Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:56:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Student loan agency…Measures being evaluated to track, prosecute defaulters – Sharma http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/student-loan-agencymeasures-being-evaluated-to-track-prosecute-defaulters-sharma/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/student-loan-agencymeasures-being-evaluated-to-track-prosecute-defaulters-sharma/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:56:34 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412563 With the revelations of the extent to which past University of Guyana (UG) students defaulted on their obligations to repay their student loans, a number of proposals have been put forward by a Sub-Committee that is reviewing the matter.
And according to Junior Minister of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma, the recommendations feature a number of bold, tough measures designed to stem the rate of defaulters. Among the measures, are proposals to boost the Student Loan Agency (SLA) with legal personnel.

Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharma

Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharma

Sharma said that there were recommendations for stricter monitoring of the loan agency and for the agency to ensure that persons are given letters of warning when they are in default.
Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Finance, Wanita Huburn, had announced that a sub-committee had been set up to oversee matters of loan recovery. She had explained that through the sub-committee, efforts are being made to improve the overall system and infrastructure of the Agency.
Sharma noted that while previous students signed contracts stipulating the conditions under which they would pay back, these contracts were not enforced. However, Sharma stated that one avenue is for the Student Loan Agency to submit monthly reports to the sub-committee he chairs.
“(They) will now have to report to (the) committee, comprising myself as chairperson, the finance secretary and other persons,” the Minister said. “So this committee will ensure that (the agency) monitors the records.”
“Monthly reports will be submitted to the committee (detailing) how (the loan portfolio is) performing, who are paying and who are not paying and then advise our legal (personnel so) that they are going to take action.  That should be a motivating factor.”
“We are going to be looking at the contract that they sign. You sign a contract which says you have to pay monthly. And if you skip two months, (we) give you a warning. If six months, we say we have to send it to our lawyers. I would even say we are going to prosecute.”
With these measures in mind, Sharma stated that they will now have to strengthen the loan agency with legal personnel, since the contracts students are signing are legally binding.
Sharma said that they will be looking at internal measures and working along with the student agency in order to make it more efficient.
He said that with the changes to be made, no one staff member will be able to take a decision to send or not send a letter of warning to a defaulting student.
Bad debts
A forensic audit into UG’s SLA had revealed that from 1994 to May 2015, some 17,567 or 69.4% of 25,335 student loans were deemed delinquent because students were not honouring their debts.
The audit report contained the names of some 488 persons who were deemed “delinquent” in the loans. The list included the names of prominent Guyanese professionals and politicians. Judging from the fact that these debts span over a decade Sharma, a public accountant, described such debts as bad debts.
“The only way is to find some inducement to get them to pay,” he said. “We have a number of proposals on the table. Maybe one of them is to give them an amnesty period of six months. Maybe (we could) say if you pay off all the money, you could get a reduction of the interest.”
“The previous administration never looked at it and it was all bad debt. And that is a lot of money. We are trying to recover that money so whatever we gain will be a part of recollection. So we are looking at the effects of the losses.”
It was announced last Thursday during a post Cabinet press briefing that Cabinet is now in possession of a report that has the workings of a Parliamentary Sub-Committee which recommended several steps to be taken to enable the agency to recover loan balances.
This was revealed by the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman. He had stated that the Sub-Committee recommended a review of the organizational structure and business processes of the agency, to make it compliant with auditing and accounting frameworks.
He added that included in the report also, were a number of recommendations for short and medium term measures to streamline the agency and to set “clear” conditions for loan applications.

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SARU makes significant headway in valuation for Pradoville Two lands http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/saru-makes-significant-headway-in-valuation-for-pradoville-two-lands/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/saru-makes-significant-headway-in-valuation-for-pradoville-two-lands/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:54:05 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412542 It appears that the contentious Pradoville Two case would not be stalled for much longer. In fact, officials at the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) said that they are approaching the conclusion of the valuation of lands which it believes were attained at “next to nothing” prices by former President Bharrat Jagdeo and others, and subsequently sold for a fortune.

SARU Head, Dr. Clive Thomas

SARU Head, Dr. Clive Thomas

Just a few days ago, Police Legal Advisor, Justice Claudette Singh, opined that the lack of valuation of the controversial lands was one of the loopholes in SARU’s case.
Singh said she made it clear to the investigators that if their claim is that the public officials got state lands at “dirt cheap prices”, and then resold it for a fortune, they must first determine what the original cost of the lands was at that time.
In doing this, Justice Singh said she would be able to evaluate by how much the lands were undersold.
The Police Legal Advisor said, “If they get the valuation of the lands at that time then we can move forward. I made that clear to them weeks now and I am still waiting on that valuation.”
Justice Singh made it pellucidly clear that while investigators may want to pursue the criminal route on this matter, it would be incumbent on them to ensure that all the necessary, concrete evidence is available to put forward a “tight case” in the court.
“They need to have a tight case with this matter. They have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that embezzlement or fraud took place. While there is not enough at the moment to move forward with criminal proceedings, I did explain that the option of civil proceedings is still open to the investigators.”
SARU Head, Dr. Clive Thomas, said that he has noted the advice and findings of the Legal Advisor and the Unit has already taken steps to improve the case accordingly.
SARU is expected to have the “improved case” returned to the Police Legal before the beginning of August. Dr. Thomas said that the matter is one which remains a priority to the Unit and as such, will take all necessary steps to ensure “no stones are left unturned.”
It was in early October 2015 that SARU completed a report which stated that in 2010, the Bharrat Jagdeo Cabinet made a decision authorizing the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to privatize State lands. NICIL is the body tasked with overseeing the privatization of State assets.
It reportedly spent more than $200M to develop the seafront community without the knowledge and blessings of the National Assembly and other relevant bodies.
The said lands were then secretly sold to the former Ministers and known friends and associates of the previous regime. At the time of the sale, the report said, the lands were grossly undervalued and sold at a price substantially below the market value, thereby depriving the state of its full benefits.

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo

SARU said, “There is a direct link between the misconduct and the abuse of powers and duties of their position. The former Cabinet members knew they were doing a wrong in transferring State lands to their names and that of their acquaintances for undervalued market prices for the land. The lands were sold for $114 per square foot at the time.”
“Public officers ought to carry out their duties, not for the benefit of themselves, but for the benefit of the public as a whole. If they neglect or misconduct themselves by their actions in the course of their duties, this may lead to a breach or abuse of the public’s trust. The act of the Cabinet members for their benefit is serious enough to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust.”
In a letter addressed to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, SARU had said that based on its findings, it is requesting that Ramjattan’s Office proceed to further investigate unlawful aspects of this matter, with the aim of establishing whether criminal action should be instituted.
“It is the duty of this Unit in the Ministry of the Presidency to ensure that no Minister of Government in Guyana would be the beneficiary from any acts of misconduct or unlawful conduct while being holders of Public Office.”
SARU had also informed the Public Security Minister that it has also forwarded its report to the Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, along with a copy of a Legal Opinion on the potential misconduct in Public Office by the former Ministers.
The document on the Legal Opinion says that there is legal scope for the argument of willful neglect by the former Ministers in performing their duties without reasonable excuse or facilitation to an extent amounting to an abuse of the public trust.
Further, based on the cases cited, the document outlines that the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, has Legal Standing on this matter.
Once sufficient evidence is gathered by his Chambers, Williams had said that civil action against the former Cabinet Ministers will be instituted. He had explained to the media that former President Bharrat Jagdeo could face prosecution.
The SARU report however lists the DPP, Miss Shalimar Ali-Hack, as a beneficiary of the controversial Pradoville Two deal. The report said that on September 7, 2011, the DPP bought Lot 184 Sparendaam, ECD, Block IV, which is 0.2767 acres of land.
Asked how this looming situation of conflict of interest would be dealt with, Williams had said, “She would have to recuse herself in the determination of the matter.”

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Discord at GNBA Board stalls critical work http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/discord-at-gnba-board-stalls-critical-work/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/discord-at-gnba-board-stalls-critical-work/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:53:54 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412555 The Board of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) is in serious trouble. So deep-rooted is the discord between two key members of the Board that its performance is being affected and critical work is stalled.

GNBA Executive Member, Anthony Vieira

GNBA Executive Member, Anthony Vieira

It was in April that the GNBA held its first press conference. That was eight months after the Board was appointed.
At that press conference, the Board laid out the glorious plans for the broadcasting industry in Guyana. These plans are to be of major benefit to broadcasters and consumers alike.
The Board even said that it would have updated the media within three weeks after the press conference about its decision on how to tackle the existence of illegal radio broadcasters. This would have been with regard to those who were illegally granted licences by former President Bharrat Jagdeo days before he left Office.
There has been no other press conference since April and none of the plans outlined have actually materialized.  The only communication that the Board had with the media was about promises that those plans “would soon come on stream.”
Early last month, GNBA Chairman, Leonard Craig, said that the Board was reviewing the draft regulations it recently received from the Attorney General’s Chamber.
Those regulations, he said, will force all existing holders of Broadcast licences to reapply. This is to be done so that the licences can become compatible with the new regulations.
Craig said that when the review is completed, the regulations will be sent to Cabinet for “general approval.” It will then be gazetted and laid before the National Assembly.
The Chairman said, “I do not think that the remainder of the process will exceed two to three weeks.”
Over a month later, the regulations are still before the Legal Matters and Fees committee—a sub-committee of the Board. The Members of that subcommittee are Anthony Vieira, Vic Insanally and Abiola Wong-Inniss.
Craig was contacted early last week on this matter. He said that the regulations were yet to go to Cabinet. He noted that there was a “holdup.” However, the Chairman failed to state what the “holdup” was.
He said that he was busy and suggested that the newspaper contact him at a more convenient time.  Efforts to contact him have proved futile.
Further queries revealed that it is not an ordinary “holdup” and that this “holdup” as Craig puts it, is nothing that may be resolved soon.
The GNBA Board has six members, Craig, Vieira, Insanally, Jocelyn Josiah, Wong-Inniss and Ameena Gafoor. The entire Board meets once a month but the subcommittee meets as often as needed.
The Board had two recent meetings. The last meeting was not the usual monthly meeting. That was one to address the shortlisted candidates to be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority.

GNBA Head,  Leonard Craig

GNBA Head,
Leonard Craig

Vieira did not attend that meeting. That was reportedly because he “staged a protest,” at the meeting before. “We haven’t seen him since; I am not sure what to make of that,” said one member who, like other members, spoke on the grounds of anonymity.
The member said that Vieira is convinced that Craig is less than competent to be the Chairman of the Board.
Vieira even wrote a letter to Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, at one point expressing zero confidence in Craig’s ability to lead the board on any issue related to broadcasting. He told the First Vice President that he would step down as a member as he refuses to be led by an inept person.
There are reports that Vieira had even attempted to move a no confidence motion to the Board against Craig. And there are also reports that Vieira sometimes invited members from the Board to his sub-committee meetings so he can make decisions there.
He then returns to the full Board saying, “We have made these decisions.”  Members say that the responsible Minister, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, is aware of the situation but has taken no action.
“The Minister knows. I think the entire cabinet knows.” Nagamootoo could not be reached.
From all indications, the current struggle between Vieira and Craig is nothing new “but most of us thought they would have sorted things out by now.”
Aside from what has been reported by members of the Board, there have been public hints that Craig and Vieira are not on the same wave length, for want of a better term.
A few months ago, Vieira had made statements about the radio licences. Craig later told the public that Vieira was out of order with his remarks and that his statements were not an accurate representation of the discussions of the Board.
Some members are of the opinion that Craig is trying his best, while others feel that he is in way over his head and they support Vieira.
Vieira chose not to comment on the reported discord between him and Craig. He said that there are “some issues holding us up.”
Craig had explained that plans previously announced by the Authority cannot be implemented unless the necessary regulations are in place.
If the regulations become approved by Cabinet, GNBA’s Board will then ask all broadcasters to reapply for licences that will now conform to the new regulations.
Craig said that on file applicants will be asked to update their applications to also confirm with the new format.

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Guyana Watch US medical team one week clinic ends http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/guyana-watch-us-medical-team-one-week-clinic-ends/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/guyana-watch-us-medical-team-one-week-clinic-ends/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:53:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412567 …. was a resounding success – says President Yassin

Tony Yassin

President of the organization,Tony Yassin

The Guyana Watch United States-based Medical team concluded its one week clinic yesterday at Timehri Primary School.

The clinic which is in its 23rd year saw 468 Timehri residents including 83 children benefitting from dental (including fluoride treatment), cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes services.

Similar clinics were held at Patentia, Linden, the Orphanages, Leonora, Canje/Rose Hall and St. Mary’s Primary School at Soesdyke. Close to 3000 Guyanese benefitted.

The outreach programme was deemed a resounding success by President of the organization, Tony Yassin.

Speaking with Kaieteur News, yesterday, Yassin said that he is happy that the programme was successful. “The Guyana Watch Medical and Dental outreach that was held from July 16 to July 24 was successfully completed with a large number of people attending each clinic site.

“At the conclusion of the programme we saw a lot more elderly patients and children receiving treatment compared to previous years,” he added.

“We had three dentists whereas previously we only had two, so a lot more residents were treated in this area.  We issued a significant amount of medication well over US$500,000 worth. We thought it necessary to have adequate amounts so everyone can obtain their prescribed amount,” he posited.

He said that it is very heartening to see the response from the public. He said that this is a way of giving back to the society. “Many people may be unable to attend an institution for various reasons so we are happy that we can reach out to them and we appreciate that fact that they were able to receive counseling on health topics which will assist them to live a healthier lifestyle,” he noted.

Yassin said that over the years the clinic did cholesterol testing for all its adult patients. It will try to expand this service in the future.

Patients having their various tests

Patients having their various tests

He expressed gratitude to all those who assisted in making the venture a success. Those are Glanmark Pharmaceuticals which has been supplying medication for the past 10 years and whose Vice President, Krishan Sanjeev, is a member of the team, publisher of Kaieteur News Glenn Lall, Guyana Stores staff members who assisted in the preparation of the programme; Muntaz Ali, Guyana Forestry Commission, Anand Persaud Dental Centre, Twahir Khan of Discount Store, Ryan Shivraj, Buddy’s Restaurant and Bar, New Thriving Restaurant, Pharmacist Saurabh Mehta and his assistants, the doctors, dentists, volunteers and nurses.

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Dem boys seh…Is sheer talk and more talk http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/dem-boys-seh-is-sheer-talk-and-more-talk/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/dem-boys-seh-is-sheer-talk-and-more-talk/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:51:48 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412538 Is nuff talking going on. Everybody talking. De government people talking about fighting crime and Soulja Bai talking how he don’t intend to hang nobody.
From de time he seh suh, de murder rate gone up. Is like people was only waiting for a sign like how de three wise men wait fuh a sign when de Saviour born.
De Chancellor talking too. He talking bout night court. Dem boys was hearing bout night court since Janet was President.
Dem even had court in dew afternoon but after couple week dem Judges and Magistrate find out that dem prefer to go and drink rum in de afternoon so dem shut down de afternoon court.
Now de Chancellor talking bout night court. He ain’t talk about who gun preside over de courts or how much dem will have. All he seh is that Guyanese will go to court in de night.
People like a show. Just like how people does flock de court in de day when people got to go to wuk, imagine people flocking de night court instead of going to disco. Dem don’t have to pay.
Then dem got another set of talking. Dem got big problems at de hospital.  Some people talking how de matron ain’t got manners and how she ain’t listening to de CEO.  That story change suddenly. All of a sudden nurses start to accuse doctors of killing people.
Dem boys want to know if dem doctors is terrorist who does just kill people.  Of course dem had some. One stitch up a man intestines. Another one give a man injection because de man hand break and de man dead.
But is de talking. A man who want to be matron talk till he had no choice but to talk fuh de matron. He walk round and he tell all dem ward sisters fuh stay home in protest.
Of course dem stay home. Now is a new talking. Everybody want to know how much credit dem use when dem been home.
All of dem at wuk today because dem can’t afford to stay home and talk.
Talk half and watch how everybody else talking.

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Rev. Dorothy Morris is 104 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/rev-dorothy-morris-is-104/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/rev-dorothy-morris-is-104/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:51:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412533 Minister Volda Lawrence and relatives  visited Rev. Dorothy Morris M.S. of  Newtown, on the occasion of the  woman's 104th birthday.

Minister Volda Lawrence and relatives visited Rev. Dorothy Morris M.S. of Newtown, on the occasion of the woman’s 104th birthday.

Minister Volda Lawrence visited Rev. Dorothy Morris M.S. of Newtown, on the occasion of the woman’s 104th birthday. The occasion was celebrated on July 21.

Ever since she became Minister of Social Protection, Ms. Lawrence has been visiting Rev. Morris on her birthday. And in keeping with the tradition, there were the hampers.

On hand for the mini-party were close relatives and a few friends.

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Steadfast Scouting Chief, Zaida Joaquin, is a ‘Special Person’ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/steadfast-scouting-chief-zaida-joaquin-is-a-special-person/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/steadfast-scouting-chief-zaida-joaquin-is-a-special-person/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:50:56 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412527 “I had the opportunity to migrate permanently but I chose to remain here, because I believe that I can make a meaningful contribution to change lives…I also am of the firm belief that everyone should give back to their country in some form, and being in scouting is my way of giving back.”

 

By Suraj Narine

Zaida Joaquin

Zaida Joaquin

As parents, we try to give the best to our children – its Parenting 101. We want to always be there for them, so sometimes we follow them around just because the thought of them getting a scratch is enough to drive us into panic-mode.

So we go to their school parties, wedge ourselves into those little chairs and we take part in their concerts and shows.

Zaida Joaquin did all of this, but little did she know that following her kids around like a Band-Aid would result in her being the first person from Guyana to be a member of the Interamerican Scout Committee; the first Guyanese to be elected to the World Scout Bureau; Member of the Global Support Assessment Team; the Chairperson for the Caribbean Scout Executive team; the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Guyana; the President of the Queen’s College Board of Governors; and a former Member/Secretary/Chairperson of the St. Margaret’s Primary School Scout Group and currently its Leader. She is also the Camp Chief of the Caribbean’s upcoming 14th ‘Cuboree’.

EARLY LIFE

She was born on April 28, 1961, and grew up in First Street, Alexander Village.  She came from humble beginnings. Her father, Ahmad Ally, was a Clerk with Guyana Gajraj while her mother, Shirley Ally, worked as a seamstress. She grew up with four brothers and two sisters.

Joaquin attended Charlestown Secondary School and subsequently did her ‘A’ Levels at St. Joseph High, where she attended for two years.

She recalls life being good during that period, but her world changed when her father passed away when she was just 15. Her mother became her rock, and her mother’s rock became the sewing machine, which in turn, became their sole source of income and their backbone.

“Dad passed away when I was young, so we could not afford certain things but looking back as an adult, my father provided a lot of guidance and structure which moulded me to be better person. I’m sad that he isn’t here to see how his children progressed. My four brothers are in the US, my eldest brother is a Vice President with Chase Bank. My last brother is an executive with Morgan Stanley.”

Zaida and her husband, Gregory Joaquin

Zaida and her husband, Gregory Joaquin

“My mom sewed day and night to maintain her seven children; she always made sure everything for school was provided. This also helped me to be a better parent. There was also food in the pot even though we were poor and when my brothers’ friends came over, they would eat, and maybe that’s why I’m still sharing with others.

“Growing up with none of the modern technology made us a very close-knit family, because my mother always made sure that whenever our chores were completed, we all would find the time to play a game of monopoly, cards, dominoes, and all the other board games. This was our way of bonding.”

Just one week after graduating from St. Joseph High, she got a job as a Clerk at the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO), now called the North American Life Insurance Company (NALICO).  She then married her high school sweetheart, Gregory Joaquin, in September 1983.

They have two children: Reeza and Alyea. Reeza is a mechanic by profession and Alyea, a doctor.

Joaquin went to the University of Guyana in 1991 where she studied Management. She would later leave ALICO as a Human Resources Administration Manager and applied to the Hand-in-Hand Trust Company where she currently works.

THE BAND-AID EFFECT

Joaquin recalls that she would always follow her children around and when they started at St. Margaret’s Primary School, she wanted to be a part of their school journey.

She became a Member of the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) and as the years went by, she became the Secretary/Chairperson. When her son signalled his intention that he wanted to be a Scout, Joaquin followed.

She joined St. Margaret’s Primary’s Scout Group as a regular leader and subsequently became Group Scout Leader. While her son moved throughout the ranks, so did Joaquin. She became the district commissioner, then the training commissioner, the Deputy Chief Commissioner for Administration then finally, the Chief Commissioner – a position she held for 10 years. She stepped down last month, but is now serving as the Deputy Chief.

Her son, Reeza, would graduate from Primary School copping 11th place in the country and her daughter, Alyea, some years later coming in third in the country. Her kids later enrolled into Queen’s College (QC) and what did Joaquin do? Yes, she followed.

She became Secretary, then President, of the Queen’s College PTA. She is now the Vice-Chairperson on the QC Board of Governors. Joaquin has no intentions of leaving QC anytime soon because according to her, she wants to give back to the school which she believes, played an integral role in her children’s development.

INVOLVEMENT IN SCOUTING 

Zaida (centre) with her daughter, Alyea (extreme left); husband, Gregory; daughter-in-law, Annmarie; and son, Reeza

Zaida (centre) with her daughter, Alyea (extreme left); husband, Gregory; daughter-in-law, Annmarie; and son, Reeza

Scouting means a lot to Joaquin. Even as this interview was being conducted, she was advertising a brooch with the World Scout Emblem on her shoulder and her office was slightly Scout-themed.

But how much does scouting actually mean to her?

“People see Scouting as a bunch of kids running around, camping and tying knots, but it is more than that. To me, it is about the journey and the lessons that are learnt. These children that join scouting are not just joining the 2,000 others in Guyana, but the 45 million other scouts around the world.

“Many of them have personal troubles and challenges, and we try to answer their call whenever they need us. Some would even confide in us; they prefer to talk to us as Scout Leaders because we are their role models and because they know that they can trust us, and we have never given them any reason not to.

Most of my time is spent on Scouting. You say you want to meet for two hours every week, but it lasts for hours.”

She went on to say that even though she held the position of Chief Commissioner for a decade, she never gave up her position as a member of the scout group at St. Margaret’s because, according to her, she wanted to remain on the grounds to interact and develop the young ones.

“The Chief Commissioner position is more of a management position; to manage the scouting in Guyana. But I wanted to remain in contact with the young people, because that has kept me in the Association for so long and many others too.

“The payment for a Scout Leader is the joy it brings when you look at children and how much they have grown and how they have developed into remarkable individuals… that is our payment; our joy.”

She recalled that before she became the Chief Commissioner, not much was being done in the area of Scouting. She recalls also that there were no proper facilities, which really took a toll on the Association in not only getting members, but presented a struggle to stay in operation.

“My hardworking and dedicated team and I were able to bring scouting to what it is today. We have a nice new building, we have a nice ground. Scouting is back on track,” she asserted.

Our ‘special person’ (left) with her mother and three of her siblings.

Our ‘special person’ (left) with her mother and three of her siblings.

In 2002, Joaquin attended the Scouts’ World Conference in Greece – half a century after the first Guyanese participated. She has since then, attended most of the International Conferences throughout the world.

In 2013, she became the first person from Guyana to be a member of the Interamerican Scout Committee. She has been a member of the Global Support Assessment Team for the last two years and the Chairperson for the Caribbean Scout Executive team for the last four years. These are positions that no other Guyanese has held.

SCOUTING IN GUYANA VS. THE REST OF THE WORLD

In terms of training for scout leaders, she admitted that training was not done prior to her joining the Association.

“We were only doing the basics in scouting: hiking, camping, parades etc. But scouting is more than that. You have to train the person to be a good scout leader. We weren’t doing that, but a group of us went to Trinidad and got the necessary training, and coming out of this, myself and six others are now able to train the others.

“We teach children to not look at colour, class or creed. We mould them into individuals that always look at the brighter side of life and at the same time, we teach them life skills such as cooking, swimming, fishing and discipline.”

“At present, I am the only 4-bead holder in scouting in the Association.”

In terms of scouting in general, Guyana has been listed as number one in the Caribbean, according to Joaquin. She is also happy that Guyana has moved “from nowhere to somewhere”.

She takes joy in knowing that the President, David Granger, is a patron of the Scout Association.

“We were all excited. We reached out to him because in all the other countries that is how scouting is structured. The Head of State would normally be the Chief Scout of the Association, because most countries see scouting playing a pivotal role in moulding young people and in some countries, Scouting is compulsory for young people.

There are only four countries in the world that do not engage in Scouting while there are 214 countries where scouting exists. It is the only youth organisation to hold this record and this year Guyana will be celebrating 90 years of scouting whilst the rest of the World celebrate 100 years.”

She added that the Scout Association for the first time in its history, is preparing to host the Caribbean Cuboree – the 14th of its kind. Between 800 and 1000 Scouts from 13 Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) and one Eastern-European nation – Poland – will be participating.

She will be playing the role of Camp Chief.

The Cuboree will kick off with a Contingent Leaders’ Meeting today, followed by an Inter-faith Service. The Opening Ceremony will be hosted at the D’urban Park Arena at 15:00hrs where President Granger will be attending to offer remarks.

The following days will entail: excursions and shopping; a Country/Culture Day; Torchlight Parade and Campfire and a Day of Sports, among other events.

INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS IN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

“We want parents to come out and see what we do, so that they can have a better understanding of how important scouting is to a child’s development”.

“Parents’ support is necessary because if parents don’t support their children and be a friend to their children they wouldn’t confide in you; they would go to other persons. Parents should engage in certain conversations with their children. Parents need to be behind their children if they want them to succeed, “

Joaquin strongly believes that a child’s development has a lot to do also with the attention being paid by their parents. That is why she thinks her kids excelled, because she and her husband were always encouraging them to do more and to do better. This urge to be better and to reach beyond the stars, she said, came from her mother.

She was asked to provide one instance where scouting had played an important role in a child’s development.

“I always refer to this one instance where this little girl, she was about seven years when she joined scouting…her mother brought her. She was very shy, she never spoke to anyone, she never mixed and even when you would said good morning to her she would break down in tears. I am so proud of that child now. We have moulded her and today, she is still in Scouting – a Leader and she is a member of the Scout Association Steel Band. This once shy girl is now a Leader and she’s is only 14 years old.”

She said that there are other examples that are too numerous to mention, while adding that most of the children joining the scout association need guidance – a mother/father figure in their lives – while some use scouting as a means of taking a break from their “little” busy lives.

Scouting plays an integral part in a child’s upbringing, Joaquin said,  as it teaches children that they are not alone and whilst there are many obstacles in life, sometimes it requires one to be guided along these paths. Joaquin said this is what she has been doing for the past two and a half decades, and will continue to do so. She is motivated by the success of her own children and said that she wishes the same for the kids that she comes in contact with every day.

“I had the opportunity to migrate permanently but I chose to remain here, because I believe that I can make a meaningful contribution to change lives.  I have had many persons thank me because of the advice I have given to them, and believe me, it feels good to know that you’re a part of something bigger.

“I also, am of the firm belief that everyone should give back to their country in some form, and being in scouting is my way of giving back.”

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Professor George Nicholson passes on http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/professor-george-nicholson-passes-on/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/professor-george-nicholson-passes-on/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:49:14 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412536 Professor George Nicholson

Professor George Nicholson

Guyana and the University of the West Indies (UWI) community are saddened at the passing of one of the stalwarts who once headed the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor George Nicholson.

Nicholson, who suffered from cancer, passed away on Wednesday July 20, 2016 in Barbados. He was 79.

Professor Nicholson’s achievements were so outstanding that he was featured as a ‘Special Person’ in this newspaper in April of 2011. He was regarded as a very dedicated Nephrologist.

He was able to use the field of Nephrology expertly to help save the lives of many people inflicted with renal failure.
As Head of the Caribbean Dialysis Inc. in St. Michael, Barbados, this outstanding Guyanese over the years offered dialysis treatment to much of the north eastern Caribbean and even made his expertise available in the formation of the Five G Dialysis Centre in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
Professor Nicholson also offered his service locally on a regular basis although he resided in Christ Church, Barbados.

Added to this, his interest in arresting the challenge of renal failure was expanded to include the launch of Guyana’s first ever Kidney Foundation.
He played an integral role in the setting up of this facility which was designed to work closely with the Ministry of Public Health and other stakeholders in addressing renal failure. The use of education to foster awareness, Professor Nicholson had disclosed, is seen as the primary means of combating the health problem. He had long envisioned that through this innovative initiative there will be major emphasis on measures to aid prevention of the disease altogether.

In expressing his condolences on behalf of the UWI, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, reflected on Professor Nicholson’s relationship with the regional institution.

“George was a good friend for many decades, and stalwart of the UWI. He served on many inter-campus committees, and was critical in establishing working relationships between the medical faculty at Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine. He was a respected regionalist who believed in the ‘One UWI’ and wanted to serve no other configuration”.

Professor Nicolson served as former Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (then called the School of Clinical Medicine and Research) during the period 1992 to 1996. As a consultant physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1979, he established and developed the first renal clinic and served as Director of the Haemodialysis Unit.

He played a major role in the first living related donor transplant in the English-speaking Caribbean—treating the patient with dialysis until that patient was ready for transplant and putting together the team of surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists charged with the actual operation. He went on to become a founding member of the Barbados Kidney Association and a founding member of the Caribbean Association of Urologists and Nephrologists.

Even while he endured a long battle with cancer, Professor Nicholson continued his close association with the Faculty of Medical Sciences through his supervision of the MRCP (UK) Examinations, as Chief Invigilator for the Barbados site, until the time of his passing. Professor Nicholson was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to clinical practice and service in the area of Nephrology during the 50th Anniversary celebrations held by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2015.

In her personal tribute, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau noted Professor Nicholson’s service to the University in many capacities and underscored that in all dimensions, he distinguished himself through his scholarship and dedication.

The UWI extends deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends, and appreciation for the life of an outstanding Caribbean citizen.

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Body in wardrobe… Co-worker confesses to strangling Gafoor’s Manager http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/body-in-wardrobe-co-worker-confesses-to-strangling-gafoors-manager/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/body-in-wardrobe-co-worker-confesses-to-strangling-gafoors-manager/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:48:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412545
  • Murder was staged to look like robbery
  • By Romila Boodram

    Dead: Terry Lakhan

    Dead: Terry Lakhan

    A man has confessed to strangling 53-year-old Terry Lakhan in the victim’s Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home Thursday night. The man said that he then tied a rope around the victim’s neck to make it look like a suicide.

    The suspect and an accomplice then removed two computers, an Xbox, clothing and valuables from Lakhan’s home and escaped. As investigators continue to grill the suspect, they are hunting for his accomplice.

    Kaieteur News was told that the victim had invited one of his killers into his home on Thursday night. It was that individual, who invited an accomplice and then plotted to kill and rob the man’s home.

    The killers work as labourers at Gafoor’s while the victim was a Manager at the said company.

    A police source explained that the suspect claimed that Lakhan invited him into his home to imbibe. He said that later that night the now dead man made ‘advances’ towards him.

    The suspect claimed that he was upset and immediately left the victim’s home but returned later with a friend, who was known to the 53-year-old man.

    According to information received, the second suspect went into the bedroom with Lakhan and after some time came out and told the other suspect about his plan to rob and kill the Gafoor’s Manager.

    The men then strangled the father of one and tied a rope around his neck and to the wardrobe to make it look like suicide.

    It is unclear whether the men planned to kill Lakhan before they went into his home or whether it was decided on while they were there.

    A Post Mortem confirmed that the victim had been strangled.

    Police sources explained that the suspect claimed that they left the scene after killing their victim and went to work as usual on Friday.

    However, an eyewitness recognized one of them when they were leaving the premises.

    She gave police this information and ranks went to the home of one of the killers yesterday and arrested him. He subsequently confessed to the murder. The second person is on the run.

    A neighbour discovered Lakhan’s nude body hanging by a cord in his wardrobe around 23:30 hrs Thursday night.
    Kaieteur News understands that a few packets containing tablets were in one of his hands and family photographs were strewn near the corpse.

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    Bullet-riddled bodies at Berbice…Friend who invited men to fish among suspects http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/bullet-riddled-bodies-at-berbicefriend-who-invited-men-to-fish-among-suspects/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/bullet-riddled-bodies-at-berbicefriend-who-invited-men-to-fish-among-suspects/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:45:13 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412507 A farmer’s employee and a friend of murder victims Pawan Chandradeo, Nareshshot men Rooplall and Jaikarran Chandradeo, are among three people in custody, as police try to find out who blasted the victims with a shotgun in the Mibicuri backdam last Friday.
    According to police sources, two of the detained men are security workers at a camp near a rice farm, located a short distance from the area where the victims had gone fishing.
    From information received, police have indicated that the killers and their victims were well acquainted.
    “We have some leads that we are following so hopefully we will be able to make some more arrests and give the family some closure,” Divisional Commander, Ian Amsterdam, said yesterday.
    “This is a very tragic incident and we are working around the clock to ensure that the family has the justice they deserve.”
    However, investigators are still seeking a motive for the brutal execution-style killing.
    “The first man (that was detained) would have invited them (to fish), and we have heard that somebody did not want them fishing in the rice field.”
    Kaieteur News understands that one of the detained men had initially denied that he had accompanied the victims to fish.
    The bodies of 37-year-old Pawan Chandradeo, called ‘Suresh’ of Lot 163 Mibicuri, BBP; 33-year-old Naresh Rooplall called ‘Ticka Bai’ of No. 77 Village, Corentyne and 15-year-old Jaikarran Chandradeo called ‘Kevin’ of Mibicuri North, were found around 09.00 hrs on Friday in a backdam at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne. The slain teen still had a bag with fish slung around his shoulder.
    The corpses bore gaping shotgun wounds to the heads and upper bodies.
    Three shotgun cartridges were found near the bodies. Investigators are trying to ascertain whether any of the detained individuals own a shotgun.
    According to reports, the victims were found by Sudama Jagmohan, a rice farmer of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder and his workmen.
    According to Jagmohan, he was on his way to his rice field at Cookrite area where he also has hassars.
    Jaghoman said that on their way to his farm, they group found the bodies lying on a dam in his rice-land.
    He immediately called a neighbour who informed the police.
    The police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Marlon Taylor and residents, secured boats and journeyed to the area where they eventually came upon the graphic scene.
    Shoba Devi Luckicharan, the mother of Naresh Rooplall, told Kaieteur News that her son ventured to the backdam to catch fish.
    With him were her son-in-law and two grandsons, Jaikarran and Alvin.
    According to reports, 13-year old Alvin Chanderdeo, who accompanied them, was left at a pump station on a dam, as the others went further into the savannahs to fish.
    The lad stayed at the pump station from where he reportedly heard gunshots.
    The bodies are at Ramoo’s Funeral Home awaiting Post Mortem Examinations.

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    Family demands justice for mother of two killed in accident http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/family-demands-justice-for-mother-of-two-killed-in-accident/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/family-demands-justice-for-mother-of-two-killed-in-accident/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:44:20 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412550 Dead: Taramattie Seegobin

    Dead: Taramattie Seegobin

    Relatives of Taramattie Seegobin, who was killed on July 9, last, at Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD) by an alleged ‘drunk’ driver have expressed frustration at the pace at which the police are conducting their investigations.
    They claimed that it has been more than two weeks since 35-year-old woman was killed and the driver, known as “Super Dave”, is back on the road. Seegobin, a mother of two, of Lot 175 Better Hope, ECD, was walking on the Vryheid’s Lust Public Road, heading to a shop to purchase a juice for her daughter when she was struck down by the speeding car. She died on the spot.
    According to information received, the driver of the vehicle drove away from the scene but returned when another driver drove behind him.
    Devika Lall, the dead woman’s sister is demanding that justice be served since her sibling left two small children behind. “We heard that it is not the first time this driver hit down people and pay his way out.”
    When contacted yesterday, a police source said that traffic ranks have to seek legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the way forward. He explained that Seegobin’s case is simply “a sour compensation deal.”
    According to the source, the victim’s relatives accepted compensation from the driver but have somehow changed their minds and are now calling on the police to lay charges against “Super Dave.” However, Lall explained that Seegobin’s husband cannot read or write but yet signed a document after collecting $100,000 from the driver’s father.
    “He (victim’s husband) had no idea what he was signing. The man (driver’s father) gave him the money to help with funeral arrangements and made him sign on the paper,” Lall said.
    She further explained that the driver’s father told her that he does not have more than $700,000 to offer to the children of her sister. “My sister life is not worth $700,000.” The file will be prepared and sent to the DDP for advice sometime this week.

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    Cevons initiates probe into Haags Bosch contract process http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/cevons-initiates-probe-into-haags-bosch-contract-process/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/cevons-initiates-probe-into-haags-bosch-contract-process/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:43:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412554  During the last week, Cevons Waste Management leveled several complaints against the bidding process and the eventual awarding of the Haags Bosch Landfill management contract.

    Cevons partnered with Ivor Allen and Ground Structure United in a bid for the contract but was unsuccessful. Most recently Cevons alleged favouritism on the part of the Government in awarding the contract to Puran Bros.

    According to Cevons Chief Executive Officer, Morse Archer, there was a rush to sign the contract which seemed “fishy”. Another issue cited was that Puran Bros’ estimate was 32% below the Ministry’s engineer estimate. Archer stated that it was difficult to accept that Puran Bros are delivering at 32% below the engineer’s estimate and at the same time making a profit.

    In response Puran Bros addressed these issues in a statement to the press defending each issue pointed out by Cevons. Speaking to Kaieteur News via telephone, Lakenauth Puran, said that there is no reason why Cevons and its partners should make any assertions of favouritism and skullduggery in the bidding and awarding process of the Haags Bosch contract.

    He added that his company had satisfied all the necessary criteria for managing the Landfill site. Puran also said that the Ministry should address the issues brought forward by the Cevons group.

    Ivor Allen, a partner of Cevons, when contacted by this newspaper said that they officially lodged a complaint with the Bid Protest Committee (BPC). “I have absolute confidence that the BPC will get to the bottom of this.”

    According to sources investigations have already begun.

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    Bilingual training needed for youth development in international border regions http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/bilingual-training-needed-for-youth-development-in-international-border-regions/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/bilingual-training-needed-for-youth-development-in-international-border-regions/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:40:14 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412540 Bilingual training needed for youth development in international border regions

    Bilingual training needed for youth development in international border regions

    The Tourism Industry can be the access point where youths along the Guyana-Brazil frontier are able to positively contribute to their economy by acquiring bilingual skills.

    This was the view of Vice Consul of Brazil to Guyana, Lisa Marie Dos Reis, at a recent tourism networking conference organised by the Visit Rupununi (VR) initiative in Boa Vista, Brazil.

    In the diplomat’s address at the conference she stated that it was important for Guyanese and Brazilians to learn the language of the other’s country, English and Portuguese respectively, in order for regional cooperation to continue.

    “We have to speak English and our neighbours must learn Portuguese,” said Dos Reis. She specifically referred to developing language programmes in the Region Nine Municipality of Lethem. The recently declared town has always had a close relationship with Brazil as many citizens on both sides utilise it as a Port of Entry into Guyana.

    As such, the Brazilian diplomat noted that setting up a language programme that teaches Portuguese to persons in the region would effectively contribute to development efforts in the region, particularly in the tourism sector.

    Moreover, Dos Reis shared an informal proposal from Brazil to explore opportunities in developing a language training programme in Lethem similar to those offered at the Guyana-Brazil Cultural Centre in Georgetown. She added that officials from both Guyana and Brazil have met to speak on such an initiative already.

    However, the Vice Consul said that support needs to come not only from government officials but from the citizens of the region whose lives will be directly affected by such programmes. She recommended that improving language skills on both sides will have the added benefit of assisting youth in starting their professional lives.

    “We have a large number of adolescents on both sides. Let’s make these youngsters have a first profession. It might not be for life. But it may be for a beginning. If they learn English and Portuguese enough to work it would be a big step in their lives,” said Dos Reis.

    The diplomat acknowledged the “difficult times” Guyana and Brazil are experiencing. Currently, Brazil is preparing to host the 2016 Summer Olympic come August in Rio de Janeiro. Press surrounding the event has been less than favourable given the health risks of the Zika virus, government corruption scandals and police protests in the host city.

    However, she said that Brazil and Guyana remain hopeful in spite of such difficulties. Dos Reis added that instead of halting cooperation, both countries must continue to work together for the benefit of the countries’ youth.

    Adding to the message of continued regional cooperation was Secretary of Planning and Development in Roraima, Alexandre Henklain. He said that on a recent trip to Guyana he was impressed with the enthusiasm with which the Guyanese Government is working on development projects between Lethem and Brazil.

    Henklain stated that his country views the tourism industry as an opportunity to expand the collaborative efforts of both counties. Thus the industry will contribute to the continued development of the Rupununi-Roraima.

    “Our motivation is to work together with the tourist trade at the Guyana border and to work jointly in planning development based on tourism on the borders between Roraima and Guyana,” said the Brazilian official.

    He added that relations between the countries will improve as consultations on the construction of the Lethem-Linden road continue.

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    Drainage and Irrigation Act not being enforced – Dutch Experts http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/drainage-and-irrigation-act-not-being-enforced-dutch-experts/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/drainage-and-irrigation-act-not-being-enforced-dutch-experts/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:40:04 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412500 … Squatters, Businesses on Govt reserves a major problem

    The Dutch Risk Reduction Team in its completed report on the drainage system in Guyana has concluded that the enforcement of the Drainage and Irrigation Act is not being enforced. The report said that the team

    Squatting obstructs maintenance of canals (DRR-Team Mission Report, Guyana)

    Squatting obstructs maintenance of canals (DRR-Team Mission Report, Guyana)

    arrived at this conclusion based on interviews and field observations conducted in Georgetown.
    The report highlighted the fact that the banks of drainage canals are often occupied by squatters and by private companies. Within the report are excerpts from the interviews the team conducted.
    One of the interviewees said that there are cases of poor people squatting along drainage canals for kilometres. According to the individual, politicians tend to support the position of squatters so as to secure votes for elections.
    It was mentioned in another excerpt that there is interference by politicians to encourage improper use of reserved land. The individual said, “The government itself built on the embankment. We said stop building and then we received a phone call by a politician: please let us proceed. Politicians have friends and can go against the rules”.
    The DRR Team was also informed that there is a problem whereby wealthy Guyanese would construct huge structures on government reserve land. An interviewee commented that this practise had exploded over the last 15 years; moreover persons have now been granted legal title to the lands which they began occupying illegally.
    Last May, Minister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Sharpe-Patterson declared the government’s position on squatting. She told the Government Information Agency that the government would not be regularising areas that are not conducive for the establishment of communities. She said that land would have to be made available and re-allocated to squatters.
    At that point in time the Ministry had allocated 252 house lots to persons who were squatting under regularisation. These allocations were made in communities within Regions Three, Four and Six.
    An additional excerpt in the report said that a company on the Demerara embankment blocked an outfall channel and has refused to do anything to allow access to the channel. It was pointed out, too, that people continue to throw their solid waste and building waste into the drainage canals.
    According to the DRR team, the information which they recorded from these interviews shows that the space for water that is needed for good drainage is not respected by a large majority of the involved people.
    The report said that politicians, government, private companies, rich and poor people all contribute to the occupation of reserves and to the blockage of drainage canals. It added that the authorities mandated to look at water management in Guyana are not succeeding in convincing the Guyanese people that space is needed for water in order to reduce flooding.
    The interviews were conducted with managers and senior staff from a number of Government entities. These included the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture, Georgetown Mayor and City Council, Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary/Agriculture Development Authority, National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Civil Defence Commission, Guyana Water Incorporated, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Communities and GuySuCo.
    The interviews focused on items such as water legislation, enforcement of legislation, plans and policies related to water, spatial planning and space for water, organisation and maintenance issues, resiliency of the population against flooding and financing instruments.

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    Ms. Summer Blaze 2016 launched http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/ms-summer-blaze-2016-launched/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/ms-summer-blaze-2016-launched/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:39:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412559 –    Will place focus on building self-esteem and eradication of suicide

    The participants striking a pose

    The participants striking a pose

    With an aim to promote education, build self-esteem and seek national development for Guyanese girls, Maggie’s Craft, in collaboration with Teacher Natasha Summer Programme, will be hosting the annual Miss Summer Blaze this year.
    In 2008, the first ever edition of the Miss Summer Blaze Beauty Pageant was launched. Fifteen 15 girls vied for the title that year. The Miss Summer Blaze today has become a vehicle for personal development of social awareness and cultural appreciation.
    A release from the promoters/planners yesterday stated that the Pageant is organized and designed to offer something to everyone. It holds to the highest form of integrity and conducts its pageant in a fair and unbiased manner.
    It will be operating under the theme, ‘Celebrating youth empowerment to destroy the root cause of suicide’.
    “Miss Summer Blaze Pageant serves as a catalyst, to educate our participating teenagers about inner beauty, confidence, social awareness and benevolence. The coronation re-educates our audience while we entertain them in settings that showcase our unique Guyanese ethos through song, dance and drama.
    Miss Summer Blaze is not the typical beauty pageant, since all participants must attend eight hours per week classroom sessions for one month (July). Our training team consists of three trained teachers one of whom is the former Miss Summer Blaze 2014, Ms. Akeila Dey.”
    Although there is an on-stage competition there are many workshops going on behind the scenes including workshops for self esteem building; entrepreneurship; public speaking and communication.
    “This year each contestant will champion the social issue, suicide, in accordance with our theme… Many young women with low self-esteem and zero background in volunteer work become community activists and strong girls through their involvement in the Miss Summer Blaze programme.”
    While the promoters are pulling out all the stops, they are calling for support from the populace.
    “Your support is needed to help us provide prizes, travelling allowance and materials for the girls to travel across Guyana to do more citizen education using brochures and hand crafted bands which will represent a powerful life changing message.
    “This process will be facilitated by a retired teacher and Burrowes School of Arts graduate who would be teaching the girls to make the bands with leather and beads.
    “We invite you to support these young ladies in their quest to amass the crown and gain a networking experience of a lifetime and at the same time save lives.”
    The organisers stated that the Miss Summer Blaze Foundation celebrates strong, committed teenagers and by supporting the role models of today, they are strengthening their collective tomorrow.
    “We hope you will consider supporting these young ladies to help foster strong values, and success in their future endeavours. The pageant committee has written to several potential sponsors to make the ninth edition a success with a view of achieving the pageant objective which is empowering young women and using them as a vehicle to tackle the social issue suicide.”
    The promoters/organizers also took the opportunity to thank their sponsors who they said, have already confirmed their willingness to support the pageant.
    These sponsors include Packing Associates, Akash Persaud, Chester’s Jewellery, Kalibur Security, Atlas Security INC, Public Service Ministry, Natural Resources Ministry, Republic Bank, Jai Signs, Trophy Stall, and Elegance Styles Studio boutique.
    “There is still a long road ahead (and) sponsorship is important in making this programme a success. This year the girls are from The Bishop’s High, Brickdam Secondary, North Ruimveldt Multilateral and Cummings Lodge Secondary.
    Several events will be hosted to during the lead up to the pageant which will be held at the Theatre Guild on August 13.
    A Bar-be-que will be held on July 30, followed by a Walk-a-ton on August 2. On August 6, a talent show will be held at on the grounds of the Malteenoes Sport Club.

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    Gold miner forced off Kuribrong land by raiders http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/gold-miner-forced-off-kuribrong-land-by-raiders/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/gold-miner-forced-off-kuribrong-land-by-raiders/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:36:47 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412568 – despite irrevocable Power of Attorney 

    Imagine being entrusted with blocks of land for mining purposes and having your documentation in order, only to have ‘raiders’ install dredges on that land.

    35-year-old miner Shiek Halfrose

    35-year-old miner Shiek Halfrose

    And then imagine being told that that land is state land which you have no stake in, though you are the holder of a prospecting permit, through Power of Attorney, for the said land. And then you have to watch others work your land while you suffer heavy financial losses.
    This is the predicament that 35-year-old gold miner, Sheik Halfrose, finds himself in. According to Halfrose, of 52 Third Avenue, Bartica, he acquired his land at Kuribrong, Region Eight, on January 15, 2016 by way of Power Attorney.
    He said that he discovered the raiders on his property that same month and in March he returned to the property with mines officers from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). He stated that at the time, cease work orders were issued to two separate operations on the land.
    The father of three, who stressed that something must be done before either himself or one of his 12 employees were hurt, produced several pieces of documentation to support his contention that the land was his.
    Halfrose produced a prospecting permit, which was granted to Telford Layne until June 1, 2017. The tract of land, as stated on the permit, is located in the Potaro Mining district No 2, at the confluence of the Kuribrong and Amaila River.
    He also produced an irrevocable limited Power of Attorney, which was issued on January 15. It gave Halfrose the power to “sell and operate the said mining block, on behalf of (Layne); to apply and take out all concession licences in relation to the mining block.”

    The Power of Attorney, which grants control of the land to Sheik Halfrose.

    The Power of Attorney, which grants control of the land to Sheik Halfrose.

    The Prospecting Licence which was issued to Telford Layne.

    The Prospecting Licence which was issued to Telford Layne.

    The Power of Attorney also stipulated that Halfrose had the power “to pay all rental and fees at GGMC” and “in general to do all and every requisite thing in the day to day running of the block.”
    In spite of the documentation he holds, the opposing side has held on to the notion of ownership and has gone public. Halfrose, whose frustration has reached a boiling point, was forced to make police reports of threats and even gunplay to the Bartica Police Station
    Video footage
    Kaieteur News was able to view footage taken by Halfrose from his mobile device after his attempts to confront the ‘raiders’ were rebuffed.
    According to Halfrose, he was fired on by one of the raiders. Halfrose, who is a licensed firearm holder, chose the path of least resistance, but returned in order to obtain video evidence of the situation.
    In the footage, the ‘raiders’ can be heard telling Halfrose that he did not own any land there and daring him to do something about the situation. The taunts included “you can carry that (film) to the marines.”
    When Halfrose asked why they were working on the land without permission, the response was “just like how people working, we working.” The man went on to say, on film “Government got to pull in their tail! They frighten for people call their name.”
    Halfrose called on the relevant authorities to do their job in a professional and timely manner, especially as lives may be at stake.
    Noting that officials seem at a loss about the true status of his land, Halfrose referenced his documentation and made it clear that the law must be respected.

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    Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/plans-advance-for-south-american-passport-and-citizenship/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/plans-advance-for-south-american-passport-and-citizenship/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:33:50 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412522 By Dr. Odeen Ishmael

    Dr. Odeen Ishmael

    Dr. Odeen Ishmael

    The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has advanced its plans for the establishment of a South American passport and the promotion of the free movement of all South American citizens throughout the continent.

    Towards this end, on June 28-29, the Working Group on South American Citizenship met in Ecuador where representatives of the 12 member-nations discussed a variety of ideas on how the process should proceed. These ideas included the methodology to hasten the removal of visa restrictions on travel within the continent.

    The meeting also dealt with the development of the plan for South American citizenship through the use of a common passport, mobility of citizens across borders, and the rights of citizens in another South American country other than their own.

    South American governments are currently considering the results of this meeting and so far details of its final report have not been released to the general public.

    The UNASUR secretariat (based in Ecuador) on its website reports briefly on the citizenship program: “The building of the South American citizenship promotes free intra-regional mobility; and the creation of a South American education space and common identity, which will contribute to deepening the regional integration process. In addition it will guarantee civil, political, labour and social rights for all natives of the member-states who are at present residing in any country of South America.”

    The citizenship program forms part of the broader objective of the twelve South American nations to achieve full political and economic integration. Together, they now have a total population of more than 400 million people with a territory of 17 million square kilometres.

    By uniting, the region can become the fourth largest economy in the world, with resources of one-third of the world’s fresh water, hydrocarbon reserves for the next 100 years, while currently being first in food production. UNASUR feels that as an integrated entity, the member-states will be better able to develop their resources to vastly improve the livelihood of their citizens.

    BACKGROUND TO THE PROCESS

    Ever since the South American Community of Nations (the forerunner of UNASUR) was established back in December 2004, many of the continent’s leaders from time to time expressed ideas for political integration and free movement of citizens across borders. Significantly, the integration process was spurred on November 24, 2006, when the continent’s foreign ministers, meeting in Santiago, Chile, reached an agreement for South American citizens to travel throughout the continent without visas and leaving it up to each country to implement regulations to meet this objective.

    No doubt, this decision was the forerunner of the South American citizenship program which was announced at the sixth summit of UNASUR in Lima, Peru, on November 30, 2012. In their final declaration, the South American leaders approved the beginning of the process to advance, “in a flexible and gradual manner towards the consolidation of the South American identity . . . with the aim of attaining a true South American citizenship as the backbone of an integrated South American space.”

    This decision commenced the fulfilment of the aim of UNASUR’s constitutive treaty of May 2008, which sets out in its preamble the determination of the continent’s leaders “to build a South American identity and citizenship.” A Working Group on South American Citizenship was subsequently set up by the foreign ministers to examine proposals on these matters.

    Two years after the Peru summit, the December 2014 summit held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, took a further step when the leaders approved the concept of a South American citizenship for the continent’s 400 million people. Part of this proposal aimed at creating a “single passport” which would facilitate the free movement of people in the region for work or study across the continent, similar to the system operating in the European Schengen zone.

    The concept would also support the mutual recognition of degrees from the respective countries’ universities and other institutions of higher learning. Secretary General of the bloc, Ernesto Samper, felt that this process of integration would result in “convergence of citizens, convergence of similarities, and convergence of solidarity are the proposals of this effort to bring us together.”

    The citizenship plan advanced further when the UNASUR meeting of foreign ministers on April 23, 2016, adopted proposals for a gradual process and to maintain regular consultations with governments of the member-states in order to gauge their readiness.

    SOME IMPEDIMENTS

    But within the region impediments exist and these can act to slow down the process. Old prejudices nurtured by widespread nationalism (also espoused by many political players of varying ideological persuasions) exist across the region; so multiculturalism resulting from free movement may not be readily embraced by the citizens of some countries.

    Also, each full member of Mercosur, the regional trade bloc, established a national identity document (DNI), aimed at permitting free movement of people across Mercosur borders. But this has not worked well since border controls and custom officials remain in place, and instead of needing to produce passports, citizens of these member-states have to present their DNIs. But uniformity is not firmly established since some immigration authorities also request the presentation of passports at airports and border crossings.

    And even within the longer-established Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to which Guyana and Suriname belong, real freedom of movement of CARICOM citizens remain elusive even though the member-countries (except Bahamas and Haiti) have CARICOM passports. For instance, there are numerous incidents of Guyanese, Jamaican and Haitian citizens being refused entry or detained for long periods on arrival at the airport in Barbados.

    Further, Haitian citizens, despite their CARICOM status, must have visas for entry into most of the CARICOM countries. Undoubtedly, UNASUR is examining the CARICOM experience as it proceeds to develop its own system of continental citizenship.

    POSITION OF UNASUR’S CARICOM MEMBERS

    Currently, both Guyana and Suriname, subscribe to the regional CARICOM passport arrangement and it is doubtful that their respective governments will abandon it for the anticipated South American document. However, they may subscribe to part of the arrangement which will allow their citizens (holders of CARICOM passports) to travel and work in other UNASUR countries without the necessity of visas.

    Currently, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), for tourism purposes Guyanese enjoy visa-free travel to most South American countries except Chile and Paraguay; visa-free entry to other countries, such as Venezuela, Chile and Paraguay, is restricted to holders of diplomatic passports. On the other hand, Surinamese citizens have visa-free entry to all other South American countries, except Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

    Since the entire South American citizenship plan will be a gradual process, whenever it comes on stream, it is expected that each of the member-nations will have the option to decide on what aspects of the arrangement they will initially adopt.

     

    (Dr Odeen Ishmael, Ambassador Emeritus (retired), historian and author, served as Guyana’s ambassador in the USA (1993-2003), Venezuela (2003-2011) and Kuwait and Qatar (2011-2014). He actively participated in meetings of UNASUR from 2003 to 2010 and has written extensively on South American integration issues. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow of the Washington-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs.)

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    Govt. to transform LCDS into national economy-wide policy – Harmon http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/govt-to-transform-lcds-into-national-economy-wide-policy-harmon/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/govt-to-transform-lcds-into-national-economy-wide-policy-harmon/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:31:04 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412517 Aware that an integrated and holistic approach is needed to address the County’s Climate Change challenges, the David Granger-led Administration is moving to transform the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) into a national economy-wide Policy.

    This was disclosed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, after he recently appeared before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources.

    Harmon stated that the government acknowledges the strategy that was articulated by the former regime – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, however, the focus is now being placed on transforming this strategy into a truly national economy-wide policy that will propel the country along a green economy pathway.

    “The government is also aware that actions at the national level must be aligned with our international commitment as a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, so as to ensure that the country satisfactorily fulfils its obligation.”

    The Minister added that this will be facilitated through an institutionalised Climate Change Governance Mechanism for: greater collaboration coordination and communication among actors; monitoring and reporting; and stakeholders’ participation and consultation in decision making.

    “We acknowledge what has been done by the previous administration, but that in our view was limited, and what we’re looking at now is the wider issues and this is really what we are going to do. We are moving forward and taking the country forward,”

    Harmon said that having recently signed to ratify the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016 (Earth Day), the government is also seeking to establish and strengthen the institutional and policy framework for climate change; mainstreaming in policy formulation; sectoral planning and programmes; and strategies for all ministries, agencies and departments.

    This, he said, will be done at the national and regional level to address Guyana’s Climate Challenges and to increase the country’s resilience. He added that the National Climate actions and solutions will not only seek to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from actions in the forestry sector but rather, across all sectors and activities, along a low emission development pathway in keeping with Government’s green economy plan.

    “In the area of sustainable development, our understanding of sustainable development is on development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations,” the Minister said.

    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

    The Minister said that the government considers science and technology as an important element in transitioning the economy into the green pathway.

    “As such, the Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (IAST) has undertaken its mandate; worked with Civil Society, Government Agencies and the University of Guyana through their research to support for faculty members and students to deliver a one-of-a-kind analytical service to the nation.”

    Harmon said that the Government is aware that scientific and technological development must be applied to the benefit of the people of Guyana and therefore, the approach to applying science and technology to the daily lives of Guyanese is what the institute will be focusing on.

    “So while we look at forward planning, while we look at technological innovations and developments, we must be able to apply these matters to bring that good life that we’re talking about to Guyanese people. So that we find a type of IAST, one that is a bit more proactive, one that just doesn’t sit in the laboratories and do experiments but actually takes the results of those experiments into the communities so that the communities can benefit from that approach.”

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    Immigration News For Our Community: Understanding Denial & Revocation after Embassy Interview http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/immigration-news-for-our-community-understanding-denial-revocation-after-embassy-interview/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/immigration-news-for-our-community-understanding-denial-revocation-after-embassy-interview/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:30:39 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412515 By Attorney Gail Seeram

    Approval and then a denial and then a revocation – what does this mean?

    When an embassy interview is scheduled, the petitioner and beneficiary in most cases already have an approved immigrant visa petition (Form I-130). An approved immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) simply means that the petitioner and beneficiary have proved the marriage (by providing a marriage certificate), child-parent relationship, parent-child relationship or sibling relationship.

    Confusion often arises when U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revokes an already approved immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) after an U.S. Embassy interview and recommendation.

    REASONS FOR REVOCATION

    When USCIS has previously approved an immigrant visa petition (Form I-130), the U.S. Department of State (who oversees the U.S. Embassies) may grant a family-based immigrant visa to the petition’s beneficiary and qualified derivatives. A petitioner is defined as the family member who submitted the petition to USCIS. A beneficiary is an alien family member who will seek admission to the United States upon approval of the petition and issuance of the appropriate visa from DOS.

    An approved immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) may be revoked at the discretion of USCIS upon notice or, under certain prescribed circumstances.  If an U.S. Embassy officer discovers during the course of a visa interview that the underlying petition should not have been approved, or is no longer approvable, the petition may be referred back to USCIS.

    In such cases, a memorandum should accompany the returned petition from the U.S. Embassy explaining the reasons the approved petition should be revoked. Once returned, a USCIS officer will review the petition and the Department of State-U.S. Embassy officer findings, and may either:

    1. Find that the petition is not revocable and return the petition to U.S. Embassy with an explanation of the decision not to revoke the petition;
    2. Issue a Notice of Intent to Revoke to the petitioner; or, if warranted,
    3. Issue a Notice of Automatic Revocation to the petitioner.

    AUTOMATIC REVOCATION

    In certain instances, such as the death of the beneficiary or the petitioner, an approved petition or self-petition is automatically revoked as of the date of approval. If USCIS is aware of such circumstances, USCIS will send a notice of the automatic revocation to the consular office having jurisdiction over the visa application, with a copy to the petitioner’s last known address.

    DECISION ON REVOCATION

    If, based on the evidence received, the USCIS officer determines that the approval should not be revoked, the petitioner will receive a notice advising of the decision to reaffirm the petition. The petition will be returned to Department of State, National Visa Center (NVC) for shipment to the appropriate U.S. Embassy with the USCIS letter of reaffirmation, a copy of the letter of intent to revoke and the petitioner’s response.

    REVOCATION PENDING

    When a consular or Embassy officer returns an immigrant visa petition to USCIS for reconsideration and possible revocation, he or she will typically deny the visa application on the basis of INA section 221(g) (temporary refusal of immigrant visa), pending USCIS review of the returned petition. The consular officer may also deny the visa application on another basis, if appropriate.

    For more information, contact Gail Law Firm:

    Email: Gail@GailLaw.com

    Phone: 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730

    www.MyOrlandoImmigrationLawyer.com

    FREE in-office consultation – FREE Live Chat

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    Shami, Yadav make West Indies follow on http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/shami-yadav-make-west-indies-follow-on/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/shami-yadav-make-west-indies-follow-on/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:30:24 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412459 Mohammed Shami bowled through the 2015 World Cupkholi with a busted knee. By the end of it, he needed a surgery, lost out on the IPL earnings and missed more than a year of international cricket. The BCCI compensated him for the loss of IPL money, a first such recorded instance.
    Once he was fit, Shami walked into the Test XI in Antigua, and showed why he might be a man worth looking after.
    On a slow pitch where it looked difficult to dismiss batsmen who didn’t play shots, Shami bowled with menace to take four wickets after which Umesh Yadav chipped in with a four-for of his own to make West Indies follow on 323 runs behind.
    In the follow-on, the other quick, Ishant Sharma got rid of Kraigg Brathwaite, a man known for quiet defiance who denied India for 218 balls in the first innings, in the first over.
    The time away from the game was well spent from the looks on it. In his last Test series, Shami was guilty of offering runs on the pads too often as he bowled for longer. The coaches identified long strides in his run-up as the problem, a result of too much bowling in his first year of international cricket.
    Shami came back with shorter strides, stayed at the batsmen for longer, provided fewer freebies, and took out the heart of the West Indies batting when it looked difficult to prise wickets out.
    A word of caution, though: West Indies, not the best going around, contributed to their dismissals.
    Brathwaite didn’t. From the time he and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo frustrated India for 16 overs, it was clear the bowlers would have to work hard. Patience, the buzzword leading into the series, was tested.
    A measure of the difficulty in taking 20 wickets was how both wickets in the first session came through injudicious shots. It was a period when West Indies didn’t look for runs, which made it difficult for wickets to come.
    The resistance was led by Brathwaite, who rode his luck a little at the start of the day’s play. When he was attacked with a forward and backward short leg, he failed to keep the balls angled into his ribs down on at least three occasions, but managed to avoid the fielders. His partner Bishoo’s outside edge was beaten at least seven times. It would have frustrated India all the more that Bishoo faced only 15 balls in the first eight overs of the morning.
    The early jitters out of the way, Brathwaite dug in for the kind of innings he is known for. Bowling outside off to him, if not a long half-volley, was a waste of energy. At the other end, though, India began to make inroads. Amit Mishra, introduced ahead of R Ashwin, provided the first breakthrough when Bishoo played an impatient sweep shot and dragged his foot over to be stumped. Just before lunch, Kohli sensed an opportunity and went back to Shami, who had been desperately unlucky in his first spell of 6-1-16-0.
    Shami glided in and remained threatening even if the batsmen were patient.
    Darren Bravo wasn’t even patient. This was the time India were getting restless, but he calmed them down by flirting with a wide delivery five minutes before lunch. The ball did bounce more than expected to take the edge, but Bravo had played with an angled bat with his feet stuck on the leg stump.
    On the way back for lunch, Kohli was heard telling his bowlers, “This is the reward for patience.” More reward was to follow in the second session.
    Marlon Samuels, who might be playing his last Test series, is not a proactive batsman. He likes top sit back on the back foot, and lets bowlers bowl where they want. Shami did so soon enough, in the fifth over after lunch.
    He bowled an in-between length, which dragged Samuels forward even though his weight was back. The ball held its line to take the edge. An aggressive short ball took the shoulder of Jermaine Blackwood’s bat to end a double-wicket maiden. This was the first dismissal that didn’t include Wriddhiman Saha.
    From 92 for 5, Brathwaite and debutant Roston Chase resisted for more than 16 overs. They were undone by a man often guilty of not using the crease and also offering freebies on the pads, Yadav. While he did offer freebies here too, especially in the first session, he showed a clear intent of using different angles to make the batsmen play at balls they would otherwise leave. The reward came unconventionally.
    Chase pulled an inviting short ball straight down the lap of short midwicket followed by a brute to Brathwaite, who on 74 didn’t look like he was going to make a mistake. Yadav went wide on the crease, angled a bouncer in, got Brathwaite to throw his gloves in front of his face.
    Playing his first Test as a specialist wicketkeeper, Shane Dowrich scored his second Test half-century, an unbeaten 57, to hold India off in the final session of the day, but didn’t cause enough damage to prevent a follow-on. Yadav took out Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite in successive balls to seemingly end the frustrating experience with the tail.
    Holder edged a wide outswinger to give Saha an India record-equalling sixth dismissal, and Brathwaite pre-meditated a leave to be bowled. Dowrich, though, annoyed India a little more in partnership with No. 11 Shannon Gabriel, who lasted two balls once the legspin of Mishra was introduced.
    With only 90.2 overs bowled in the first innings, with a possible 13 overs to go before a full night’s rest and with five bowlers in his side, Kohli enforced the first follow-on for India since late 2012 against England in Ahmedabad.
    Ishant Sharma provided instant pay-off with an inswinger that trapped Brathwaite in front, but Bravo and Rajendra Chandrika prevented further damage.
    (ESPNcricinfo)

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    Unbeaten Jamaica and Barbados face-off tonight at Providence; Guyana battle T&T in second game http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/unbeaten-jamaica-and-barbados-face-off-tonight-at-providence-guyana-battle-tt-in-second-game/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/unbeaten-jamaica-and-barbados-face-off-tonight-at-providence-guyana-battle-tt-in-second-game/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:29:57 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412460 After a break yesterday the penultimate wicbday of the WICB Regional Women’s T20 cricket tournament is scheduled for Providence with three matches today including the contest under lights from 19:00hrs between the only two unbeaten teams, Barbados and Jamaica.
    Debuts Leewards play the Windwards from 09:00hrs, Guyana battle Trinidad & Tobago from 14:00hrs while last year’s 50-over finalists Barbados and Jamaica, the only two unbeaten teams, go head-to-head in a crucial match-up tonight under lights from 19:00hrs.
    Leewards along with the Windwards have lost both of their encounters and are no longer contenders for the title. Guyana & T&T each have a win and a loss while tonight will see either Barbados or Jamaica sail through the preliminary rounds unbeaten unless their game is washed out. In that case both teams will be tied on points but Jamaica, with their superior net run rate, will stay in front.
    On day one, Hayley Matthew led Barbados to a 32-run win over 50-over Champions Trinidad & Tobago with Matthews hitting 27 and sharing in a 52-run opening stand with Kycia Knight (23) before Barbados slipped from 75-2 to 106-8 when their 20 overs expired. Leanya Kirby (2-19) and Anisa Mohamed (2-21) were the most successful bowlers for T&T who were bowled out for 74 in 17.2 overs as Matthews had 4-17.
    Skipper Stefanie Taylor (64) shared in two half-century stands; with Natasha McClean (21) and 67 with Chedean Nation (29), to lead Jamaica to 148-3 from 20 overs in the second game on Thursday. The Windwards were restricted to 92-5 from 20 overs as Juliana Nero (23) and Skipper Afy Fletcher (19) offered some resistance. Roshana Outar had 2-16.
    In the night game, Guyana beat the Windwards by 55-runs as Shemaine Campbelle scored an unbeaten 64 and shared in a 111 second wicket stand with Melanie Henry (34) to see Guyana to 138-2 off their 20 allotted overs.
    Skipper Shawnisha Hector took 2-26 for the Windwards who were restricted to 83-9 from 20 overs as left arm pacer Erva Giddings finished with 4-15. On Friday, in the opening game, Shanel Daley had 5-11 as the Leewards crawled to 61-9 from 20 overs with Jenisen Richards and Amanda Edwards both making 16. Jamaica raced to 63-2 from 5.2 overs as Taylor (35) and Jodian Morgan (19) added 51 for the first wicket.
    An unbeaten 62 from Barbados Skipper Shaquana Quintyne led her team to a 49-run win against Guyana. Quintyne got support from Kycia Knight (29) and Shamilia Connell (19) as the Bajans galloped to 140-6 from 20 overs. Giddings took 2-34 for Guyana who were 91-5 off 20 overs despite 43 not out from Shemaine Campbelle.
    Deandra Dottin took 2-20. In the night match T&T made 134 -4 off 20 overs with Brittany Cooper making 51 and Skipper Merissa Aguilleira 50. Akeria Peters had 3-36 for the Windwards who could only reach 66 in 18.3 overs. Juliana Shayelle Lord, Anisa Mohamed and Karishna Ramharack took two wickets each for T&T in their 73-run victory.
    Guyana’s Campbell is the only batter to reach 100 runs, and along with Jamaican Taylor (97 runs), 20-year-old Bajan Quintyne, Aguilleira and Cooper of T&T have each registered a half century while Jamaican left-arm spinner Daley (5-11) has the only five-wicket haul. Guyana’s Giddings and 18-year-old Bajan Hayley Matthews have captured 4-wicket hauls.
    Shawnisha Hector, the Leewards Captain, despite her lack hard of ball cricket experience, looks a very promising fast bowling prospect and will hope to help her team to their first ever win in Regional cricket when they the Windwards today.

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    Top club runs away with $1M at Boyce/Jefford Classic VII http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/top-club-runs-away-with-1m-at-boycejefford-classic-vii/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/top-club-runs-away-with-1m-at-boycejefford-classic-vii/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:26:12 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412467 -Championship officially launched at Giftland Mall 

    The winning club of the 2016 Boyce and Jefford Trackdir and Field Classic VII will run away with a whopping $1M prize while about $3M in total prize money will be up for grabs on August 27-28 at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden
    This was disclosed yesterday when the event was officially launched at the Sports Maxx Store at the Giftland Mall. The event will be held just after the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and will see Guyana’s top performing clubs handsomely rewarded.
    The prize money will continue all the way to fourth place, with the second place finisher taking home $500, 000. Third place is set to receive $300, 000, while fourth place will walk away with $200, 000 for a total of $2M for the club prizes.
    In addition, there are eight international races that carry a total purse of $100,000 each for a total of $800,000. The Masters’ and Media races amount to $110,000 in total prize money while there will be $50,000 each doled out to the Champion Male and Female athletes.
    The sums carry the prize monies up for grabs over $3M. Chairman of the Boyce/Jefford Track & Field Committee, Colin Boyce, a former athlete, reminded those present that the event was born with the idea of aiding in the development of athletes by providing them with a means to earn the much-needed financial support.
    “Athletics deserves much more than what we’re receiving now, and we thought it fit that we, as former athletes, recognise the need to put cash prizes into the coffers of the clubs because of the arduous training that the athletes have to go through,” Boyce said.
    “We would have seen the other sporting events receiving healthy cash prizes, and so we thought of this meet and this year, we would have seen the need to increase the cash prizes to the healthy $1M first prize,” Boyce added.
    He pointed out that not only giving the athletes monetary support, as the event continues to grow the organisers will be looking at further ways to help the athletes.
    According to Boyce, that’s one reason that the international events have improved from six to eight.
    The other international events carded for the Championship are the Women 200m, 1500m, triple jump and javelin, along with the Men 200m, 800m, long jump and javelin.
    Thus far, athletes are confirmed from Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and the United States.
    Director of Sport, Christopher Jones commended the organisers for their continued effort with the meet, stating that Government is committed to the development of sports. Jones said that the event will benefit from lots of support in a collaborative effort between the National Sports Commission, Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Linden Municipality.
    Edison Jefford informed that the event would not be possible without the support of sponsors and as such he named Digicel, E-Networks, K&B Mining, Courts, Giftland Mall, Ansa McAl with its Smalta brand, National Sports Commission, Fly Jamaica, Caribbean Airline and Jai Signs/Design as early contributors.

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    Keen rivalry anticipated in today’s quarter-final matches http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/keen-rivalry-anticipated-in-todays-quarter-final-matches/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/keen-rivalry-anticipated-in-todays-quarter-final-matches/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:25:42 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412477 Today’s quarter-final round of matches in this year’sfb Digicel Schools Football Championship promises keen rivalry among the remaining teams.
    Reigning champion and four-time title holders Christianburg / Wismar play host to Region 6 champion Tutorial at Wisburg and while the forecast predicts a victory for the champs their opponents should not be underestimated, especially at this stage of the competition.
    Very often only the best teams reach this far and heading into a game over confident could be perilous for any team. Christianburg / Wismar is coming off a tough win in a penalty shootout against a stubborn North West Secondary and that narrow escape should provide the impetus for the host to put on a convincing display, especially playing at home in front of what is anticipated to be animated home support.
    They should also feel more comfortable with the return of two key players and their Coach Anthony Stephens, who was the Head Coach of the national Under-17 squad. Tutorial on the other hand played impressively to beat Orealla to win the regional title and must be feeling special about their recent performance.
    Over at No.5 ground in West Berbice, Region 5 champs Bush Lot tackles Soesdyke Secondary and while not much is known of the two teams, the mere fact that they’ve reached this far means that they possess players of some quality. The Khan brothers will spearhead Soesdyke’s quest for victory.
    Over in Lethem, Region 9 champs Annai takes on North Georgetown winners Chase Academic Foundation and this encounter promises to be a sizzler. The host is usually very tough to beat at home and even though Chase Academic Foundation will enjoy the return of their star players from national duty, they will be playing in an environment far from home where the crowd support is extremely unforgiving.
    At Bartica, Region 7 title holders DC Caesar Fox (formerly Waramadong) square off against South Georgetown champions Sir Leon. DC Caesar Fox like so many of the teams are going through a rebuilding phase, but this has not stopped them from putting on some exciting performances.
    They’ve shown that they will be just as formidable as the other years and will definitely take some doing to be beaten.
    On the other hand, Sir Leon possesses players of a high calibre at this level and is capable of creating an upset.
    It promises to be an thrilling encounter worthy of seeing.

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    Kristian Jeffrey clocks fastest time to claim pole http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/kristian-jeffrey-clocks-fastest-time-to-claim-pole/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/kristian-jeffrey-clocks-fastest-time-to-claim-pole/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:24:52 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412482 Reigning Caribbean Motor Racing Champion Kristian Jeffrey will start onkristian pole today after recording a blistering 39:01 seconds to relegate Jamaica’s Doug Gore (39:08) into second place, while Barbados’ Mark Maloney (40:10) clocked the third fastest time.
    The event which is the second leg of the CMRC is being held at Wallerfield in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana has sent a strong contingent to defend its crown.
    Among those who are representing Guyana are Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira, Matthew Vieira, Afraz Allie, Danny Persaud and Shan Seejattan.

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    Team Unity express shock and sadness at passing of Monedderlust Manager, Kevin Layne Sr. http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/team-unity-express-shock-and-sadness-at-passing-of-monedderlust-manager-kevin-layne-sr/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/24/team-unity-express-shock-and-sadness-at-passing-of-monedderlust-manager-kevin-layne-sr/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:23:28 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412488 The football fraternity has been plunged into a state of mourning following thekev passing of Manager of the Elite League Club side, Monedderlust FC (MFC), Kevin Layne Sr.
    The 38 year-old who hails from #5 Village West Coast Berbice and was one of the pillars in the rise of the MFC passed away yesterday morning.
    Layne, whose involvement in football spans over 20-years, took on the responsibility of being Manager of MFC over six years ago and has been one of the stalwarts that have contributed towards the rise of the club and its eventual qualification as one of the first Elite League Club sides in Guyana, historical.
    Layne’s wife, Nichelle, remembers him as always being on the positive side of life despite his challenges.
    He was also one of the persons that led in the development and transformation of the #5 ground which is the pride of Berbice in terms of a standard football facility.
    This ground has one of the better surfaces and has hosted Elite League matches as it is equipped with the requisite amenities needed, testimony to Layne’s vision to have one of the best facility’s in Guyana.
    Members of Team Unity and the Kashif and Shanghai Organisation whilst expressing condolences top the wife, children and family of the late Layne, expressed shock at his passing noting that he was a dedicated servant of the game.
    Layne Sr leaves to mourn his wife Nichelle, son Kevin Jr, daughter Trevlyn and other family members. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
    Kaieteur Sports also extend sincere condolences to the wife and family of the late Kevin Layne Sr, may his soul rest in peace.

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