel and other equipment earmarked for the specialty hospital project went solely to Brian Tiwarie.
The issue surrounds eight containers of steel that the Ramotar administration took possession of after Surendra Engineering was dropped from the project.
Tiwarie made it clear that the containers were taken to an auction and bought by an individual and not BK International. He said that the accusations being made by the former Head of State show that he was incompetent in dealing with the issue while he was in office.
The Managing Director of BK International explained that “mere” steel rods were in the containers and not expensive steel frames as told to the Government.
“To refresh former President Ramotar on this issue, if he had researched it properly, he would have seen that the estimated cost of the cargo in the containers was approximately US$153,000 and that is consistent with the contents in the container.”
According to the Managing Director, the former government failed to do elementary homework as to the contents being shipped and also to monitor the expenses based on the massive amounts for mobilization that were paid to Surendra Engineering.
“Ultimately, it would serve this nation well if a performance audit was to be conducted into the presidency of Donald Ramotar. Let the facts and the findings speak for themselves”, he noted.
BK International, Tiwarie stated, was subcontracted to do foundation work and had expended enormous amounts to do piling works and stock materials on site. But proper supervision and monitoring of the project was lacking by the government. Tiwarie stressed that huge sums of money were paid over to Surendra and the company was allowed to walk away.
He said that Surendra Engineering owes BK International $400M for foundation work done on the specialty hospital. Tiwarie added that BK International filed legal proceedings against Surendra Engineering in Guyana and courts in India.
Tiwarie added that BK was granted judgment against Surendra Engineering by the High Court in Guyana after the company conceded that it owed BK the sum claimed.
He said that the Donald Ramotar Cabinet on advice of then Attorney General, Anil Nandlall disregarded court decisions and allowed the Managing Director of Surendra Engineering to leave Guyana even after a court order prevented him from doing so until he had honoured judgment granted to BK International.
However, Tiwarie pointed out that while some contend that BK was a favoured contractor under the PPP, records will show that all contracts awarded to the company were done after fair bidding process.
He stated, “There were some instances where BK was unjustifiably denied contracts even though we were the most competitive bidder. There were numerous occasions when BK had to challenge these injustices through the courts in Guyana.”
Tiwarie continued, “The records will therefore show that BK was no favoured contractor in the PPP regime. The records will also show that BK International was the first local company to qualify itself with the appropriate equipment, infrastructure, engineers and personnel which allowed us to bid and receive contracts for projects under the International Development Bank (IDB), European Union (EU), Caribbean Development and Word Banks among others.”
In the meantime, he is urging Ramotar to get his facts correct when making derogatory statements against a company like BK. He added that BK will continue to provide support and growth to this nation while continuing to provide employment for Guyanese for the betterment of themselves and their families.

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Police to receive additional training to deal with cybercrime http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/police-to-receive-additional-training-to-deal-with-cybercrime/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/police-to-receive-additional-training-to-deal-with-cybercrime/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:31:34 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408996 An Assistant Superintendent and a Sergeant from the Guyana Police Force will benefit from training in cybercrime next month.
The Interpol-sponsored training will be conducted in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 10-12, 2016.
Speaking at Thursday’s post-cabinet briefing, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said that the cooperation with Interpol is important as Guyana builds the capacity of its public security sector.
“You may have good detectives and so on that looks at these different types of offences (but there are) other types of offences that are being committed on the internet and in cyberspace, so this is important training for our policemen,” Harmon explained.
The officers’ cybercrime training is part of the preparation in the public security sector for tackling cybercrime locally.
Harmon noted that only the legislation is outstanding.
There was a stakeholder consultation on the draft Cybercrime Legalisation in March of this year. The legislation will address cyber threats of identity theft, cyberbulling and child pornography among others. The completed draft is likely to be laid in Parliament shortly.
With an explosion in internet use in recent years, cybercrimes are fast becoming a headache for authorities with outdated laws and untrained police tasked with dealing with the growing threat.

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Cops accused of allowing prisoners to escape http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/cops-accused-of-allowing-prisoners-to-escape/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/cops-accused-of-allowing-prisoners-to-escape/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:27:26 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408992 Corporal Jessie Browne

Corporal Jessie Browne

Constable Dawnley Joseph

Constable Dawnley Joseph

Two policemen, who are accused of allowing three prisoners to escape while they were in custody at the Lethem Police Station, were yesterday released on self bail after an appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
Corporal Jessie Browne, 40, of Annai Village, North Rupununi and Constable Dawnley Joseph, 26, of 609 East Ruimveldt, Housing Scheme, Georgetown, denied that between September 16 and 17, 2015, while having lawful custody of three prisoners, allowed them to escape through negligence or carelessness.
Attorney Jerome Khan represented the defendants. He told the court that Browne has been a serving member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), for the past 21 years. Joseph, Khan stated, has been a policeman for six years.
The lawyer stated that both men are currently on active duty at the Annai Police Station.
According to Khan, at the time of the incident, Browne was the Subordinate Officer (SO) at the Lethem Police Station. Joseph was performing duties. He said that the alleged prison escape occurred in the wee hours of September 17. He said that other prisoners informed his clients that the three had escaped. He pointed out that his clients immediately responded by launching a search.
Khan disclosed that Browne and Joseph searched several communities in the village and also near the border between Guyana and Brazil.
The lawyer requested for Browne and Joseph to be released on reasonable bail because they are not flight risks. He added that his clients have no record of convictions or police accusations and have been fully cooperating with investigators. Khan assured the court that the policemen will make themselves present in court to vindicate their names.
Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones had no objections to his colleagues being admitted to bail. The matter was transferred to the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.

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Meet Guyana’s CBC U16 Youth Basketball Team http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/meet-guyanas-cbc-u16-youth-basketball-team/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/meet-guyanas-cbc-u16-youth-basketball-team/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:25:53 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=409011 Guyana’s male team will play Aruba Sunday night at 8:30pm in their first game of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Guyanese are in Group B with Aruba, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.  Head Coach, Mr. Lugard Mohan: Assistant, Kevin Bonnett, Linden and Willon Cameron, Berbice.

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Ministries sign MoU with Peace Corps for resource management support http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/ministries-sign-mou-with-peace-corps-for-resource-management-support/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/ministries-sign-mou-with-peace-corps-for-resource-management-support/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:23:25 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408938 US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway hands over the MoU to Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock (centre). Also in photo are Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman (second from right), Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe (right), and Country Director, Peace Corps-Guyana Linda Arbogast (left) (GINA photo).

US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway hands over the MoU to Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock (centre). Also in photo are Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman (second from right), Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe (right), and Country Director, Peace Corps-Guyana Linda Arbogast (left) (GINA photo).

In a bid to support ongoing activities of resource management in order to either create a natural resource management plan, or to help kick-start an existing plan, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday by representatives of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the United States Peace Corps.
The signing took place at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Quamina and Thomas Streets, Georgetown.
The Peace Corps will be deploying 10 volunteers in Regions One (Barima/Waini) and Nine (Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo) this year. With their arrival slated for September.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock, said that he was elated to have such a partnership that deals with the management of the environment and continued that “If we do not manage the natural environment properly we could (be) committing slow suicide by putting more mercury into the creeks and rivers or destroying the trees without proper management,”
The volunteers will support ongoing activities of resource management in order to either create a natural resource management plan or help kick start an existing plan. The Minister explained that the volunteers “will help us to prepare the communities for the eventual development that we see so that our communities will own whatever is developed within those communities and feel comfortable about it.”
US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, making brief remarks at the ceremony, noted that the partnership comes at a critical time for Guyana.
“This (agreement) comes at a pivotal time when the Government of Guyana strengthens and intensifies its efforts to increase its biodiversity preservation efforts to protected areas and supporting sustainable development initiatives at both regional and international levels,” Holloway said.
Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, pointed out that care for the environment and the people living in the hinterland must be taken into consideration.
“We have to be mindful of the people, rightly so, who live in the environment where these resources are found. We have to be mindful of the flora and the fauna that exist in those areas,” the Minister explained.
Linda Arbogast, Country Director of Peace Corps – Guyana, noted that the Peace Corps is committed and will be working with the local people through a community-based approach.
The goal of the project is to build the capacity of Guyanese to be better environment stewards.
“Our volunteers will promote and support environmental awareness with youth through wildlife clubs. This will be provided by teachers in schools who will incorporate environmental education in the school curriculum,” Arbogast said, adding that, “Guyana has made great strides in the preservation of its land. The Peace Corps will help preserve the land for future generations.”
Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, described the signing of the Memorandum as a “very momentous occasion for Guyana.”
The Minister pointed out that over the years, the Peace Corps has been providing young people with various skills needed in health and education. According to Minister Garrido-Lowe, preservation of the environment is just as important.
“The hinterland is where we have all the natural resources. We need to manage our environment so that our generations to come can have the use of it,” the Minister emphasised.
The 10-member Peace Corps batch is expected to spend a period of two years offering their services to Guyanese before they return to their homeland.

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Thrilling matches seen in Lucozade Inter-Club hockey http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/thrilling-matches-seen-in-lucozade-inter-club-hockey/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/01/thrilling-matches-seen-in-lucozade-inter-club-hockey/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:22:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408984 Play in the Lucozade Inter-Club Hockey Tournament continued on Tuesday with some thrilling matches, at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue. First off was the clash between Old Fort ‘A’ and Old Fort ‘B’ in what some spectators determined was a clash of sheer skill.
Two minutes into play Jael Gaskin of the ‘B’ team scored a stunning FG, but that just seemed to inspire the ‘A’ team. Jason De Santos of Old Fort ‘A’ scored a PC in the 7th minute of play and Dwight Sullivan (also of the A team) scored two FG’s in the 18th and 20th minutes respectively.
That brought the half time score to 3-1 in favor of the ‘A’ squad. However, the second half proved to be more exciting as both teams made many attempts to add to their final tally.
Old Fort ‘B’ Dehron Wilkinson scored a FG in the 22nd minute, but that was quickly answered by Askofu Simon (Old Fort ‘A’) with a FG of his own one minute later. Three minutes John Abrahams of the ‘B’ team made a successful PC, but it was then that Old Fort ‘A’ unleashed their relentless skill.
Dwight Sullivan (2 FG’s), Aderemi Simon (1 FG) and Jason Clarke (1 FG) all sealed their team’s victory bringing the ultimate score to 8-3. The second match happened between Bounty’s GCC and the GCC Pitbulls.
A fast-paced first half saw a goal apiece as Kevin Spencer of Bounty’s GCC scored a 14th minute PC and Mark Sergeant of the Pitbulls scored a 16th minute FG. The last half was much more productive though with Spencer starting the scoring again for the Bounty side with a 26th minute PC, but this time Meshach Sergeant (Mark’s brother) responded one minute later with a FG of his own.
Kareem Mc Kenzie and Michael Craig of the Bounty squad added two more FGs, before Keon Mc Kenzie of the Pitbulls edged in a FG for his team. At this point a win seemed likely for either side, but Steven Xavier of Bounty’s GCC stole that hope for the Pitbulls with a FG and a PC just three minutes before the buzzer sounded.
Meshach Sergeant tried valiantly to even the odds, but only managed to squeeze in one FG in the 39th minute. Bounty’s GCC beat the GCC Pitbulls 6-4. Action continues today, at the National Gymnasium at 17:00hrs.

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