Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:56:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 I take full responsibility for misleading the nation http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/i-take-full-responsibility-for-misleading-the-nation/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/i-take-full-responsibility-for-misleading-the-nation/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:59:03 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417254 Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton (left) and Director of Public Information, Imran Khan at yesterday’s conference during which the Minister apologised for misleading the nation.

Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton (left) and Director of Public Information, Imran Khan at yesterday’s conference during which the Minister apologised for misleading the nation.

– Minister Norton apologises for drug bond fiasco, but still unconvincing with critical details

Weeks after he delivered contradictory statements in the National Assembly – the highest legislative forum in the country – Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, has apologised, taking “full responsibility for misleading the nation” on spending for a drug storage bond.
His apology came as a result of recommendations that were made by a Cabinet sub-committee – comprising Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon – which was tasked to probe the questionable transaction involving the bond, located on Sussex Street, Charlestown – the epicentre of the controversy.
The bond was rented from Linden Holdings Inc., a company that is linked to businessman, Lawrence “Larry” Singh for $12.5 million monthly.
The deal was signed between the Ministry of Public Health and Linden Holdings Inc. on June 1st, 2016 and is for three years, with the possibility of renewal.
The rental of the bond only came to light after Minister Norton was asked by the Opposition on August 8th, in the National Assembly, to explain a $25M spending.
He explained then that Government only took the decision to rent the Sussex Street building because of the hefty rent of $19.2M charged by New GPC.
However, New GPC refuted it ever charged Government for the use of its bond.

The controversial Sussex Street building

The controversial Sussex Street building

The Minister also incorrectly told the House that the rented facility met World Health Organization standards.
Grilled by the Opposition to indicate what process was used for the procurement of the Sussex Street facility, Norton insisted that the exorbitant New GPC rent caused his Ministry to bypass public tendering processes.
Checks by the media found no drugs being stored at the Sussex Street facility, and as a matter of fact, it was still under construction.
The statements immediately drew fire from the Opposition, with the Government announcing that it would investigate at the Cabinet level.
The Cabinet sub-committee recommended that Minister Norton issue a public apology, and the contract reviewed.
Yesterday, during a press conference at the Parliament Buildings to offer his apology, Minister Norton said that he made statements based on “advice” given to him.
BADLY ADVISED
“On Monday, August 8, 2016 during consideration of the estimates in Financial Papers Number One and Two of 2016, I was questioned extensively by the Members of Parliament representing the PPP/C (and) in the process, I gave answers that were in some parts based on my personal knowledge and ability, and in other parts, based on information and advice presented to me.”
Dr. Norton said that since then he has come to the firm position that the answers given to two questions relating to the payment to New GPC, and the storage of drugs in the bond, were not accurate. Rather, these were based on information that was supplied to him.
“In these circumstances, I wish to extend my sincere and profound regret to His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; Honourable Barton Scotland CCH, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly; Prime Minister Mr. Moses Nagamootoo and my Parliamentary colleagues of the APNU+AFC, members of the Parliamentary Opposition, and all others who were present or able to observe the process of the consideration of the estimates relative to payments to New GPC Incorporated and Linden Holdings Inc.”
He added that as the Minister of Public Health, he knows that a high standard of duty and care is expected of him and the staff of the Ministry of Public Health.
“So I take full responsibility for this unfortunate episode and give my full commitment that it will not recur.”
The Opposition, along with observers and commentators, had called for the Minister’s resignation.
Asked what he would say to persons who would believe that an apology is not enough and why his resignation should not be warranted, Norton responded: “I have been a health care giver for all of my professional life… for about three decades, even in my recently acquired position as Minister of Public Health, I continue to do so. I have admitted that I made a mistake of which I take full responsibility for, assuring you that every effort will be made that this will not recur and I am still committed to offering the delivery of health care to the nation.”
Meanwhile, the media fraternity took no prisoners as they grilled the Minister – who had at his side, Director of Public Information, Imran Khan – on the use of the building as a storage bond despite the Agreement of Tenancy clearly stating that the building be used as a professional office.
The Minister in responding to this query said that was “a technicality” that he might not be able to answer at the moment.
Asked how the owner of the building, Lawrence Singh, had learnt that there was a need by government for such a property and how the businessman became a part of this deal, Imran Khan interjected by saying that he thought that the question was a bit ‘unfair ‘to ask the Minister, and that the question should be directed to Singh instead.
After being continuously grilled, the Minister responded that he was unable to say.
The Minister was also asked how was it that Singh has purchased the building during the time the Government needed the bond and that the security deposit of $25M paid to Singh was the same price of the building that he had acquired, he stated, “I would not be able to answer that question.”
PUBLIC TENDER?
Asked if Cabinet is prepared to now go to public tender with the contract, Khan interjected by saying that at the moment there are the recommendations that were made by the Cabinet Sub-Committee which advised for future negotiations.
Questioned how long more, Khan said that there is no timeline.
And asked if he had by any chance made recommendations to scrap the project and start over, Dr. Norton said that he did not see it necessary and that he is comfortable with the bond, because he thinks that it has what it takes to store the medication in a proper way. However, he supports the reviewing of the contract.
The embattled Minister said that there is a lesson to be learnt from the issue – which comes at a difficult time – and that is, Government should be careful and perform due diligence with state contracts.
Khan said that there will be severe legal implications should the Government decide to scrap the deal altogether.
Meanwhile, the press conference erupted in an outburst of gasps when the Minister had admitted to submitting a written apology to the Speaker of the National Assembly, only to be discovered that this was not done.
“Was a written apology given to the Speaker?” asked a reporter.
“Yes,” Dr. Norton replied
Asked if a copy of the apology could be given to the media, he said that the apology was almost the same as he had read in his opening remarks.
When asked if he had a copy of the letter that was delivered to the Speaker because there were reports that no letter was delivered, he said that “If it is not there then shortly it will be there.”
Asked for a second time if he had submitted a written apology to the Speaker, he paused for a couple of seconds before saying, “No”.
“We’re in the process of doing so, we got to make some adjustments,” he said, before Khan bailed him out by saying that the Minister had met with the Speaker at 11 a.m. yesterday, where they had an ‘extensive’ half hour-long meeting, and that meeting was temporarily stopped to facilitate the press conference.
Khan, however, assured the media that the written apology will be handed over to the Speaker shortly.

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1993 Monica Reece murder… “Unprofessional course of action” took place during initial probe – Acting Top Cop http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/1993-monica-reece-murder-unprofessional-course-of-action-took-place-during-initial-probe-acting-top-cop/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/1993-monica-reece-murder-unprofessional-course-of-action-took-place-during-initial-probe-acting-top-cop/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:58:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417255 Acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine

Acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine

By Romila Boodram

In a shocking disclosure yesterday, Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine revealed that “an unprofessional course of action” took place during the initial probe into the April 1993 Good Friday night killing of security guard Monica Reece.
Ramnarine made the revelation during a press conference, after he was asked about the status of the case, which the Force re-opened just over a month ago.
“It is very clear to me that an unprofessional course of action took place at the time when the investigation was ongoing,” Ramnarine said.
“The first review (of the case) revealed that an unprofessional course of action was taken in that year, and that period, when that matter was under investigation.”
But the acting Top Cop repeatedly refused to be drawn into identifying who was responsible for this “unprofessional” action, while saying that the case is still under review.
This is the first time that a senior member of the Force has publicly admitted that there were problems with the initial investigation into one of the country’s most sensational killings.
Over the years some leading investigators, who declined to be quoted, have said they were dissatisfied with the manner in which the case was handled. Some even expressed the view that they were deliberately hampered.
As recently as last July, one senior investigator told Kaieteur News that “a number of things obstructed us.”
“It was never intended for it to be a straightforward investigation. Where the obstruction came from, I don’t know, but there are some who knew where the obstruction came from,” the source had said.
Other investigators said that a prime suspect was taken into custody but was never fully interrogated. A pickup that this suspect allegedly drove on the night of Reece’s murder was impounded, but was reportedly released without being checked for possible forensic evidence.

Monica Reece

Monica Reece

Commissioner of Police Laurie Lewis was at the helm of the Force when Reece was slain.
The case was labeled by some as a “high society killing” because all of the suspects were from affluent families.
At the time, Commissioner Lewis had vowed: “We will solve this crime.” It remains unsolved under Lewis and five other commissioners of police.
But some investigators who worked on the case back then are confident that Reece’s killer can still be brought to justice.
In a recent interview, former Crime Chief Alvin Smith expressed confidence that the case will be solved.
“I honestly believe that something will break. Somehow I believe that it will happen. My grounded belief is that the evidence is there. The evidence is alive. It comes to my mind often, after all these years. I think that the person (killer) is alive and that the evidence is there,” Smith said.
On the Good Friday night of April 9, 1993, 19-year-old Loss Prevention Guard Service employee Monica Reece was murdered and dumped from a pickup in the vicinity of the Geddes Grant building (now Courts) on Main Street, Georgetown.
A post mortem revealed that she was badly beaten and had suffered a broken jaw.
Police questioned several individuals and impounded several vehicles that fit the description of the pickup from which Reece’s body was dumped. Reece’s body was even exhumed, but police were unable to gather any forensic evidence to implicate anyone.
A timeline of Reece’s movements that day revealed that at around 13:00 hrs, David McKenzie, Operations Manager of the Loss Prevention Guard Service, visited Reece at the Ministry of Health in Brickdam, where she was detailed to work.
According to McKenzie, Reece told him that if a man by the name of ‘Mark’ called for her at the office, he must tell ‘Mark’ to take lunch to her worksite.
Reece also told McKenzie about her relationship with a man who drove a 4×4 pickup, who she claimed was in love with her.
Reece also handed McKenzie a piece of paper with several names and a telephone number. The security official recalled the name ‘Mark’ on the paper, but he could not recall the telephone number or what he had done with the paper Reece had given him.
McKenzie later dropped Reece on his bicycle to a phone booth at Regent and Hinck Streets. That was the last time he saw her alive.
Between 16:40 hrs and 17:00 hrs, Reece informed Mark Torrington, a security guard, that she had a date with “a Chinese man” from Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara. She told him not to be surprised if he heard she was dead.
At 18:30 hrs, she left Kalian Yard at Lot 240 Camp Street. She changed out of her security uniform and was wearing a white T-shirt and black tights.
At 19:15 hrs, she was seen by Special Constable Linden Samuels entering the Brickdam Police Station compound. She was allegedly crying and about five minutes later she was seen entering a black Pathfinder parked near the station.
At around 20:30 hrs, she visited Charles Mc Allister, a driver, at a Church Street disco. She reportedly left, returned and then walked west along Church Street.
Then about 22:05 hrs, a woman saw Reece’s body falling out of a pickup in Main Street.

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PNCR Congress… APNU+AFC coalition is safeguard against cronyism, corruption, criminality – President Granger http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/pncr-congress-apnuafc-coalition-is-safeguard-against-cronyism-corruption-criminality-president-granger/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/pncr-congress-apnuafc-coalition-is-safeguard-against-cronyism-corruption-criminality-president-granger/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:57:16 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417257 PNCR Leader David Granger delivers the keynote address at the opening of his party’s Congress

PNCR Leader David Granger delivers the keynote address at the opening of his party’s Congress

By Kiana Wilburg

Standing strong as the unshakable wall against cronyism, corruption, criminality and misgovernment which dragged the nation to the edge of catastrophe and into the pit of human underdevelopment is the APNU+AFC coalition.
This was the notion expressed yesterday by Leader of the PNCR and President of Guyana, David Granger during his keynote address at the PNCR’s 19th Biennial Delegates Congress.
Granger said that the record rates of armed robbery, arson, execution-murders, road fatalities, suicides, illiteracy, unemployment, trafficking in persons and trafficking in narcotics made the country a pariah state in this hemisphere.
He emphasized that the APNU+AFC Coalition is the boldest step in six decades to replace political confrontation with cooperation.
With this in mind, Granger sought to remind of his promise to the nation when he became the APNU+AFC presidential candidate.
He said that a commitment was made towards developing an education system that will produce citizens of quality, who will be happy to remain at home and to build a great and beautiful country.
The President said that a manifesto promise was also made to ensure employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mining, agro-processing and the arts. He also reminded of the need to have an empowerment policy that regularly renews local democracy by ensuring that local government elections are held as is stipulated in the Constitution.
The President also stated that there is a need to develop an energy policy that utilizes the nation’s biomass, wind, water and solar resources so as to provide cheap, renewable electricity.
With that in mind, Granger told his audience that the PNCR renews its commitment to all Guyanese but most especially the nation’s women, youth, children and senior citizens.
He promised that the Government will work towards ensuring that “we all have a good life.”
The President said, “The ‘good life’ is not a dream. It is a plan. It will improve our lives over the coming years. The ‘good life’ is predicated on happiness. It is about making people happy. People will be happy when they know that they have a government which cares for them…”
He continued, “The PNCR, as part of the Coalition, will continue to work to close the education gap between the one percent who are super-performers and the more than 50 percent, who do poorly at these examinations.”
The PNCR Leader added, “We will work to close the income inequality gap between the hinterland and the coastland and between urban and rural areas. We will do so by boosting economic development in the hinterland and in rural Guyana; by closing the infrastructure gap, which keeps the hinterland isolated and underdeveloped.”
The President said that the aforementioned is the main reason why the Coalition administration ensured that local government elections were held in less than a year after it entered office.
He said that it is also the reason why the Coalition Government created three ‘capital towns’ in the hinterland at Bartica, Lethem and Mabaruma, and embarked on a programme of establishing regional radio stations. Granger remarked that these ‘capital towns’ will spur the development of the hinterland.
“Our vision is for every Guyanese to be able to enjoy ‘a good life.’ ‘A good life’ is based on the acceptance that people’s existence is characterized by three key freedoms – freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity.”
The President asserted that achieving ‘a good life’ requires greater equality of opportunity in order to attain economic growth. He emphasized that a ‘good life’ is about removing inequalities and providing opportunities for every citizen to be the best, he or she can be.
SOCIAL COHESION
On this topic, Granger stated that Guyana, today, still needs to eliminate the sort of social erosion that degenerated into civil violence in the recent past.
“We still see how easily the ranting of a few persons can rekindle racial animosity, a retrograde step, which has no place in modern society.”
When he made this comment, immediately, persons within the audience shouted that the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo should pay attention to the President’s words.
Continuing in this vein, the PNCR Leader said that the Party is alarmed at the vocal efforts by those persons to promote social division.
“We warn that such inflammatory tirades run the risk of degenerating into social instability, of fostering distrust and of fomenting disorder,” the President stated firmly.
He added, “We need to exhibit the spirit of social cohesion. Social cohesion is about combating exclusion and marginalization, creating a sense of belonging and promoting upward mobility…”
Granger said that Guyana ¯ a micro-state of three-quarters of a million people, with land-space larger than England and with bountiful natural resources and beautiful people ¯ need not be divided.
He said that discord, arising out of ethnic, economic, political, religious and other differences, has the potential to spawn hatred.
“Our society has been scarred by violence, which left a lingering legacy of distrust with the threat of disorder. Monuments have been erected to the victims of violence during the ‘Troubles’ between 2002 and 2008. Memories have not been erased,” the PNCR Leader expressed.
Granger then called on his coalition parties and civil society to work together to repair that damage, restore trust and rebuild the bases of a ‘moral community’ which enables all to trust each other.
He stressed that the nation’s diversity is an asset, not a liability.

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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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Gov’t team heads to China for talks with Huawei http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/govt-team-heads-to-china-for-talks-with-huawei/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/govt-team-heads-to-china-for-talks-with-huawei/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:49:49 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417251 Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes

Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes

– wants help on e-Governance expansion

A team led by Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, is on the way to China for talks with the principals of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., for the expansion of the country’s E-governance programme to the hinterland.
Huawei is the company that constructed the US$32M e-Government network in coastal Guyana, the ministry explained yesterday. The network consists of a fibre optic system in Georgetown, and a 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network that extends from Skeldon, Berbice to Charity, Essequibo Coast.
This is the ambitious system that the Government of Guyana is currently utilizing to provide internet access to schools and governmental agencies along the coastal plain.
“The inter-connectivity programme is progressing well and the ultimate objective is to have every single public entity connected to the national network,” the ministry said.
Huawei is a Chinese multi-national networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.
It is reputed to be the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012, and it was this company that constructed the national ICT networks in Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Suriname and Panama.

Head of the E-Government Unit, Floyd Levi

Head of the E-Government Unit, Floyd Levi

According to Minister Hughes, the telecommunications team will meet with Huawei’s principals at their Shenzhen headquarters, and visit their factories and installations in Beijing and Shanghai.
“The main objectives are to secure the long term viability of Guyana’s telecommunication networks, and to acquire technical assistance and training capacity. The latter is to push forward the Government’s plan to expand the ICT networks into all un-served areas including Bartica, Linden, Kwakwani, Port Kaituma, Mabaruma, Annai and Lethem.”
Head of the E-Government Unit, Floyd Levi, disclose that the unavailability of the severely damaged fibre optic cable is the reason for the expansion initiative. This cable was supposed to have been laid subterraneously along the Linden to Lethem corridor, and it should have had the capacity to provide internet services to all hinterland communities in most administrative regions.
“In the meantime, with the creation of competent technical skills being so integral to the entire national programme, Huawei will be asked to facilitate in-country training of no less than fifty (50) ICT engineers in the immediate term. Only four (4) ICT engineers had received adequate training under the previous administration.”
The e-Governance project was launched by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) while that party was in office. However, the initiative was marred by the fact that a sister programme, the running of a separate fibre optic cable from Lethem, along the trail through Linden and onto the city, faced tremendous technical issues.
The David Granger-led administration, on entering office last year, immediately suspended the Lethem cable works, saying that an assessment is needed.
One of the other projects that had been done to bolster the e-Governance initiative was the One Laptop Per Family project. This project for 90,000 laptops was for poor families but after a few years, just about half of the instruments were distributed.
Many families were without internet, with complaints of faulty laptops and even mismanagement at the OLPF secretariat.

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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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APOLOGY/CORRECTION http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/apologycorrection-2/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/apologycorrection-2/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:35:12 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417256 Kaieteur News apologizes to Mrs. Gailann Kellman, whose photograph was inadvertently published in our Thursday edition as Gail Ann Chacon, the woman who was shot in Tucville, Georgetown, on Tuesday night.
Mrs. Kellman is not the person who was shot.

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Conservation International, NTC ink historic MoU http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/conservation-international-ntc-ink-historic-mou/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/conservation-international-ntc-ink-historic-mou/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:32:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417253 Front row, from left: Minister of Amerindian Affairs  Sydney Allicock, Representative of CI, David Singh, Chairman of the NTC Joel Fredericks and Toshao Shuman.  Executive members of the NTC are in the background.

Front row, from left: Minister of Amerindian Affairs Sydney Allicock, Representative of CI, David Singh, Chairman of the NTC Joel Fredericks and Toshao Shuman. Executive members of the NTC are in the background.

Conservation International Guyana and the National Toshaos Council (NTC) yesterday signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding which will see the international body offering institutional support to the NTC.
Presenting the MoU to the Council was Toshao Shuman, designated Chairperson of this year’s Meeting. According to Shuman, based on the Amerindian Act of 2006, it has been recognized that both the NTC and Conservation International (CI) are working towards sustainable development of indigenous peoples, and of Guyana as a whole.
Moreover, it was recognized that the indigenous people require support to play their roles in the achievement of local, regional, national and international commitments. In procuring these achievements, the Council recognizes the need for partnerships between indigenous communities, governments, private sector, civil society and multilateral development institutions.
Having cognizance of this, the parties agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to foster development in Amerindian communities.
The entities agreed to cooperate on several goals. One such goal is to strengthen the ability of the NTC to fulfil its mandate through more effective organisational decision-making and other relevant capacities. In addition they have agreed to work towards sustainable development in villages through incorporating the Free Prior and Informed Consent principle.
The agreement will also seek to ensure that the specific rights of groups are protected, specifically, men, women and youth. Additionally, both parties will work to secure the financing of the implementation of the MoU and other areas as they mutually agree.
The MoU also contains procedures to govern cooperation. The NTC will notify CI of their internal procedures of making decisions on matters covered by the MoU.
The MoU is legally non-binding and as such no legal proceedings can ensue if a disagreement arises, save for a violation of the confidentiality clauses within the agreement.
During the course of the accord neither party can engage in the dissemination of information regarding trade secrets or any other confidential information of the other, except where permitted by law.
All confidential correspondence is to be held in a secure place. In the event that the MoU is terminated, parties must return the documents.
Representative of CI David Singh, said that the body has been working in Guyana for over 22 years, It was registered in 1996 and signed MoU with the Government of Guyana in 2002. It is expected that the two bodies will work together in order to bring about development in Amerindian communities.
Singh said that CI is a non-governmental organisation and receives much of its funding from private donors, the government, the United Nations Development Programme and United States Agency for International Development.
Minister of Amerindian Affairs Sydney Allicock said that he was quite happy with the historic occasion and envisages positive growth coming from the partnership of the two entities. He said that it is an opportunity which shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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GPSU calls for reform of Public Service, as well as wage increases http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gpsu-calls-for-reform-of-public-service-as-well-as-wage-increases/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/gpsu-calls-for-reform-of-public-service-as-well-as-wage-increases/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:31:54 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417252 GPSU President, Patrick Yarde

GPSU President, Patrick Yarde

– accuses Govt. of dishonesty during talks

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is calling for reform of the Public Service; this is in addition to the proposed scheme for salary increases. According to the Union, it is committed to an Objective Organization Restructuring in the public sector accompanied by a job evaluation exercise of relevant positions.
In this regard, the Union believes that there also need to be provisions for rewarding additional and special responsibilities; and the reduction of overlap, more consistency and logic in the number and spread among bands, and de-bunching where necessary.
To bring about this restructuring, it is the GPSU’s position that the findings and recommendations of all previous and current Reports of committees, arbitration tribunals and the Commission of Inquiry in the public service should be taken into consideration so as to inform the determination and completion of the restructuring exercise.
The Union is of the opinion that this can be done within the three-year period during which it had proposed increases in salaries occur – January 2016 to December 2018. It is the Union’s wish that the results of this exercise should be implemented no later than the first year following the period covered by the proposal.
In a statement issued by the Union, it was pointed out that for more than two decades, public servants were not allowed to enjoy meaningful representation despite there being a legally binding Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) in force.
“It is important to note that eventually a point was reached where the contemptuous setting aside of the CLA and the arbitrary and grossly inadequate imposition of an annual hand-out came to be seen as a Badge of Shame for Government and an enduring humiliation for Public Servants.”
According to the Union, the CLA was blatantly abused, repeatedly, without respect for the legal nature of the Collective Agreement made in 1993, where the state and Union agreed that there existed a need for negotiation of a comprehensive wages policy to solve problems of public servants.
“It was expected that with the entry of a new political administration in May 2015, there would have been an undertaking to bring this humiliating condition to an end, and that serious and honest negotiations would commence. This expectation was further heightened with the debate on the decision of Government to significantly increase the salaries of Ministers, a decision which unsurprisingly, immediately evoked a “what about Public Servants?” response,” the Union reflected.
According to the GPSU, it has persistently made the point that expectations of quantum improvement in the performance of the Public Service to match the ambitions of economic development and national growth, envisaged by the political administration, while simultaneously workers face poor working conditions and wages and salaries, is at best foolhardy and at worst, absurd.
To this end the Union posits that the Human Resources of the nation ought to be seen as the most important asset and should be the first charge on state funds within the National Budget.
The GPSU said that during negotiations, Government’s attempt to paint a gloomy picture of economic turmoil as a direct consequence of the 1999/2000 Armstrong tribunal awards and also alleging that 6000 workers lost their jobs, was entirely misleading and deliberately dishonest.
With regard to sourcing the funds needed to finance salary increases, the Union highlighted that the forensic audits which were conducted had revealed large sums of money lying idle in various bank accounts and these sums are now available for government use.
The Union’s position is that both sides will remain steadfast in their commitment to the virtues that ought, correctly, to attend the negotiations, and which they richly deserve.
“What the Union would like to make clear, of course, is that negotiations on the issue of wages, salaries and allowances cannot be placed in a once-and-for-all context. It recognizes that in an economy such as Guyana’s an incremental approach must be employed in addressing the issue of Public Servants’ salaries. The Union expects fervently that the current negotiations will reach a mutually satisfying conclusion in the shortest possible time.”

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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:
UNDER-15 GIRLS SINGLES FINALS:
Priyanna Ramdhani Abigael Hing of Suriname: 21-5, 21-4
UNDER-15 GIRLS DOUBLES FINALS:
Priyanna Ramdhani (GUY) & Daniela Acosta (DOM) Defeated Abigael Hing & Faith Sariman of Suriname: 21-6, 21-7
UNDER-15 GIRLS SINGLES SEMI-FINALS:
Priyanna Ramdhani defeated Lyeene Schareir of Aruba: 21-3, 21-4
UNDER-15 GIRLS DOUBLES SEMI-FINALS:
Priyanna Ramdhani (GUY) & Daniela Acosta (DOM) Defeated Johanna Lebron Ortiz & Karianet Morales Mercado of Puerto Rico: 21-8, 21-7
BOYS SINGLES UNDER-19 SEMI-FIANLS:
Narayan Ramdhani Cesar lost to Brito of Dominican Republic: 21-3, 22-20
BOYS SINGLES UNDER-19 QUARTER-FINALS
Narayan Ramdhani defeated Joshua Smith of Trinidad & Tobago: 21-6, 21-13
Jonathan Mangra lost to Matthew Lee of Jamaica: 21-12, 21-11
GIRLS DOUBLES UNDER-19 QUARTER-FINALS:
Ambika Ramraj (GUY) & Francesca Matias (DOM) lost to Imani Mangroe & Mary Ann Zhong of Suriname: 21-12, 21-9
ROUND TWO:
Jonathan Mangra defeated Efraim Van Der Linden of Aruba: 21-12, 21-11
MIX DOUBLES UNDER-19 ROUND 1:
Jonathan Mangra & Ambika Ramraj Renaldo Sinanan & Jada Renales of Trinidad & Tobago: 21-17, 21-18
CAREBACO REGIONAL DAY 1 RESULTS AUGUST 24:
GIRLS SINGLES UNDER-15 QUARTER-FINALS:
Priyanna Ramdhani defeated Faith Sariman of Suriname: 21-9, 21-10
BOYS SINGLES UNDER-19 ROUND 1:
Jonathan Mangra defeated Bryan Castro of Dominican Republic: 21-14, 21-15
BOYS SINGLES UNDER-19 ROUND 2:
Narayan Ramdhani defeated Wilmer Brea of Dominican Republic: 21-16, 21-15
BOYS DOUBLES UNDER-19 ROUND 1:
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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Region 8 residents want speedy opening of billion-dollar Kato Secondary http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/region-8-residents-want-speedy-opening-of-billion-dollar-kato-secondary/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/08/27/region-8-residents-want-speedy-opening-of-billion-dollar-kato-secondary/#respond Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:20:46 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=417259 Toshao of Kato, Clifton Perreira, at the National Toshaos Council meeting

Toshao of Kato, Clifton Perreira, at the National Toshaos Council meeting

 The Kato Secondary School Complex, Region Eight

The Kato Secondary School Complex, Region Eight

Residents of Region Eight, Potaro-Siparuni, are bemoaning the fact that the long awaited Kato Secondary School cannot be occupied.
After three years, the school remains incomplete, due to severe structural defects. Some 400 students and teachers were expected to occupy the building.
Kato’s toshao, Clifton Perreira while attending the National Toshaos Council meeting at the Arthur Chung International Convention Centre (ACICC) Liliendaal this week, made an appeal for the school to be fixed.
“We the residents of Kato sub-region, Region Eight are asking the government to put systems in place to speed-up the process of getting the secondary school opened, sooner, rather than later,” Perreira urged, a Government release said.
The Kato School, envisioned to be the most modern secondary in the country, was initially billed at $780M, but a final tally put the project close to $1B.
The contract for the school project was awarded, under the previous government, to Kares Engineering Inc., with work commencing in 2013, with a completion date set for April 2015. After several deadline delays, a recent assessment, however, revealed that the school was not safe enough for habitation.
Detailed evaluation on the work completed, revealed only about 10 percent of the school was structurally sound. Approximately 60 percent of the project was in defect, with another 30 percent being just over the borderline. Remedial works on the building would cost another $140M.

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