Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:50:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Children, 6 and 7, feared dead in Waini River mishap http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/children-6-and-7-feared-dead-in-waini-river-mishap/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/children-6-and-7-feared-dead-in-waini-river-mishap/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:50:13 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417245 Two young children are feared drowned after a boat slammed into the vessel in which they were travelling with their parents in the Waini River, North West District, on Thursday night.
Police identified the children as Davenand Da Silva, six, and his seven-year-old sister, Lisa Da Silva.
The other occupants of the vessel were their father, Basil Da Silva, 49, his reputed wife, Celina James, 47, and their 10-year-old son, Dwayne Da Silva.
According to reports, the family was heading home in their wooden boat at around 21.30 hrs after a fishing trip, when another vessel, travelling at a fast rate, slammed their boat from behind.
The family was hurled into the river. Both parents and 10-year-old Dwayne managed to swim ashore, but the two small children could not be located.
The owner of the other vessel has reportedly not been arrested.

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PNCR Congress … We must seek to remove divisions between Coast and Hinterland – Chairman http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/pncr-congress-we-must-seek-to-remove-divisions-between-coast-and-hinterland-chairman/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/pncr-congress-we-must-seek-to-remove-divisions-between-coast-and-hinterland-chairman/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:45:15 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417247 By Kiana Wilburg

The 19th Biennial Congress of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) kicked off

 PNCR Chairman, Basil Williams

PNCR Chairman, Basil Williams

in grand style yesterday at the Party’s Sophia Headquarters.
The event, which will continue for the next two days, featured rousing presentations and praiseworthy cultural acts.
In attendance were the Leader of the PNCR and President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger, First Lady, Sandra Granger, members of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of the Private Sector Commission.
Showing its support to its coalition partner was the Alliance For Change (AFC) which was represented by several Executive members which included Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo and Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan.
Also present were Immediate past Leader of the PNCR and former Leader of the Opposition, Robert Corbin and officers and members of the Central Executive of the PNCR.
Delivering the opening remarks was Attorney General Basil Williams.
The PNCR Chairman was elated to greet the audience on the auspicious occasion where its 19th Biennial Delegates Congress was being held in its 59th year as a Party. He said that the Congress was being held under the theme, “PNCR-Vanguard of a Green Economy.”
Williams expressed that the significance of the Congress is inescapable. He asserted that it is the first time in 23 years in which the Leader of the Party is the President of Guyana.
The Minister of Legal Affairs said it is also the first time in 52 years that the Prime Minister is in the hallowed halls of the PNCR Headquarters and that he is from another Party. Williams said that this is without question a good augury.
Williams reminded that on the occasion of the 18th Biennial Delegates Congress, he had said, “We have now reached a turning point. It is up to this congress to determine whether we will make the right turn.”
Yesterday, to loud applause, Williams said, “I am pleased to announce that we made the right turn with Brigadier David Arthur Granger and our coalition partners APNU+AFC on May 11, 2015, and secured the opportunity. Now we must govern this nation of ours for all Guyanese.”
Williams said that it is incumbent upon the party to give the citizenry “the good life” that it promised which includes the security of jobs, improved education and skills, entrepreneurial opportunities, and the right to happiness and peace.
The Chairman noted that as a Party in Government, the nature of approach to business must perforce change. He said that it must in the first instance be a supportive role. Williams emphasized that the Party must be the eyes and ears of the Government and, therefore, the Party must be on the ground, at the grass roots and all reaches of the Society.
Williams stated that during its Biennium, the Party Leader had introduced two major plans to make the PNCR fit for this purpose. He said that these included the Declaration of Vreed-en-Hoop, and the Plan of Action of Regional Development.
The Minister said, too, that the increased membership and “Congress Houses” throughout the regions are but just some of the manifestations that these exhortations of the Leader are taken seriously.
He said, “In the next Biennium, we must continue the mandate of the Coalition Government, the APNU+AFC, to remove divisions between the Coast and Hinterland.”
In the words of President Granger he said, “Guyana’s Green Development strategy will be developed as a template for the Greening of Guyana. Guyana will have a Green economy. We will transition our economy rapidly towards renewable, clean and cheaper sources of energy…. We will create green enterprises and jobs and we will inculcate Green Education in our schools.”
Williams also stated that efforts must be channeled towards making Guyana a better country where there is respect for the Rule of Law, the Constitution, Institutions, the doctrine of the Separation of Powers and the Independence of the Government, Legislative and the Judiciary.
In his closing remarks, Williams saluted “those comrades who over the past 23 years, struggled with the party in the villages, the towns, in the streets and trenches for a change in Government”.
He added, “They did not live to see the change, but I know that all they would ask is for us to be steadfast. Debbie Backer, Sabrina and Sonia Nedd, Veronica Delph, “Polo” and Ronald Waddell to name a few; I salute you.”

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Lawyer withdraws from Berbice businessman murder case http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/lawyer-withdraws-from-berbice-businessman-murder-case/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/lawyer-withdraws-from-berbice-businessman-murder-case/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:40:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417181 – cites negative publicity

Attorney at law and former Magistrate Chandra Sohan has moved to clear the air as to his involvement

Attorney-at-law, Chandra Sohan

Attorney-at-law, Chandra Sohan

in the ongoing murder trial of Businessman, Dennis Veerasammy, and two of his employees, Basheer Harrinauth and Delroy Fraser which is ongoing before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court, Corentyne, Berbice.
Sohan is also not in agreement with parts of an article printed in the Kaieteur News of Tuesday August 23, last, which quotes him as representing the three accused.
The men are on trial for the murder of Shameer Ali Mursalin. Mursalin was fatally shot on October 24, 2015.
According to Sohan, the article stated that “The three men are being represented by Attorney at law Chandra Sohan.” However according to Sohan, he is not representing the three men and was only retained to represent Veerasammy.
Sohan is also not pleased with the negative publicity that the trial is generating. He emphatically stated that he never had any knowledge of any wrongdoing or underhand transactions in the trial and was merely informed by the contents in the media.
The lawyer stated that he is withdrawing from the trial and would like to dissociate his name from the matter.
The PI into the murder is scheduled to continue on August 29.

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Business community updated on oil find…Production could reach 200,000 barrels daily http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/business-community-updated-on-oil-findproduction-could-reach-200000-barrels-daily/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/business-community-updated-on-oil-findproduction-could-reach-200000-barrels-daily/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:40:35 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417184 – Jobs will be in hundreds, not thousands

Oil production in the ExxonMobil concessions offshore Guyana could see as much as 200,000 barrels of oil per day during full operations.
Updating the local business community on the oil find which is promising to change this country’s fortunes, the US-owned local subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL), earlier this week briefed the members and executives of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on the company’s exploration activities in Guyana and on the results and findings of its LIZA 2 appraisal well.
The oil company officials said that results of the Liza 2 well confirmed the preliminary findings of its predecessor, the Liza 1 well, which saw sufficient deposits of oil to develop and extract commercially.
“Recent data from the Liza 2 appraisal well and 3D seismic survey indicates that the discovery contains some 0.8 billion to 1.4 billion barrels of oil deposits.
EEPGL, according to the commission, estimates that production can be realized within five years and can be as much as 100,000 barrels per day from one Floating Production and Storage Offtake (FPSO) vessel. It is likely that two of these vessels could be in place when commercial activities kick off.
“EEPGL confirmed that the development of Guyana’s resource is feasible despite the levels of oil prices currently,” PSC disclosed.
Currently, oil is just below US$47 per barrel on the world market, after reaching more than US$100 more than a year ago. The prices have been raising fears around the world and especially for Guyana especially about when the US Company is likely to start production.
The PSC, during Tuesday’s meeting, urged for local businesses to benefit from demands of services and jobs that the oil activities will create.
According to EEPGL, the local benefits could be up to 95 percent.
“The Private Sector Commission emphasized the importance of local content (utilization of local resources) and was assured by the officials of EEPGL that the local content in their operations globally averages between 75% to 95%.”
However, it is unlikely thousands of jobs will be created from the oil activities, the exploration company warned.
“PSC said that it was also highlighted that due to the nature of the operations being offshore and the high levels of technology being utilized, the direct labour footprint overall will be within the hundreds rather than in the thousands.”
Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Edward Boyer, noted that it is crucial that Guyanese businesses and the citizenry educate themselves in preparation for the changes which will occur in the economy when the country begins to receive significant revenues from oil.
PSC said that Guyana has to move quickly to establish mechanisms for the benefits that will come.
“It is important that the Sovereign Wealth Fund be established and managed professionally and that Guyana become a member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). These will facilitate the transparency in the allocation and use of revenues generated from the oil and gas sector,” PSC urged in the statement reporting on the meeting.
The commission also said it was encouraged by the assurances of Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, with whom they met earlier in the week also, that local content is a focus of the Government and that local content rules will be legislated.

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Boyce and Jefford Classic VII gets underway today in Linden http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/boyce-and-jefford-classic-vii-gets-underway-today-in-linden/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/boyce-and-jefford-classic-vii-gets-underway-today-in-linden/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:30:28 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417208 -12 Finals set including International 200m and 4x100m races 

The 2016 Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic will get boyceunderway today in Linden with the arrival of the international athletes promising to make the event a memorable one at Mackenzie’s Sports Club Ground from 1:00pm.
At a press conference that was held yesterday at Regency Suites, Chairman of the Boyce/Jefford Classic Committee, Colin Boyce highlighted that all the necessary systems are in place for the event that starts today and continues tomorrow.
“Boyce and Jefford would have been evolving to what we are deeming a mini-Olympics; we are happy to have the Trinidadians here and the Jamaicans are back as well,” Boyce said, welcoming both contingents that were present at the forum.
“I also must commend the ground staff for the shape of the ground and it can now be compared to probably Eve Leary or Providence, it is fully grassed and even if there is a bit of rain, it will not be as water logged as before,” Boyce mentioned.
Meanwhile, main sponsor, Digicel represented by Communications Manager, Vidya Sanichara highlighted the telecommunications giant’s commitment to sport and the Classic.
“We will continue to back youth development and as you know we recently signed Usain Bolt as our Speed Ambassador and we hope that from this meet we can have more talent coming out and our own Guyanese Speed Ambassador,” Sanichara stated.
Smalta Brand Representative, Anjelica Rodney noted that ANSA McAL is also pleased to be a part of the event for its seventh edition.
“We are delighted to be onboard and we are committed to improving sports and we are always looking for avenues to push that, education is important but also sport as well,” Rodney noted in her brief remarks.
Apart from Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, Grenadian Kenisha Pascal arrived in Guyana yesterday afternoon while defending Men’s International 800m Champion, Kevin Bayley arrived from the United States earlier last week.
Olympian Winston George is also here to compete along with US-based Alita Moore and Linden’s Cassey George.
Those, among a host of other local athletes will be spearheading the Guyanese charge among the international participants.
Today will feature several Finals: Long Jump Men and Women, 200m Men and Women, Discus Men and Women, 3000m Women and 5000m Men, 2400m Distance Medley Relay Race for Women, 3000m Distance Medley Relay Race for Men with the 4x100m Finals for Women and Men bringing down the Curtains on Day One.
The Preliminaries for all the other events will also be held. The event continues tomorrow from 1:00pm with the Opening Ceremony before all other Finals. Five Clubs will be vying for the top $1 million prize, while $100,000 is up for grabs in eight international events. The total prize money that is up for grabs this weekend is some $3 million.


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If thiefing is de way to go, then go on http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/if-thiefing-is-de-way-to-go-then-go-on/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/if-thiefing-is-de-way-to-go-then-go-on/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:30:19 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417140 Shakespeare did write that if music is de food of love, play on. Guyana got some people who talking that if thiefing is de way to go, go on.
Dem boys sit down and while dem reading de paper dem find out that some people was actually thiefing water in Guyana, de land of many waters.
Dem got ordinary people who does get cut off if dem only owe $2,000 pun dem water bill, but a big company owe millions and GWI didn’t even know, because nobody use to check. When dem check, dem find out that there was not even a record of any connection. And this company does use de water to do more than drink.
Wha mek dem boys laugh is that when de investigators go to de company to check dem get chase out of de compound. Commonsense always seh to get a court order or a warrant. You can’t walk in people place like if you own it, although dem boys believe that people still got a problem about who really own de property.
Dem boys want GWI to check all dem other company wha Babbie own just in case secret water going into dem. And is now dem boys understand why Dickie West did hire a drugs man to collect de money. Drugs people got a way of mekking people who owe, tremble and pay quick. Now if this company owe millions fuh de water, de drugs man woulda get that money plus a share fuh he troubles.
But that got trouble, just like how de police got trouble wid all dem killing in Berbice. Dem even got trouble wid people who killing other people fuh turning a car pun dem bridge. De man claim how people did threaten to kill him. Dem boys want to know why. He had to do somebody something or owe somebody, just like how Babbie owe GWI.
Talk half and try to find out all who thiefing.

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Bond contract forces Govt. to pay VAT http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/bond-contract-forces-govt-to-pay-vat/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/bond-contract-forces-govt-to-pay-vat/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:29:46 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417190 – Shady deal proves to be a burden on the nation, should be rescinded – Dr. Anthony
The media has finally received a copy of the Agreement of Tenancy entered into between the Ministry

Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton

Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton

of Health and firearm dealer, Larry Singh, and the document confirmed that the nation has not been given a quite dandy deal. In fact, the contract involves the payment of “the required Value Added Tax”.
According to shadow Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, the contact reflects a terrible agreement and should be rescinded forthwith.
The contract commenced from the first day of July 2016 and is supposed to come to an end in June 2019. Government also has an option of an additional three years, with 180 days notice prior to the end of the first rental period.
The contract states, “The tenant shall be given vacant possession of the Demised Premises on the 1st day of July, 2016.” However, in mid-August when the media visited the facility, construction works were ongoing and there were no drugs or medical supplies in sight.
The contract said that government has to pay “Thirty Seven Million and Five Hundred Thousand Guyana Dollars representing two months’ rent in advance together with the equivalent of one month’s rent as a security deposit which shall be refunded at the end of the tenancy lest deductions be made by the Landlord for all or any damages occasioned by the Tenant to the Demised Premises.”
Dr. Anthony said that Health Minister, Dr. George Norton has a right to tell the nation if the government will be refunded the rental fee paid for July when the building was not being used by the Ministry, if the money will roll over to another month or if it just went down the drain.
The contract in this newspaper’s possession also states, “The Tenant (government) shall be responsible for the payment of the required Value Added Tax to the Guyana Revenue Authority.”

Shadow Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony

Shadow Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony

Dr. Anthony said that when the approximate $2.5M is considered, the government in actuality will be paying way more than the $12.5M per month that was announced.
The government is responsible for all levels of maintenance of the building and must pay all utility bills.
The contract also makes provision for the landlord, Lawrence Singh, to forcibly enter the facility at any given “emergency”. However, the contract did not define what constitutes an “emergency” for the purpose of the document.
The document states, “In cases of emergency at any time if the tenant is not personally present to open and permit an entry into the building and or upon the tenant unreasonably refusing the landlord entry to the building and or the tenant unreasonably refusing the landlord entry to the building the landlord or his agents may enter the same by any means possible or may forcibly enter the same without the landlord or agents liable for such forcible entry.”
Further, Dr. Norton has said that the entire building was going to be used by the government, but the contract prohibits actions for the government that may be “nuisance or annoyance to the landlord or the tenant or occupier of other parts of the said building.”
The agreement also states that if any additional equipment is added to the facility by the government, it becomes the property of the landlord at the end of the rental period.
“It is agreed and understood that all alterations, decorations, additions and improvements made by the Tenant or made by the Landlord on the Tenant’s behalf shall upon the expiration or earlier determination of the Term become the property of the Landlord without Compensation there for to the Tenant. Such alterations, decorations, additions or improvements made by the Landlord on behalf of the Tenant shall not be removed from the Property or the building either during or at the expiration of the Term or earlier determination of the Term unless approved by Landlord in writing.”
According to the agreement, the Ministry of Public Health has to “use the Demised Premises for the purpose of a professional office.” However, the purpose intended is for the space to be used as a drug storage facility. This was pointed out by Dr. Anthony.
For the $12.5M that the government will be doling out monthly, the landlord has to provide water, electricity, standby generator with over 45kva and auto transfer switch and general maintenance of all appliances and building; provide a walk-in freezer 10.x 8 x10 (800 cubic. ft), 16 stand up refrigerators; provide pallet racks as needed for storage on both levels, provide an Electric fork lift with 4000 lbs. plus with battery and charge and Central air conditioning on both levels and back up of 12 split air condition units with 18000 btu.

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GCB Jaguars 3-Day League… http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gcb-jaguars-3-day-league/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gcb-jaguars-3-day-league/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:29:04 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417211 Permaul, Johnson & Foo leave L/C’tyne in driver’s seat

By Sean Devers

Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (5-23), pacer Raun Johnsongcb (4-30) and Jonathon Foo’s unbeaten 106 put Lower Corentyne in the driver’s seat against Essequibo in their first round encounter in the GCB Jaguars three-day League at Tuschen ground on East Bank Essequibo yesterday.
The 27-year-old Permaul and pacer Raun Johnson combined to send Essequibo, whose last five wickets tumbled for 12 runs, crashing to 101 all out in 34.1 overs on good track with nice carry and some turn for the spinners.
Anthony Adams (33) and Parmesh Parsatom (24) added 58 for the sixth wicket for Essequibo.
Foo, who turns 26 on September 11, smashed a blistering unbeaten 106 from 68 balls from 110 minutes with10 fours and seven sixes and shared in an unfinished third wicket stand with First Class left-hander Gajanand Singh (25) to see L/Corentyne to 173-2 when bad light stopped play at 17:53hrs.
The western boundary was pulled in due to a soggy outfield because of overnight rain and Essequibo elected to bat after the entire first session was lost.
Johnson bowled Royan Fredericks (2), while Niel Smith trapped Kevin Boodie (12) LBW after he had taken consecutive boundaries off Johnson.
Johnson, who bowled with good pace, then removed Ricardo Peters (10) as Essequibo slipped to 26-3 before Permaul got rid of Ricardo Adam (4) and Avinash Persaud (0) as two wickets tumbled at 31.
Parsatom reached the ropes three times in his 89 minute innings to stage a recovery and put together a solid partnership with Anthony Adams, who deposited Sharaz Ramcharran for a couple of sixes off successive balls in a 65-minutes knock.
When Parsatom was bowled by an arm-ball from Permaul at 89-6 it started a rapid procession to and from the only stand which also doubled as a player’s pavilion.
When Looknauth Chinkoo (1) was bowled by Johnson on the stroke of Tea, the visitors had dismissed Essequibo in their own back yard in just one session.
Kandasammy Surujnarine and Devon Clements carried Lower Corentyne to 26 on a nice lush outfield before a good sized working day crowd saw Clements (13) taken at mid-on as Anthony Adams made the break through after Ronsford Beaton had tested the openers with some lively pace.
Akenie Adams removed Surujnarine (23) to lift the hopes of a home team fight back but that was not to be as Foo and Singh joined forces to orchestrate ‘operation rebuild’ with an array of brutal shots.
Foo followed up his excellent form in GCB 50 overs League and got going with a delightful cover drive off Anthony Adams for four before dumping him out of the ground.
Foo clipped Beaton off his hip to reach his 50 from 37 balls and 63 minutes decorated with four fours and three sixes and the pugnacious right-hander was on fire. But Singh was not to be left out and hit Anthony Adams back over his head and onto the East Bank Essequibo Public Road.
Foo played a one-handed hook for four when Beaton bowled short and hurried him for pace but when he pitched up the next ball, drove him brutally down the ground for four before pulling him for a third successive boundary in the over.
Foo swept Anthony Adams for his seventh six to bring up his second 50 from just 20 balls. His ton lasted 93 minutes and also included 10 fours.
Today’s play is scheduled to commence at 09:00hrs to make up from time lost yesterday.

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Welder killed as fuel tank explodes http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/welder-killed-as-fuel-tank-explodes/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/welder-killed-as-fuel-tank-explodes/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:28:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417172 Tragedy struck a West Ruimveldt family when news spread that the sole breadwinner of the home had been killed in an explosion.
Thirty-one year-old welder, Christian Thompson, called Johnny, died on the spot after

A grieving Amanda Thompson and Christian Thompson called ‘Johnny

A grieving Amanda Thompson and Christian Thompson called ‘Johnny

a fuel tank exploded next to where he was welding.
Divisional Commander ‘F’ Division, Ravindradat Budhram, told Kaieteur News that the incident occurred around 10:00 hours Tuesday at Puruni Backdam, Cuyuni, Mazaruni, Region Seven.
When this publication visited the home of the deceased it was a somber atmosphere among relatives.
Speaking to this newspaper, Amanda Edwards-Thompson, stated that her husband’s death came as a shock to her as she spoke to him on Monday evening.
“Monday he brother come down fuh give me money fuh buy school clothes fuh dem children and Monday night he call me and say Wednesday he gon call me fuh we talk.”
That would be the last time she would hear from her husband.
Thompson further stated that it was only in July that her husband and his brother left for the interior where they opened a mechanic shop. Her husband of eight years was the only one working. His wife is pondering over her next move.
Thompson leaves to mourn his wife, and three children – Makeba, 8; Akinadele, 6, and Malik, 4.

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Caribbean Regional Badminton Championships 2016 – Aruba http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/caribbean-regional-badminton-championships-2016-aruba/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/caribbean-regional-badminton-championships-2016-aruba/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:28:00 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417217 Priyanna Ramdhani claims U-15 girls singles & doubles gold, Narayan Ramdhani win U-19 singles bronze

The Ramdhani siblings claimed more medals in the badminCaribbean Regional Badminton Championships, which is the third part of the CAREBACO Events at the Centro Deportivo Sports Hall in Aruba.
After contesting the CAREBACO Junior Under-19 International individual championships open to all countries, the team battled in the CAREBACO Junior Under-19 team championships with the third event being the CAREBACO Regional Junior U-11,13,15,17 & 19 individual championships, open to only Caribbean countries and members. The 8-countries that took part are: Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico & Aruba.
Priyanna Ramdhani battled to gold in the U-15 singles over Abigael Hing of Suriname, while she teamed up with Daniela Acosta of the Dominican Republic to claim the Doubles gold.
Older brother Narayan Ramdhani claimed singles bronze, while he took silver in the Doubles behind the Jamaican pair.
Results from some of the matches played:
Priyanna Ramdhani Abigael Hing of Suriname: 21-5, 21-4
Priyanna Ramdhani (GUY) & Daniela Acosta (DOM) Defeated Abigael Hing & Faith Sariman of Suriname: 21-6, 21-7
Priyanna Ramdhani defeated Lyeene Schareir of Aruba: 21-3, 21-4
Priyanna Ramdhani (GUY) & Daniela Acosta (DOM) Defeated Johanna Lebron Ortiz & Karianet Morales Mercado of Puerto Rico: 21-8, 21-7
Narayan Ramdhani Cesar lost to Brito of Dominican Republic: 21-3, 22-20
Narayan Ramdhani defeated Joshua Smith of Trinidad & Tobago: 21-6, 21-13
Jonathan Mangra lost to Matthew Lee of Jamaica: 21-12, 21-11
Ambika Ramraj (GUY) & Francesca Matias (DOM) lost to Imani Mangroe & Mary Ann Zhong of Suriname: 21-12, 21-9
Jonathan Mangra defeated Efraim Van Der Linden of Aruba: 21-12, 21-11
Jonathan Mangra & Ambika Ramraj Renaldo Sinanan & Jada Renales of Trinidad & Tobago: 21-17, 21-18
Priyanna Ramdhani defeated Faith Sariman of Suriname: 21-9, 21-10
Jonathan Mangra defeated Bryan Castro of Dominican Republic: 21-14, 21-15
Narayan Ramdhani defeated Wilmer Brea of Dominican Republic: 21-16, 21-15
Narayan Ramdhani & Jonathan Mangra defeated Jehu Gaskin & Nicholas Sobers of Barbados: 21-13. 22-20.

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Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Champs… http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/caribbean-pre-cadet-table-tennis-champs/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/caribbean-pre-cadet-table-tennis-champs/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:26:46 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417214 Guyana claim silver, bronze medals even as dominant T&T capture five doubles titles

While Trinidad and Tobago again dominated by capturing fivetennis doubles titles at the 2016 Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) Guyana’s youngsters did not walk away empty handed as they won five silver medals and one bronze. Jamaica won the other doubles title ahead of Trinidad.
In the Under-13 boys’ doubles final, the Trinidad pair of Derron Douglas and Messiah Walcott claimed gold as they defeated the Guyanese pair of Nirah Bissu and Kaysan Ninville 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9.
Guyana was again confined to the silver medal as Trinidad captured the Under-13 girls’ final with Rayanna Boodhan and Shreya Maharaj winning 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11 over the Guyanese pair of Neveah Clarkson and Abigale Martin.
The Under-11 boys’ doubles final was won by Trinidad’s pair of Nicholas O’Young and Jalen Kerr, who defeated the Jamaica pair of Dujaun Jackson and Joel Butler 11-4, 11-7, 11-6.
Liana Campbell and Kesley Davidson of Jamaica beat the pair of Priyanka Khellawan and Rebekah Sterling of Trinidad to capture the Under-11 girls’ title in five exciting sets, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8.
Trinidad had further success in both mixed doubles with the pair of Derron Douglas and Shreya Maharaj beating Kaysan Ninville and Abigale Martin of Guyana 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 in the Under-13 boys’ final.
Nicholas O’Young and Priyanka Khellawan of Trinidad defeated their compatriot Jalen Kerr and Brianna Solomon 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 to win the Under-11 mixed doubles final.
The individual singles for boys’ and girls’ Under-13 and Under-11 begin yesterday.
(Jamaica Observer)

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2016 Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships… http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/2016-junior-pan-american-track-cycling-championships/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/2016-junior-pan-american-track-cycling-championships/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:26:12 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417220 Romello Crawford ready to represent the Golden Arrowhead
Guyana’s lone representative at the 2016 Junior Pan American Track Cyclingbike Championships set for the spanking new 250m Indoor Track in Trinidad and Tobago, Romello Crawford is set to create history as the first junior rider to compete in this event which starts today.
Buzzing with confidence that he would represent well, Crawford will be under the watchful eyes of his T&T Coach Desmond Roberts who is also the President of the PSL Cycling Club which he rides for in the Twin Island Republic.
Roberts has been accredited by the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) to also perform Managerial duties. The young Guyanese rider who will compete in the Sprint, Keirin, Scratch, Elimination Race, Points Race and Omnium events is set to celebrate his 18th birthday on October 18 next.
This event is being hosted for the first time by Trinidad & Tobago under the auspices of the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF) at the brand new and world class National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva.
The top junior cyclists from the western hemisphere will compete for 19 Pan American titles over five intense days of anticipated thrilling track cycling.
Crawford had missed out on representing Guyana at the just concluded Caribbean Junior Time Trials and Road Race Championships that were held in St. Lucia. He would no doubt be aiming to show what he is capable of doing for himself and nation.
T&T Tyler Cole who won the Time Trials in St. Lucia would be one of the riders competing over the next five days.
(Franklin Wilson)

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GBBC ‘Bad Intentions’ Boxing Card… http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gbbc-bad-intentions-boxing-card-2/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gbbc-bad-intentions-boxing-card-2/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:25:34 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417206 Can Dexter Gonsalves replicate his previous knockout feat?

Tonight’s fight should tell!

By Michael Benjamin

After 8 years in the professional boxing arena, Dexter Gonsalves’ main claim to fightfame is a 10thround stoppage over Clive ‘The Punisher’ Atwell when the two fighters faced off for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) lightweight title last year October.
Whether he had instilled fright into the hearts of future opponents or simply his inability to attract top world beaters, Gonsalves had remained inactive ever since and while the pundits have dubbed him to be ring rusty, Gonsalves has debunked these assertions and will be out to prove that he is still of pristine quality when he enters the ring tonight at the Giftland Office Max Mall, Lilliendaal ECD. He will be matching gloves with former World Boxing Association super/lightweight champion, DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley over 12 rounds, for the World Boxing Council’s FECABOX lightweight title.
Corley arrived in Guyana early Thursday morning to keep his ring date and spewed confidence when he appeared at a press conference at the fight venue. Unlike the affront of bravado demonstrated by most boxers, Corley chose to be humble and philosophical in his analysis of what will transpire in the ring tonight. “We are both great fighters and while I expect to win the fight I am expecting a tough battle with Gonsalves,” he said.
He doesn’t strike one as a braggart but his record suggests that he is more talkative with his fists. A veteran of valuable experience, Corley has compiled a 47-27-1 record stopping 28 of his opponents for a decent 37% knockout ratio.
A juxtaposition of Gonsalves’ record illustrates an 8-1-2 effort with a lone loss to Michel Agard in December 2006. Such a disparity might cause the pundits to surmise a shut down for Corley whose glamorous resume includes such big names as former world champions Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana.
Corley was a world champion from 2001 to 2003 and also matched skills with Zab Judah while turning in great performances against two other world class pugilists, Darryl Tyson and Floyd Mayweather Jr among others.
While Gonzalves has been inactive for just over a year, Corley has been more than active and proved that he still has what it takes to, not only trade punches with the champions, but to punch his way to victories. This was quite evident in his recent sojourn in Jamaica where he won three fights with knock-out victories against Jamaicans Richard Holmes and Revlon Lake Jamaican, Michael Gardener fared no better as he also lost on points.
Unlike the other fighters that are appearing on the card, Corley appears to be humble, even contrite, in his evaluation of the fight and has predicted that the bout would go the distance. “But I’m going to win,” he quickly asserted.
Inactive or not, Gonsalves is a dangerous fighter; he possesses deceptive power and has proven that he could take a decent punch. A lanky fighter, Gonsalves is stronger on the outside but has also demonstrated remarkable ability to trade blows on the inside. Maybe his most pertinent trait is his patience as noted in the Atwell bout. The latter fighter was all over him for the larger part of the fight yet Gonzalves kept his cool and continued to stalk his man until the perfect opportunity presented itself and he did not err. This simply means that Corley will have to be very circumspect and must be careful not to lapse, even for a second in the bout. Irrespective of any pre-fight analysis, it will boil down to which fighter wants to win badly enough to dig deep enough. Boxing pundits will just have to be at ringside tonight to be able to answer that question. One thing is for sure, punches will fly.
The main supporting bout should also be a gem when local boy, Mark Austin, matches gloves with Jamaican, Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes in an 8 rounds middleweight encounter. ‘The Frog’ arrived in Guyana early yesterday morning, one day after the press conference. However, in an earlier discussion he had brashly stated that he will take care of Austin. He sports an 11-6-0 record, winning 6 times inside the distance giving him a 33% knockout ratio.
Austin had commenced his (professional) career on a fantastic note but lost his way along the line. He had wisely taken a sabbatical and tonight’s bout should tell whether he has reasserted to his winning ways. An exciting fighter, Austin may very well find the rampaging advances of ‘The Frog’ too much to handle but then again, the self imposed exile might be just the tonic the doctor ordered and Austin may be rejuvenated enough to pull off a mighty victory.
Imran Khan fought Quincy Gomes last February to mark the second fight of his professional career. However, while symbolically donning his vest, Khan retained the very amateurish approaches that made his successful. He was to learn a valuable lesson when Gomes turned up the heat in the latter rounds and left him gasping for breath and eventually taking the decision. Khan has since said that he has learned from the experience and is ready to reverse his fortunes. Gomes has other ideas and has promised to abbreviate the bout by at least 2 rounds. The two had had an interesting exchange of barbs and tonight fans will want to see the matching exchange of punches. Should the two oblige, a great bout is in the making.
Otherwise, two other fights will comprise the card and when the curtain goes up, Kelsey George will tackle Charwin Estwick in an 8 rounds super/middleweight affair while Anthony Narine will make his debut against Keeve Allicock in a 4 rounds lightweight shindig.
Fans disgusted by late starts will be happy to hear that the bouts will be televised to a wide international audience by E-Networks and the first bout will have to accommodate the rolling cameras at 20:00hrs sharp. Admission is $3,000 for ringside while general seating is $1,000. Other categories of admittance include a VIP package for 2 people at $20,000 and a group VIP package for 6 people for $100,000. These include meals, drinks and special parking facilities.

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Over 80 entered for Real President Cup Horserace meet http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/over-80-entered-for-real-president-cup-horserace-meet/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/over-80-entered-for-real-president-cup-horserace-meet/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:25:16 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417236 Score Even, CP Got Even, Princess She Not, Just Call Me Boss, Lady Budapest in action 

All roads lead to the Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC), Arima Park, groundWest Coast Berbice as thousands are expected to swarm the venue for the eagerly anticipated second running of the ‘Real President Cup’ Horserace Meet which is being held in honour of Guyana’s President, His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger.
The event is organized by RSTC in collaboration with Friends of Rising Sun.
Chief Organizer, Fazal Habibulla has disclosed that over 80 of the country’s best horses have entered to compete so far. Eight top notch races are listed for the day which has over $7.5 million in incentives available including cash and trophies.
The feature A and lower event has 10 animals lined up to compete over 1400m and has attracted 10 of the country’s top runners.
The impressive lineup will see the return of Guyana only A class runner Score’s Even and includes horses such as Princess She not, CP Got Even, Jack in My Style, Just call me Boss, Lady Budapest, Brave Sky, Release The Beast, Plum Plum and the newly imported Light Up Canada running out of the Nand Persaud Karibee Rice Stable, are expected to take to the starting gates in the 1400M event for a $1.2 M purse and the coveted President’s Cup.
The E and Lower 1400M event is expected to have Release the Beast, Because I Say So, Plum Plum, Precise Gold, Good Will Boy, It’s My Choice, Mansoon and California Strike among others competing for the winning pocket of $600,000 and trophy.
A competitive field has been entered in the G class 1400M race that includes the likes of Keep on Swinging, Red Rocket, Cat Messiah, It’s My Choice, Campador, Big Man Boss, Witchy Poo and Red Rocket as the race for the winning prize of $400,000 and trophy.
The inform Cat Messiah of the G. Singh Stable is among those lined up in the H and lower 1400M race alongside Bird Man, She So Special, It’s My Turn, Isn’t She Charming, Quiet Dancer, Midnight Blues, Sweet Return, Rosetta and Royal Cash for the $300,000 first prize and trophy.
Animals such as Champion Boy, Royal Jet, Seven Dust, Born To Be True, Genuine Risk and King Stanley will be looking to crown their name on the two year old event for Guyana Bred horses over 1100M for a winning pocket of $280,000 and trophy.
There are over 10 animals that includes Massiquita Dr, Slim Shady, Liquid Lion, Golden Kiss and Red Region are among the lot entered in the event for animals classified ‘J’ and lower for the $260,000 winners money and trophy over 1100 M.
There is an event for animals classified K and lower over 1100M for a top prize of $240,000 and trophy with 12 animals lined up to compete.
There are over 27 animals entered for the two L class events.
The first event is for open L and lower horses over 1100M for a winning purse of $220,000 and trophy.
The second event is for L class maidens horses (that hasn’t won an event) which has some 15 entries as they also compete over 1100M for a winning pocket of $180,000 and trophy.
Meanwhile, the Government of Guyana and Nand Persaud and Company Limited has joined the list of sponsors that includes Banks DIH Limited, Inshan Bacchus Hard Runnings Tucking Service and Racing Stable, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales and Racing Stable, Gansham Singh of No 6 West Coast Berbice, Trophy Stall Bourda Market, Chico Singh, Hablaw Meat Centre, Rising Sun Cattle Ranch and the Chester Fry Chicken of Bush Lot among others.
Top jockeys, runner up, stable and trainer will be presented with incentives compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall and the organizers.
Last minute queries can be directed to Fazal Habibulla on Telephone No 232-0232 or 657-7010.
Race time is 12:00hrs. (Samuel Whyte)

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Caribbean XC Mountain Bike Championship… http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/caribbean-xc-mountain-bike-championship/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/caribbean-xc-mountain-bike-championship/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:24:17 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417241 GCF to field team for the first time; Bentley to headline
By Franklin Wilson

The Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) is set to field for the first timerace in its history, a team to the annual XC Caribbean Mountain Bike Championships that will take place this year for the first time in St. Maarten/St. Martin on the beautiful trails of Bellevue.
Seasoned rider Jude Bentley is one of three riders shortlisted by the GCF to compete at this event set for September 25.
The other two riders are Keon Thomas and Julio Melville
. Speaking with Kaieteur Sport, Bentley said that this event would do well for this category of riders in Guyana and at the same time take it to another level.
He stated that while it would be a first for Guyana, he also expects the competition to be tough but he would ensure that they put in the hard work in order to be among the top riders come competition day, September 25.
To this end, training has already begun for the team and tomorrow, at a trail they normally use at the back of Timehri, they would be having another training session with a view of further exposure other riders who are expected to participate.
Bentley, a fierce competitor, noted that those going must show the ability and desire to train hard in order for Guyana to put on a good showing.
The course has been described as a hard packed single track with some rocky and root sections, steep climbs with some technical descents, passages and bridges.
The Elite Men will cover a distance of 5 Laps each being 6km. Elite Women and Junior Men will do 4 Laps while the Junior Women will cover 3 Laps.
There will be a 198M Elevation per Lap.

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GCB Jaguars three-day league… Narayan half century boosts East Bank Demerara http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gcb-jaguars-three-day-league-narayan-half-century-boosts-east-bank-demerara/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gcb-jaguars-three-day-league-narayan-half-century-boosts-east-bank-demerara/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:24:16 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417223 Middle order batsman Danny Narayan struck a fine half century ascric East Bank Demerara were bowled out for 192 against Georgetown when the Guyana Cricket Board Jaguars three-day league commenced yesterday. Narayan shared in a seventh-wicket stand of 74 with Ershad Ali after EBD were reduced to 113-6 following their insertion at the Everest Cricket Club. Ryan Shun and Trevon Griffith added 39 for the opening stand before Griffith was caught off Ronaldo Alimohamed for nine. Tevin Imlach was then caught by wicket-keeper Dexter Solomon off Christopher Barnwell for six before Shun, who hit three fours, was removed by Gajnanan Suknanan for 42, leaving the score at 69-3.
Mark Robhe was soon run out for 10, while Steven Jacobs who reached the boundary thrice was brilliantly caught and bowled by left arm spinner Devon Lord for 19. Sherfene Rutherford got off the mark with a straight six off Suknanan, but just as he was about to look threatening, opted not to play at a Barnwell delivery which came back from outside off stump and was bowled for 18.
However Narayan and Ali consolidated to boost their team on a difficult pitch. Narayan carefully gathered his runs on both sides of the pitch and after reaching his half century off 84 balls in 124 minutes; he hit a full toss from Lord to Suknanan at mid-wicket. Ali was left unbeaten on 26 while no other batsman offered any resistance; Suknanan claimed 3-35, Lord 3-46 and Barnwell 2-33.
Georgetown reached 65-3 at stumps with Barnwell unbeaten on 28 with five fours and Kwame Crosse on three. They lost Andrew Lyght 12, Robin Bacchus 19 and Quincy Ovid Richardson for two. Jacobs has so far taken two wickets and Colin Benn one. Play continues at 09:30 hrs today. (Zaheer Mohamed)

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Shaquincy Wright to lead E/Bo gym in Pepsi U-16 boxing http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/shaquincy-wright-to-lead-ebo-gym-in-pepsi-u-16-boxing/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/shaquincy-wright-to-lead-ebo-gym-in-pepsi-u-16-boxing/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:22:15 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417231 Diminutive Shaquincy Wright will lead the charge of defending champions boxingEssequibo Gym when the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association stages this year’s second edition of the Pepsi/Michael Parris National Under-16 competition tomorrow at the National Gymnasium.
In an attempt to help his gym retain the Champion Gym title, Wright is scheduled to slip into Georgetown early tomorrow morning backed up by a talented team of nine other fighters. The 13-year-old orthodox fighter recently won a gold medal at the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament in April and was adjudged best boxer.
He is said to be in the pink of condition and ready to take the Capital by storm.
When contacted, coach of the reigning champion gym, Clifton Moore, declared Wright battle ready and focused. According to Moore, the talented teen has been dropping opponents in the gym and will invade the Garden City with an intention of continuing the trend.
“We are confident of retaining the Champion Gym title and with Shaquincy in such good form it puts us on a smoother road,” Moore, a highly disciplined coach said yesterday. Team Essequibo includes Christopher Moore and Akeel Mounter both gold medalist at the April tournament, Deron Williams and Junior Hyman among others.
The competition is being sponsored by DDL and will see teams from across Guyana participating. It commences at 1:00pm.

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Wolf’s Challenge Cup to continue tomorrow http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/wolfs-challenge-cup-to-continue-tomorrow/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/wolfs-challenge-cup-to-continue-tomorrow/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:46 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417226 The Wolf’s Challenge Cup is set to continue tomorrow at the Malteenoes Sports Club ground. On pitch one Floodlight will take on Regal Masters at 10:00hrs, while at 13:00hrs Mike’s Wellman will face Tropical Spring Masters.
On pitch two, Wolf’s Warriors Masters will tackle HS Masters at 10:00hrs, Mike’s Wellwoman will play 4R Lioness at 12:00hrs and Trophy Stall Angles will battle Blue Divas at 14:00hrs.

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Sharpshooting Pools Competition on tomorrow at Jerries in Grove http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/sharpshooting-pools-competition-on-tomorrow-at-jerries-in-grove/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/sharpshooting-pools-competition-on-tomorrow-at-jerries-in-grove/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417229 The Grand Central Pools Bar or as popularly known, Jerries Shop, at Grove on the East Bank of Demerara will be the venue for a Sharpshooting Pools Competition tomorrow starting at 3:00pm.
All Pools pros and amateurs are invited to be a part of the action which attracts an entry fee of $2,000.
Prizes on offer are $100,000, $40,000, $20,000 for the top three finishers, all accompanied with the respective trophies, while the fourth place finisher will collect a trophy. The best player will get a complementary cellphone as their reward.
The tournament is sponsored by Eddie’s Bobcat, Excavator and Construction Service, Shaffie Mohamed Mining Company, Ansa McAl Trading, L. Mahabeer and Son Cambio, Sahadeo Mining, Khemraj Nauth Contracting Service, Grand Central (Jerries) Pool Bar, A1 Imports and Cell Phone Shack.

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Mayor’s Cup quarterfinals to be played tomorrow at GFC http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/mayors-cup-quarterfinals-to-be-played-tomorrow-at-gfc/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/mayors-cup-quarterfinals-to-be-played-tomorrow-at-gfc/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417205 After a delay for the weather and other circumstances the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground will be the venue for the quarterfinals of the Mayor’s Cup football championship as teams contest in earnest for the Mayor’s Cup and Aruwai first prize.
Kicking off from 4:30pm Santos take on Police in the first quarterfinal, while coming up at 6:30pm Western Tigers challenge Eagles of Linden in the second match, while in the last quarterfinal of the day at 8:30pm Riddim Squad tackle Federal Winners Connection also of Linden.
Following tomorrow’s competition, three nights of the tournament remain to determine the winner.
The semis are set for Wednesday August 31 and final and third place fixed for September 11.
To date Gavin Graham of Den Amstel with 3 is the leading goalscorer, while Fabian Crawford (Santos), Randolph Wagner (Western Tigers), Dwayne McLennan (Western Tigers), Nikosi Denny (Ann’s Grove) and Keron Boston (Police) all have two.
At stake in the championship is the top prize of $700,000 and a trophy donated by Aruwai Resort. The second place team pockets $300,000 and the Ansa McAl trophy, while the third place team carts off $200,000 and the John Fernandes trophy.
The fourth place finishers will receive $100,000 and the Ministry of State trophy. Ricks and Sari has also donated hampers which will go to the winning team, while tournament’s top goal scorer will get a three piece suite compliments of AH&L Kissoon Furniture Store.
Top Brandz of Broad and High Streets, distributors of Interstate vehicle batteries, is among the key sponsors on board assisting the tournament. Aruwai Resort of the Essequibo River is also another main supporter of this year’s event and Coordinator Lennox Arthur has expressed thanks to all the sponsors.
Apart from Aruwai Resort and Top Brandz, others on board include: Ansa McAl, Minister of State Joe Harmon and his ministry, John Fernandes, Ricks and Sari and AH&L Kissoon.

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‘KING OF THE RING’ GT BEER B/BALL CHAMPIONSHIP… http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/king-of-the-ring-gt-beer-bball-championship/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/king-of-the-ring-gt-beer-bball-championship/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417234 Royals score come-from-behind 61-57 win against Raiders to capture 3rd Rock title

Down by 13 points heading into the final quarter, Victory Valley Royals romped past Retrieve Raiders 61-57 to cart off honours and bragging rights in the 3rd Rock Entertainment ‘King of the Ring’ – GT Beer Open basketball championship last Saturday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
Led by their forwards Trevor Profitt and Orlando Glasgow the Royals initially were up 13-9 when the first quarter ended but the Raiders, ranked number one in Linden, bounced back to take control when the first half elapsed 33-24 following an impressive 14-11 run.
The Raiders then maximized that advantage making it 47-34 when the pivotal third quarter closed out after another good 14-10 run.
But the Royals upturned that progression as Profitt, who was scoreless in the first two periods burst thorough with 14 points in the second half as Glasgow netted 10, paving the way for an eventual winning score 61-57 as Glasgow top scored with 15 and Profitt 14 for the Royals.
The Raiders had their hopes hinged on Neil Marks who shot in 17 game high points, and National guard Keon ‘Buktor’ Cameron who scored 16, while Omally Sampson supported as usual with 10 points.
Among those who witnessed the final was president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation Nigel Hinds.
The Royals, seeded third in Linden walked away with $100,000 and a trophy, while the number one rated Raiders settled for $75,000 and a trophy.
The third place game between Kwakwani and defending champions Half Mile Bulls did not come off with the Bulls getting third place and a trophy, due to the non-appearance of Kwakwani.

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RHTY&SC, MS and Albion Cricket Club issue joint statement on cricket issue http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/rhtysc-ms-and-albion-cricket-club-issue-joint-statement-on-cricket-issue/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/rhtysc-ms-and-albion-cricket-club-issue-joint-statement-on-cricket-issue/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:04 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417239 The Management of the two Top Cricket Clubs in Berbice – The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS and the Albion Cricket Club would like to express our profound disappointment on the arrangements in place for the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board 3 days inter Zone Tournament. The two Clubs which produce the most cricketers for Berbice have been kept in the dark about arrangements for the upcoming tournament and who is responsible for the selection of the Upper Corentyne and Lower Corentyne or New Amsterdam Teams.
To make matters worse, the Berbice Cricket Board has not been consulted or informed of plans for the tournament.
The two Clubs, who together share a record nine Guyana Cricket Club of the Year Awards, are very concerned about the current state of affairs. The RHTY&SC, MS and the ACC are committed towards uniting all the factions of Guyana’s Cricket but we would not be willing to do so in the future if greater effort is not made to ensure that our cricket is administered in a transparent manner. The two Clubs seeks urgent answers to the following questions.
(a) Who were the persons responsible for selecting the teams and what were the criteria’s used?
(b) Why was the BCB not consulted despite the efforts to unite the two cricket boards?
(c) Does the sponsoring of teams gives the sponsor, the sole right to select players for a team?
(d) Is it not a conflict of interest for a President of a Cricket Club to be a sponsor of a team, which his Club is involved in?
(e) Why were the Clubs and the BCB not consulted on the arrangements for the tournament. Our advice and suggestions would have assisted in better arrangements.
(f) Who selected the Officials for the Tournament and what were the criteria used?
(g) Is it a deliberate policy to side-line the top two Cricket Clubs in Berbice and the BCB when we were open to healing the wounds in Guyana’s Cricket?
(h) Why were a lot of promising young cricketers like Josiah Dhanai, Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair and Slyus Tyndall left out of the eighteen man squad and the highly productive Collis Butts not considered? Butts was the Man of the Finals in the last BCB First Division Tournament.
The RHTY&SC, MS and ACC are major stakeholders in Berbice and Guyana’s cricket and together have ideas and suggestions that would assist in the development of the game. We are at a loss at why we are being side-lined.
Imtiaz Bacchus
Hilbert Foster

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Ecotourism could boost development http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/ecotourism-could-boost-development/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/ecotourism-could-boost-development/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:15:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417156 Many in Guyana have bought into the government mantra that ecotourism is good for the country and will attract a lot of tourists. Others have claimed that it can assume the mantle of a major foreign currency earner for the country. Ecotourism and tourism in general have the potential to attract tourists, but a tourist Czar is needed to promote and sell them.
Warnings from the Canadian and other governments to their citizens to take caution while travelling to Guyana because of the high crime rate will not imperil the tourist industry. Guyana has a healthy market for ecotourism in particular, but if properly developed and advertised, it could become much more than that – highly attractive to tourists and part of the mainstay of the economy. It could see hundreds of people meaningfully occupied, both directly and indirectly, and be a source of sustainable employment.
Efforts by the previous administration to make tourism one of its highest priorities did not succeed, mainly because not enough resources were made available to develop the infrastructure required. Action, not words, is needed to boost tourism in Guyana, because if all the government is offering is sun and a trek into the interior to watch our birds and wild animals, then the country will be left behind. We must not forget the islands in the Caribbean have stunning beaches.
The building of a viable tourism industry in Guyana requires strong partnerships with the private sector and the resolute support of the public. Ecotourism is a multibillion-dollar industry and one that Guyana should really be taking advantage of. With large forests, rivers, majestic waterfalls, exotic birds and breathtaking animal life, ecotourism is an industry in which this country could easily carve a significant niche.
Ecotourism would have the added spin-off of ensuring that the country’s flora and fauna are well protected while adding jobs to a number of areas that have very high unemployment and thus make it a stabilizing force to the economy. In addition, Guyana’s tropical rainforests make up more than 80 percent of the country’s terrain with numberless hiking trails. It is the home to some 6,500 plant species, 850 types of exotic birds, 220 different breeds of mammals and an astounding wild life.
While the economy is currently facing serious challenges of volatile prices for its products—sugar, rice and gold—investment in ecotourism would make sense. It would in some way buttress the sliding prices of the country’s products.
These are exciting times for the tourist industry, but the government must create the infrastructure to enhance it. It would be an important start in diversifying the economy. It will create a rallying point to motivate and stimulate action on the part of our citizens to make Guyana an eye-catching destination for tourists.
Guyana should not restrict itself to one type of tourism. It must embrace all aspects. Along with ecotourism, the administration should explore the possibility of entertainment tourism. Blessed with an abundance of unique talent in so many areas of entertainment, the country can use its budding artistes to regale tourists, while also providing the entertainers with stable jobs and the crucial experience of performing for sizeable audiences.
Cultural tourism is also an area that could be used to aid some of the least-developed areas in the country. There are heritage sites in many communities that could be magnets to tourists. There are also villages which are home to practitioners of ancient traditions that are ideal for the interests of those culturally inclined. Some tourists have already sought them out, but with little or no media coverage, no one is ever made aware of the relative successes.
Simply put, ecotourism coupled with the aforementioned tourist sectors could boost development and be a blessing to our economy.

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The private sector is stepping out of its comfort zone http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/the-private-sector-is-stepping-out-of-its-comfort-zone/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/the-private-sector-is-stepping-out-of-its-comfort-zone/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:15:54 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417176 The decision of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) to invite the former President of Guyana and Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo to address its annual luncheon is a noteworthy development.
Private sector associations have always stayed clear of being publicly close to opposition personalities, out of fear that this would anger the government and attract its ire.  The private sector in Guyana, historically, has ingratiated itself with the ruling elite.
In the run-up to the 2015 general and regional elections, we saw moves by the private sector to engage with a wider range of views and actors.  They invited both the then opposition parties and the then ruling party to address them.
The then opposition parties were given opportunities never before enjoyed. It marked either a phase of political maturity on the part of Guyana’s private sector organizations or to secure a form of political insurance in the event of a democratic regime change.
It is interesting that the GMSA, this year, did not invite the Minister of Finance to address its annual luncheon. It instead invited the Leader of the Opposition.  Why invite the Leader of the Opposition and not the Minister of Finance?
There are obviously concerns within the manufacturing sector about the commercial slowdown in the economy, the lack of foreign investment and the contraction of almost all the major sectors of the economy, including manufacturing.
The GMSA is obviously worried about the future of the manufacturing and services sectors in Guyana. The contraction of agriculture, construction and forestry does not bode well for the economy of Guyana. The GMSA is concerned about the future prospects of the economy and its membership.
The traditional approach in the past would have been for private sector organizations to invite the Minister of Finance or the President to address them and, in so doing, to provide policy assurances that steps will be taken to address the concerns of the business community.
The GMSA opted instead to go a course that no private sector association has ever gone. They invited the Leader of the Opposition to address them.
It shows the level of anxiety, and even desperation, within the local private sector that instead of the Minister of Finance it should be the Leader of the Opposition who was invited to give an economic forecast and to propose solutions.
The Minister of Finance is the person to implement measures to reverse some of the adverse trends in the economy. But the GMSA obviously felt that they needed a better diagnosis and prognosis than what the government was likely to offer. And as such they invited the person whom they felt was responsible for Guyana’s ‘economic miracle’. Notwithstanding the fact that his party was booted out of office, they wanted to hear what he had to say.
The manufacturing sector has some issues with the government over the rolling back of concessions that they enjoyed, and which the government annulled, because it was that these were in violation of the Caricom agreement. The government has indicated, also, a tightening up with steel imports.
The government has made these alterations without any reaching out formally to the private sector. Nothing will upset the private sector more than feeling they are slighted. The attitude of the government towards the concerns of the private sector may have factored into the decision to invite Mr. Jagdeo to address them.
The most important factor, however, would seem to be the fear and worry by the private sector at the slowdown in business activity within the economy, notwithstanding that gold will ensure a healthy economic growth this year
There has not been, thus far, any critique of the former President’s presentation. This is surprising in a country in which there are so many experts on every subject under the sun.  It is as if what he said made sense.
The government has not responded to his presentation. The Ministry of Finance has generally been mum when it comes to responding to criticisms of the economy. It did respond to the criticism by the former President, at another forum, that the government had no plan. It asked about the PPPC’s plan when it was in office.
Other than this, the Ministry of Finance has only sought to defend its record so far in government, including through some suspect analysis in its mid-year review for 2016.
The private sector is not waiting on the government to offer solutions. It seems to have lost confidence in the ability of the government to address its immediate and major concerns. The private sector is looking for answers elsewhere, and who best to call on than the man they call “The Boss.”
The problem is that he really cannot help if the government is not listening or it has its own ideas as to the solutions to the problems being encountered within the economy. The GMSA should bring in some experts to study the economy and propose solutions, because the government is not likely to give much currency to what Mr. Jagdeo says.

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Arguments for the employment of local skills http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/arguments-for-the-employment-of-local-skills/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/arguments-for-the-employment-of-local-skills/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:15:42 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417138 If you examine the 15-month record of the Granger/Nagamootoo administration you will see the profusion of skilled people from the diaspora that have been employed. The miraculous exception was Lennox Cornette at NCN. How he made that job will remain one of the mysteries of the Coalition Government. In most, if not all the cases, these diaspora people were well qualified. But herein lies the problem local residents have.
Once the Coalition Government is looking for qualifications, Guyanese living in Guyana will hardly likely make it. They simply cannot compete with diaspora Guyanese because the reality is against them.
Let’s examine this contention. We have one university in Guyana, only a washed-up fool with no consciousness of where he or she is, will accept that the University of Guyana is even a tenth rate institution. I taught there for 26 years. Give me some credit for knowing how and why it fell down. It has a new Vice-Chancellor who played no part in its decline. One has to wish him well.
UG has problems sustaining its degree programmes in disciplines like History, English etc. With that reality, where are the opportunities for doing a Masters in any programme at UG? The news was disgraceful when it hit the newspapers five years ago; the best graduating student couldn’t find employment. Well, nothing wrong with that. It happens in other countries. But in other countries, what she would have easily done was to walk into a university and do a Masters in her field. At UG she graduated in International Relations. There are no prospects even in the distant future of UG offering a Masters degree in International Relations.
Guyanese from low income backgrounds, who hold a first degree from UG, migrate to the US, find employment hard to get, and they pursue higher education. I know many Guyanese who are doing low level jobs and have Masters. It is easier to get a second degree in finance-related subjects in the US because the university curricula in the US favours business-related subjects. If the Government of Guyana is going to emphasize strict qualifications without contextualization, then I reject such a policy. It ignores the context of the Guyanese reality.
I know police officers who retired at age 55 in Guyana and within three years, secured a higher degree in the US. They are going to be more eligible for public sector jobs than their local counterparts who retired at the same age but opportunity for higher qualifications are simply not there. What the Government needs to do is to recognize the context in which our local talent has had to operate since 1980, and arrange scholarship programmes for them after they enter government service.
It is called visionary thinking. In my column tomorrow, I theorize on the question of transformative, visionary leadership and I conclude that maybe ( I emphasize, “maybe”) since Burnham, Guyana has been woefully lacking in such leadership and I will assert that it is absent in our present government from top to bottom. I see it every day. The manifestations are ubiquitous.
Government cannot retain the representative of the teachers’ union on the Commission of Inquiry into the educational system because money isn’t there to pay all the commissioners. Government cannot offer a 20 percent increase to low-earning public servants, because money isn’t there. Government cannot build a new prison because money isn’t there.
Who says money isn’t there? Money was found to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. Money was there in the hundreds of millions, almost touching a billion to build a thing that cynics who distrust politicians refer to as, “bread and circus.” Its official name is D’Urban Park. On Wednesday morning, I took my daughter on a tour to see the famous “D’Urban Park.” She did upbraid me when I said; “look at wood ants.” She rightfully said it was too early for wood ants’ infestations. But they are coming. Wood ants are mean-spirited little creatures. They attack and devour wood relentlessly. I mistook something for wood ants, but the wooden structure has conspicuous cracks in every stand.
I like Minister David Patterson’s explanation as to why they couldn’t use the National Park and the Providence Stadium to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. He said such places couldn’t hold the amount of people that would want to see the event. He was referring of course to the masses. I guess the masses include those thousands who cannot get a 20 percent increase, cannot get a lowering of VAT rates, and whose children will languish in jail for smoking a marijuana joint. Didn’t a Guyanese politician once exclaim; “the masses are asses?”

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