Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:55:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 After over $1B spent …$240M more to resuscitate Fibre Optic Cable Project http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/after-over-1b-spent-240m-more-to-resuscitate-fibre-optic-cable-project/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/after-over-1b-spent-240m-more-to-resuscitate-fibre-optic-cable-project/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:55:05 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387356 —$1.9B investment to position ICT sector as alternative economic driver

By: Kiana Wilburg
Deliberations in the National Assembly about the difficulties facing the sugar, rice and gold industries have been sobering reminders to the nation’s policy makers that alternative economic drivers must be sought.

Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes

Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes

Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, contributing to the budget 2016 debates yesterday in the National Assembly,   advocated that the ICT sector and the knowledge management industries will be the ones that will have to be cornerstone of this country’s future.
The Minister listed a number of investments that will be made in the ICT sector.
The Telecommunications Minister said that in keeping with this thrust to expand broadband connectivity and the integration of Ministries, Government shall invest $240M to resuscitate the troubled Fibre Optic Cable Project.
She explained that $140 million has been allocated to consolidate, monitor, maintain and extend the existing eGovernment Fibre Optic and LTE Network around Georgetown and along the coast from Moleson Creek to Charity.
Government will spend a further $100 M to repair and upgrade the Georgetown–Linden Fibre Optic Cable, Hughes said.
She recalled that this project was abandoned by the previous Administration after it had spent $1B.   Hughes said that the lack of a feasibility study, poor planning, absence of effective project management and the use of inexperienced contractors are some of the major contributing factors that led to the failure of this project.
Hughes said that Government will move to correct all this so that the people of Guyana, regardless of their socio-economic status or remoteness will be digitally connected and socially included.
The Parliamentarian asserted that the strengthening of the eGovernment system is critical in imparting added value to processes that characterise good governance. She said that improved connectivity within government will permit joint planning and assessment resulting in Government’s business processes becoming more efficient.
Minister Hughes noted that the eGovernment expansion will also serve to facilitate connectivity between Government and citizens thereby strengthening accountability, connectivity between government and citizens and connectivity between and within communities’ thereby building social cohesion and economic development.
Government’s tangible commitment to the ICT sector’s development which she revealed will benefit from a whopping $1.9B investment catered for in the 2016 budget.
She said that in achieving greater collaboration among Government Ministries and Agencies, $80 million is budgeted to acquire Office productivity, email and collaboration software for the Public Sector.
Additionally, $105 million has been allocated for the creation of an off-site data centre and secure electronic document storage solutions for Ministries and Government Agencies.
The Minister said that this combined system will serve to enhance Government business processes, improve service delivery in terms of timeliness and heighten document security.
She said that $326M is also earmarked to design and implement interconnections among Government Ministries, Agencies, State buildings and educational facilities, and to pilot interventions to support access to ICTs in hinterland, poor and remote communities.
The Minister explained that this amount will fund the setting up of ICT Hubs in communities which will be identified on the following criteria: level of poverty, remoteness and social vulnerability.  This sum will also fund the provision of Internet access to hubs set up in the indigenous communities.
She said, “In 2016, we therefore intend to leverage the capabilities of ICTs in transforming our economy, thus making it more competitive and productive.  To this end, Government will set up Public Internet Access Points (PIAPS) at Government Ministries and Agencies to increase citizens’ access to information and e-Services.
She also noted that Government intends to invest $60M to setup ICT Business Incubators in all regions.
Hughes told the House that Government also plans to expend an initial $25 million towards the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT).  This Centre, she explained, will provide training for public sector ICT professionals.
Hughes recalled that the Official Gazette of January 18, 2016 highlights the creation of a new Ministry of Public Telecommunication which now encompasses the original responsibility for tourism and a series of important agencies.
She noted that the new ministry now has responsibility for Telecommunications, Tourism and Postal and Telegraph Services. She said, too, that the departments of the new ministry include; E-Government, National Data Management Authority, National Frequency Management Unit, Guyana Post Office Corporation and the Public Utilities Commission.
As a country, Hughes said that it is imperative to recognise the importance of developing the ICT sector and the placing it at the centre of the development plan.
The Minister noted that fundamental to this is providing internet access and connectivity across all regions of our country, designing a national broadband policy and implementing a supporting strategy.
To lend more credence to the importance of the ICT sector, Hughes referenced the socioeconomic impact of broadband in Latin America and Caribbean countries as stated in an Inter-American Development Bank’s 2012 report.
That document she revealed highlights that a 10 percent increase in broadband penetration in 2005 was associated with a 1.34 percent increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP); in 2007, with a 2.29 percent increase; and in 2009, with a 3.19 percent increase.
Hughes said that these findings corroborate that the greater the number of broadband subscriptions in a country over time, the greater impact it will have on that country’s GDP.
The politician said that this is why the United Nations advocates that “we significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.”
She added, “Regrettably, over the years in Guyana, the development of ICT as a contributing, productive sector has been slow.”
Hughes noted that the high cost of supporting infrastructure, absence of enabling legislation, limited skill sets has been a significant contributor to this state of affairs.
Hughes noted that traditional ways of incorporating technology, such as importing machinery and equipment or direct foreign investment, are not enough to confront the challenges of inclusive economic development.
She said that it is the effective implementation and utilization of ICT to modernize Guyana to the benefit of its citizens, which will have to be done.
“We have several fundamentally goals and objectives. We must, as a national imperative, utilize ICT to improve the delivery of Government services to all our citizens. We must be able to process our various applications online quickly and get immediate responses to our queries via electronic and live helpdesks.
“Visits to Government offices to collect a form and having to return to drop it off must become a thing of the past.”
“It means that our children in Annai attending the Bena Hill Institute or in Aranaputa for example, must be able to benefit from the knowledge and tuition of the biology teacher at Bishops’ High School or Queen’s College.
Today’s technology makes this easy with Skype. Distance or location must not be an impediment to this goal…”
The Telecommunications Minister said that the Government will ensure that affordable universal broadband access is available for all citizens, private sector, Government and civil society, thereby eliminating the digital divide.
The Telecommunications Minister noted that the liberalisation of the sector has been on the agenda for several years. She recalled that a revised Telecommunications bill was tabled in the House and has been subjected to scrutiny of a select committee.
She said that both government and opposition seemed united in the search for a model piece of legislation to bring an end to the monopoly in this sector.
“But there are several consequential matters that remain to be settled, and for which further consultations with a major player, GT&T, are on-going. It is hoped therefore that the process of liberalisation would be completed during this year and that the national spectrum will be opened to all strategic partners and we promise to have an even playing field.”
Hughes also noted that comprehensive intellectual property is fundamental for the development of a successful knowledge economy.

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Alleged visa scammer slapped with 45 charges http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/alleged-visa-scammer-slapped-with-45-charges/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/alleged-visa-scammer-slapped-with-45-charges/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:50:50 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387325 – remanded to prison on 17, granted bail on 20
Two days after alleged visa scammer, Dhanraj Raghubir, was taken to CID Headquarters to assist with

CHARGED: Dhanraj Raghubir

CHARGED: Dhanraj Raghubir

investigation in relation to scams whereby he obtained over $1M from several persons by claiming he could get them US visas, police have instituted 45 charges against him.
Raghubir, 27, of Lot 26 Gordon Street, Kitty, Georgetown was slapped with the charges yesterday after his appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
He first appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plead to 17 indictable charges, which all alleged that he fraudulently converted monies given to him by persons for him to either pay to Bank of Baroda for US visa application fees or for him to purchase bank drafts for Canadian visas, to his own use and benefit.
Four of the alleged victims were present for the court hearing.
Magistrate McLennan remanded Raghubir to prison despite a bail application by his lawyer, Paul Bram. During the bail application, Bram told the court that his client is willing to compensate the victims. He said that his client has no pending matters or previous convictions. He said that Raghubir works at Creative Concept located at 211 Garnett Street, Kitty.
Bram stated that Raghubir is not a flight risk and assured the court that he will attend all court hearings.
However, Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones strongly opposed the accused being granted pre-trial liberty on the ground that Raghubir has matters of a similar nature before the court.
Jones stated investigations are still ongoing and other charges are likely to be laid against him.
According to the Prosecutor, Raghubir has been evading police and had only been captured on Tuesday. On this notion, he argued that bail should be denied because the accused might not return to court for trial.

WANTED: Michael Persaud

WANTED: Michael Persaud

In relation to these matters he will make another court appearance on March 4.
Moments after that court hearing, Raghubir was taken before City Magistrate Alex Moore to answer where he faced 28 more charges of a similar nature.
He was ordered to post $5,000 bail on each of 20 charges. For the remainder he was released on his own recognizance (self bail).
Magistrate Moore instructed Raghubir to lodge his Passport and to return to court on March 8.
Earlier this month, he appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer two fraud charges. He was charged with forging a US Embassy appointment letter and also with uttering a document that he purported to be issued by the US Embassy, knowing same to be false.
Raghubir was released on a total of $50,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to the accusations.
Persons have alleged that he had scammed them and collected a total of $1M from them under the pretext that he would be able to acquire US or Canadian visas, either a visitor’s or permanent for them.
Police had searched his place of work and found three passports belonging to the victims. Police had issued a wanted bulletin for Raghubir and Michael Persaud of Lot 15 Public Road, Herstelling East Bank Demerara pertaining to an investigation into several counts of obtaining money by false pretence. Persaud is still on the run.

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$100M GRDB loan still unaccounted for RPA gets $2.5M monthly subvention for decades- Holder http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/100m-grdb-loan-still-unaccounted-for-rpa-gets-2-5m-monthly-subvention-for-decades-holder/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/100m-grdb-loan-still-unaccounted-for-rpa-gets-2-5m-monthly-subvention-for-decades-holder/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:45:22 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387371 By Jarryl Bryan
Sparks flew last evening as Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, called on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)

Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder

Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder

to account for the infamous $100M loan agreement granted to the Guyana Rice Producers Association (GRPA) and assented to by a trio of officials back in 2014.
Addressing the National Assembly amidst loud objections from the opposition benches, Holder stated that not only was the loan still to be accounted for, but also that the GRPA pocketed some $2.5M in subventions each month from the previous administration, possibly for decades.
“Mr. Speaker, $2.5M was made available to the RPA each month over a matter of decades,” Holder declared across the Assembly. “And the GRDB has no audited statements of anything.”
GRPA General Secretary and Opposition spokesperson on Agriculture, Dharamkumar Seeraj, did not take kindly to the Minister’s charge about the loan and he immediately rose on a point of order; standing order 41.6, to dispute the charge. And while the opposition benches were vociferous in demanding a withdrawal of what Holder said, the Government side did not budge.
“The Minister of Agriculture has alluded that $100M was given to Seeraj and not accounted for,” Seeraj said on the point of order. “The records in the Guyana Rice Development Board make it very clear that no $100M was ever given to Seeraj. That $100M was made available through the RPA to pay farmers and those records were submitted to the GRDB.”
Last year, an audit into the GRDB had unearthed documents attesting to GRPA General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj, receiving a $100M loan from the GRDB back in 2014.
According to the documents, Seeraj signed for the ‘loan’ in July 2014 with the

The Promissory Note written and signed by Seeraj indicating that he will repay the $100M by October, 2014.

The Promissory Note written and signed by Seeraj indicating that he will repay the $100M by October, 2014.

understanding that it would

have been repaid in October 2014. Exactly one year later, that money is yet to be repaid.
Documents also showed that the loan was approved by former GRDB General Manager, Jagnarine Singh. At the time, Seeraj was serving as Vice President of the GRDB, a position he relinquished in July 2015. Also signing on to the agreement was then Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy.
Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma, had denounced the transaction when it came to light late last year. He had noted that the transaction was done under the wraps and may never have been uncovered had it not been for the forensic audit.
Sharma, who bore oversight for the platitude of forensic audits launched last year, also told this newspaper that at the time the auditors uncovered the questionable loan, it was found to be suspicious since there could be found no reason for the loan, or collateral to support it.
Co-Chairman of the Rice Producers’ Association/Action Committee and now GRDB Board member, Jinnah Rahman, had also denounced the entire transaction, noting that the GRDB was not a lending agency.

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Minister Cummings likens New GPC to “An albatross” http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/minister-cummings-likens-new-gpc-to-an-albatross/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/minister-cummings-likens-new-gpc-to-an-albatross/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:45:22 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387320 – promises ‘soon’ end to sole sourcing
The existing procurement situation remains a particular nuisance to the Ministry of Public Health.

Minister Karen Cummings

Minister Karen Cummings

This assertion was made by Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, when she made her contribution to the 2016 national budget debate Tuesday evening.
But according to Dr. Cummings, her Ministry is working to address this state of affairs swiftly. “Procurement remains the bane of our Ministry. This system is currently being comprehensively reformed as we explore more transparent procedures, moving away from sole sourcing to open competitive bidding,” the Public Health Minister told the House.
The Minister was at the time making reference to the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPC).
She said, “…We inherited an albatross in the form of the New GPC being the only supplier of drugs to the health sector.  The Ministry of Public Health has plans to rid itself of this frightening monopolistic arrangement,” she asserted.
Reflecting on the actions of the past administration – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic – to condone the daunting situation, Minister Cummings lamented that allowing the New GPC to have a procurement monopoly only served to create challenges for the public health sector. “…That the previous government would sell 90 per cent of its shares in an entity it owned and controlled, only to turn back and buy drugs from the same entity which has become a private enterprise, is imprudent as much as it is appalling.”
The outcome is that the public health sector is now burdened with “Buying drugs from a single source because the procedure of prequalification was decidedly skewed in favour of that particular private company.”
But according to Dr. Cummings, open competitive bidding is on the horizon. She made it clear that “Sole sourcing of drugs, as we know it, will end very soon!”
“This APNU+AFC government will ensure that it does not waste the hard earned taxpayers’ dollars on enriching the pockets of the undeserving,” the Minister assured.

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DEA opens Guyana office http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/dea-opens-guyana-office/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/dea-opens-guyana-office/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:45:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387367  (Mondale Smith)  
“An absolute plus for Guyana” was how Chancellor Justice Carl Singh described the US launch of a Drug

Justice Carl Singh

Justice Carl Singh

Enforcement Agency in Guyana.
Yesterday, with a focus on intelligence and evidence gathering, the DEA office was launched at the US Embassy in Georgetown. It will be based there.
“We will need to train and equip Magistrates for the kinds of cases that are going to be brought as a result of the efforts and initiatives of the DEA and the local police,” said Justice Carl Singh.
Justice Carl Singh noted that successful prosecution in courts depends on tangible, credible, cogent, compelling evidence and it is this effort that is going to lead to the presentation of the kind of evidence which will ultimately secure convictions where people are charged for justified reasons.
US Ambassador Perry Holloway reminded that the DEA agents will not be going around “kicking down doors and dragging people out on the streets”. Rather they will play a major role in working along with the local agencies in tackling the drug trade and providing information to the local agencies that will benefit the efforts to counter the narco-trade.
Considered as one of the world’s top or the most premier institutions to deal with drug enforcement internationally, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan expressed elation that operations have commenced in Guyana.
To have the DEA in Guyana will bolster and enhance the efforts of the Guyana Police Force, CANU and the GRA drug enforcement unit, he said.
The Minister described the official launch as timely, historical and relevant even though the agency does not have arresting powers locally.
US Ambassador Perry Holloway said the DEA should be seen in the light of addressing matters dealing with drugs and the United States.
Regional Director for the DEA, Matthew Donahue said that partnership is important in the drug fight as Guyana became the eighth Caribbean and Latin American country to have the permanent presence of a DEA office.

Historical drug fight moment: Public Security minister Khemraj Ramjattan, US ambassador Parry Holloway and Matthew Donahue share a photographic moment after unveiling the DEA Emblem in the US Embassy.

Historical drug fight moment: Public Security minister Khemraj Ramjattan, US ambassador Parry Holloway and Matthew Donahue share a photographic moment after unveiling the DEA Emblem in the US Embassy.

The Agency Director is already promising success as his agency gets ready to offer more assistance to the Guyanese authorities in tackling the drug trade.
“I promise you this, we will be successful”, he declared.
The DEA official further stressed that the agency cannot do it alone and that is the reason it believes it is important to forge relationships. “We have nothing to hide. We put it on the table,” he said.
The agency will be looking to root out the problem and go after the big drug dealers. He said persons should not be fooled that when they see one bust, it would be the only one of that type. Others exist.
Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan,  said that he believes the simple permanent presence of the DEA in Guyana, will be able to play a role in deterring persons from getting involved in the narco-trade.
“The mere presence of this unit out of America will have a deterring effect; the fact is that such an important institution and such an important drug interdiction unit is here”.
He added that while the DEA agents would not have police powers, the presence of the agents in Guyana and their ability to disrupt networks and get to them is welcomed.
Further, the Minister expressed elation that the DEA would be assisting Guyana in other areas, including efforts to tackle gold smuggling, money laundering and other areas inclusive of human trafficking.
In thanking the US Government for its assistance Minister Ramjattan said the US can be assured that the Government of Guyana is its friend.
On the other hand, Minister Ramjattan believes that the ancillary information that will come about as a result of their investigations, will be of tremendous help in Guyana.
Ramjattan said the spill off is a bonus as regards to drugs related activities, drugs interdictions and enforcement.
With the Drug Enforcement Agency now here, Guyana will see a number of other benefits such as training for the local institutions. Ramjattan also noted that there is a programme through which several local officers have received CSI training in addition to equipment at the police academy.
Ambassador Holloway said the office itself is starting out with one individual. It will grow to two in the coming months with a possibility of eventually having three.
He also noted that the average cost of having a US individual overseas anywhere in the world is pegged at US$500,000.  Ambassador Holloway noted that there will also be significant training and technical assistance provided under a US programme which is in addition to the annual provision of between US$2-$3M assistance in this area of crime and narcotics.
“ What the DEA is bringing is not so much more money, it is bringing the expertise in the people, the networks and the information gathering tools  to be able to leverage information and their network throughout the world,” Holloway explained.
“It has largely to do with the fact that there is so much crime and violence in our society today that when the analysis is done and as it continues it shows that it is as a result largely of drugs. It is important for us knowing that and being largely these days science based in our reaction to how we are going to come up with the necessary resources to counter crime and violence,” Ramjattan said.

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MFK murder conspiracy trial…Dead businessman’s sister not comfortable with police prosecutor http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/mfk-murder-conspiracy-trialdead-businessmans-sister-not-comfortable-with-police-prosecutor/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/mfk-murder-conspiracy-trialdead-businessmans-sister-not-comfortable-with-police-prosecutor/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:40:28 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387266 A close relative of murdered businessman Mohamed F. Khan plans to institute legal proceedings to have a police Inspector replaced as the Prosecutor in the conspiracy trial against his colleague Sergeant Leon Lindo.khan and men
Bibi Fareema Khan, a sister of the dead businessman, has expressed concern that justice may not be served with Police Prosecutor, Inspector Vishnu Hunt, presiding over the matter that will pit murder accused Lennox Wayne against Lindo.
Khan, who resides in the United States of America, told this newspaper via telephone that she is basing her concerns on news reports that the Preliminary Inquiry into the matter is being prosecuted by Hunt.
“In the interest of justice, they should appoint a Special Prosecutor. For all we know Lindo might be a friend of the Prosecutor, since they might have served together in the force at some time,” Khan told this newspaper
“Friends helping friends…I’m not too comfortable with that; this is a serious matter,” the woman added.
Wayne, called ‘Two Colours’, is expected to be the prosecution’s main witness in the matter and is scheduled to give his testimony before Magistrate Judy Latchman on March 7.
Police Sergeant Lindo is accused of conspiring with Wayne to murder Khan, a businessman between July 10 and July 18, 2014 at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown.

Bibi Fareema Khan

Bibi Fareema Khan

Khan’s dismembered body was subsequently discovered on a dam at Cummings Lodge on September 23, 2014. His skull, which was wrapped in a plastic bag, was located several feet from the body.
No one has actually been charged for the murder and the dead businessman’s relatives have questioned this state of affairs.
However, while the Director of Public Prosecution is of the view that Wayne has provided evidence of a plot to kill Khan, he did not give any evidence linking anyone to the actual murder.
Khan, 54, had escaped execution in July 2014 at La Grange, West Bank Demerara, when a gunman shot him in his abdomen shortly after he returned to Guyana on a brief holiday.
Wayne had admitted to being that gunman.
After that initial attempt on his life, Khan fled to neighbouring Venezuela after selling his business on Hadfield Street. He later spoke of threats to his life.
The charge against Police Sergeant Lindo of Lot 220 Belle West, Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara stemmed from revelations made by whistleblower Wayne, who is at present in prison awaiting High Court trial for the 2014 murder of Lusignan Cosmetologist, Ashmini Harriram.
The dead businessman’s relatives were not too pleased
Wayne and Lindo were both present in court on Monday when the matter was called. However the matter was put down for March 7 due to the absence of Lindo’s lawyer, Glenn Hanoman.
Magistrate Latchman repetitively told the police that she will proceed with the matter on the adjourned date with or without Lindo’s Attorney.

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MPs, save taxpayers’ dollars http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/mps-save-taxpayers-dollars/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/mps-save-taxpayers-dollars/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:35:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387383 Every year de government does have budget. From de past govt to this new one. All de years when dem present de budget in parliament dem does always have to get de opposition to join in de talk and talk back.
Dem does spend millions of dollars fuh de whole country to watch it pun TV and radio because nobody don’t sponsor that programme.
Dem does put big speakers outside and right around parliament fuh de people who don’t have TV nor radio to come outside and listen. But nobody don’t turn up or stand up to listen. Dem boys seh dem want look important suh dem put barricade like if dem does get crowd. Down to de policemen who deh standing by de barriers can’t even tell you one word wha dem speakers seh.
Guess what, dem own colleagues don’t even know because dem does be snoring. When people want sleep or spend a short time dem does go to hotel or dem does go home. Some does got to de Barriott.
It look like if Public Buildings tun  a hotel because it is not a home and nuff of dem sleeping pun camera.
Dem boys hear some male does stand up on a point of order steady. Irfaat and Bar Rat is two of dem because that is de only kind of stand dem does get.
That is wha dem gyal tell dem boys. Point of order is wha dem MPs does call for when dem want to stop speaker from talking suh that dem can talk.
Now some people want to know if de budget debate is a waste of time, especially when de government got a majority and de budget gun pass anyhow.
De opposition should do de moral thing and save de taxpayers millions of dollars that parliament does spend, daily, pun de food, drinks and sleeping although dem can’t get nutten change.
Talk half and remember wha go round come round fuh de opposition. De exact thing that scampish Jagdeo use to do happening to him.

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CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying C/ship…Lady Jags battle Canada today: Intensity and defence to be Guyana’s main focus http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/concacaf-womens-olympic-qualifying-cship-lady-jags-battle-canada-today-intensity-and-defence-to-be-guyanas-main-focus/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/concacaf-womens-olympic-qualifying-cship-lady-jags-battle-canada-today-intensity-and-defence-to-be-guyanas-main-focus/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:30:36 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387385 By Franklin Wilson in Houston Texas compliments of Fazia’s Collection,  Crown Mining Supply, Anglin Enterprises USA, Stag Beer, Germans Restaurant, Queensway Security Service

Their quest to become the first team from Guyana to qualify for an Olympic Finals will begin today sports logo awhen this nations ‘Lady Jags’, our flagship female team lock horns with Canada in the feature match at the BBVA Campus in Houston, Texas in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Despite being ranked 89th in the world as compared to Canada’s 11th place, Head Coach of the Lady Jags, Mark Rodrigues says that they have been working in their training sessions to counter what the Canadians will bring to the park.
One of the areas worked on was raising the intensity level of each player which then translates to the overall intensity level of the group as a collective.
“We’ve established to them, areas of the field that we are looking to concentrate on and establishing specific responsibilities. One of the key focuses of the entire camp especially in the last few days was getting the players to refocus on accepting their own roles and responsibilities.

The Lady Jags hope to upset the higher ranked Canada.

The Lady Jags hope to upset the higher ranked Canada.

Trusting what we call their sister, those to the left or right; behind and in front of them and recognizing when their sister needs help, stepping in making sure that they work together as a unit within the game plan that we are setting for Canada.”
Commenting on what would be the style of play, Rodrigues without hesitation said it would be defensive.
“We are forced to do that because we are playing against professional players that do this for a living all year long. The grim reality of it is, this is their job. We’re just coming together and hoping to have some semblance of organizational skills and a level of fitness to compete.”
Rodrigues who has been at the helm of the Lady Jaguars since they started in January 2009 and launched in June of the same year, further stated that the Technical Staff has devised a specific game plane for each of Guyana’s three opponents in this group, the others being

The BBVA compass stadium, venue for today’s matches in Houston Texas

The BBVA compass stadium, venue for today’s matches in Houston Texas

Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago.
“Depending what the result is in the Canadian game, it will dictate what happens going forward. We go into every game to win, it’s a football match, you never know what will happen but the reality of it is that we know what we are up against and at this point we are just hoping that we can apply to the best of our ability, our specific game plan.”
And Guyana’s Captain Ashlee Rodrigues in her comments at the press briefing said that the girls are excited at the task at hand: “We’re not as well-known but we have a great group of girls here, a lot of heart, a lot of excitement and just a strong belief that when we go out there we can take on any challenge so for Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad and beyond, we are just ready. The great part about our group is that no matter what we are presented with we have that strong belief that together we going to make stuff happen out there.”
Rodrigues noted that some of the girls from 2010 are not here but they have grown as

Head Coach Mark Rodrigues and captain Ashley Rodrigues during last evening’s press briefing.

Head Coach Mark Rodrigues and captain Ashley Rodrigues during last evening’s press briefing.

a programme and a team noting that the challenges encountered then, they have a little bit of now but they are a much stronger group.
She noted that in 2010 they had a goalkeeper with little experience but now they have three phenomenal goalkeepers. “Little things like that have made a difference in our game, in our confidence, in our belief in each other. We’ve moved on, we’ve grown, we’ve gotten better and strengthened ourselves individually and henceforth as a team so things are much better this time around for us and we are excited about that.”
Meanwhile, Canada’s Head Coach Mark Herdman speaking with the media last evening said that they have everything to lose since a win for any of the nations against them would be huge for them.
“The main thing for us is just winning the group and getting through to the most critical game which is game four and then we’re on to the final.”
Captain Christine Smith said that as a team they are in a great space right now, they have spent a long time together and they have a lot of new faces in the team. She noted their eagerness for the games to begin.
Coach Herdman noted that Guyana has a lot of players from Canada who would find pleasure in knocking over Smith and believes the Lady Jags would be well organized from what he can see.
“They will be probably a 4-5-1 and you’re going to have to break that down and just get caught on set pieces and counter attacks. They may come out and play as well and we encourage that because that’s the type of game everyone wants to see but who knows. At the end of the day we are expecting a similar style.”
He noted that they do impose themselves on teams to force a certain way of playing and that is what they intend to do. The team has been in transition since 2012 Herdman informed and have been aligning all their elite development to the national team and they are now starting to see the fruits of that.
Sinclair, a veteran of 230 national caps can go past USA’s Mia Hamm (275 caps) on the all-time leading goal scorer list; the two are tied on 158 goals each. The all-time leader is Abby Wambach (USA) with 184 from 255 caps.
Today’s opening Group B match features Trinidad and Tobago, the other CFU team in the competition taking on Guatemala from 18:00hrs here which is 20:00hrs Guyana time.
Group A matches kicked off the championship last evening at the Toyota Stadium where Puerto Rico faced Mexico and the USA played Costa Rica.

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WI players given four days to accept terms http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/wi-players-given-four-days-to-accept-terms/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/wi-players-given-four-days-to-accept-terms/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:25:55 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387273 ESPNcricinfo – The prospect of West Indies sending a second-string team to the World T20 has increased

Michael Murihead has named a February 14 deadline to accept terms © WICB Media/Brooks LaTouche Photography Ltd

Michael Murihead has named a February 14 deadline to accept terms © WICB Media/Brooks LaTouche Photography Ltd

after the sides failed to reach agreement in their contract impasse.
WICB CEO Michael Muirhead responded to the players’ request for a doubling of their remuneration package in the tournament by reiterating the view that the compensation package was agreed with the players’ union, WIPA, last year and would not be changed on the eve of the event.
Muirhead also stated that any player who had not confirmed their acceptance of the current contacts by February 14 would be presumed to have refused selection.
With only days to go before that deadline, it is becoming hard to see how agreement can be reached. The breakdown in the relationship between international players and their union would appear to have robbed the parties even of the mechanism for meaningful dialogue and there seems little time for Caricom leaders to intervene.
The possibility that West Indies will send a second string squad unable to reflect their No. 2 position in the T20 rankings and, as a consequence, tarnish the tournament, is real and growing.
Darren Sammy, the captain of the West Indies World T20 team, had earlier written a second letter to the WICB repeating the view that his squad “don’t accept that WIPA can represent us” and insisting on an increase in the financial terms on offer for their availability in the tournament. His first letter complained of a cut of up to 80% in the remuneration on offer to West Indies players at this event compared to previous global tournaments.
“WIPA became conflicted during its negotiations with you and compromised itself,” Sammy said. “It could not and did not actively represent the best interests of all West Indies cricketers.
“The difference between the remuneration on offer from previous World Cups to this one is shocking and we cannot accept the terms on offer.

Darren Sammy (ICC)

Darren Sammy (ICC)

“To now be offered just US$6,900 per match across the board irrespective of experience is totally unacceptable. Players are being asked to start providing services from nearly four weeks ahead of the World Cup and be guaranteed just US$27,600 if they play all the guaranteed matches [which] is a staggering reduction. We are looking, even on 2012 figures, [at] reductions of between 50-80%.
“We suggest that 100% of prize money needs to be paid to the players as per previous tournaments. Twenty percent should not be retained by the WICB.
“We also suggest that the match fees be doubled from US$6,900. In summary, we cannot accept the terms on offer. The players are not happy and understandably so with such big differences.”
But Muirhead insisted that the players take up their issues with their player association directly with WIPA and gave no indication he was about to reopen negotiations over remuneration.
“The terms on offer were negotiated and agreed between WICB and WIPA with the assistance of representatives from the ICC and FICA during a mediation process last year,” Muirhead stated. “And all parties agreed that they were fair and equitable and acceptable to be offered to the members [of the] WI team selected for the relevant ICC Event.
“As mentioned in my previous email to you, this information was shared with all players following that process in May last year. Players were given an opportunity to discuss the new structure and no concerns were raised at that time.
“It is disappointing that you would choose to question the terms now, on the eve of the WT20 in India.”

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Bounty Farm Ltd Handicap squash Tournament 2016 starts with Open action http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/bounty-farm-ltd-handicap-squash-tournament-2016-starts-with-open-action/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/bounty-farm-ltd-handicap-squash-tournament-2016-starts-with-open-action/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:25:54 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387284 The Guyana Squash Association (GSA) in collaboration with Digicel launched its 2016 season with the Bounty Farm Ltd Handicap Squash Tournament with opening round matches held on Tuesday night at the

Andrea King hits a forehand shot off the wall in her losing effort against Steven Xavier at the GT Club on Tuesday night.

Andrea King hits a forehand shot off the wall in her losing effort against Steven Xavier at the GT Club on Tuesday night.

Georgetown Club.
Only preliminary matches in the Open category were played and all fixtures with the exception of two being decided in straight games.
Veteran player Dennis Dias (+10) displayed his vast experience when he easily disposed of Jamaal Douglas (+10), 15 – 3, 15 – 7, while former junior national player Raphael De Groot was extended in the second game with Dominique Dias (+10) before winning 15 – 11, 15 – 14.
One of the encounters which went the full three games was the match-up between two former junior players Steven Xavier (-4) and Andrea King (+10) with Xavier prevailing 15 – 9, 13 – 15, 15 – 10.
The results of the other matches:
Avinash Odit (+6) defeated Maya Collins (+11) 16 – 14, 16 – 14
John Maikoo (+7) defeated Tiffany Solomon (+10) 11- 15, 15 – 9, 15 – 8
Jonathan Antczak (+9) beat David Fernandes (+10) 15 – 12, 15 – 12
Robert Hiscock (+10) beat Dustani Barrow (+10) 15 – 7, 15 – 6
Play was expected continue in both of the categories last evening.

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Bacchus eying First Class-debut against T&T’s Red Force http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/bacchus-eying-first-class-debut-against-tts-red-force/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/bacchus-eying-first-class-debut-against-tts-red-force/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:49 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387276 Shiv unavailable, Jacobs, Barnwell injured

By Sean Devers
Twenty-six year old left-hander Robin Bacchus is the only uncapped player named in the Guyana Jaguars 13-man squad for tomorrow’s sixth round PCL four-day game against Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force at Providence.

Robin Bacchus drives imperiously for four during a match at Bourda.

Robin Bacchus drives imperiously for four during a match at Bourda.

The GCC batsman scored six in his only 50-over game for Guyana against Jamaica in Trinidad two years ago and was a member of the Steven Jacobs led Guyana team which won the 2007 three-day under-19 tournament in St Kitts.
Veteran Shiv Chanderpaul is unavailable after opting to play in the lucrative Masters’ t20 tournament in Dubai, while all-rounders Chris Barnwell and Steven Jacobs are unavailable due to injuries sustained in last month’s NAGICO Super50.
The Jaguars squad includes five players who have played Test cricket and will be led by Leon Johnson.
Johnson has been consistent without going on to a three-figure score this season and has led the team to five consecutive wins in the first half of the tournament and a top-of-the-table 85 points, 22 more than second placed Barbados Pride.
Singh who ended the first phase as Guyana’s leading run scorer including two centuries, is the Vice Captain. Back in the side after playing in the Test Series in Australia are opener Rajendra Chandrika and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
The tournament’s leading wicket-taker left-arm spinner 20-year-old Gudakesh Motie is also among the 13 players named.
Guyana Jaguars squad: Rajendra Chandrika, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Assad Fudadin, Leon Johnson (Capt), Vishaul Singh (V/Capt), Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Ronsford Beaton, Robin Bacchus, Esaun Crandon (Head Coach), Rayon Griffith (Asst Coach/Manager).

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Stag Beer Elite League kicks off tomorrow with double header at GDF ground http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/stag-beer-elite-league-kicks-off-tomorrow-with-double-header-at-gdf-ground/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/stag-beer-elite-league-kicks-off-tomorrow-with-double-header-at-gdf-ground/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:44 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387307 With the right to represent Guyana at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship and possibly the CONCACAF Champions League up for grabs, four of the eight clubs that will be vying for that honour in the final stanza of the STAG Elite League will no doubt be aiming to make impressive starts when competition gets cracking tomorrow with a double header, at the Camp Ayanganna ground.
Starting at 17:30 hrs, League Genesis winners Slingerz FC will do battle with Pele FC that finished third in the opening stanza of the League.
This encounter will be followed by the clash between runners-up Alpha United and Fruta Conquerors.
Matches are being played at the Tucville Community Centre, #5 Ground (Berbice), Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, Leonora Stadium and the Buxton Community Centre ground.
The top club will take home $4M, second-placers $2M, third and fourth placed finishers will receive $1M and $500,000 respectively.
Monedderlust, GFC, GDF and Buxton United are the other teams vying for top honours in the League that concludes on May 8.
Among the entities on board apart from Platinum sponsor Ansa McAl are E-Networks, Knight Riders Bus Services and COURTS.

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Shariff Stable outstanding at Port Mourant http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/shariff-stable-outstanding-at-port-mourant/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/shariff-stable-outstanding-at-port-mourant/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:44 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387304 It was a good day for racing with the track in excellent condition and Princess She Not owned by the Shariff stable continued to show that it is one of the top racehorses in Guyana, especially among the sprinters.

Miss Kristina of the Shariff stable winning the 3yr maiden event.

Miss Kristina of the Shariff stable winning the 3yr maiden event.

Imported from The USA, the animal classified D3 with a weight of 123 pounds and ridden by Jockey Colin Ross on Sunday won the feature 5furlong event which was open to all animals imported and locally bred to continue the winning ways of the Shariff stable.
The win was a stunning one, as tongues continue to wag that the “late Mohamed ‘Nankoo’ Shariff blow good breeze on the stable”. Since his passing the stable has been performing exceptionally well.
At Sunday’s Port Mourant Turf Club Horserace meet, the stable won four races from four starts. It was no easy going for Princess She’s Not in the feature event. Strom Bird classified G1 of the Bacchus stable carrying a light weight of 108 pounds and ridden by Trinidadian Jockey Kizan Razack, took the lead. Known for its sprinting ability the animal was out of the gate in a flash and immediately established a sizable lead. Princess She Not took some time to gather momentum, but like a true princess, before long was travelling at full throttle. By that time Strom Bird was really galloping as it hit the homestretch all alone. By then the wily Ross on the perch was using all his experience to take Princess She is Not forward.
It was coming down to the wire with Storm Bird storming towards the finish pole and Princess She Not flying at full tilt, guided by Ross running on the fence.  The horse was able to gather enough momentum to charge ahead just in time in one of the better finishes.
With the win the stable became $700,000 richer and collected the beautiful Banks D Trophy as Storm Mark finished a distant third.
The Shariff stable was thoroughly large and in charge at the famous PMTC big yard.

Connections of the Shariff stable collects the winning trophy in the three year event.

Connections of the Shariff stable collects the winning trophy in the three year event.

The much improved Campador of The Shariff stable with Ross in control continues to show speed as it raced away from the rest of the field for an easy win in the G and lower 6.5 furlongs race. The win was worth $300,000 and trophy as Birdman, Chelsea and Bridal Stone Corner were the others that placed.
The winning ways of the Shariff stable continued in the H and lower event as Lova Lova piloted by Ross showed no love and mercy for its opponents, winning the 6 furlongs race and the $250,000 and trophy ahead of Cat Messiah, Mod Night Blues and Amazing Run.
An excellent run down the home stretch was all it took for Miss Kristina to make it four wins in as many starts for the Shariff stable as it won the event for three year maiden Guyana Bred horses. It took home the $220,000 and trophy from Golden Kiss and She in Control.
Party Time of the De Mattos stable with Paul Delph riding had things its way in winning the J and lower gallop to take away the $160,000 and first prize with Liquid Lion and Little being made small.
Massapequa Dr ridden by Ajai of the Crawford stable won the 6 furlongs event for horses classified K and lower and the $140,000 and trophy from Sunday Silence, and Noble Import.
Another Strom of the Amernauth stable of Mahaicony with Paul Delph riding was in winner’s row in the L and lower 6 furlongs event to collect $120,000 and trophy.
Jockey Colin Ross was the champion jockey with his four wins with Paul Delph the runner up. The Shariff Stable once again was easily adjudged the champion stable.
The day’s event was well organised and was by and large incident free with the police led by Assistant Superintendent Marlon Taylor and Sergeant Welch coming in for special commendation for doing an excellent job.  (Samuel Whyte)

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GFSCA to host 15/15 at Crabwood Creek http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/gfsca-to-host-1515-at-crabwood-creek/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/gfsca-to-host-1515-at-crabwood-creek/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:38 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387298 The Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association will be hosting a 15/15 tournament on March 27 at Crabwood Creek.
The matches are being held as a fundraiser for the renovation of the Crabwood Creek Primary School and action gets underway at 9:30 hrs. Admission is $200 and there will be over 50 gate prizes to be won by spectators.
Floodlights Masters, Floodlights Open and Trophy Stall Angels will do battle with Crabwood Creek / Corriverton Masters, Crabwood Creek Open and Karibee Girls respectively and fans can expect pulsating action.

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Courtland All Stars are champions of the BCB/Raffik and sons T20 2nd division cricket http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/courtland-all-stars-are-champions-of-the-bcbraffik-and-sons-t20-2nd-division-cricket/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/courtland-all-stars-are-champions-of-the-bcbraffik-and-sons-t20-2nd-division-cricket/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:35 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387288 An impressive all round performance by man of the match, Keon Sinclair (26 not out and 3 for 18) and matured batting by former Berbice senior pacer Eon Gibson (49) led defending champions Courtland All Stars to

The jubilant winning team pose for the camera. 

The jubilant winning team pose for the camera.

their second consecutive title of the Raffik and Sons Second Division 20-Over Cricket Competition for teams in the Lower/Central Corentyne area after they defeated Kennard’s Memorial Cricket Club of Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne by 39 runs.
In the final played last Sunday at the Area ‘H’ ground, Courtland All Stars won the toss and took first strike. They lost former Berbice youth player Dwayne Crandon for nought and Leroy Bristol for 2 and was in a spot of bother. However, Eon Gibson joined Jamal Cort and repaired the innings with a third wicket partnership of 66 before Cort went for a mature 34. Keon Sinclair joined Gibson and wasted no time as they put on 43 for the 4th wicket when the latter went for a well played 49. Sinclair remained unbeaten on 26 as his team ended on 138 for 6 off their allotted 20 overs. Zomesh Mangroo and Chunilall Mankaran took two wickets apiece.
In reply, Kennard’s Memorial CC started impressively with Kamadirine Permaloo and Dellon Hinds putting on 46 for the first wicket before the former was needlessly run out for an attacking 25. Kennard’s Memorial never recovered with only Hinds with 26 and Thomas George 15 offering any resistance. They ended on 100 all out. Pacer Sinclair took 3 for 18 and got support from Michael Cummings and Troy Matheson with two wickets each.

Captain John Percival collects winning trophy and cash incentive from Angela Haniff.

Captain John Percival collects winning trophy and cash incentive from Angela Haniff.

In the third playoff game preceding the final, powerful Rose Hall Town demolished Fyrish by 10 wickets with 5 overs to spare. Fyrish won the toss, batted first and scored a challenging 149 for 8 wickets off 20 overs. S. Bacchus made 39 n.o and Chetram Roopnarine 32. Berbice youth player Junior Sinclair took 2 for 22.
In reply, Rose Hall Town raced to 150 without loss with former Guyana wicketkeeper/batsman Delbert Hicks 66 and Michael Felix 61.
At the presentation ceremony which followed, Courtland All Stars collected the winning trophy and cash incentives while Kennard’s Memorial collected the runner up prizes. Rose Hall Town won the third place and Fyrish, fourth place, both getting a trophy for their efforts. Sinclair was voted man of the match in the final.
Speaking on behalf of the board, Vicky Bharosay thanked the teams that participated, the management of the ground for their support and Raffik and Sons for the sponsorship. He added that the idea of these tournaments across Berbice is to promote village cricket with the hope to reduce crimes and at the same time, unearth new talents for Berbice cricket.

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GCB/BANKS DIH LTD/DIGICEL NSSCL…Kevlon Anderson stars in Lower Corentyne Secondary win http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/gcbbanks-dih-ltddigicel-nsscl-kevlon-anderson-stars-in-lower-corentyne-secondary-win/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/gcbbanks-dih-ltddigicel-nsscl-kevlon-anderson-stars-in-lower-corentyne-secondary-win/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:20 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387293 …Mahaica defeat Mahaicony in Combine Elite match
Lower Corentyne Secondary defeated Port Mourant Secondary on the back of a scintillating century

Kevlon Anderson

Kevlon Anderson

from National Under-15 batsman Kevlon Anderson, while Mahaica won against Mahaicony in the Combine Elite Leg of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) National Secondary School Cricket League (NSSCL) sponsored by Banks DIH Ltd’s Coco Cola and Rainforest Water along with Digicel.
At Port Mourant ground, Lower Corentyne Secondary defeated Port Mourant Secondary by 102 runs as National Under-15 batsman Kevlon Anderson registered a superb unbeaten century. Batting first after winning the toss, Lower Corentyne Secondary amassed an imposing 163/4 in just 20 overs. Anderson led the way with an unbeaten 103 laced with 15 elegant fours. Keith Simpson supported well with 29.
Port Mourant in reply folded for just 61 in 12.4 overs as Ezekiel Kempadoo claimed 4/11 and Simon Naidoo had 3/13. Lower Corentyne have now booked their place in the final awaiting the winner of the Skeldon Line Path Secondary and Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary game.
Meanwhile, the first match of the Combine Elite leg of the competition commenced recently with Mahaica playing Mahaicony at Fairfield ground. Batting first, Mahaicony registered 109/5 in 25 overs. Wendell Fordyce top scored with 49, while Shaquille Weekes claimed 3/17 bowling for Mahaica.
Mahaica in reply, raced to 114/4 in 18 overs. Phillip Doodnat led the chase with a composed 43 not out.

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Speedboat SC win Mobile Wizard 10/10 title http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/speedboat-sc-win-mobile-wizard-1010-title/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/speedboat-sc-win-mobile-wizard-1010-title/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:17 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387302 Speedboat Sports Club defeated Wolf’s Warriors in the final of the Guyana Softball League’s Mobile Wizard 10/10 softball cricket tournament at the Tuschen Ground on Sunday to maintain their

The new kids on the block Speedboat SC celebrate their victory.

The new kids on the block Speedboat SC celebrate their victory.

unbeaten streak.
The competition was sponsored by Trophy Stall, Wolf’s Furniture Store, Rohan’s Furniture Establishment, Miss Love Trading (West Coast) and Imtiaz and Imran Hack. The performances in the semi-finals had the crowd on its feet especially in the match between Omesh XI and Wolf’s Warriors.
In the Masters’ game East Bank X1 were inserted and struggled to 36-2 after 4 overs but accelerated to reach 102-6 from 10 overs with Abdul Sadeek contributing 29 which a six and 2 fours. Alim Khalil took 2-12 and was supported by Arnold Padmore (2-30).
West Coast Blazers in reply struggled from the onset with Ritchie Salim batting 6 overs for only 9 runs. Mohamed Saffie scored 22 off 9 balls but it was too much to do in the end and the innings closed with Blazers being restricted to 91-7 in 10 overs to lose by 11 runs. John Singh took 2-11 and Imtiaz Mohamed 2-16 for East Bank.
FIRST SEMI FINAL:
Speedboat demolished Power XI by 9 wkts:
Power XI won the toss and were dismissed for 65 from 9.2 overs with Ravi Laldeo scoring 28, but his dismissal exposed the brittle batting of the Power XI line up.
Wasim Sundar (4-4) and Shazim Hussain (2-10) led the bowling for Speedboat SC whoc sped to 66-1 in 3 overs with Shazim Hussain scoring 26 off 7 balls and Wazeer Hussain getting 26 off 6 balls.
SECOND SEMI-FINAL:
Wolf’s Warriors made light work of Omesh XI by 54 runs:
Wolf’s Warriors compiled a challenging 115-6 off 10 overs with Amrit “Rocky” Rai leading with 39 off 23 balls as the bowling of Omesh’s XI was wayward and never threatened with Trevus Drakes (2-22) being the best bowler.
When Omesh XI batted, poor shot selection contributed to the pressure as they were limited for 61-7 in 10 overs. Narine Bailey took 2-6 and was responsible for breaking the back of the batting as the prolific Ricardo Adams and Vickram Kissoon were never allowed to settle. Abbas Zaman supported with 2-10.
FINAL:
In the showdown between Speedboat SC and Wolf’s Warriors which was watched by a vocal crowd and played under lights, the toss was won by Wolf’s Warriors, who elected to bat.
They started badly losing the inform Amrit Rai with the score on 15 but Vishnu Tannichandra stepped up and blasted 37 off 16 balls. However, with his dismissal via the run out route, the complexion of the game changed and Wolf’s Warriors ended on 106-6 in 10 overs. Imran Hamid (2-17) was the top bowler, while the fielding of Speedboat was exceptional.
Speedboat lost their first wicket through the soft dismissal of Lennox Marks, then the tempo changed but smart batting by Shazim Hussain (18) who fed the strike to skipper Greg Singh, who pulverized the bowling to all parts of the ground to lead his team to their second victory in as many games in this tournament. Singh finished unbeaten on 56 which included five massive sixes and 3 fours.
Meanwhile, ‘Granny Ivelaw’ put on a show, while chutney sensation Pooran Seeraj, Slingerz Sound System and the live band ‘Tristar Innovators’ all entertained the crowd.
Additionally the one ball manto brought out fifty pairs and was a big hit with the spectators who got the opportunity to show-off their talent.
Extra beer provided the refreshments and also sponsored many areas of the tournament even sponsoring a team in the finals. Promoter Nigel Bell collaborated with the Guyana Softball League to make the event a success.

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Banks Beer Cup winners’ receive prize money http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/banks-beer-cup-winners-receive-prize-money/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/banks-beer-cup-winners-receive-prize-money/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:14 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387280 The final of the fifth annual Banks Beer Cup Football tournament was held on January 1 at the Providence Stadium with Riddim Squad from the East Bank beating West Ruimveldt’s Western Tigers.

The final four teams along with Banks Beer officials at the presentation of prizes for the Banks Beer Cup at Thirst Park yesterday.

The final four teams along with Banks Beer officials at the presentation of prizes for the Banks Beer Cup at Thirst Park yesterday.

Yesterday the Beverage Company honoured their commitment to pay the teams their prize money at a simple presentation at the Banks DIH Sports Club at Thirst Park.
Banks Beer Brand executive Brian Choo Hen said while the trophies were handed out on the night of the final, yesterday the organizers fulfilled their promise of providing the prize money for the four teams who reached the semi-finals.
Lloyd Millington collected the $2Million championship prize, while Phillip Rowley received the runners-up prize of $1Million on behalf of Western Tigers.
Lennox Adams received the $500,000 third prize, while Santos’ Carl Paul collected $250,000 for their fourth place after being beaten in the third place play-off.
Also present yesterday Troy Peters (Banks DIH’s PRO), Rawle Nedd (Banks Beer Brand Manager –training), Jeoff Clemont (GT Beer Brand Manager) and Mortimer Stewart (Outdoors Manager).

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ECCB under-19 tournament round-up…Akeem Niles blasts 101 in 46 balls, Prakash Chowte 109 in 62 balls http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/eccb-under-19-tournament-round-up-akeem-niles-blasts-101-in-46-balls-prakash-chowte-109-in-62-balls/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/eccb-under-19-tournament-round-up-akeem-niles-blasts-101-in-46-balls-prakash-chowte-109-in-62-balls/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387300 At Paradise Community Centre Ground, winning the toss in bright sunshine, Buxton ‘Carl Hooper Cricket Club (A) batted first on a good pitch with Akeem Niles opening the batting, wasting no time as he smashed the bowling ‘Chris Gayle’ style reaching 101 in the 13th over hitting 7 x 6 and 11 x 4.  Travis Andrews, the other contributor, made 23 striking 1 x 6 and 1 x 4 as Buxton reached 186 for 6 in their allotted 40 overs. Bowling for Paradise Bachelor Adventure Cricket Club, fast bowler Jermaine Martin was the only threat as he finished with figures of 5 for 45.
Paradise Bachelor Adventure Cricket Club in reply were bowled out for 127 in the 23rd over. Claudius Fraser came in with 33 including 5×4 and Jermain Martin 24 – 1×6, 3×4. Bowling for Buxton Rawle Fredericks’ right arm off-spin claimed 3 for 25.
At Ogle Community Centre Ground; Ogle Cricket Club, sponsored by Builders Lumber Yard, defeated Golden Grove Cricket Club (A) by 5 wickets.
Golden Grove (A) won the toss and batted first and were skittled out for 125 from 28:1 overs. Dellon Skeete made a polished 52 which included 5×4 and Richard Woolford 37 with 4×4. Bowling for Ogle Cricket Club, Devendra Rampahal 7-1-17-4, Anand Persaud 7-0-26-4 were the leading wicket takers. In reply, Ogle Cricket Club hit off the required runs in the 22nd over to reach 126 for 5. Top scorer Toolsie Balkaran stylishly put together 51 with 6×4, 1×6, while Khemchand Dindial contributed 22 with 2×4.
At Strathavon Community Centre; Helena 1 & 2 Sports Club edged pass Strathavon Cricket Club. Helena won the toss and batted first. Prakash Chowte started with a blast, hammering 10 x 4 and 2 x 6 to reach 109. The other major contributor was Steve Chand who made a stylish 45 with 4 x 4. Helena were bowled out in the 30th over after posting 216.
Strathavon started badly losing wickets frequently and were eventually bowled out for 103 in 19 overs. Bowling for Helena, Thagnarine Singh 4 – 24, Kumar Seedyal bowled 2 balls and both deliveries produced wickets. Helena 1 & 2 Sports Club won by 114 runs.
At Better Hope Community Centre Ground; Better Hope Cricket Club (B) demolished Mon Repos Sports Club by 204 runs in what appeared to be a one-sided affair. Batting first Better Hope amassed 299 all out in 25 overs with Daniel Kowlessar smashing a quick fire 55, belting 3 x 6 and 6 x 4. Ravi Singh and Jayadev Mana joined the party with Singh scoring 47, caressing 5 x 4s and to 2 mighty 6’s and Mana 44, 2 x 6 and 2 x 4. Amir Khan playing a discipline innings chipped in with 30 stroking 3 x 4. Bowling for Mon Repos Ravi Persaud 2 – 39 and Kevin Jagmohan 2 – 56. Mon Repos were bowled out for 96 with only Sheed Zaman 26, 2 x 4 and 2 x 6. Bowling for Better Hope (B), Jayadev Mana took 4 – 8 and Kevin Rampersaud 2 – 12.
At Buxton Community Centre Ground; Rockaway Cricket Club, sponsored by Rockaway Auto Sales Inc. USA eased pass Buxton ‘Carl Hooper’ Sports Club. Batting first after winning the toss, Rockaway amassed 238 all in the 29th over with Moin Azimulla belting 57 with 7 x 4 and 3 x 6. Venoo Paul stroked 7 x 4 contributing 40 and Kelvin 39 (3 x 4 and 3 x 6). Bowling for Buxton (B) Steve Bernnet 2 – 4 and Kelvin Booker 2 – 39 were the main wicket takers.
In reply, Buxton could only put up 190 all out from 23.3 overs. Jermine Cox 29 – 2 x 4, Ano Abrams 29 – 4 x 4 and Andrew Jordan 30 – 1 x 6 were the main batters.  Bowling for Rockaway, Alvin Bishun took 3 – 24, Malcolm Khan 2 – 13 and Devendra Rajpat 2 – 33.
Meanwhile, play in the competition continues this weekend. Fixtures for Sunday February 14, 2016:
1.    Ogle Cricket Club sponsored by Builders Lumber Yard play Lusignan Community Cricket Team at Ogle Community Centre
2.    Better Hope Cricket Club (A) vs Plaisance Cricket Club at Better Hope Community Centre
3.    Lusignan Sports Club (B) vs Rockaway Cricket Club at Lusignan Community Centre
4.     Buxton ‘Carl Hooper’ Sports Club vs Golden Grove Cricket Club (A) at Buxton Community Centre
5.     Helena 1 & 2 Sports Club vs Mon Repos Cricket Club at Paradise Community Centre.
Meanwhile, the East Coast Cricket Board under19 tournament commences on Saturday February 13, 2016 with Better Hope Cricket Club U19 vs Lusignan East Cricket Club U19 at Better Hope Community Centre and Buxton ‘Carl Hooper’ Sports Club U19 vs Golden Grove Cricket Club U19 at Buxton Community Centre.
For further information kindly contact Competitions Committee Chairman Mr. Raymond Barton on 626-0223 or President of the East Coast Cricket Umpires Association Mr. Davteerth Anandjit on 617-8502.

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Former GABBFF President George Marshall passes on http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/former-gabbff-president-george-marshall-passes-on/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/former-gabbff-president-george-marshall-passes-on/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:06 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387292 The bodybuilding fraternity in Guyana was plunged into a state of sadness on Tuesday with the passing of

George Marshall

George Marshall

former Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) President, George Marshall.
Marshall, who has also been Guyana’s first and longest serving IFBB-certified Bodybuilding Judge in Guyana got into the administration of the sport in the 1970s up until when he resigned as President in 2003.
Being a former Competitor, Coach and Team Manager as well, George as he was familiarly known was always seen rendering his services as a Judge even after he left as President. He was known for his sternness whenever it came to the rules of the sport and was always giving advice to the young and even seasoned athletes in the sport.
His career as an administrator, which spanned over 25 years, also saw him serving as Secretary and was associated with the Kingsrow Barbell Club for over 40 years. Kaieteur Sport joins the rest of the body building fraternity in extending sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late George Marshall. May his Soul rest in peace.

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GCB/Banks DIH/Digicel NSSCL Combine Elite Phases …Training Sessions for East Coast Demerara to select squads http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/gcbbanks-dihdigicel-nsscl-combine-elite-phases-training-sessions-for-east-coast-demerara-to-select-squads/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/gcbbanks-dihdigicel-nsscl-combine-elite-phases-training-sessions-for-east-coast-demerara-to-select-squads/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:20:02 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387311 As the GCB/Banks DIH Ltd/Digicel National Secondary Schools League continues, players with outstanding performances and those who demonstrated good promise have been earmarked by the selection committee of the league for training. These training sessions will be used to select Combine Elite Teams to represent East Coast Demerara. East Coast Demerara will play against Mahaica on the February 17, 2016 at Enmore ground.
The training sessions to select the East Coast Demerara 14 Man Squads and 6 Reserve Players will commence on Monday 15 February and Tuesday 16 February 2016 at Enterprise ground. The sessions will be conducted under the guidance of Latchman Yadram and Jitlall Jowharilall. All training session will be held at the Enterprise ground from 13:00 hours.
The players called for training with a view of selection are:
Rajendra Singh, Alex Downer (President’s College), Tameshwar Motterdam, Damuka Ngqindo, Mike Persaud, Vickey Rampersaud, Tyrese Assanah, Vinod Sundar, Chanderpaul Ramraj (Annandale Secondary), Daniel Motoo, Kedar Amsterdam, Khamraj Panaram (Institute of Business Education,
Prakash Debidyal, Reaz Mohomed, Hemraj Mohabir (Cummings Lodge), Robin Williams Bhashkar Yadram, Pradesh Balkishun (Bladen Hall Multilateral), Nankumar Krishna-Kishun, Kumar Persaud (La Bonne Intention, Anis Goodluck (Buxton), Junior Sealey (B.V Secondary), Mohamed Jamaladeen, Ghandra Mohan (Apex Academy), Naveen Rooplall (Hindu College), Himnauth Dindyal (Enterprise), Shemar Payne, Zakeer Ishmael (Plaisance), Hemraj Heeralall, Arjun Sookborrow (Institute of Professional Education and Robin Williams (Lusignan).

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Region Two to review award of contracts http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/region-two-to-review-award-of-contracts/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/region-two-to-review-award-of-contracts/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:15:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387313 The Region Two Administration intends to now take a neutral approach when it comes to the awarding

Rupert Hopkinson

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of contracts. In fact, accounting officer, Rupert Hopkinson said that all contractors bidding for contracts in the Region would have to go through the standardized approach of registering their bids through tender board.
Hopkinson is maintaining that no enormous set of contracts would be given to any one contractor. He added that contracts would not be awarded illegally to any family member or friend. Instead, contractors across the board would have an opportunity to acquire contracts once their bids would have been approved after the tendering process.
The issue of contracts was raised by AFC councillor, Naith Ram, who said that the practice surrounding contracts should be revisited.
Ram reflected that in the past selected contractors were given enormous numbers of contracts, eventually making that contractor rich while stifling his competitors.

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Suddie Hospital records missing equipment http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/suddie-hospital-records-missing-equipment/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/suddie-hospital-records-missing-equipment/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:15:52 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387357 There is a shortage of staff at the Suddie Public Hospital. During the February sitting of the Regional Democratic Council, the statutory meeting reported that the medical institution was in need of a surgeon and a bone specialist as well as other medical staff.
These findings were disclosed by Chairman of the Health committee and PPP/ Councillor, Arnold Adams, who was at the time submitting a health report.
At the same time he was charged with providing an update on the Electro Cardiograph machine which was discovered missing last year. Findings from an inventory which have been established to probe the missing ECG machine is suggesting that more medical equipment may be unaccounted for.
Adams said that the high authority at the Suddie Public Hospital is claiming of not being facilitated with any information of when and who would have stolen the EGC machine. The matter has since gained the attention of the police.
It was brought to the attention of senior employees at the Suddie Administration that the ECG machine was discovered and reported missing in late October.
Meanwhile, in some of the medical outposts, especially those located in the remote sections of the Region, there is a reported bat infestation in those buildings.
The Suddie Public Hospital has since taken the position of refusing employees of the hospital be it doctor or staff, to park their vehicles in the hospital compound. They must now park outside the building. (Yannason Duncan)

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Police arrest two following Blairmont robbery http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/police-arrest-two-following-blairmont-robbery/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/police-arrest-two-following-blairmont-robbery/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:15:47 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387364 Two persons are in custody as investigation continues in the robbery of businessman Shamshadeen Khan, called “Zall”, 43, of Lot 23 No. 3 Settlement Blairmont, West Bank Berbice which occurred on Sunday at his home.
The man who lives in a two-storey building along with his wife Yasmin Khan and children, was robbed around 19:50 hrs on Sunday by  four unmasked men.
The couple lives in a two-storey concrete and wooden house with a grocery shop and a kitchen below.
According to information, the couple was at home about to close up for the day when two masked bandits armed with a handgun confronted the pair. They stuck up Zall and ordered his wife and children to stand in a corner. Two other bandits subsequently joined the first two. The thieves, after threatening the family, ran into the house and went into the upper flat where they ransacked the premises.
Yasmin was subsequently relieved of her wedding and her other finger rings which she was wearing. The bandits subsequently broke a drawer and removed $400,000 in cash, three gold chains, gold finger rings and gold earrings.
The bandits quickly exited the house and made good their escape by jumping over the front fence. An alarm was raised and neighbours went to the assistance of the distressed businessman and his family.
The police were also contacted and arrived quickly. After conducting investigation two persons were arrested and placed into custody. Investigations are continuing.

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Culture Minister and team meet with Region Three residents http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/culture-minister-and-team-meet-with-region-three-residents/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/11/culture-minister-and-team-meet-with-region-three-residents/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:15:45 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387352 The Minister within the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Nicolette Henry, and a team of officials from

Minister within the Ministry of Culture, Nicolette Henry

Minister within the Ministry of Culture, Nicolette Henry

the Ministry recently visited and met with Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, (NDC) representatives and other Youth Organization leaders in Region Three.
The meeting was to discuss the roles the Ministry will be undertaking in the region for the year 2016 pertaining to Youth Sport and Culture and the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
The team included APNU/AFC Member of Parliament, John Adams; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Youths and Sport, Alfred King; Deputy Permanent Secretary, Steve Ninvalle; Director of Culture Dr. James Rose; and Director of Youth, Jillian Frank.
This is the first meeting that Minister Henry hosted with the community members of Region Three for the year.
Henry urged the gathering to be aware of the opportunities available to the Region as the plans for the Jubilee celebrations unfold.
She told the Region Three residents that there will be numerous opportunities for them to be involved as proud Guyanese.
She listed five events which will be open for participation of all Guyanese during May.
These include a National Day of Prayer, National Day of Unity, Flag Raising Ceremony on May 26, Totem Pole exhibition- related activities to be organised by the various Regions and a signature event that is also to be organized by the Regions.
The Minister stated that the works that are to be undertaken in Region Three can only benefit residents and the community at large once every citizen is fully on board.
“You are expected to participate in something,” she told the gathering noting that the goal is to have all the Regions involved.
Minister Henry expressed her delight in seeing the group of youths at the meeting while adding that she is particularly sensitive to the needs of those in the rural communities.
She noted that the idea is pretty much to provide young people with the right skill sets that would allow them to dream bigger for the next 50 years.
Officials of the various Departments within the Ministry of Culture outlined the various cultural programmes and projects available for youths in the Region.
The Minister within the Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings also addressed the gathering.
Hastings, reminded the audience of her Ministry’s vision which is to Build Empowered Cohesive and Sustainable Communities all across Guyana.
She told the residents that the time of exclusion from projects for various reasons no longer overshadow the nation.
“The Youths” are all urged to come on board to make the vision of the Ministry a reality,” Hastings said
Other members of the visiting team touched on the different programmes that will benefit the Region throughout the year and in the future.
The community leaders were urged to come up with ideas that would be beneficial to the respective Neighborhoods in ways of making sure all are involved and on board.

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