Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Sun, 29 May 2016 04:55:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US$42M transmission lines…Chinese spare parts trader awarded US$42M contract for transmission lines, sub-stations http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/us42m-transmission-lineschinese-spare-parts-trader-awarded-us42m-contract-for-transmission-lines-sub-stations/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/us42m-transmission-lineschinese-spare-parts-trader-awarded-us42m-contract-for-transmission-lines-sub-stations/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:55:16 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403866 Consultants hired to supervise an $8.4B (US$42M) project to build new power transmission lines and seven sub-stations have written a scathing report on a Chinese contractor that was awarded the contract.

CEMCO director, Raymond Latchmansingh

CEMCO director, Raymond Latchmansingh

The project was commissioned in December 2014 by the previous Government. There are questions about the quality of work.
It was touted as a project to increase the efficiency of the inter-connected power system on the coastlands in Demerara and Berbice. However, there have been questions about costs and quality of the work.
According to the final report by Caribbean Engineering and Management Consultants, Inc. (CEMCO) which was teaming up with Canadian firm, SMP Engineering, to overlook the project, China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) was awarded an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) package.
However, that firm is not a construction company. Rather, it is mainly a trading company for the export of Chinese engineering products.
The final report said that it appears that pre-qualification or post-qualification assessments were either not performed or inadequately performed during the tender and selection phase of the project.

CMC officials at the December 2014, commissioning of the US$42M new transmission lines and seven new power sub-stations across Demerara and Berbice.

CMC officials at the December 2014, commissioning of the US$42M new transmission lines and seven new power sub-stations across Demerara and Berbice.

The evidence was clear that CMC was ill-prepared for what it takes to run a project of this magnitude.
“The contractor engaged other Chinese firms to perform all aspects of the contract save for purchasing of goods for the contract and even this aspect was not adequately performed, evidenced by shortages of materials and factory defects.”
The report, which was seen by Kaieteur News, would come to light at a time when CMC has submitted bids for a major US$18M project with the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL), the same state company worked with to build the sub-stations and new transmission lines.
According to the report of the consultants, GPL benefitted from a US$39.6M loan to the
Government of Guyana (GOG) from the Export-Import Bank of China, for an Infrastructure Development Project (IDP).
This entailed the development and expansion of GPL’s high voltage 69 kV transmission lines and associated 69/13.8 kV substations; the interconnection of the Berbice Interconnected System (BIS) and the Demerara Interconnected System (DIS), and the installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to help control the network.
CMC was contracted for US$33.9M together with a provisional sum of US$5.1M to cater for anticipated increases in quantities; the contract duration was set at 912 days. The contract was signed on October 28, 2009.

Inside the North Ruimveldt sub-station.

Inside the North Ruimveldt sub-station.

The consultants said that they found that the work contract with CMC was signed approximately nine months before funds became available.
“…It appeared both the contracting parties had anticipated an extended day in this event but had catered for a period of only five months (150 days) as is noted in the contract agreement.”
However, delays resulted in a claim for an increase of the contract price by US$3.2M.
The report disclosed that there were several delays during the initial and preliminary and final design phase of the contract some of which were blamed on GPL and others as a result of extended period of time for finalizing major changes in the scope of works, mainly with regards to substations.
The delays during construction were due mainly to difficulties in locally procuring poles for the construction for transmission lines but also directly attributable to unsatisfactory performance of the contractor in the construction processes and misconception of the extent of time and other resources required to construct the substations as well as cash flow issues possibly due to delays by the employer to make payments on time.
The report of the supervising consultants also noted that materials and equipment supplied by CMC did not confirm to the required standards.
“However, there were discrepancies in the employer’s contract documents in themselves and the CMC bid that was accepted. This has affected the strict imposition of a specific set of international standards…”
Among other things, the contract affected the proper testing of materials.
The consultants noted, however, that “some” of the materials supplied and tested to Chinese standards, are similar to those tested to IEC standards.
The report also expressed concerns over the use of pine poles from the USA in which there was no opportunity to assess whether they were appropriate for the local environment.
“Post commissioning failures of the 13.8kV breakers are a concern. In one instance the nature of the failure was equivalent to a recall. While repairs were completed by the manufacturer at their cost, CMC has not provided any information from the manufacturer requested by the consultant.”

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Only half of the 90,000 laptops project…MP’s children held key positions http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/troubled-90000-laptops-projectjust-over-55-percent-distribution-target-met/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/troubled-90000-laptops-projectjust-over-55-percent-distribution-target-met/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:50:13 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403831 An ambitious project initiated in early 2011 by the Bharrat Jagdeo administration to distribute 90,000

Former OLPF head, Margot Boyce

Former OLPF head, Margot Boyce

laptops to poor families was fraught with management problems and questionable costs.
The project fell short of expectations with just over 50,000 units or 55 percent distributed.
According to a special investigation report by chartered accountants, Ram & McRae, into the financial operations and functioning of the One Laptop per Family (OLPF) Project, the initiative was officially launched on January 21, 2011 at the Guyana International Conference Centre by Jagdeo.
The project was halted last year by the new coalition Government pending the investigation.
In total, the project managed to acquire 55,145 laptops, of which only 50,009 were distributed.
Initially, in 2011, the Government of Guyana signed an agreement with Haier Electrical Appliances Corp. Ltd to purchase 27,000 laptops at a cost of US$7,561,296 ($1.54B).
Ram and McRae said that it found that the project was administered and contracted by the Office of the President.
“The scope of our engagement was limited by the fact that management was unable to provide a number of significant documents for our review. We also encountered the circumstance where the Project Manager, Ms. Margot Boyce, and the Deputy Project Manager, Mr. Azariah Asim, resigned during the course of our engagement. In both cases, their last day for work was August 14, 2015.”
The report concluded that financial systems and internal controls governing the project were generally weak.
Another major issue that was flagged was the training for laptop recipients. It was intended that the OLPF programme would have facilitated 10 hours of training to all laptop recipients.
“However, the Project Manager, Ms. Margot Boyce, decided to cease the training aspect of the project during the last quarter of 2013. Our rough estimate is that some 14,138 laptops were distributed without the requisite training.”
While the lower level positions were advertised, political considerations may have influenced the appointment of the more senior staff, including two sons of a former Government Member of Parliament, Joseph Hamilton, the report disclosed.
Parliamentarian’s children

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, distributing a laptop in late 2011, shortly before he finished his constitutional two terms in office.

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, distributing a laptop in late 2011, shortly before he finished his constitutional two terms in office.

The two sons were Azariah Asim and Abdalla Hamilton. Asim was hired by the ICT Hub of the OLPF Initiative on April 1, 2011.
“In our opinion, Mr. Asim did not have the necessary qualification(s) or relevant experience to operate within his initial designated position and even less, as Deputy Project Manager.”
Hamilton was recruited as Warehouse Manager of the project.
Investigations also found that the project was grossly over staffed.
“The project had as much as 16 departments and an average of 133 employees during the years 2012 to 2014. The Project Manager was unable to justify the number of departments and employees.”
The report also flagged the theft of 103 laptops in 2012. “Following investigations by the police, the services of seven employees were terminated by the Office of the President on February 22, 2013.  The missing laptops which cost $5,912,200 were not recovered.”
The auditors conducted a 100% physical inventory count and subsequently preformed a reconciliation based on the documents provided.
“Our procedures revealed that management was unable to account for an additional 1,875 laptops costing $109,168,913. We believe that this matter should be referred to the police for a full investigation.”
Meanwhile, with regards to laptops in stock, auditors found 3,158 laptops, costing $191M…but all were damaged.
“We have been unable to determine whether these are beyond repair. It is likely therefore that of the total number of laptops acquired by purchase or grant of 55,145, some 5,136 were either stolen or are defective. In dollar terms, the actual loss to the Government is $306M.”
Opaque funding
According to Ram and McRae, the financing of the project was opaque and funded out of moneys received by the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) which was itself retaining funds otherwise payable into the Consolidated Fund.
“The project did not maintain any proper system of accounting and the only accounting done was by way of instructions to the NFMU to approve invoices for payment. There was no accounting for transactions executed on behalf of the project nor was there any reconciliation of the records of the OLPF and the NFMU.”
Auditors conducted “substantive testing and expenditure analysis” confirmed that $1.26B was paid by the NFMU for the administrative, employment, training and distribution expenses incurred by OLPF during the period May 9, 2011 to May 31, 2015.
The second largest type of expenditure was administrative expenses which amounted to $422.8M or 33% of the total costs.
According to the report, the principal purpose of the project was to distribute laptops to low income families countrywide.
“Total distribution cost amount to $35,291,406 or three per cent of the total cost of the project. The average cost of distribution per laptop was therefore $706. Total training cost amounted to $70,750,427 or six per cent of the total cost. The average cost of training per laptop was therefore $1,415.”
The auditors believe that the general expenses of the OLPF were exorbitant and could have been curtailed by management.

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Pirates throw Guyanese fishermen overboard http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/pirates-throw-guyanese-fishermen-overboard/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/pirates-throw-guyanese-fishermen-overboard/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:45:13 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403908 -one found dead, three missing, captain survives

The body of a Corentyne fisherman was pulled up in a seine while his three colleagues were still missing up to

Boat Captain Seepersaud Persaud

Boat Captain Seepersaud Persaud

late last night following a brutal piracy attack on Friday night.
The body of Hemchand Sukdeo, 44 of No. 55 village Corentyne, berbice, was brought ashore in another fishing vessel, hours after the attack which occurred around 23:00 hours in Lower Shell area, Nickerie, Suriname.
The captain of his ill-fated vessel survived the attack although he was thrown into the Atlantic Ocean by the pirates and was able to provide police with a description of the pirates’ vessel.
Police have detained at least five suspects and the boat believed to be the one used by the armed hijackers to carry out the attack was impounded.
A press statement issued yesterday said that they are investigating a report that about 23:00 hours on Friday, boat captain Seepersaud Persaud, 43, of No.78 Village, Corentyne, and four crew members were aboard a boat in the Lower Shell area, Nickerie, when another boat with five men armed with cutlasses came up alongside.
The armed men boarded Persaud’s boat and took away two 48hp outboard motor engines, tied up the four crew members and threw Persaud overboard.
Seepersaud, relating to this newspaper the dreadful ordeal, stated that the hijackers came on board his boat and drove it ashore where they proceeded to remove the engine. He said that the men then tied up his crew and demanded that he throw them over board.

Dead Hemchand Sukdeo

Dead Hemchand Sukdeo

“One of dem start holler seh lemme throw dem overboard and me start beg and me beg dem and because me beg, them throw me overboard and go away with me crew,” Persaud said.
He was subsequently rescued by the crew of another fishing vessel in the area after drifting for some time.
Later, when the rescuers were pulling up their seine they found the body of Hemchand Sukhdeo, caught in the seine.
The area was searched but neither Persaud’s vessel nor the other three crew members have been located.
While at sea, Persaud managed to contact persons at the No.66 Fishing Complex and informed them of the incident and gave a description of the boat that was used by the perpetrators.
During the morning, acting on information received, the police went to the No.65 Village Foreshore, Corentyne, where they saw a boat matching the description given. Five men who were aboard have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
Kaieteur news understands that the boat is linked to persons who are suspected pirates.
Commander of the Police Berbice Division, Ian Amsterdam told Kaieteur News that the Suriname Police authorities have been informed of the incident.
“They are willing to work with us,” Amsterdam said.

The suspected pirate boat.

The suspected pirate boat.

He stated that the police had received word that three vessels were attacked on Friday night, but they have not yet been able to confirm the other two attacks.
Apart from the engines, the pirates escaped with over $120,000 in fish.

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President’s immunities to lawsuits should be removed forthwith-WPA Executive Member http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/presidents-immunities-to-lawsuits-should-be-removed-forthwith-wpa-executive-member/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/presidents-immunities-to-lawsuits-should-be-removed-forthwith-wpa-executive-member/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:15 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403850 …In this way, he is likely to be less cavalier in the exercise of power

By Kiana A. Wilburg
The power of the Executive has been a sore point in most countries. It is argued that this is the case because

WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds

WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds

that branch of government which runs the day to day affairs of the country is in most cases, dominated by a single individual. With so much scope, Dr. David Hinds opines that there exists much room for the abuse of Executive power.
Dr. Hinds said that in 1980, Guyana transitioned away from a ceremonial presidency to an executive presidency and this resulted in the fusion of the powers of the old Head of State (the President) and the old Prime Ministership in the same office and by extension the same person.
“So we now have a very powerful Chief Executive. All executive power is vested in the President. He is in charge of the Presidency and the Cabinet, which are separate organs in the Executive. And on top of that, the President is part of the Parliament. He has certain powers over another branch of government that is not reciprocated.”
He said, too, that there are very weak checks on the presidency by the legislature. In this regard, he noted that the legislature can indicate a loss of confidence in the President, but he can dismiss the legislature before it acts. Dr. Hinds said that this is exactly what former President Donald Ramotar did in 2014 when he was faced with a No- Confidence Motion brought by the Alliance For Change (AFC).
But more than that, Dr. Hinds said that the Constitution gives the President immunity from civil and criminal prosecution for acts committed while in office. The WPA Executive Member said that this means that the President is not checked by the judiciary—the courts. He believes that this is a further erosion of the doctrine of Separation of Powers. The political activist said that the traditional checks and balances which make the branches co-equals are in effect absent, given this state of affairs.
He said, “What we have in Guyana is at best, Executive Supremacy which is the basis for Executive Tyranny. For me, then, the most urgent reform has to be the removal of the immunities from prosecution. You cannot talk about democracy and have a Chief Executive with such immunities. That is more like a monarchy. We have seen the abuse of the powers of the Presidency. Those immunities should be removed forthwith.”
Dr. Hinds added, “If the president knows that he is not protected by such immunities, he is likely to be less cavalier in the exercise of power.”
Ultimately, the WPA Executive Member would like to see stricter separation of powers which removes the almost absolute domination of other branches by the President. He emphasized that there should be Checks and Balances, but these should be reciprocal among the branches.
In relation to Executive Power, Dr. Hinds said that he would opt for a more democratic distribution of powers between the President and the Prime Minister. He said that there should be a split Executive. The WPA Executive Member said that the President should not be vested will all executive powers.
“I believe that Power Sharing in the Executive is the best system. In that regard, I think the President and Prime Minister should not be from the same party. That would ensure that Executive Power is not concentrated in the hands of one party or coalition of parties or one ethnic group.”
Members of the AFC have also spoken on the need to address the powers allotted to the Executive. During the 2015 election campaign trail, AFC Executive Member, Nigel Hughes, had outlined that one of the important things the Constitution speaks to is the distribution of power and how it should be exercised.
Hughes had said, “What you have is the President being a part of the parliament and then when you go to Cabinet, you have him there, where he has supreme executive power. So in effect, he has power of all three organs of the state.”
But Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said that amending the powers of the Executive is not an issue that stands alone.
He said that the Coalition government would have to see how is it that the Constitution could be reworked and amended or reformed to bring about greater comity between the powers of the Executive and the Legislature and particularly how one could be able to diffuse some of the powers of the Executive to bring some of those powers within the purview of the Prime Minister.

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Shaik Baksh collected tax-free rent to live in own home http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/shaik-baksh-collected-tax-free-rent-to-live-in-own-home/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/shaik-baksh-collected-tax-free-rent-to-live-in-own-home/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:39:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403816 The Internal Audit conducted into the several allegations of irregularities regarding the conduct of the

Former GWI Boss, Shaik Baksh

Former GWI Boss,
Shaik Baksh

former Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shaik Baksh, revealed that he accepted rent to live in his own home – tax-free.

This represented a breach of the income tax act.
The Board of Directors approved rent for Baksh to live at his own home at Lot 16 Ixora Avenue, Eccles, East Bank, Demerara. The rent was in effect a non-taxable allowance contrary to the Income Tax Act.
The other allowances were also intended for him not to pay income tax as all expenses he incurred on behalf of the Company were refunded to him.
Baksh received $120,000 per month that included electricity; entertainment allowance of $70,000, and a duty allowance of $30,000.
The Internal Auditing Department stated that the former government Minister was entitled to 22 hours security services at his Eccles, East Bank Demerara home. This was stipulated under clause 3.3.5 of his employment contract.
However, the Internal Audit Department reported that Baksh employed two private security personnel despite being informed by the Director of Human Resources – Gale Doris, that GWI has a contracted security firm which provides this service.
The IAD concluded that the creation of these two positions was not approved by the Board; the recruitment process was carried out solely by Baksh who instructed the Human Resources Department to create personnel files, prepare employment contracts and make necessary arrangements for salary payment.
“It should be noted that the two security personnel were paid a basic salary of $44,000 and $16,000 to compensate for overtime ($120,000 per month).
This was cost effective (savings of $118,700 per month) compared to $238,700 – two Baton Security 22hrs at $350 per hour for 31 days – that would have been incurred using the contracted security firm.”
Further, the report revealed that these positions were not on the Company’s regular payroll or approved contract positions. Approval was granted by Baksh to pay salary increases for 2014.
The Internal Audit Department report was included in the most recent audit that was done on the agency which originated from a “special meeting” of the BOD on May 28, 2015 which dealt with allegations of irregularities committed by Baksh.
Other allegations of irregularities include misappropriation of cash advances for site visits, abuse of authority in using the Company assets, overriding company policies etc.
The IAD report showed that the Chief Executive Officer’s employment contract dated September 17, 2012 does not provide for compensation for medical expenses. However, an instance was noted where monies were reimbursed for a “claimed” on the job accident.
This accident was never reported to the Occupational Health and Safety Officer or the Human Resources Department nor was there any accident report prepared to justify payments.

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Police Force gets 50 new Inspectors http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/police-force-gets-50-new-inspectors/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/police-force-gets-50-new-inspectors/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:38:41 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403901 In keeping with a policy to ensure that vacancies in the Guyana Police Force are filled, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has announced the appointments of 50 sergeants and one corporal to the rank of inspectors.
The promotion comes almost six months after the release of the force’s annual list of promotions for both senior and junior ranks.
Kaieteur News understands that the staggered promotion was as a result of the late submission of recommendations by the Police Force administration to the Police Service Commission.
While there has been the usual grumblings, this newspaper was told that all of the persons promoted have satisfied the requirements of the PSC.
“All the applicants were interviewed and the commission is satisfied that they will be successful inspectors,” the source said.
“What we found is that some sergeants did not pass the required examination and that is why they have not qualified,” he added.

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Two armed robbery suspects escape from Providence Station http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/two-armed-robbery-suspects-escape-from-providence-station/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/two-armed-robbery-suspects-escape-from-providence-station/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:37:10 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403858 Police are trying to track down two robbery suspects who escaped from the Providence Police Station around 04.05 hrs yesterday, while only two female ranks and a male colleague were on duty.

Sources identified the escapees as Kevin Rose, 19, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara; and Shemar Moore, 20, of Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.
Rose is said to be in custody for armed robbery, discharging a firearm, and possession of an unlicenced firearm. Moore was being held for armed robbery.
Kaieteur News understands that the prisoners escaped via a hole they made in one of the walls of the lockups.
At the time, a female lance corporal, a female detective constable, and one of their male colleagues were the only ranks at the station.
According to reports, one of the female ranks heard a strange noise in the vicinity of the lockups at the time of the escape.
On checking, she reportedly saw Rose exiting a hole in wall of the lockups. Shemar Moore, the other prisoner, reportedly then emerged and pushed the policewoman to the ground before he and Rose fled from the compound.
It is unclear whether the ranks have been placed under close arrest.
In July, 2009, Health Ministry arson suspects Kurt Thierens called, ‘Bage’ or ‘Glasses’, and Colin Jones, called “Bonny”, escaped from the Providence Police Station lockups, under circumstances that are still unclear.
A female police Lance Corporal was charged for negligently causing their escape. The charges were subsequently dismissed.

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All foreign investment proposals should be laid before National Assembly http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/all-foreign-investment-proposals-should-be-laid-before-national-assembly/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/all-foreign-investment-proposals-should-be-laid-before-national-assembly/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:36:23 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403863 …to avoid repeat of BaiShanLin scenario- Goolsarran

By Abena- Rockcliffe- Campbell
The best we can do about the past is to learn from it. Former Auditor General and Anti-corruption advocate,

Former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran

Former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran

Anand Goolsarran, strongly believes in that philosophy.
He recently said that Guyana has lots to learn from its history. As the nation continues to cry out for change, Goolsarran said that it is imperative that systems are put in place to ensure that unfortunate events that occurred under the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) government are not repeated.
Goolsarran remains saddened by the fact that the former Government allowed the nation’s resources to be exploited with no returns. He pointed to the fact the Chinese logging company, BaiShanLin, was given unimaginable concessions while doing nothing for Guyana’s economy or her people.
Guyana is still learning more about the magnitude of concessions granted to BaiShanLin as these were never made public during the tenure of the PPP/C.
Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ashni Singh approved extreme tax waivers. Goolsarran described this as an assault on the people of Guyana.
The same power Dr. Singh had remains with the new Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan. Goolsarran said that this must be corrected.
The anti-corruption advocate said that there is too much power in the hands of the Minister of Finance who decides on the grant of fiscal concessions. He noted that he had made that point back in 1992 during his tenure as Auditor General.

Former Minister of Finance, Ashni Singh

Former Minister of Finance, Ashni Singh

Goolsarran told Kaieteur News that at that time, the extent of fiscal concessions granted was in the order of 80 percent of the country’s revenue.
“One solution to the problem is for all foreign investment proposals to be tabled and debated in the National Assembly and sanctioned by this body before the investment agreement is signed,” said Goolsarran.
Goolsarran said that the entire nation benefits that way. The opposition will be allowed to have a say, the media will be able to scrutinize the proposals and the nation will be informed.
This will be a win, win for all. Some of the concessions given to BaiShanLin that the nation is now learning about, were granted since 2012. This sort of ignorance that was forced on the public can be avoided if indeed all proposals are laid before the home of democracy—the National Assembly.

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Chinese Spare parts dealer get big contract http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/chinese-spare-parts-dealer-get-big-contract/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/chinese-spare-parts-dealer-get-big-contract/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:35:38 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403914 Dem boys never know that Guyana had so many thieves. Dem thought that de thieves was only dem who de police use to ketch and lock up. Dem didn’t know that most of de thieves use to drive around in Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, BMW and Prado. Most of dem live in Pradoville. Some live in Pradoville2. Dem behave like de military.
De more bright you get you get promote in de military. In de case of Pradoville, de bigger de thief de bigger de property.
Don’t ask who got de biggest property in Pradoville2. And is not dem boys seh suh. De Ministry of Land and Survey seh suh, not dem boys.
Shaik Baksh was one who was driving a fancy Prado but he nah live in Pradoville. Dem boys remember he was de Minister who approve a computer contract fuh he Ministry.
When dem boys check who de contract was awarded to, de address tun out to be a barber shop in Brooklyn, New York.
He lef that Ministry and go to GWI he tender fuh a house to rent and he win he own tender. It tun out to be he own house that he rent to heself, collecting tax free dollar.
How much more corrupt can an official get in this country?
Shaik Baksh is only a li’l one. Dem boys did expose de US$42M transmission line. At first all of dem seh was a sweetheart deal. It now turn out that de contractor who supply and run de transmission line is a Chinee spare parts dealer.
And dem boys hear that another big contract is in de making fuh him.
De One Laptop Per Family project tun a half laptop per family. Poulourie Joe had two sons holding de key position. De audit find out that one of dem wasn’t even qualified.
That is why de project didn’t even meet half way.
Talk half and wait to see wha action Soulja Bai gun tek.

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History-making Lion, Maxine Cummings, is a ‘Special Person’ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/history-making-lion-maxine-cummings-is-a-special-person/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/history-making-lion-maxine-cummings-is-a-special-person/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:30:51 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403763  “To me there is always a pleasure in helping other people. You feel a sense of satisfaction when you see the smiles on the faces of some people…I feel sometimes that if we give people an opportunity to be able to help themselves, it can help them much more than having them stretching out their hands continuously.”

By Sharmain Grainger

Leadership is not a quality that all human beings possess. In fact, being dedicated to a noble cause and

Lion Maxine Cummings

Lion Maxine Cummings

remaining committed to same while being humble is not always achievable.
However, our ‘Special Person’ this week, Maxine Cummings, is one individual who embodies all of the above.
It is perhaps safe to say that her name has already been etched in the annals of history, having dedicated herself not only to her family, but the wider community. She is best known for her steadfast involvement in the Lions Club Movement.

EARLY DAYS
Born Maxine Semple on September 29, 1957, she was the eldest of three children born to the union of Norman and Joyce Semple. New Amsterdam, Berbice was home to the Semple family.
According to Cummings, although her mother passed away about 10 years ago, her father (featured as a ‘Special Person’ in Nov 2011), who is a retired Trade Unionist and a one-time Head of the Guyana Public Service Union and Chief Labour Officer, still resides in the Ancient County.
While in New Amsterdam, Cummings recalled attending the St. Mary’s Carmalite Covent School before moving on to the Berbice High School.
Immediately out of school she worked for a short period at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court as a clerk. She was, however, fortunate to secure a scholarship which allowed her to travel to Russia to pursue studies in Agriculture. In her early days she also made history by becoming arguably the first female Guyanese to be granted a scholarship of this nature to study at the Kuban Agriculture Institute in the southern part of Russia.

In the company of her husband, Dr. Rudolph Cummings.

In the company of her husband, Dr. Rudolph Cummings.

The desire to delve in the field of agriculture came naturally to the young Maxine. Perhaps it was her father’s dedication to his small kitchen garden that had long stimulated her interest. “From school I knew I was interested in agriculture and seeing my father in his own little kitchen garden I believe helped,” Cummings said.
Cummings’ studies in Russia lasted for five and a half years. Upon her return in 1985 she was able to secure a job at the Guyana Sugar Corporation as an Agronomist. “I worked in research since I was there, so from 1985-1987, I was working primarily with sugar cane breeding,” Cummings recounted.
But it was around 1987-1990 that sugar cane breeding was on pause. Cummings recounted that “we got into diversified crops. I did do some of the evaluation of some of the other crops that we were involved with at the time…we were interested in things such as cow pea and soya bean as a fodder. So we did quite a bit of evaluation of those looking for the best types to grow here.”
However, with the return of Booker Tate, cane breeding again became a regular feature.
Thirty-one years later, Cummings is still employed at the same company in the elevated position of Manager of the Breeding and Selection Department within its Agriculture Research Centre.
Her unreserved commitment has not only been very visible in her profession and community service, but also in her family life. In fact Dr. Cummings has remained committed to a marriage that has already spanned a period

Dr and Mrs Cummings with the International President Fiscal Year (2014-2015) Joe Preston and his wife.

Dr and Mrs Cummings with the International President Fiscal Year (2014-2015) Joe Preston and his wife.

of 31 years. Her husband, Dr. Rudolph Cummings, is the Programme Manager of Health Sector Development at the Caricom Secretariat. The two are parents to a son who is currently pursing studies overseas.
According to Mrs. Cummings, remaining committed to anything is not always an easy task but rather “it takes some amount of compromise…sometimes we are too hasty in making certain decisions.”
She, moreover, has credited cautious actions for her being able to evolve professionally, in family life and as a person who is very appreciated by many.

DEDICATED AND QUALIFIED
A resident of Tucville, Georgetown, Maxine Cummings first joined the Lions Club movement in 1994. According to her, she was invited to be a part of the D’Urban Park Lions Club which was chartered one year prior.
By 1995 she officially became a member of the Club, and by the following year was elected Secretary. She rose through the ranks quite effortlessly, becoming not only the Director of the Board, but President.
She was privileged to move from one tier to the next. She eventually became a Zone Chairperson in 2005, having responsibility for seven of the Clubs in Guyana. In order to emphasise the prestige of her elevation in the Lions

Displaying an award she received as District Governor.

Displaying an award she received as District Governor.

movement, Cummings explained that “in Guyana we have 19 Lions Clubs, with six to seven Clubs in a single Zone. I was Zone Chair for what is called Zone 2C, which represents clubs in Georgetown, Bartica and Kwakwani.”
But by 2007 she was elected to hold the capacity of Region Chair. This essentially meant being tasked with the responsibility of overseeing all of the Clubs in Guyana. She served for a period of one year. But her elevation in the movement did not stop there. By 2008 she became the Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer, working along with the District Governor who at the time was Mr. Ivor English.
It certainly was not a struggle for her to climb to prominence in the hierarchy of the Lions movement. In fact by 2014 she made unprecedented history when she was elected the first female Guyanese to be named District Governor.
There have been female District Governors from Suriname and Trinidad, but never before had Guyana achieved this feat. In order to become a delegate for the position of District Governor, a member of the Lions Club is thoroughly examined.
“They look at your abilities ranging from your leadership skills and the positions you would have held over the years. To be a District Governor you need to have served as your Club’s President and at least Zone Chairperson,” explained Cummings, who, based on the various positions she held, was long qualified for the post.
“I knew I was qualified, but to be honest at first I wasn’t really interested. I didn’t want to do it; I didn’t feel I could do it and be successful,” she recollected. But she was nudged considerably to adopt a frame of mind to take on the task. Among her chief ‘cheerleaders’ was the now deceased, Deborah Backer, who was both an attorney-at-law and Member of Parliament at the time. But Cummings was convinced that Backer, who was then the Charter President for the D’Urban Park Lions Club, was more

During the Convention in Suriname where she was elected District Governor.

During the Convention in Suriname where she was elected District Governor.

suited for the position of District Governor.
“She encouraged me. I remember Debbie calling me and saying ‘Maxine, you have to prepare yourself, because you have to go up for the Governor position’…I even told her ‘the time you are wasting in the politics, why don’t you go and become Governor, because you are likely to be more successful there,’” said Cummings, as she recalled that Backer was then within the ranks of the parliamentary opposition. She eventually gave in to a very determined Backer.

“SHE NEVER EVEN SAW IT HAPPEN”
Cummings was first elected to become the Second Vice District Governor, after which she was prepped for the role of District Governor. Backer would however pass away before Cummings was elected to the position of District Governor at a Lions International Convention in Suriname. “She never even saw it happen,” said an almost despondent Cummings.
As District Governor, she explained, she was tasked with the administration of the District which meant checking on all of the Clubs in all of the sub-districts spread across Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname.
And according to Cummings, she was able to visit all of the Clubs but one. The only Club that was not graced with her presence was Kwakwani. “Everybody looks forward to having the Governor visit their club, and they understandably feel slighted if you don’t visit,” said Cummings, as she noted that there was a very plausible reason for this state of affairs.
“The road to Kwakwani was impassable, so it was very difficult for us to work out that visit to Kwakwani, but I communicate with the members and I’ve told them that I still owe them that visit…because of that road link problem, they are generally not afforded visits from as many Governors,” Cummings related.
Cummings served successfully as District Governor for her designated one year (2014-2015) and has since assumed the position of Council Chairperson, a position that she will continue to serve in until the end of June this year. A Surinamese woman has since succeeded Cummings as District Governor.
Lions Club International is regarded as the global leader in community service. And, according to Cummings, the movement is gearing to celebrate 100 years of existence next year. And of course a grand celebration in Chicago, United States, will commemorate this milestone, she revealed.

FOUNDATION
The Lions Club International traditionally has been known for its work with the blind, but has evolved as one of the most recognised organisations globally that has been integrally involved in many aspects of community service, ranging from helping persons affected by natural disasters to health issues.
“We are always on the frontline helping and we have a foundation to which members are encouraged to make contributions. Now the money that goes to that Foundation is what is used worldwide if there are disasters,” according to Cummings. And help from Lions Club International is always forthcoming in times of disaster to any country that has a Lions movement.
“We have given help to Haiti, Dominica, Japan…contributions made to the Foundation are disbursed wherever there is a need,” said Cummings, who pointed out that among the health issues that Lions International has been helping to address is that of river blindness.
Scientifically known as Onchoericiasis and also referred to Robles disease, river blindness is caused by infection with the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. Symptoms include severe itching, bumps under the skin and blindness.
In addition to its involvement in the eradication of river blindness, Cummings said that the Lions movement has also been working towards bringing an end to the scourge of measles.
The effort of Lions International is complemented by funding from American business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, Cummings informed. She added that “they are matching whatever money Lions put up for measles so that the disease can be eradicated worldwide.”
On the local scene, though, Cummings said that eye screening for children, mainly those preparing for the National Grade Six Assessment, is a regular feature. And this undertaking is especially popular during the month of October, annually, which is recognised as the month for sight. A day in the month, October 13, is designated as World Sight Day.
On this day, Cummings said, many Clubs facilitate screening for children, and according to her “we have found that a lot of the children have been found wanting. We have found some children with glaucoma. We have also found that some parents don’t believe that their children are not seeing well. Some of them believe that it is ‘tricks’ they (children) are playing, but many of them are in fact in need of spectacles to help them to see better,” said Cummings.
Lions Clubs have also been involved in providing services such as reading and remedial classes to primary aged children as well as visual and dental care. These services are not only provided to children but also the elderly, Cummings added.
“We have even partnered with the Ministry of Health…I recall one time when they had this big measles eradication drive and we went into the Sophia area with the Ministry of Health. We were actually walking door to door bringing the people out to get vaccinated. We have worked along with them (Health Ministry) with diabetes awareness, and now we are also focusing on cancer awareness, because we have lost two members to this disease,” said Cummings.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
While the Lions movement in the past was focused a great deal on small community projects such as the painting of pedestrian crossing and road signs, Cummings asserted that such activities are now relegated to the Leo movement, which encourages the involvement of younger people.
Being a part of the massive movement, whether as a young person or an adult, Cummings noted that it is generally intended to offer personal development. Added to this, she said that it offers the capacity to engage in community work not merely independently but as a recognised group.
“Through this you are able to work as a community versus you doing something single-handedly…it does help to be a part of this movement, and there are a lot of opportunities to be had from the international body, because there is always a programme. There are programmes on leadership development among others that people can use in their day to day lives,” added Cummings.
But being a part of a Lions Club should not only be triggered by word of mouth, as according to Cummings, there should be an engrained desire to be a part of an organisation which has a main goal of helping the less fortunate. She, however, noted that in so doing, members are able to make friends and even travel the world where Lions International Conventions are held.
“For me, some of the places I have visited I probably would not have visited if I wasn’t part of a Lions Club…I have been to Australia, South Korea, Thailand and this year we are going to Japan…as a group we can do so much, whether it is being of help to needy people here or as a group travelling and expanding our horizons.”
But there is no better feeling than helping others.
“To me there is always a pleasure in helping other people. You feel a sense of satisfaction when you see the smiles on the faces of some people…I feel sometimes that if we give people an opportunity to be able to help themselves it can help them much more than having them stretching out their hands continuously,” said Cummings.

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Real Madrid crowned kings of Europe for record 11th time http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/real-madrid-crowned-kings-of-europe-for-record-11th-time/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/real-madrid-crowned-kings-of-europe-for-record-11th-time/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:25:36 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403841 Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final, thus booking their place at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup Japan in December.

Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid came out on top in the penalty shootout against Atletico Madrid.

Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid came out on top in the penalty shootout against Atletico Madrid.

In Milan’s San Siro where the atmosphere was electric, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos opened the scoring on 15 minutes, before half-time substitute Yannick Carrasco grabbed the leveller for Atleti on 79 minutes, bringing the game to extra time.
After a stalemate, the game went to a shoot-out where Cristiano Ronaldo netted the winner, seeing Los Merengues crowned kings of Europe for a record 11th time. The second all-Madrid final in three years saw Atletico’s Koke enjoy the first opportunity on five minutes but goalkeeper Keylor Navas was able to hold onto his effort with ease.
Moments later at the other end, Jan Oblak pulled off a stunning save to deny Casemiro from close range, who had latched onto the end of Gareth Bale’s free-kick. Los Merengues took the lead on the 15-minute mark when a Toni Kroos free-kick was flicked on cleverly by Bale’s head into the direction of skipper Ramos, who turned the ball past Oblak.
The 2014 winners continued to look confident going forward, but Atleti were not without their chances as Antoine Griezmann tried to catch Navas off-guard with a couple of long range efforts, but the shot-stopper was quick to react each time.
There was drama shortly after the break when Los Rojiblancos were awarded a penalty after Fernando Torres was brought down by Pepe inside the area. France international Griezmann stepped up to take the spot-kick, but he was unable to grab his side an equaliser, with his effort smashing the crossbar.

Ronaldo reserved himself for the fifth penalty and after Juanfran had seen his spotkick strike the foot of the post he made no mistake.

Ronaldo reserved himself for the fifth penalty and after Juanfran had seen his spotkick strike the foot of the post he made no mistake.

Atleti continued to press for a leveller, going close on 54 minutes when Stefan Savic hit the side-netting, while Saul Niguez fired narrowly wide shortly before the hour mark. At the other end, Karim Benzema nearly doubled Real’s advantage after charging into the box on 70 minutes, but Slovenian shot-stopper Oblak pulled off another strong save.
Cristiano Ronaldo tested Oblak on 78 minutes and Savic made a last-ditch clearance to deny Bale soon after, but just as it looked like Los Merengues were piling on the pressure, substitute Carrasco grabbed the equaliser for Atletico, turning home Juanfran’s cross and becoming the first Belgian to score in a Champions League final.
In extra time, Casemiro tried his luck from way out, while Oblak again proved reliable for his team by holding onto Ronaldo’s 95th-minute header. Five minutes after, Bale, in a dangerous position, launched an effort towards goal, only to be denied by an heroic block from Diego Godin. A tense battle ensued in extra time and while Lucas Vazquez went close late on, seeing his effort blocked by Lucas Hernandez, the tie went to penalties.
After all spot-kicks were converted in the shoot-out with the score poised at 4-3, Atletico’s Juanfran saw his penalty hit the post – and afterwards, Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot, sending the ball past Oblak and sealing the trophy for Zinedine. (FIFA)

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NSC/GASA Independence Swim Meet…Persaud, Noel set new records on day two http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/nscgasa-independence-swim-meet-persaud-noel-set-new-records-on-day-two/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/nscgasa-independence-swim-meet-persaud-noel-set-new-records-on-day-two/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:24:06 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403875 Goodwill Games gold medalist Aleka Persaud underlined he status as one of the most

Director of Sport Christopher Jones (right), Dr. Joseph Haynes, Cuban Ambassador Julio Caesar and GASA’s Ivan Persaud taking the March Past during the opening ceremony.

Director of Sport Christopher Jones (right), Dr. Joseph Haynes, Cuban Ambassador Julio Caesar and GASA’s Ivan Persaud taking the March Past during the opening ceremony.

talented young swimmers locally with an outstanding performance that saw her achieving a new record, claiming gold in the process when the National Sports Commission/Guyana Amateur Swimming Association Independence Meet continued yesterday.

Persaud of the Orca Swim Speed Club overcame Patrice Mahaica of Dolphin Swim Club and Nia Fraiser of the USA to win the Girls 9-10 50m Butterfly in a time of 34.89 seconds bettering her old record of 36.00.
Persaud maintained her winning streak winning the 9-10 100m Breaststroke in I:40.31 seconds. Mahaica placed second in 1:46.52 while Antonia Dey finished third in 1:47.56. Persaud also captured the 50m freestyle to crown off an outstanding day.
Raekwon Noel of Silver Sharks Swim Club bettered his old time of 35.52 to win the boys 9-10 50m Butterfly in 33.28. Paul Mahaica of Dolphin Swim Club took the runner-up spot while Lajuan Munroe claimed third.
Noel was in winners’ row once again when he carted off the 9-10 100m Breaststroke in 1:37.72 ahead of Mahaica and Ethan Gonslaves of Dorado Swim Speed Club. Noel then won the 100m Freestyle in the said division.
Amy Grant won the girls 13-14 800m Freestyle while Kenita Mahaica captured gold in the girls 13-14 50 butterfly; Grant placed second.
Ariel Rodrigues of Orca Swim Speed Club took the top podium spot in the Girls 8 & Under 50m Butterfly in 45.88 while Sarah Ramsammy of Dolphin finished second. The boys’ equivalent was taken by Emmanuel Primus of Dorado ahead of Jeron Sokram of Dolphin and his team mate Jeremy Sookram.

Aleka Persaud (centre) with Patrice Mahaica (right) and Nia Fraiser display their accolades.

Aleka Persaud (centre) with Patrice Mahaica (right) and Nia Fraiser display their accolades.

Lian Winter of Dorado claimed the girls 11-12 50m Butterfly in a time of 33.86; Silver Sharks (SSK) duo of Jadyn George Silver Shark and Danielle George captured second and third respectively.
The Boys 15-17 50m Butterfly was taken by Phillip De Nobrega of Orca in 28.12, his teammate Antonio Rodrigues claimed silver and Jamaal Skeete of Dorado bronze. Jadyn George (SSK) grabbed gold in the Girls 11-12 100m Breaststroke in 1:33.91; Danielle George occupied the runner up spot while Donna Carter of Dorado finished third.
Leon Seaton (SSK) overcame Sion Jeffers (Dolphin) to win the Boys 11-12 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:34.50 while Nikita Feditkou (Dolphin) claimed the girls’ 15-17 Breaststroke in 1:43.41.
Antonio Rodrigues took gold in the 15-17 Boys 100m Backstroke while Eve Harry of the Guyana Police Force won the Girls 18 & Over 100m Breaststroke. Lindon Barkoye gave the GPF its second gold by winning the Boys 18 & Over 100m Breaststroke in 1:34.28; his teammates, Trevon Gillins and Troy Benn ended in second and third position respectively.
Ariel Rodrigues and Jaden Dey landed gold in the Girls and Boys 8 & Under 50m Freestyle events, respectively. The day’s activities started with the official opening ceremony which was attended by Cuban Ambassador Julio Caesar, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Dr. Joseph Haynes and host association President Ivan Persaud.
Caesar commended GASA for their efforts adding that his country will continue to support the sport here. Jones who declared the day’s proceedings opened thanked Ambassador Caesar while lauding the parents for supporting the young athletes. (Zaheer Mohamed)

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John Lewis Styles 3 Stage Timed Shoot on today http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/john-lewis-styles-3-stage-timed-shoot-on-today/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/john-lewis-styles-3-stage-timed-shoot-on-today/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:20:54 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403844 The Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) Small Bore Section will today host the Johns Lewis Styles sponsored 3 Stage Timed Shoot at the Timehri Rifle Range from 09:00hrs.

Shooters placing 1st to 5th in both the senior and junior categories will be rewarded.

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What cricket means to West Indians (part 14) …Chanderpaul quits as Skipper http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/what-cricket-means-to-west-indians-part-14-chanderpaul-quits-as-skipper/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/what-cricket-means-to-west-indians-part-14-chanderpaul-quits-as-skipper/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:20:36 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403872 By Sean Devers

After another series defeat in New Zealand and the loss of form, Shiv Chanderpaul quit as West Indies skipper on April 11th 2006.
“I would like to take this opportunity to tender my resignation as captain with immediate

Brian Lara gets his point across to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Nagpur, January 19, 2007 ©Getty Images

Brian Lara gets his point across to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Nagpur, January 19, 2007 ©Getty Images

effect. This would give me an opportunity to focus on my batting and other areas of my cricket….where I would be able to make a more significant contribution to the team by being more focused on my batting.
I have served my time as the captain and would like to pass the mantle on to another person. I would fully support my replacement, and work towards the good of the team. I would like to thank all who worked with me during my tenure as captain and I am looking forward to continuing my hard work for West Indies cricket.” The 31-year-old Guyanese said in his resignation letter to the WICB.
Lara is back as captain …for 3rd time
The 2006 home series against India saw Lara; now 37, take over the captaincy for the third time in his illustrious career. Lara took over for the one-day series against the weak Zimbabwe side and the much tougher Indians and almost immediately the Caribbean team showed signs of rejuvenation.
They won all of the five ODIs against Zimbabwe and then beat India 4-1 in the one-day series; Lara’s leadership proved inspirational and the team looked united and committed to the cause of reviving West Indies cricket.
India had only beaten the West Indies once in a series in the Caribbean and that was 35 years before. Without an injured Sachin Tendulkar and the West Indies showing renewed spirit, their fans were very optimistic as they hunted their first series win since beating Bangladesh in 2004.
Lara was now in the twilight of his career and seemed fully matured and determined to be remembered as not only a sublime batsman who will rank among the greats of all time, but more importantly a great leader who helped West Indies cricket move forward.
He seemed no longer preoccupied with individual batting records and genuinely wanted to help the younger players in the team and see West Indies improve. Lara said prior to the start of the test series that he was not interested in records on a ground where he had twice scored world record scores of 375 and 400 adding that the team wanted to see more wins instead of more records.
The fielding in the one-day series was brilliant and the body language of the players on and off the field was superb. So good was Lara’s captaincy that even two of his most vocal critics (Viv Richards and Richie Richardson) stated publicly that Lara was doing a wonderful job.
Expectations were high as the four-test series got under way in Antigua and a very good first day in which Lara held three catches to become the first West Indian to hold 150 test catches, confirmed that although there was still a long way to go, the home team was steadily improving in all departments of the game.
A brilliant second innings double century by Wasim Jaffer ‘took the game way’ from the West Indies as the pitch improved as the match progressed; leaving West Indies to get 392 to win from eight overs and the entire the final day.
The match went down to the wire after Lara fell for duck and Sarwan failed to reach double figures. West Indies drew the match in mounting pressure as Collymore survived the last of the mandatory overs with the last pair (actually three) at the wicket. Edwards, who survived 37 balls for his important unbeaten one, had Ganga with him as his runner.
Only rain which washed out the entire fourth day and a brilliant 32nd test century from Lara in the second innings saved the West Indies from an innings defeat in the second test in St Lucia. Lara publicly called for faster pitches and another genuine fast bowler in either Jermaine Lawson or Tino Best for the historic third test, the first to be hosted in St Kitts.
The selectors instead picked spinner Dave Mohamed and Chairman, Joey Carew explained that his panel was afraid that Lawson would be ‘called for throwing’ if he was selected. The start of the St. Kitts test was put in jeopardy just days before its scheduled commencement when WIPA issued a press statement claiming that the players were playing without contracts and would take industrial action if the issue was not addressed by the WICB before the start of the third test.
WICB President Trinidadian Ken Gordon was at the time in Germany watching Trinidad and Tobago play in the FIFA World Cup. The matter was subsequently resolved and the impressive Warner Park Stadium had its debut test.
Centuries from Ganga and Sarwan and an unbeaten 97 from Chanderpaul were the highlights of another drawn test but skipper Lara said after the game he believed his team had shown signs of improvement.
“We might not have performed at a 100 percent as we would have liked to but I am definitely seeing an improvement in the performances. The fact of the matter is we are still in a series against India who is highly ranked than us, with one test to go”. Lara added.
The West Indies lost the final test in Jamaica and India had won their first series in the Caribbean since 1971. West Indies continued to play well in the one-day version of the game and reached the final of the Tri-nation series in Malaysia; losing to Australia. They again reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in India; again losing to world champions Australia in the final.
Playing their first test series in Pakistan since their 3-nil drubbing in the three-test series in 1997, West Indies lost the first test despite a brilliant second innings century from Lara who scored his 34th test ton in the second test when he made a double century to help earn a draw for his team.
Chanderpaul’s 100th test appearance in the 2nd test was overshadowed by the dropping of Vice-Captain Sarwan sparking speculation that there was a rift between the skipper and his deputy which transcended beyond the boundary.
Mohamed Yusuff mauled the West Indies bowlers throughout the series to continue his magnificent form in 2006. Just missing double centuries in the first two tests, the ‘bearded assassin’ scored his third ton of the series in the first innings of the third test and overhauled the 47 required in the second innings to break Richard’s 30-year-old record for most runs (1,710 runs from 11 matches) in a calendar year.
Yusuff, who broke the record in his 11th test of the year, celebrated with a second innings hundred and the West Indies soon slipped to a 2-0 defeat in the series by losing the final test.
A genius quits after 17 years; Lara’s retires after CWC2007
The unexpected retirement from Test cricket by Lara during West Indies’ penultimate match in the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Barbados sparked wild speculation and his farewell International match against England was watched by a capacity ground at the Kensington Oval.
His controversial run out; batting with Marlon Samuels, was a sad way to end an illustrious International career which lasted 17 years and entertained million of fans. Reportedly not recommended as captain by the selectors for the 2007 tour to England, Lara, who announced that he was retiring from ODIs after the CWC, called it a day during West Indies’ CWC game against Bangladesh after saying only a few weeks earlier that he wanted to continue at the Test level until he was 40.
Lara’s Test career began in Pakistan in 1990 and lasted for 17 years. During an interview at Lords during the 2007 tour to England by the West Indies, Lara, in London to open a cricket museum honoring him, lamented that the lack of support he got from the WICB and insularity among the West Indian fans, affected his role as West Indies captain.

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GSCL/NSC Inc Independence Cup…Kingston guides Regal to victory, De Franca claims 5 for http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/gsclnsc-inc-independence-cup-kingston-guides-regal-to-victory-de-franca-claims-5-for/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/gsclnsc-inc-independence-cup-kingston-guides-regal-to-victory-de-franca-claims-5-for/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:20:22 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403882 Samuel Kingston struck a fine half century while Greg De Franca grabbed a five-wicket haul as Regal and

Greg De Franca

Greg De Franca

Mike’s Wellman recorded victories when the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc./National Sports Commission Independence T20 tournament commenced yesterday at the Everest.

Kingston struck 72 and got support from Eric Thomas 64 as Regal posted 216-6 taking first strike. Dubraj Singh had 3-25 for the Parika Defenders who were bowled out for 132 in 17 overs in reply, handing Regal victory 84 runs.
Singh made 32 and Asif Ahmad 20; David Harper and Tyrone Sanasie claimed three wickets each. Mike’s Wellman thumped Choke Success by 10 wickets. Success were sent packing for 37, taking first knock.
Hackim Mangal got 20 as De Franca bagged 5-15 and Hardat Herdatnandan 3-17. Mike’s Wellman responded with 38 without loss. Ramesh Narine made 21 and Latchman Mangal 16.
Ariel beat Fishermen XI by 33 runs.
Ariel rattled up 178-9, batting first. Raghundan Narine and Barlow Lakeram made 31 each and Mohamed Rafeek 25; Lionel Persaud took 3-24 and Ganeshram Ali 2-15. Fishermen XI were bowled out for 145 in 19.2 overs in reply. Seemangal Yadram made 31 and Ali 25; Darmendra Mohabir snared 3-22 and Michael Ifill 2-3.
Mike’s Wellman defeated Fishermen XI by three wickets. Fishermen XI got to 159 all out in 18 overs, taking

Samuel Kingston

Samuel Kingston

first knock. Jagdesh Persaud stroked 61; Ramesh Narine claimed 3-28. Mike’s Wellman responded with 160-8 in 18 overs. Lloyd Rooplall slammed 52 and Latchman Kallicharran 30.
Regal trounced Success by eight wickets. Success was sent packing for 126 in 19.5 overs, batting first. Mangal made 38; Troy Kippins snared 4-12, Ricky Persaud 3-28 and Sanasie 2-20. Regal replied with 127-2 in 10.4 overs. Eon Abel cracked 59 and Mahase Chunilall 40.
Ariel went down to Parika Defenders by 13 runs in a contest which had to be decided by a super over. Ariel batted first and made 132 all out. Peter Persaud scored 41 and Rafeek 28. S. Ali took 3-28 and F. Baksh 2-25. Parika reached 132 in response, Asif Ahmad made 46.
Parika managed 20 before restricting Ariel for seven in the super over. The competition continues today.

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Moeen Ali & Chris Woakes put hosts in control http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/moeen-ali-chris-woakes-put-hosts-in-control/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/moeen-ali-chris-woakes-put-hosts-in-control/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:20:19 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403891 Moeen Ali hit his second Test century and Chris Woakes produced his best figures with bat and ball as England seized control of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. Resuming on 310-6, England progressed

Moeen Ali hit 17 fours and two sixes.

Moeen Ali hit 17 fours and two sixes.

to 498-9 declared.

Moeen, 28 not out overnight, compiled an unbeaten 155 and Woakes added 39. And the Warwickshire all-rounder returned with the ball to destroy Sri Lanka, picking up 3-9 as the tourists slumped to 91-8, still 407 runs behind.
After an even first day, for Sri Lanka this was an unwelcome return to the failings of the first Test as they lost control of the game with the ball and then produced an indisciplined performance with the bat.
It now seems inevitable England will wrap up a second successive win – and with it the three-match series. Having passed 40 just once in his previous 17 Test innings, there were some question marks over Moeen’s batting going into this match.
But the all-rounder delivered a superb riposte to his critics with a magnificent innings full of his trademark flowing drives and wristy flicks. Moeen extended his partnership with Woakes to 92, then once Woakes was caught behind he cut loose, going to his century with a lofted straight drive for a one-bounce four and clouting two sixes.
He also passed 1,000 Test runs during the course of his innings – becoming the fifth-fastest Englishman to achieve the double of 1,000 runs and 50 wickets. Both of Moeen’s Test hundreds have come at number seven – a position where he now averages 276 – and this innings will intensify the debate over whether he should bat higher up the order for England.
While one all-rounder was solidifying his place in his side, another was making his claim to be a established member of it. Woakes’s Test career so far has been thwarted – he averaged 21.50 with the bat and 63.75 with the ball before this match – but here he proved that he can be effective at the highest level of the game.
First he passed his previous highest Test score of 26 with a well-paced innings in the morning session. Then he translated the bowling form that had seen him take 9-34 in a County Championship match earlier this week to the Test arena.
Bowling with pace and control, he induced thin edges from Angelo Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana, and took the shoulder of Kusal Mendis’s bat with a vicious delivery which looped to gully.
Sri Lanka were thoroughly outplayed on a dreadful day for the tourists which will likely end their competitive involvement in the series. Having caught brilliantly on the first day, Sri Lanka undid all their good work in the field – and set the tone for the day – by shelling two catches in the opening half-hour.
First Dimuth Karunaratne spilt Moeen at slip when he was on 36, then wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal missed the simplest of chances to reprieve Woakes on eight. Their tactics in the field were also baffling at times, as they allowed Moeen to keep strike even when he was batting in partnership with Steven Finn and James Anderson.
And their woes continued with the bat, with seven batsmen falling to catches behind the wicket following the early dismissal of Karunaratne who was bowled.
England 498-9 dec: Moeen 155*, Hales 83, Root 80, Pradeep 4-107; Sri Lanka 91-8: K Mendis 35, Woakes 3-9, Broad 3-35. (BBCsport)

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GuyanaNRA to host 2017 WIFBSC …To coincide with 150th Anniversary of association http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/guyananra-to-host-2017-wifbsc-to-coincide-with-150th-anniversary-of-association/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/guyananra-to-host-2017-wifbsc-to-coincide-with-150th-anniversary-of-association/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:20:09 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403837 Following the successful hosting of the 2016 edition of the West Indies Fullbore Shooting

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Shooting Club, Thomas Greenaway (right) hands over the WIFBSC Flag to GuyanaNRA Captain Mahendra Persaud.

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Shooting Club, Thomas Greenaway (right) hands over the WIFBSC Flag to GuyanaNRA Captain Mahendra Persaud.

Council (WIFBSC) Short Range championships at the Crabbs Rifle Range, Antigua and Barbuda from May 16-22, the Caribbean body’s flag was passed on to Guyana which will host the 2017 edition.

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Shooting Club which hosted this year’s West Indies championships, Thomas Greenaway handed over the WIFBSC Flag to GuyanaNRA Fullbore Captain, Mahendra Persaud at the awards ceremony for this year’s competition which took at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Saturday last.
In accepting the flag, Persaud told the gathering of fellow shooters and special invitees that it is a distinct pleasure for the GuyanaNRA to be hosting again from October 15-22, 2017 having last hosted in 2012.
“Hosting this time around however would be extra special as it coincides with our 150th anniversary as an association. We are the oldest national rifle association in the world outside that of Great Britain. We look forward to seeing all of you in Guyana next year for what will be, I can assure you, an unforgettable time.”
Persaud, who guided Guyana to a come from behind and successful defense of the WIFBSC Short Range Championship further informed that they are expecting well over 100 shooters from the Caribbean and further afield including England and Canada to be in Guyana next year.
Competitors next year will be battling at both the short (300, 500, 600 yards) and long range (900, 1000 yards) in what is anticipated to be fierce competition. Guyana will be putting both the short and long range championships on the line and will be looking to recapture the Individual title which was taken by Jamaica this year in Antigua.
Persaud said that preparations have already commenced for the 2017 edition and they will leave no stone unturned in making 150th truly memorable on and off the range.
“We will be working assiduously towards running an efficient competition next year with eth over 100 shooters we are anticipating that will be here along with their families in some instances. This will be a good opportunity to further showcase Guyana and we will be making approaches to the Government and private sector to get on board and partner with us for this special occasion.”

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D.C Jammers complete series sweep http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/d-c-jammers-complete-series-sweep/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/d-c-jammers-complete-series-sweep/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:20:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403836 The Washington D.C Jammers wrapped up their 2016 Guyana tour Friday night with another emphatic victory against Colts combined at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Colts used its allowance of five guest players for the first time in the series, but still went down 70-80 to the Jammers that completed a clean sweep of a four-game series. PAGE 79

Colts brought in Ravens centre, Jermaine Slater; Ravens forward, Ryan Gullen; Guardians guard, Nikkoloi Smith; Sonics guard, Jason Squires; and Pacesetters guard, Ruel Ritch to help them overcome the D.C Jammers.
However, the additional talent could not help the inevitable, as three key players for Jammers continued their dominance throughout the series that began last Friday. High-flying forward, Winston Robinson and seasoned guard, Glen Stokes had yet another outstanding showing with 15 points apiece. Steffan Farley pitched in with 10 points to help the Jammers cruise through the series.
For Colts combined, Nikkoloi Smith had 21 points while Gullen scored 11 points and Slater nine points and nine rebounds. Colts had also loss to Jammers in a blowout last Sunday with its original squad.
In the preceding game, Georgetown Masters defeated Diplomatic Corp 61-47. The D.C Jammers had opened its tour with a win against National Basketball Championships fourth place finisher, Dyna’s Ravens last Friday night.
It was expected to play Linden’s Retrieve Raiders last Sunday but Raiders declared its unavailability owed to the Linden Town Week Celebrations. One of the key members of Raiders, Abdulla Hamid was named National Coach for Guyana’s Girls Under-16 team.
Colts filled in after Raiders pulled out and was blown away in Jammers’ second game. Pacesetters, which placed third in the National Championships, tested them on Tuesday, but the United States-based Guyanese affiliate prevailed.
Usually, Jammers play Guyana’s national team, but the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) indicated that with its focus on the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 Championships in Guyana in July, there was little time to prepare the national senior men’s team.
It was then decided that the D.C Jammers will play the top four clubs from the National Club Championships where they have emphatically won all four games.

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Gov’t committed to improving accountability- Granger http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/govt-committed-to-improving-accountability-granger/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/govt-committed-to-improving-accountability-granger/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403897 – as third Goolsarran public accountability book launched

By Jarryl Bryan
The government is committed to rooting out corruption, but while the scourge has been shown to exist among public officials and must be eliminated, it is necessary for citizens to also be vigilant for its manifestation

The gathering for the book launch.

The gathering for the book launch.

within the private sector.
This is according to President David Granger, who was addressing the gathering at the launch of former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran’s book, ‘Governance, transparency and accountability’. The venue was the Pegasus Hotel.
“It will not be easy,” Granger said. “(But) the Government is committed to (eliminating) corruption, improving transparency and to instituting greater responsibility. Our agenda is to improve transparency and probity from theft.”
He emphasised, however, that members of the private sector are also beneficiaries of corrupt practices. He noted the existence of offshore banks and tax havens, which allow for tax evasion and money laundering.
The President added that all stakeholders, including citizens and the international community, must play a part in changing public attitudes to corruption. Granger made it clear that Government’s efforts to improve transparency and accountability would be frustrated unless all these partners work together.

Goolsarran’s third book on display.

Goolsarran’s third book on display.

“So merely criticizing the government does not ensure (reduction) in corruption. “Be vigilant, not only against the abuse of power, but also the breach of trust in the private sector. Members of the public are also complicit in acts of corruption.”
“We know that planes land in the dead of the night and bring cocaine into this country. It is not just the government’s duty to know these things. Sometimes people put up huge buildings. You pass late and see them empty. And you want to know the purpose of this huge building. But (they) have to find something to do with the money.”
Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, also addressed the gathering. He hailed Goolsarran for the role he played in Guyana in his field of accountability. Ramjattan flagged Goolsarran as the man who gave him advice in the past on certain fiscal matters, which allowed him to make representation in parliament.
“As Auditor General (when a new Government took over in 1992), he ensured that we knew the status report of these units and departments, so that we could understand at that time what we were entering into,” Ramjattan said.
“And what this book does, (with reference to) the abuses of contingencies, our financial implications of proroguing parliament, we have a little encyclopedia that we can fall back on to find out how to deal with it.”
“It might not have all (or) the perfect answers, but what this book does, at least, is set the thought processes into coming up with a solution that is far superior to what we have.”
Ramjattan also spoke about the current plethora of forensic audits, expressing pride in the decision the Government took to launch them last year. He stated that with these reports, government literally had a status report of what it took over.
“That is very important. A lot of people feel that we are not doing sufficient. But the idea was to know what the stock was. It was a stock taking. And for that I am really proud. He has done some major ones and he has done them so professionally.”
Goolsarran’s almost 500-page book contains a collection of articles from his ‘Accountability Watch’ weekly column in Stabroek News. It provides an in depth but simply written analysis of the issues Guyana has had with accountability and governance for years.
This book is his third publication on the subject, following ‘Public accountability at the cross roads: The Guyana Experience’ published last year and ‘Improving public accountability: The Guyana experience 1985-2007’ published in 2010.

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16-year-old waitress shot in face during botched robbery http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/16-year-old-waitress-shot-in-face-during-botched-robbery/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/16-year-old-waitress-shot-in-face-during-botched-robbery/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:56 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403807 – Gunman threatened to kidnap victim days ago
A 16-year-old Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) waitress was shot in the face Friday night during a botched robbery at the Chinese Restaurant where she has been working part time for the past three months.

Shot: Onika Luke

Shot: Onika Luke

Onika Luke, of Lot 1 Vryheid Lust, ECD, is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a private hospital.
Luke’s left thumb was shot off by the lone bandit. The bullet passed through her chin and is lodged in her throat.
Police in a statement said that about 22:45 hrs, the Vryheid Lust resident was working at the Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant when a man entered and ordered a meal.
While paying for the food, the man held onto Luke, who was behind some grill work and pulled out a firearm and demanded cash. When she resisted, he shot her and escaped.
Kaieteur News was told that the victim managed to write what transpired Friday night on a piece of paper and gave it to the cops.
She reportedly identified her shooter as a tall man of African descent. He has a tattoo on his neck. She told the cops that the shooter had threatened to kidnap her a few days ago while she was walking on the road.
The teen’s brother, Rickford Ranjee, said that he was asleep when the owner of the Chinese Restaurant visited their home and informed relatives that Luke had been shot and that she was at the hospital.

The restaurant where the teen was shot.

The restaurant where the teen was shot.

“He told me to put on clothes and let’s go to the hospital. When I go there now, I see she ain’t only get shoot to her thumb but to face and the bullet left in her throat. The doctors are now working to remove it,” Ranjee explained.
The sibling revealed that he was informed that the shooter entered the restaurant and ordered half veggie fried rice.
“When my sister collected his (gunman) money and put it in the drawer, he grabbed onto her jersey and pulled her towards the grill. He told her to give him the money in the drawer but how he holding her, there was no way she could have reached the money,” Ranjee related.
He further revealed that because his sister could not have reached the cash, the bandit fired a shot, which struck off her thumb, hit her chin and lodged in her throat.
“She is only 16 years; that person aint got no heart. That money is not her own,” the devastated brother lamented.
He said that at the hospital, his sister wrote on papers and informed the cops that her shooter would normally frequent the Better Hope area.
“She said she doesn’t know him but she does see him around and she could identify him. The same boy, she said, had told her that he noticed she walking late and that he would kidnap her,” Ranjee said.
The teen attends St. John’s College and works at the restaurant after school.
Police are now trying to locate the shooter.

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Region One residents benefit from health fair http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/region-one-residents-benefit-from-health-fair/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/region-one-residents-benefit-from-health-fair/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:50 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403879 The Guyana Aid Region One Inc. (GARO) gave back to Mabaruma and other surrounding communities on Tuesday, by hosting its biennial health fair. Over 200 persons received medical assistance from the group of volunteersmabaruma health fair who previously resided in the region before migrating.

President and founder of GARO, Kaeron Jones, said that the group is a New York- based not-for-profit organisation formed in June 2006, mainly to assist residents of Region One communities.
At the Kumaka Resort in Mabaruma, residents were able to have their blood sugar, and blood pressure tested, as well as dental examination and vision screening. Basic health education awareness services were provided to children and adults. Serious cases diagnosed were referred to the Regional hospital for further medical attention.
Jones said his team will be looking at ways to reduce those residents’ high blood pressure level to normalcy in pursuit of making them healthier.
Regional Health Officer (RHO), Cerdel McWatt attended the fair along with Regional Executive Officer, Leslie Wilburg.
Persons received treated bed nets, shampoo, toothpaste, hand sanitiser and other useful items to complete a ‘care package’ that brought smiles to most of the beneficiaries’ faces.
Members of the volunteer team comprised 10 nurses and three doctors, one of whom is attached to the Ministry of Public Health in Georgetown. The team’s members expressed their joy in giving back to the region.
“I love what I do, so that is why I am on board with this team, rendering my services,” one of the doctors told the Government Information Agency (GINA).
Later in the evening, following the health fair, a dinner of appreciation was hosted by the Regional Chairman in honour of the volunteers who pledged their support to making Region One a more “recognisable” region.
As a token of appreciation, a plaque was presented to the president of the group, saluting the members’ hard work and dedication towards developing the region.
“Not only do they have these health fairs in Port Kaituma, Matthews Ridge and here in Mabaruma, but they also contribute books to school libraries, give monetary rewards to National Grade Six Assessment and Caribbean Secondary examination top performers in the region among other commendable acts,” Regional Chairman, Brentnol Ashley stated.
GARO also contributed clinical supplies for the Mabaruma hospital which were received by the RHO.

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The economy and the predicted growth http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/the-economy-and-the-predicted-growth/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/the-economy-and-the-predicted-growth/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:41 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403821 The economy performed unreliably over 2015 and this situation is not expected to improve for the people in 2016. That is why we asked the question, economic growth for whom? The IMF has just completed its Article IV consultation with Guyana, and their preliminary press release paints a mixed picture.
The government in the 2016 Budget stated that the economy is expected to grow by 4.4 percent and just two months after that announcement, the IMF checked the books and the growth rate has been revised downwards, reflecting an economic situation that is going in the wrong direction. All is hedged on the performance of two new larger gold mines that were brought to Guyana by the PPP.
If one looks at the Global Futures Markets the highest settlement price for gold in February 2017 is US$1,288, while the current spot price for gold is US$1,268.
The prognosis is that the Ministry of Business and GO-INVEST have failed to facilitate any major deals in the last 12 months. The evidence is clear, according to the IMF; the Net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) dropped some 54 percent in 2015 to 3.8 percent of GDP.
This is the lowest level of FDI in 11 consecutive years. And we do not expect marked improvement in this area in 2016.
We expect this four percent growth predicted by the IMF is touch and go as a result of the news coming out of the rice and sugar industry after their first crop performance. It has been publicly reported that Guysuco failed to meet its first crop target by 29 percent. The rice industry should be off by some 20 percent in the same period.
This weak performance from two of the major contributors to economic growth is not great news.
If this IMF report has not clearly staked out the core issues and communicated to the rulers the urgency of this economic situation, then who will? It is time to bring in new talent to turn this economy around.
If one reads most of the press releases from the government on this first 12-months economic performance, it is all coming across as triumphalist on issues that some people have a very different opinion. So it is clear that different people are seeing different things.
Before May 11, 2015 the ruling class lived in a bubble behind locked gates, political handlers, and sirens since their opinions were clearly not grounded in reality. Surely this cannot be the case at this time.
There are big problems facing the people of Guyana – jobs, personal safety, economic opportunities, access to proper healthcare, improving the education system and a public service system that is not functioning.
Who would have thought that 12 months after promising the people the Public Procurement Commission, the Granger administration would have failed to deliver on this promise? But then again, the creation of this body is not up to the government. The PPP which was opposed to it continues to be opposed to it, hence the stalemate.
Nothing has changed in these operations from the PPP days. Cabinet remains integrally involved in voicing no objections to contracts. The accusation of corruption that flowed during the tenure of the PPP continues today under the Coalition government.
The IMF said the 2016 revenue is expected to remain broadly flat. We would not be surprised if the 2017 budget has many new forms of taxation.

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Rapist attacks Supenaam mother http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/rapist-attacks-supenaam-mother/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/rapist-attacks-supenaam-mother/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:41 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403811 A Supenaam mother of two who was raped early Friday morning by a resident who frequented her shop was taken for treatment for an injured left thumb at the Suddie Public Hospital.

The young mother is now concerned about contracting a disease. Her husband was not at home when she was raped.
The mother of two young children, aged seven and nine years old, related that during the course of Friday night after securing her house, she woke up and ventured outside into the yard to use her bathroom.
After returning to bed some moments later she was awakened to find a man over her. The woman said that the individual had something over his head and back but she was able to recognise him because he called out her name. The woman said that the man was armed with a knife and warned her not to scream.
Frightened, the woman was helpless and couldn’t have done much to help herself.
After being raped, the woman then called someone who has connections with the police, then called her mother. She was taken to the Suddie Police Station where she related the incident, then to the Suddie Public Hospital where she was treated for a cut to her thumb after she tried to remove the knife which was placed to her neck by the rapist.
The home intruder is known to residents in the Village. There were other reports of him attacking and raping two other young women in the Supenaam area. Attempts on two other young women were also made by the same intruder. It is not clear whether police have been able to apprehend the home intruder as yet.
Earlier this year, a Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast woman was raped by a young man who travelled from Richmond Village some distance away. This woman lived alone. The police were able to arrest and charge the man.
He admitted to being apart of a gang who prey on women who live alone.

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BaiShanLin still does not qualify for joint ventures—says Goolsarran http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/baishanlin-still-does-not-qualify-for-joint-ventures-says-goolsarran/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/baishanlin-still-does-not-qualify-for-joint-ventures-says-goolsarran/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:37 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403853 By Abena Rockcliffe- Campbell
Chartered Accountant, Anand Goolsarran has presented yet another reason why the controversial

Auditor, Anand Goolsarran

Auditor, Anand Goolsarran

logging company, BaiShanLin Forest Development Inc, should not be allowed to hold on to its joint ventures with local logging companies.
“It is plain illegal,” said Goolsarran, recently.
In his report of the forensic audit he conducted into the affairs of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Goolsarran noted that BaiShanLin has over the years been able to gain control of five major companies in the forestry sector. These companies are Sherwood Forrest Inc, Haimorakabra Logging Co., Wood Associated Industries Co. Ltd., Puruni Woods Inc. and Kwebanna Wood Products Inc.
The Forests Act prohibits the transfer of ownership/control of a forest concession without the specific approval of GFC. Nevertheless, the forensic auditor found no evidence that the specific approval of the GFC was granted in relation to the change of ownership/control of these companies.
He argued that in the circumstances, the holders of the Timber Sales Agreements (TSAs) should have surrendered their authorizations to the Commission for reallocation to other potential concessionaires.
GFC said that it had indeed given BaiShanLin permission to enter into its joint ventures.
However, Goolsarran maintains that the logging companies for which shareholders/directors of BaiShanLin acquired controlling interest should still be made to surrender their permits.
He again cited that there was no evidence of approval and went further to note, “the argument that BaiShanLin is involved in joint ventures with these logging companies as previously approved by the Commission is not valid because joint ventures can only be entered into with holders of concessions.”

BaiShanLin’s Managing Director, Chu Hongbo

BaiShanLin’s Managing Director, Chu Hongbo

BaiShanLin was never the holder of a concession. It was the holder of two State Forest Exploratory Permits (SFEPs).
The two State Forest Exploratory Permits, which were illegally granted in the first place, are however no longer in the company’s procession. All State lands that were in BaiShanLin’s name have since been reverted to the state. However, the company continues to operate through its joint ventures.
At present, the joint ventures, are the only known logging operations of BaiShanLin.
In July 2007, Sherwood Forrest Inc. was granted a permit covering 167,066 hectares. In May 2010, Chu Hongbo of BaiShan Lin acquired 100 percent ownership of the shares in the company and became the Managing Director.
The other Directors were Chu Wenze and Zhang Li Na. The State Forest Exploratory Permit (SFEP) of the company was converted into a Timber Sales Agreement (TSA) on May 8, 2015 while the Environmental Permit was granted on the same day. This was the last business day before the May 2015 National and Regional Elections.
Goolsarran also noted that the Guyana Forest Commission granted Woods Association Industries Co. Ltd a TSA in January 2000 covering an area of 26,085 hectares.
In April 2009, Mr. Chu Wenze, bought over the shares in the company. With effect from April 3, 2012, the new Directors were Zhang Li Na, Chu Wenze and Chu Hongbo.

GFC Boss, James Singh

GFC Boss, James Singh

In August 2004, Puruni Woods was granted a SFEP covering an area of 110,253 hectares. The Commission converted the SFEP into a TSA in July 2007.
In August 2013, Heilongjiang Forest Engineering and Processing Development Inc. bought 90 per cent of the shares in the company, and Mr. Chu Hongbo became Director/Secretary as well as the Managing Director.
Goolsarran also documented in his report that in April 2009, the Forestry Commission granted Kwebanna Wood Products Inc. a TSA covering 87,361 hectares. The original company was A. Mazaharally and Sons but the new company was incorporated in January 2008.
In October 2010, there was a change in directorship of the company, with Mr. Chu Hongbo becoming the Managing Director while the other directors were Chu Wenze, and Chu Tongwei.
These companies hold TSAs covering a total of 441,119 hectares. These coupled with the SFEPs that BaiShanLin had given the company access to a total of 627,072 hectares of State forest.

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Jubilee film… Film-maker Mahadeo Shivraj complains of rejection http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/jubilee-film-film-maker-mahadeo-shivraj-complains-of-rejection/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/05/29/jubilee-film-film-maker-mahadeo-shivraj-complains-of-rejection/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 04:15:36 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=403848 Guyanese film-maker Mahadeo Shivraj has complained that he suffered rejection from the government for the screening of his film, which was set to be released for Guyana’s 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration.

Mahadeo Shivraj acting in his film Protection Game

Mahadeo Shivraj acting in his film Protection Game

The movie, Protection Game, which commemorates Guyana’s Independence and addresses racial issues of cohesion, was allegedly rejected by various Government ministries, especially the Ministry of Culture, which main function is the promotion of Guyanese culture and arts.
Shivraj told Kaieteur News that the first persons he had written to concerning the production of the film were President David Granger, Minister of Education Rupert Roopnaraine and Minister of Tourism Cathy Hughes.
“Unfortunately, after a 100-plus emails and other attempts to contact the ministers involved and other dignitaries I am yet to get a reply. Though very disappointed that a project of this magnitude was welcomed but now not being given the chance to be screened for this occasion, I am now left with the only option of trying to get it screened otherwise,” he said.
He stated that he first contacted President Granger indicating his decision to make the movie to celebrate the 50th Independence Anniversary and to also make a video to precede the movie which he hopes will encourage racial unity.
The president, he noted, responded three months later to say that he will pass the letter onto Minister of Culture, Nicolette Henry. Shivraj recalled meeting with the Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, with Hughes and Roopnaraine to discuss the movie and how best they could lend support.
He said he asked them to endorse the project so that it can spread throughout the Diaspora and help to create a film industry. “I indicated that it was necessary for our government to be proud of what is done its citizens,” he said, adding that it is the people of a country who are the true ambassadors.
He stressed that he had also indicated that the project would serve as an excellent tool for tourism and that the video would encourage racial unity while encouraging Guyanese abroad to return home.
He said the ministers promised their support and to have the film be a part of the celebrations when it is completed. But, when he returned to Guyana he was given the royal run-around. He said Hughes had not responded to any of his emails, and though he visited her office several times he was denied a conversation with her.
Roopnaraine, he said, continued to shower him with promises but never came through. He said that he had also written to him on several occasions but never received a reply.
Shivraj emphasized further that he never received any response from Culture Minister Henry.
“Just to clarify: I never asked for any money to make my movie. I wrote ten big companies in Guyana and I was turned down by all. I used my own money hoping that people who promised to showcase my movie would do so. Imagine, the President can reply but they can’t,” he chided.
“I regret that Guyanese at home and the ones visiting from the Diaspora could not have seen a product of Guyana made by Guyanese for the specific occasion of the 50th Jubilee Celebration and showcasing our Guyanese actors and our Guyana. What a pity. Instead the movie will be screened now in another country—what a shame,” he argued.
He stated that it appears as though the “words of the people in office to the citizens who employed them have no significance”.
Shivraj had tried to screen the film at the National Cultural Centre but was told that it was already booked out for the year. He said, too, that it was a challenge to get the two cinemas in Guyana to air the movie.
Protection Game is his sixth film. Till I Find a Place and Brown Sugar too bitter for me are two of his best films so far.

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