Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:37:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nothing left as PPP gov’t distributed 100% of Guyana’s productive forest http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/nothing-left-as-ppp-govt-distributed-100-of-guyanas-productive-forest/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/nothing-left-as-ppp-govt-distributed-100-of-guyanas-productive-forest/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:55:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387515 –    Trotman tells National Assembly

By Abena Rockcliffe
Pull quote:  “How could a responsible government preside over the allocation of, not some, but all of its

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman

productive forest?” Understandably, in the national interest we will have to do something about it.” – Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman
The new government was horrified to learn that its predecessor had distributed all of Guyana’s productive forest.  There is literally nothing left.
While previous revelations about the operations of certain logging companies – that are also into gold mining – had raised suspicions that this was the case, the disquieting suspicion was only confirmed last evening when Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman took the floor of the National Assembly to make his contribution to the ongoing Budget debate.
Trotman told the House that there has to be a revision of National Forest Policy.
He said that in 2016, the Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to update and rationalize policies and laws relating to the conservation, management, protection and sustainable development of the nation’s patrimony, its forest resources.
He said that there have been many changes since the existing policy was crafted.
The Minister said that those changes include a transformation in Guyana’s economic, social and political landscape over the last five years. He said that there has also been increased attention given to environmental aspects, and to the importance of forest managemen,t both nationally and internationally.
Trotman asserted that an updated forest policy will mark a significant shift in emphasis from the development of the timber potential of Guyana’s forests to management of the forests’ multiple goods and services for the national benefit.
To give reason as to the importance of the change, Trotman told the National Assembly that much to the “horror” of the new administration upon the assumption of office, “we were met with an alarming situation where we discovered that 100% or all of our productive forest was allocated by the past Government.”
Trotman added, “This is what a former head of state would have referred to as ‘confounded nonsense”.
The Minister questioned, “How could a responsible government preside over the allocation of all, not some, but all of its productive forest?”
He said that this must have been done without any regard for future generations.
Trotman said that in the context of the national patrimony, this can only be seen as a threat to the nation’s long term viability and security as a people.
He said, “Understandably, in the national interest we will have to do something about it.”
Trotman also highlighted a Mission statement that the new Ministry of Natural Resources has set for itself: “To develop, implement and oversee policies for the sustainable development and utilisation of the natural resources whilst promoting the protection and conservation of the environment”.
He said, “We carry this mission out in collaboration with all other Ministries and agencies.”
Loyalty to that statement will very well demand of the Ministry that it ensure that something is done about the distribution of the productive forest.
Trotman also informed the House that in the area of forestry, production was 550,000m3 to the export value of US$54M. He said that this is lower than previous years, but this happened as a result of too much exportation of raw logs and less value added.
He said however, that the Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to work along with the international community “to enhance our capabilities in this regard.”
Trotman said that work is underway to support sustainable forest management and trade, and ensure access to the international forest products market. He added that the Government will continue to work along with the international community to develop a comprehensive, equitable and sustainable international regime of compensation for the provision of climate amelioration services by countries such as Guyana.
“Government remains fully committed to continuing its partnership with Norway, because it is a model that will allow Guyana to develop renewable energy technologies, while sustainably exploiting Guyana’s natural resources – particularly, our forest resources,” said Trotman.

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Three killed in Annai accident http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/three-killed-in-annai-accident/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/three-killed-in-annai-accident/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:50:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387497 The police are investigating an accident which occurred early yesterday at Annai, Region Nine, and claimed the lives of three persons. The accident occurred around 08:15 hrs.
Dead are David Williams and his wife Belinda of Annai and Henry George of North Rupununi.
David Williams was the rider of the motorcycle, towing his wife, while George was reportedly walking along the roadway when the accident occurred.
It is still not clear what caused the accident, but this newspaper was informed that the husband and wife were heading to a wholesale outlet when they crashed head-on with a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.
The crash took place near an area called Rock View Junction and the couple were reportedly hurled from their motorcycle and died instantly.
No one could say for sure how George was killed, but it is widely believed that he was proceeding to his farm on foot and was walking in the corner of the public road when the vehicle also hit him.
The sound of the crash sent residents scurrying to the area only to find the Williams’ bodies sprawled on the roadway.
A further check revealed George, who was still alive, lying at the side of the road. Efforts by a medivac team were made to save his life by having him transported by air to the nearest health facility, but his (George’s) injuries were so severe that he succumbed before he could leave the area.

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Gov’t to issue more cambio licences http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/govt-to-issue-more-cambio-licences/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/govt-to-issue-more-cambio-licences/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:45:03 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387401 – mulls deposit insurance for savings accounts

By Leonard Gildarie
The David Granger administration has announced major plans to strengthen the banking system with the

Finance Minister Winston Jordan

Finance Minister Winston Jordan

licencing of a number of out-of-town cambios in the making.
The announcements were made recently when Finance Minister Winston Jordan presented his 2016 National Budget.
Speaking on the plans by Government for the financial sector, Jordan noted that every citizen should have access to financial services – be it savings, loans, and the systems that facilitate financial transactions.
“The Government is committed to supporting the development of the financial sector and improving its ability to meet the needs of everyone,” he said.
This year, a number of actions will be taken.
The Bank of Guyana will licence cambios located outside of Georgetown, in order to facilitate businesses and individuals who reside in rural, hinterland and other remote or isolated areas.
With cambios mostly in the city and at the commercial banks, visitors and others have been relying on the use of ‘money-changers’ who are mostly unregulated.
With an increasing amount of business being generated in the hinterland, especially in the gold and logging sector, the introduction of more cambios is being seen as a plus, in especially places like Skeldon, in East Berbice, and Lethem, Region Nine.
Jordan disclosed that this year Bank of Guyana, as the regulator for the banking sector, will conduct a study on implementing deposit insurance in Guyana, with the goal of rolling out a deposit guarantee scheme by next year. This action takes on heightened importance to protect businesses and individuals from losses in the case of a bank failure.
The administration is also mulling the possibility of introducing financial services in the rural areas, though these do not necessarily have to be conducted by a bank.
Minister Jordan explained:  “The Bank of Guyana will examine the feasibility of agency banking, which would allow local non-banks to provide some financial services.  Agency banking has the potential to dramatically improve access to banking in rural communities. The Bank of Guyana also plans to support the expansion of mobile money, which would allow more people to save and transfer money using their phones, thereby reducing the transaction costs.”
Already, a major entity like GTT is involved in the mobile money business, allowing customers to pay utility and other bills with their instruments.

Gov’t is working on measures to protect savings accounts at financial institutions with the introduction of deposit insurance.

Gov’t is working on measures to protect savings accounts at financial institutions with the introduction of deposit insurance.

In collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, the Bank of Guyana is planning to undertake a financial sector assessment.
According to the Minister, a scoping mission was completed during the latter part of 2015, with the substantive mission slated for later this year.
With regards to the regulatory systems in place to move commercial banks more in line with international standards, Jordan disclosed that the Bank of Guyana will be moving towards Basel II implementation, which will strengthen the regulatory framework governing banks, and also result in Guyana aligning its capital requirements with internationally recommended best practices.
“Basel II, which was introduced in 2006 by the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision, was intended to create an international standard for banking regulators to control how much capital banks need to set aside to guard against the types of financial and operational risks banks face. Basel II has three pillars: ensuring that bank capital is more risk-sensitive, ensuring that banks have adequate capital to support all the risks in their business, and enhancing disclosure requirements to make the risks banks take more transparent.”
Meanwhile, the Minister, in the budget speech, disclosed that the Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening Initiative (FIRST), a project managed by the World Bank, is providing technical assistance to the Bank of Guyana to strengthen supervision of the non-bank financial institutions and insurance companies.
“The initiative aims to close gaps in the supervisory perimeter, regarding prudential and non-prudential standards, and to build supervisory capacity. FIRST will assist with the development of a legal and institutional framework for market conduct and financial consumer protection,” Jordan promised.
As part of the financial consumer protection initiative, the Bank of Guyana will be enhancing its National Financial Literacy Programme.
“It is hoped that the average citizen will be empowered with the ability to make informed financial judgments and take effective decisions regarding the use and management of his/her money.”

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Cool Square Hotel murder accused freed http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/cool-square-hotel-murder-accused-freed/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/cool-square-hotel-murder-accused-freed/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:40:59 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387436 After a lengthy trial, Leon Duncan was yesterday acquitted of murder by a mixed twelve-member jury,

Freed: Leon Duncan

Freed: Leon Duncan

who found him not guilty of the offence.
Duncan, also known as ‘Whistle’, was visibly relieved as the jury foreman announced the decision, and hurriedly departed after being freed. Some of his relatives who were present in the courtroom of Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry shed tears of joy before hastily following their relative from the compound.
Duncan, who had been arrested in 2013 for the murder/robbery of businessman Intaz Roopnarine, walked of the Georgetown High Court at around noon and embraced his relatives. He was represented by Attorney Mark Waldron.
Roopnarine, called ‘Bobby’ of 169 Mandela Avenue, was shot and robbed at the Cool Square Hotel in Marigold Street, West Ruimveldt on January 24, 2013.
The businessman was wearing several pieces of expensive jewellery when he was attacked as he was preparing to leave the hotel. His assailant escaped with a gold and diamond chain worth $500,000, a gold band worth $700,000 and other jewellery, all priced at a total of $2,200,000.
Roopnarine collapsed and died near to a septic tank aback of the hotel.
Sometime after the shooting, Duncan was arrested for the murder. During his trial in the High Court, the accused denied having knowledge of the incident. He claimed that he had checked out of Cool Square Hotel on the night before the incident occurred.
Duncan had recalled that he met an ex-girlfriend at the Edge Night Club on Main Street on January 23, 2013. He said that after enjoying a good night at the club, he and his ex-girlfriend decided to spend some time at a hotel. Duncan told the court that they left the club in a taxi, which dropped them off at Cool Square Hotel in West Ruimveldt.

Intaz Roopnarine

Intaz Roopnarine

The accused said that after spending some time with his ex-girlfriend at the hotel, they decided to go their separate ways; his girlfriend left in a taxi with a female friend and he left the location on foot, minutes later. He said he did not ride in the cab with his ex-girlfriend because he was going to the home of the woman he was living with at the time.
Duncan, who resided at Williamstad Road, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, said that he travelled to Cayenne, French Guiana, a few weeks later. He said that it was upon his return to Guyana, in April that year, that he was arrested by police for the robbery/murder, which he insisted he knew nothing about.
Earlier in the trial, police witnesses Suraj Singh and Rodwell Sarabo told the court that the ex-girlfriend of the accused had been with Duncan for some time on the night before the businessman was shot and killed.
According to the witnesses, the ex-girlfriend later learnt that someone was shot and killed at Cool Square Hotel.  The policemen also told the court that Duncan’s ex-girlfriend had recalled that he contacted her and told her that he wanted to turn himself in to the police because his name was being called in a murder.
The Court later learnt that two witnesses, including Duncan’s ex-girlfriend, could not be located. Their depositions were however read into evidence following an application by State Prosecutor Stacy Goodings. Goodings presented the case in association with Prosecutors Orinthia Schmidt and Tuanna Hardy.

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Reporter declines to hand over “Top Secret Document” to police http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/reporter-declines-to-hand-over-top-secret-document-to-police/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/reporter-declines-to-hand-over-top-secret-document-to-police/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:40:08 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387486 A local Television Reporter could find himself in hot water, depending on the advice the police receive from their Legal Advisor on a “Top Secret Document” he purportedly has knowledge of.
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud disclosed yesterday that the police had contacted the Reporter to obtain information on the “document” which purportedly links a Senior Police Officer from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to criminal activities.
However, that information was not forthcoming, and according to the Top Cop, an investigation is presently underway.
The Reporter had claimed in a new item earlier this week that the relevant authorities have obtained a document which details the alleged corrupt practices of a high-ranking Police Officer. He had claimed that the document details the officer’s “link to the drug underworld; the planting of guns, cocaine and other bits and pieces of evidence on persons, some of whom are still before the court and others who may have already been wrongfully prosecuted”.
Kaieteur News was informed that the Reporter is refusing to cooperate with investigators.
When asked about this revelation yesterday, Commissioner Persaud told this newspaper that he only heard about it on Wednesday, and he immediately ordered that an investigation be done. He said that he ordered that since the matter involved an officer at the CID Headquarters, who the Force is still to identify, the investigation should be conducted by Detectives from the police’s East Coast Demerara Division.
To facilitate this, the police needed the testimony of the Reporter, since according to reliable sources, the Force has no knowledge of any top secret document, implicating the Officer in question.
“The Reporter was called in yesterday (Wednesday); he was contacted and asked to come in regarding the report. He came in this morning (Thursday) with his lawyer and told the police that he did his own investigation, has his own evidence, and he’s not handing anything over to the police,” the Commissioner stated.
According to Persaud, investigators are in contact with the police’s Legal Advisor on how to proceed with the matter.
“I don’t intend to leave it alone, however, I will be guided by the police legal advisor,” the Top Cop said.
When contacted last evening, the reporter explained that he was contacted by the police at his place of work on Wednesday and was invited to meet with the Divisional Commander at Cove and John “to discuss the matter.”
He said that he did turn up for the discussion and the police requested the document or that he reveals its source.
“I said that I cannot do that at this point,” the Reporter told Kaieteur News.
He said that the police investigator then enquired from him if he would reveal the document in the future to facilitate the investigation.
“I did say to the officer that I’m not prepared to release it at this time,” the Reporter stressed.
He also did not provide investigators with a statement.
Since it would appear that the police are unaware of the “Top Secret Document” in question, the reporter claimed that it was seen by a senior government functionary.
East Coast Demerara Divisional Commander Marlon Chapman told this newspaper last night that the matter is a serious one, but without the cooperation of the reporter, the investigation would not turn up much.
In addition to the document, he said “we have to have statements to start an investigation.”

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Wales cane farmers worry over lower price, long haul to Uitvlugt http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/wales-cane-farmers-worry-over-lower-price-long-haul-to-uitvlugt/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/wales-cane-farmers-worry-over-lower-price-long-haul-to-uitvlugt/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:40:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387432    factory was producing three times what it was selling for
There is deep worry by private cane farmers on the West Bank of Demerara over the announced closure of Wales estate later this year. With scores of farmers supplying cane to the estate for decades now, farmers this week

Private cane farmers from West Bank are deeply worried over the impending closure of Wales estate.

Private cane farmers from West Bank are deeply worried over the impending closure of Wales estate.

complained that the decision to move the cane to Uitvlugt, located over 15 miles away on the West Coast, will drive costs up and cause logistical delays.
Already, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has asked farmers to take a lower price for their canes – from an average of $100,000 per ton of sugar to now about $60,000.
“We are facing a serious problem with this proposal. We are being asked to take the canes using our trailers over internal dams behind Canals Numbers One and Two. We have to stand the cost. We have already been told that because of lower world prices for sugar we will be paid less. How will we survive?” asked one Belle Vue farmer. He has seven workers and a driver when the crop is being harvested. Two of the workers are full-time.
Cane farmers in the area have been planting for years now and are part of coops operating between the two Canal Polders. Wales Estate has been a lifeline for many of the families, about 300 of them that depend on it for a livelihood.
There have been meetings between GuySuCo and farmers, starting late last year, on new prices.
The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday said that discussions are ongoing over the logistical movement of cane to facilitate the proposed integration with Uitvlugt estate. A joint task force is being established to examine and resolve the logistical issues.
According to farmers, they have not been benefitting from concessions like fuel, a major input, and fertilizers, making it hard for them to exist.
“We need to get at least $100,000 to stay above water,” a farmer from Canal Number One said. He has 40 acres and recently rented out half, after it became clear that there would be losses.
Another major problem facing the farmers is the current El Niño dry spell which has wreaked havoc for farmers and GuySuCo.
Already the corporation said that about half of the crop for next year will not be there and if no rains come with the next two months, this year’s target will be badly affected.
Several cane farmers on the West Bank have to hold off on planting because of water.
In addition to farmers, scores of workers from Wales estate have been picketing and asking through their union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union, for a rethink of the decision.
Government had been at pains to defend the closure, saying that the decision was taken to halt the hemorrhaging of Wales and by extension, GuySuCo.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday, the new management that took over Guyana Sugar Corporation last year, shortly after the David Granger-led government was sworn in, discovered an industry that was suffering from chronic financial indebtedness – one reduced to almost a state of penury.
“For example, at the time of the management change in mid-2015, even the workers’ deducted contributions to their credit union had not been paid up – in the order of $165M.”
Additionally, between the National Insurance Scheme and Guyana Revenue Authority, a total sum of $6.3B was owed. Embarrassingly, even the pension fund contributions were not handed over to the fund.”
Wales and Patentia, two villages, have literally built themselves around the factory, with many of the small businesses dependent on the canecutters and their family.
Wales was the most inefficient of its seven factories in Berbice and Demerara, producing at almost three times (US$0.38 per pound) what it was selling sugar for ($US$0.13 per pound).
The Ministry yesterday said that the most recent meetings with the workers, directly, also proved a positive engagement, in that the management was able to respond in detail to every query that concerned each category of employee’s future.
“As it turned out, productive work can be found for all, but 13 mechanical tillage operators could be severed, but only if the equipment they operated was not available. This situation is about to be resolved.”
GuySuCo has also promised to report on its diversification plans for the industry no later than October 1, 2016.
GuySuCo has been thorn in the side of consecutive governments, racking up billions of dollars in losses annually, and consecutive failure to reach targets. It did achieve the original annual target last year under the new Government, for the first time in more than a decade.
However, with over 16,000 workers, no Government has been willing to take a decision to shut the industry down, saying that the socio-economic fallout would be too much.
In addition, sugar exports have been hauling in a huge chunk of foreign exchange annually, a fact that will not be easily in any other industry anytime soon. (Leonard Gildarie)

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Jagdeo mek Courts look like plaything http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/jagdeo-mek-courts-look-like-plaything/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/jagdeo-mek-courts-look-like-plaything/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:30:48 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387512 Everybody know that Courts does give away a lot. You can even go to dem wid no down payment and you getting de whole item—100 per cent.
Everybody think that was de best dem ever see or hear about.  Jagdeo beat that. He mek Courts look like plaything.
When dem boys use to tell de nation that Jagdeo give away three-quarter of Guyana people use to meet dem boys pun de road and cuss dem.
Dem same people use to admit after de cussing that wholesale thiefing use to go on, but dem use to seh that dem boys use to exaggerate.
Even some of dem in de old opposition use to tell dem boys it ain’t suh bad how dem use to put it over. But last night Trotty mek nuff people cry.
He announce that de Pee Pee Pee government give away every inch—100 per cent of Guyana’s productive forest land.
When dem boys did show de photos of de mining camps and de logging sites showing de magnitude of what was going on in Guyana, people still didn’t tek notice. It tek a change of gov’t fuh another set of politricksters to find out. And dem boys seh de only way dem find out so quick was when dey go to see wha lef fuh dem.
But joke is joke and poke is poke. Dem boys seh all of we pickney and grandpickney don’t even have a blade of grass fuh get.
People now demanding that Soulja Bai and Rum Jattan tek back wha Jagdeo and Rob de earth give away.  Rob de Earth dun get away and play that he looking fuh wuk in America. But dem boys know otherwise, and is Uncle Sam whisper that to dem boys.
Dem boys learn later that Jagdeo always love 100 per cent of everything. He best friends use to get 100 per cent of everything. Babbie get 100 per cent of Sanata complex; he get 100 per cent fuh import and supply spoil milk and expired drugs; Brian use to get 100 per cent of all certain contracts; Tulsie de pump man use to get 100 per cent of all dem pumping job; and dem Chiney use to get 100 per cent of all de Marriott, all de airport and even down to Amaila hydro seed.
Jagdeo last 100 per cent give away was  when he give de presidency to Donald Dumb.
Talk half and wait fuh hear more of Jagdeo’s 100 per cent giveaways.

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Springer carries West Indies Under-19s into final http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/springer-carries-west-indies-under-19s-into-final/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/springer-carries-west-indies-under-19s-into-final/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:25:45 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387443 Bangladesh v West Indies, Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Mirpur ….

ESPNcricinfo – West Indies Under-19s ended up stunning over 10,000 fans at the

Shimron Hetmyer pulls on his way to a half-century, Bangladesh Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s, Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Dhaka, February 11, 2016 ©Getty Images

Shimron Hetmyer pulls on his way to a half-century, Bangladesh Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s, Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Dhaka, February 11, 2016 ©Getty Images

Shere Bangla Stadium by chasing down 227, with three wickets in hand, in an anxious fashion against Bangladesh Under-19s in the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies were cruising at 147 for 3 and seemed to be buckle under pressure after captain Shimron Hetmyer fell for 60. They lost two more wickets for 34 runs but were salvaged by Shamar Springer’s unbeaten 62 after his incisive spell of 10-0-36-2. West Indies will make their second appearance in an Under-19 World Cup final when they take on India Under-19s in Mirpur on Sunday.
The West Indies chase started in the usual aggressive mode when Gidron Pope clobbered 14 runs in the first over. He continued to attack and was dropped on 23 in the fourth over before he took his team to an intimidating 56 for 2 in seven overs. After Pope fell for 38, Hetmyer led the charge just like his counterpart Mehedi Hasan Miraz had done earlier in the day, with a measured knock in the company of Keacy Carty. The required run rate was just under four when they got together and they carried out their partnership of 62 in composed fashion.
They had no difficulty playing the spinners and Hetmyer brought up his second straight fifty but his dismissal in the 28th over threatened to tilt the game the other way. Springer was joined by Jyd Goolie and with no scoreboard pressure to face, they took the score past 175 until left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed Shawon struck twice in four balls and West Indies were still 46 adrift with four wickets in hand.
Springer was still there, and he and Michael Frew ran well to steal ones and twos in a patient stand of 36 in 8.2 overs. Bangladesh struck again when Mohammad Saifuddin removed Frew for 12 but Springer’s presence saw them through as he hit the winning runs with eight balls to spare.

Shamar Springer celebrates a wicket with his signature dance moves, Bangladesh Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s, Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Dhaka, February 11, 2016 ©Getty Images

Shamar Springer celebrates a wicket with his signature dance moves, Bangladesh Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s, Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Dhaka, February 11, 2016 ©Getty Images

Bangladesh showed signs of nervousness too. They dropped Springer when he was on 15, fumbled when they shouldn’t have and conceded overthrows when the match was in the balance, possibly feeling the pressure of playing in front of a massive crowd that had gathered in Mirpur.
Earlier, Mehedi had to rescue his team again from a precarious position, just like he had done in the quarter-final against Nepal Under-19s. He forged an 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Mohammed Saifuddin, lifting the side from 113 for 5 to close to 200.
West Indies’ opening bowlers, Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder, started poorly after the hosts opted to bat. They conceded nine extras out of the total of 10 in the first two overs but later succeeded in removing the openers by the seventh over. They continued their barrage of short deliveries with varying lines, while Bangladesh found the odd boundary.
Just when Bangladesh were looking to lift the run rate after the first Powerplay, they lost Nazmul Hossain Shanto, their best batsman in the tournament so far, for 11 and medium-pacers Ryan John and Springer then choked the flow of runs. Joyraz Sheik, who was dropped off a tough chance on 6, led them on even as Zakir Hasan struggled to rotate the strike. Sheik, however, dragged one onto his off stump and Zakir was bowled once Holder was brought back for his second spell.
Mehedi eased the flow of runs and pulled his team out of trouble once the spinners Jyd Goolie, Pope and Frew came on, relying on plenty of back-foot strokes. Once the hosts looked comfortable, the spinners sent down more loose deliveries and the fielders started to misfield, too.
Saifuddin played a more patient role in the partnership with Mehedi and was content giving strike to the captain, who brought up his fifty off 63 balls. Their comfort ended in the 45th over. Pacer Keemo Paul, who had injured himself while fielding earlier, came on in the 46th over and struck off consecutive deliveries to remove both set batsmen and hurt Bangladesh’s chances of a total close to 240. Springer was economical in the slog overs, too, and a couple of fours and a six from the tail pushed Bangladesh past 220. They were dismissed for 226 off the last ball of the innings.

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CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying C/ship… Lady Jags go down to Canada 5-0 in robust performance despite losing http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/concacaf-womens-olympic-qualifying-cship-lady-jags-go-down-to-canada-5-0-in-robust-performance-despite-losing/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/concacaf-womens-olympic-qualifying-cship-lady-jags-go-down-to-canada-5-0-in-robust-performance-despite-losing/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:25:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387522 Canada’s Sophie Schmidt (#13) battling in the air with Guyana’s #3 Briana De Souza and teammate in the first half last evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium. (COCACAF photo)

Canada’s Sophie Schmidt (#13) battling in the air with Guyana’s #3 Briana De Souza and teammate in the first half last evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium. (COCACAF photo)

By Franklin Wilson in Houston Texas compliments of Fazia’s Collection, Crown Mining Supply, Anglin Enterprises USA, Stag Beer, Germans Restaurant, Queensway Security Service

On debut at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, Guyana’s Golden Jaguars faced Regional powerhouse Canada in the feature game last evening at the BBVA compass Stadium, Houston, Texas as Group B play in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship got under way.
Canada as expected came out in an offensive mood to test the Guyanese in the opening minutes; Captain Christine Sinclair went wide of the left upright in the second minute as Guyana sat deep in the final third allowing the Canadians to come at them but was also vigilant to run at them on the counter whenever the chance presented itself.
Lady Jags Goalkeeper Chante Sandiford looked composed in goal, calmly taking down a good shot from Ashley Lawrence in the 10th minute as the Guyanese defence also looked very coordinated and composed in keeping the experienced Canadians who opted to play the ball wide, at bay early on.
Sinclair, the all-time leading goal scorer in CONCACAF WOQC with 15 was kept quiet by the Lady Jags as they showed a high level of maturity from the last time the two sides met in 2010 when the Canadians prevailed 8-0 in Cancun, Mexico.
Canada took the lead in the 25th minute from a corner taken by Sinclair, Deanne Rose scoring on an assist from Sophie Schmidt on the second attempt.
In the 27th minute Josee Belanger’s cross was parried away one handed for a corner by Sandiford and again Sinclair took the corner which was again converted by midfielder Ashley Lawrence to double the advantage for Canada; their collective experience being evident. Captain Sinclair playing very calm and reserved whilst marshalling her colleagues.
Sandiford came up big again in the 38th minute to deny Sinclair on the end of another promising build up from Canada but two minutes later, 16 year-old Deanne Rose made it 3-0 from another assist from midfielder Schmidt, Rose’ shot beating Sandiford to the far post all along the turf. Rose went wide of the upright in the 42nd from just inside the six and over the bar one minute later. Sinclair was thwarted again in the 45th minute from a back heel as the half ended 3-0 to the Canadians.
Canada upped the ante from the start of the second half and one minute into the half increased the lead to 4-0 when Ashley

Guyana’s Ashlee Savona (#8) keeps Canada’s Sophie Schmidt at bay last night at teh BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. (COCACAF photo)

Guyana’s Ashlee Savona (#8) keeps Canada’s Sophie Schmidt at bay last night at teh BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. (COCACAF photo)

Lawrence headed home. It was as the flood gate was now opened with another goal off the boot of Lawrence in the 48th minute to make it 5-0. Sinclair’s drought continued as she went over the cross bar one minute later.
The wide crosses into the area continued to be challenging for the Lady Jags who nonetheless kept on fighting in the proverbial David vs Goliath clash. Canada made strategic subs as they introduced fresh legs enjoying an unbeatable advantage. They made changes in the 58′ – Jessie Fleming in for Allysha Chapman; 59′ – Gabrielle Carle in for Sophie Schmidt and the 62′ when Nichelle Prince replaced Deanne Rose.
Traffic was in the Guyana half of play for almost the entire half as the Canadians asserted themselves. Even in this scenario, the Lady Jags kept their energy levels high as they supported each other vociferously.
Guyana’s changes were done in the 61′ when Leah Ramalho came on for Kayla DeSouza; in the 71st Bria Williams replaced Alison Heydorn, while the final sub was one minute later when Calaigh Copland came on for Mariam El-Masri.
Sandiford brought off another excellent save in the 87th minute to the applause of all the fans present which included the President of the Guyana Football Federation Wayne Forde, VP Rawlston Adams and President of the Women’s Association, Charmaine Wade.
The Guyanese did their utmost to keep the Canadians at bay as the match ended 5-0, just two goals coming in the final 45 minutes. Such was the dominance of the Canadians that they had 30 shots on goals; 15 on target with a similar amount on goal. Canada’s Ashley Lawrence was named CONCACAF player of the match.
Squads: Guyana – 1 Chante Sandiford, 2 Alison Heydorn (71′ – Bria Williams), 3. Briana DeSouza, 4. Kayla De Souza (61′ – Leah Ramalho), 7. Justine Rodrigues, 8. Ashlee Savona, 9. Ashley Rodrigues (Capt.), 12. Otesha Charles, 13. Kailey Leila, 15 Mariam El-Masri (72′ – Calaigh Copland), 17 Olivia Gonsalves.
Canada – 1 GK Erin Mc Leod, 2 Allysha Chapman (58′ – Jessie Fleming), 3 Kadeisha Buchanan, 4 Shelina Zadorsky, 6 Deanne Rose (62′ – Nichelle Prince), 8 Diana Matheson, 9 Josée Belanger, 10 Ashley Lawrence, 11 Desiree, Scott, 12 Christine Sinclair, 13 Sophie Schmidit (59′ – Gabrielle Carle).

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Letter to the Sports Editor…Some concerns in relation to the Chess programme in Guyana http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/letter-to-the-sports-editor-some-concerns-in-relation-to-the-chess-programme-in-guyana/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/letter-to-the-sports-editor-some-concerns-in-relation-to-the-chess-programme-in-guyana/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:59 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387444 Dear Editor,
I am kindly asking you to print his letter so as to rectify an omission that was made by your reporter in relation to the results of the just concluded Trophy Stall Chess Tournament.
Jessica Callender was not even mentioned as a participant even though she played in all 7 rounds. She was one of two females that played in the tournament and she finished on 3 points. This is Ms. Callender’s first tournament and it is a credit to her resilience that she continued to play to the end.
Young players need to be encouraged to play chess and they should be given the necessary help to do so. The sport has been taking a battering over the last two years and the Guyana Chess Federation needs to up its ante if it is going to be the watchdog over chess in Guyana. Complaining to the President of the GCF is like throwing water on a duck’s back. It is ironic that Ms. Callender contacted the President to correct what was a mistake on the reporter’s part but was given the royal run around that the Chess Federation does not publish the results and not everyone is mentioned in the follow up.
Mr. Mohammed ought to know that proper results must be reported and when mistakes are made by the publisher it is one of his duties as President to see that it is corrected and not repeated. Suffice to say that the dictatorial and offhanded way that chess is administered in Guyana does not bode well for the development of the game. It seems also, that the Chess Federation only seeks to promote tournaments in the year that the Olympiads are held.
Chess is a game of discipline and if the members of the executive do not comply with their own announcements, what do they expect the lesser members to do?
Tournaments are ad hoc in nature and starting times are dependent on the tournament director’s discretion and not as advertised. There has been no proper programme for the development of chess for the last few years and although chess is being played at different venues by die hard chess players, the GCF remains the silent partner throughout the length and breadth of Guyana wherever chess is being played.
With all the brouhaha about chess not being a spectator sport and persons serving without remuneration, it is imperative that the executives look at the development and strides of other sports that do not have huge gate receipts but are in the forefront of sports development. Maybe, just maybe, they will learn something on how to operate in a meaningful way so that chess will benefit and our youngsters will be encouraged to take up the sport of chess.
Sincerely,
Raj Sharma
 
Editor’s note: The (chess) Tournament Director has no jurisdiction over the reports in Kaieteur News. Admittedly, the reporter had inadvertently omitted Ms. Callender’s performance on the penultimate day but had made amends in a subsequent report.     

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Port Mourant Training Centre1 continue winning ways http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/port-mourant-training-centre1-continue-winning-ways/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/port-mourant-training-centre1-continue-winning-ways/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387473 Port Mourant Centre1 (PMTC) continued its winning ways when they defeated all and sundry to take the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) one day volleyball tournament played last Sunday at the Fyrish Volleyball court, Corentyne, Berbice.
Despite their dominance, the PMTC had a tough fight in the finals from the much improved Port Mourant Jaguars before coming out winners 2-1.
In the final, the PMTC1 lads used their youth and height to take the first set 25-18, however the Jaguars regrouped and roared back to take the second set in a ding dong battle at 23-25. With the scores now leveled at 1-1 it was the PMTC1 lads that showed that they wanted it most by outlasting the Jaguars 15-10.
The teams were divided into two groups with PMTC1, Three Door Strikers, Fyrish and PMTC 3 being in group one. Group two consisted of Port Mourant Jaguars, Corriverton Jets, PMTC2 and Albion United.
Earlier, PMTC1 the winner of group one, defeated PMTC2 the runner up of group two (25-18, 25-14) and Port Mourant Jaguars winner of group two defeated Three Door Strikers 25-22, 25-14 to book their way into the final.
There was another category for females and junior males which consisted of three teams –Orealla/ Siparuta females, Black Birds and Tain Humanitarian Junior males.    In the finals the combined Orealla/ Siparuta team made sure that their more than 100miles travel was not in vain as they defeated the junior male team by a  2-0 score ( 25-23, 25-6).
In the presentation ceremony that followed, PMTC1 were presented with the Troy Sinclair trophy for placing first. PM Jaguars copped the Alim trophy for their second place showing, while PMTC2 were also presented with a trophy, compliments of Troy Sinclair.
PMTC1 dominated the individual category with Akeem Bowling being adjudged the best Libero, Jason Seelochan the best Better. Adriel Moore copped the awards for being the best spiker and MVP on show.
In the female and junior category – Orealla/Siparuta were presented with a trophy for winning that category with the Tain Humanitarian collecting a trophy for being runner up.
The most outstanding female award went to Alicia Welcome with the most outstanding male prize going to Adesh Basdeo.
The BVA activities will continue this week end with U19 trials and training for both males and females.  (Samuel Whyte)

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New Amsterdam United hammer Hope Football Club 5-1 in NA League Cup http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/new-amsterdam-united-hammer-hope-football-club-5-1-in-na-league-cup/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/new-amsterdam-united-hammer-hope-football-club-5-1-in-na-league-cup/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:49 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387468 Play in the New Amsterdam League Cup football tournament continued on Sunday with one game at the Burnham Park with New Amsterdam United hammering Hope Football Club 5-1 to start their campaign in enterprising fashion.
Playing their first game of the competition the NA United unit looked united as they opened their campaign for championship honours.
Leonard Adams led the way with a hat-trick with strikes in the 23rd, 57th and 85th minutes, while Staffan Boucher in the 27th minute and Jamal Butts who scored in the 59th minute supported well.
For their part Hope FC got a goal off the boot of Dereck Taylor in the 53rd. NA United led 2-0 at half time.  Cougars FC are the other team in the three team competition.  Three teams are participating in the competition –namely Cougars Football Club, New Amsterdam United and Hope Football Club.
The competition is being played on a two rounds round robin basis. The game between Cougars and Hope Football Club ended in a 2-2 draw.
In a junior game which was played earlier, NA United blanked Hearts of Oak Masters FC 4-0. Scoring for NA United was Shi Munroe with a hat-trick while Dwayne Allen netted one.
The competition is expected to continue on Sunday with NA United taking on Cougars from 16:00hrs at the Burnham Park.   That game will be preceded by an U15 game between HOAFC and Edinburgh All Stars
The competition is being organised by a group of football enthusiast including Sherwin Forde and Neil Humphrey.  (Samuel Whyte)

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Paul guides Georgetown to comfortable victory EBD http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/paul-guides-georgetown-to-comfortable-victory-ebd/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/paul-guides-georgetown-to-comfortable-victory-ebd/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:46 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387471 A fine all-round performance by Daniel Paul guided Georgetown to a comfortable

From left Dwayne Dick and Daniel Paul

From left Dwayne Dick and Daniel Paul

168-run victory over East Bank Demerara when the Demerara Cricket Board Inter-Association U15 50-over tournament continued yesterday at Farm.
Paul top scored with 43 to propel Georgetown to 224 all out in 47.3 overs before returning with the ball to capture four wickets for five runs as East Bank were skittled for 56 in 19.5 overs in reply.
Paul shared in a seven-wicket stand of 46 with Dwayne Dick after Georgetown were placed at 120-6. He struck three fours and one six while Dick who also hit three fours and a six made 35. Opener Navindra Persaud scored 17 while Campta Persaud and Yeudistir Persaud made 13 each. Phillip Mc Tuck claimed 4-40, Mark Tularam 3-59 and Alex Avinda 2-55.
Steady bowling by Paul and Akash Shivraj restricted East Bank to 16-6 before Mc Tuck and Amari Rhobe added 21 for the seven-wicket. Mc Tuck who cracked two fours and one six was smartly caught by Dwayne Dick off Shivraj for a top score of 19 while Rhobe made 10. No other batsman reached double figures as Shivraj supported Paul with 3-14. The competition continues on Saturday. (Zaheer Mohamed)

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Navin and Sons Construction supports WBCA T20 Bash http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/navin-and-sons-construction-supports-wbca-t20-bash/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/navin-and-sons-construction-supports-wbca-t20-bash/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:39 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387465 Navin and Sons Construction has thrown their support behind the West

 Marshall Karamchand (left) presents the cheque to Lakeram Dindyal of WBCA.

Marshall Karamchand (left) presents the cheque to Lakeram Dindyal of WBCA.

Berbice Cricket Association for the staging of its Goodwill T20 tournament which is slated for Albion on February 21.
Marshall Karamchand a representative of the company which is located at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara presented a cheque of an undisclosed sum to Abel Seeteram of WBCA on Wednesday. In an invited comment Karamchand of said they are happy to contribute towards the competition and is looking forward to a successful one. Seetaram thanked the entity for their assistance adding that there will also be a cultural presentation and lots of attraction for the children.
West Berbice Titans, Essequibo XI, East Berbice Superkings and Demerara XI are the teams that will battle for supremacy when action gets underway at 09:00 hrs.
The Essequibo XI reads; Anthony Adams (Capt.), Ricardo Adams, Ricardo Peters, Kevon Boodie, Kemol Savory, Kevin Jordon, Neilan Cadogan, Eknauth Persaud, Keemo Paul, Narendra Madholall, Herry Green, Parmesh Parsotam, Edwin Burnette and Royan Fredericks.

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Hearts of Oak Master Football Club inter primary school football tournament underway http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/hearts-of-oak-master-football-club-inter-primary-school-football-tournament-underway/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/hearts-of-oak-master-football-club-inter-primary-school-football-tournament-underway/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:35 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387458 The Hearts of Oaks Master Football club (HOMFC) 2016 football programme began on Monday with five matches in the Inter Primary school football competition.
Considered one of Guyana’s leading football organisations, the HOMFC organised tournament is catering for schools in the New Amsterdam/ Canje areas with matches for both boys and girls.
The matches are being played at the All Saints Scot Church Ground, Princess Elizabeth Road, New Amsterdam.
When the tournament kicked off on Monday five matches were played – Results showed All Saints primary humbling Fort Ordnance 3-0 with Airon Arokium, John Reid and Naquan Samuels scoring.  In another game, St Aloysius Primary squeezed past New Amsterdam Primary 1-0 with Amar Crawford being the lone goal scorer.  The other matches between All Saints and ST Aloysius ended in a 0-0 draws, the same result as the encounter between New Amsterdam Primary and Fort Ordnance primary.
In a lone female encounter, All Saints Primary and Fort Ordnance Primary played to a 0-0 draw.
The tournament is continuing at the All Saints Scot Church Ground which is the venue for all of the matches.  Kick off time is 15:30 hrs on each day with each game scheduled to last for 30 minutes.  The final is slated for today.
The schools invited to participate have been divided into two groups with group ‘A’ comprising of St Aloysius, All Saints and Overwinning Primaries, while New Amsterdam, St Therese, Fort Ordnance and Lochaber Primaries are in group B.
Trophies and other incentives will be presented to the top two schools.
There will also be incentives for most valuable Player, best Goalkeeper, best defender, and most promising player among others.
The tournament is being sponsored by the Humphrey family.
The activity is being coordinated by Neil ‘Grizzly’ Humphrey and members of the HOMFC. (Samuel Whyte)

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Warriors buy Tanvir for US$160,000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/warriors-buy-tanvir-for-us160000/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/warriors-buy-tanvir-for-us160000/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:23 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387509 Sarwan, Beaton bought by Knight Riders, Tallawahs buys Foo

Yesterday in Barbados several players were bought by the six Franchises at the 2016 CPL Draft and nine Guyanese were among those snapped up.
The Warriors, one of the weaker Franchises this year, surprisingly spent the maximum US$160,000 for Pakistan International Sohail Tanvir.
The 31 year-old has played two Tests, 62 ODIs and 50 t20 Internationals. The left-handed all rounder who has been picked more for his bowling is yet to score a century in International cricket and his 5-48 at the ODI level is his only International five-wicket haul.
Apart from Tanvir, Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo and David Miller were the highest paid for each team fetching $160,000 each.
Six of the Guyanese were bought by Warriors which will be coached by former Guyana and West Indies off-spinning all-rounder Roger Harper who replaces another former Guyana and West Indies player Carl Hooper.
All-rounder Chris Barnwell is the highest paid Guyanese earning $30,000 while Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Steven Jacobs and Paul Wintz were the other Guyanese going to the Warriors.
Former West Indies Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan makes a return to cricket at 35 for the Trinidad & Tobago Franchise Knight Riders who has also bought pacer Ronsford Beaton.
Jonathon Foo, who could be considered unfortunate not to be picked by the Guyana Jaguars for the Super50 tournament, was snapped by the Jamaica Tallawahs for $7,000. Foo had a successful CGI’s 50 overs Local Franchise League scoring the most runs including a century.
Warriors’ picks:  Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill ($130,000), Dwayne Smith ($11,000), Chris Lynn ($90,000), Reyad Emrit ($70,000), Adam Zampa ($80,000), Jason Mohamed ($40,000), Chris Barnwell ($30,000), Veerasammy Permaul ($15,000), Orlando Peters ($10,000), Assad Fudadin ($7,000 ), Anthony Bramble ($7,000 ), Steven Katwaroo ($4,000), Steven Jacobs ($5,000), Paul Wintz ($5,000) Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan ($3,000).
Adam Zampa, the 23-year-old Australian whose only two ODIs were played this month against New Zealand and 25-year-old Pakistan born ICC Americas pacer Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan are also in the Warriors squad. (Sean Devers)

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DCB Inter-Association U-15 Cricket …East Coast slaughter West Dem by 230 runs http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/dcb-inter-association-u-15-cricket-east-coast-slaughter-west-dem-by-230-runs/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/dcb-inter-association-u-15-cricket-east-coast-slaughter-west-dem-by-230-runs/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:23 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387454 By Sean Devers
Half centuries from Andrew Samaroo and Himnauth Dindyal and a five-wicket haul by Micheal Pooran powered East Coast to their second consecutive win in the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) U-15 Inter-Association 50-over

Andrew Samaroo fell six short of ton at Enterprise yesterday.

Andrew Samaroo fell six short of ton at Enterprise yesterday.

cricket competition at the Enterprise ground where they slaughtered West Demerara by 230 runs.
The 13 year-old Samaroo stroked nine fours and a six off Keshart Thakur in an entertaining 82-ball 94 while 14-year-old Dindyal’s 52-ball 63 decorated with five boundaries led the home team to 264 all out in 45-3 overs.
Manoj Dhasrat, Thakur and Andre Seepersaud each had two wickets for West Demerara who collapsed from 27-3 to 34 all out in 15.2 overs.
Seven wickets tumbled for seven runs and six batsman made ducks as left-arm spinner Pooran, who operated with a suspect action, spun webs around the batsmen to capture 5-3. He was backed up by Ricardo Niranjan who took 2-12.
When West Demerara began their reply on the large and parched ground in a very strong wind, both of the openers fell for ducks and when Thakur (10) was brilliantly stumped by Tyron Bygue standing up to seamer Niranjan at 20-3, it was the beginning of the end.
Shaquille Weeks, who took the first wicket, looked lively but a bit wayward, while left-arm spinner Daniel Motoo followed up his three wickets in the opening round at Farm on the East Bank with a controlled five-over spell which cost just eight runs.  He has a beautiful action and reminds many off Gudakesh Motie at his age. The 12 year-old who is not much taller than the stumps and a sound technique with the bat, looks one for the future.
Another excellent stumping by the burly Bygue at 27-4, accounted for Jason Payne (3) off Pooran who struck one run later.
Motoo got into the act; having Paul Jetheo (2) LBW before Pooran polished off the tail which included nine-year old Rezekiel Renee, the younger brother of national U-17 opener Renaldo Renee.

Himnauth Dindyal off-drives during his fifty for East Coast at Enterprise yesterday.

Himnauth Dindyal off-drives during his fifty for East Coast at Enterprise yesterday.

Earlier, East Coast lost their first wicket when Shivanandan Gosain (1) was run out at 22-1. Seepersaud removed Shoaib Shaw (18) and Nyrat Bisso was bowled by Dhasrat in the space of six runs to leave the score on 64-3.
But Samaroo, who reached his 50 from 58 balls with four fours, added 60 for the fourth wicket with Pooran (12) before Thakur trapped Pooran LBW at 124-4.
Dhasrat had Samaroo taken at mid-off to leave East Coast on 168-5 but Dindyal who hails from Enterprise, reached his 50 from 45 balls with four fours and played several enterprising drives through the covers.
He added 37 from with Motoo for the eighth wicket and found a useful ally in last man Weeks (2*) who ensured Dindyal reached his fifty and the last pair put on 24 runs.

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CONCACAF Women Olympic Qualifying Championships …Trinidad and Tobago claw back to beat Guatemala 2-1 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/concacaf-women-olympic-qualifying-championships-trinidad-and-tobago-claw-back-to-beat-guatemala-2-1/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/concacaf-women-olympic-qualifying-championships-trinidad-and-tobago-claw-back-to-beat-guatemala-2-1/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:22 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387506 Trinidad and Tobago, appearing at their third CWOQ tourney, faced off with second timers Guatemala in the Group B opener at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas and despite trailing by a goal after the first half, stormed back to defeat the second placed Central American side 2-1.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kennya Cordner in control against Guatemala’s Coralia Monterroso in their CWOQC match last evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium. (CONCACAF photo)

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kennya Cordner in control against Guatemala’s Coralia Monterroso in their CWOQC match last evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium. (CONCACAF photo)

The Soca Princesses who won the Caribbean Zone of qualifying opened with purpose while creating numerous chances in the opening 10 minutes of play. Guatemala’s Goalie Yoselin Franco brought off some excellent saves within this period to deny the Caribbean side the lead.
Kenya Cordner hit straight to Franco and also missed a header after receiving a perfect serve from Ahkeela Mollon in the 9th minute. T&T controlled play with compact midfield work and fluent raids up front but unfortunately found themselves trailing when Guatemala were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute which Ana Lucia Martinez hit past Kimika Forbes to take the lead.
T&T again went over the bar from the six yard, Janine Francois messing up another good cross from Mollon in the 21st minute.  Guatemala’s Jennifer Munoz went over the bar in the 45th minute while a desperate final 15 seconds saw T&T almost equalizing but the stubborn defence of Guatemala and goalkeeper Franco again denied the Twin Island Republic which had a total of 10 shots on goal to Guatemala’s 3 in the first half. Half time Guatemala 1 T&T 0.
Second half action saw T&T’s #3 Mariah Shade going directly to Franco in the 47th minute. T&T finally made it right as Guatemala began to tire, #19 Cordner heading into an open goal in the 74th minute to tie the score. It was just reward for the dominance of the Soca Princesses. Then the go ahead goal came in the 75th minute a ripping right foot missile off the boot of Tasha St-Louis (CONCACAF Player of the Match) underscoring the dominance of the T&T girls.
Guatemala could have tied the score almost immediately after but were denied by Forbes. The game ended 2-1 in favour of Trinidad and Tobago.
Meanwhile, in Group A matches which were contested on Wednesday at the Toyota Stadium, Mexico hammered Puerto Rico 6-0, while the USA defeated Costa Rica 5-0. Group A matches will continue tomorrow when Costa Rica face Puerto Rico and USA clash with Mexico.

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Jaguars aiming to extend 12-match unbeaten run http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/jaguars-aiming-to-extend-12-match-unbeaten-run/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/jaguars-aiming-to-extend-12-match-unbeaten-run/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387460 Face T&T Red Force today at Providence

By Sean Devers
The Guyana Jaguars are on a roll and at halfway stage of the PCL seem well placed to register their eighth First-Class title and second in successive seasons.
The Jaguars are to Guyana what the West Indies were to the Caribbean in the 1980s; seemingly invincible. They have played five four-day games this season and won all. They sit on 85 points, 22 more than their nearest rival, Barbados Pride.
Since the Bajans beat them by two runs at Providence in 2014 tournament when they were bowled out for 66, the Jaguars have not lost any of their 12 games and have chalked up 11 wins during that period.
Today they face Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force, who are on 37 points from one win, two defeats and two draws. The Jaguars are on home soil and highly favoured to extend their unbeaten streak.
But cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and it is folly to underestimate an opponent even though the Jaguars spinner should revel in the spin-friendly conditions at Providence where the track is low and makes shot making a hazardous excursion.
The Trinidadians might still be in fete mode since this is Carnival week in the twin-Island Republic although their Coach insists that the festivities which climaxed with celebrations on Carnival Tuesday, did not distract his charges from focusing on the task at hand and being fully prepared for today’s encounter.
Guyana’s one draw in that 12-match unbeaten streak was against T&T last year but without most of their top players it will be hard to imagine that the Jaguars, easily the best prepared team in this tournament, will suffer an upset loss in this match.
Guyana’s highest total in Guyana against Trinidad and Tobago is 537 at Bourda in 1971 and with overcast conditions and showers over the last few days the Guyanese might want to reproduce that type of score and bat once.
Vice-Captain Vishaul Singh, despite being run out thrice, is only 15 runs away from tournament’s leading run scorer, Bajan Roston Chase, who has 436 runs.
Both of his hundreds were scored at Providence where his tendency to pick the gaps and rotate the strike is more suited the surface here as opposed to beating the leather off the ball.
Singh has a liking for the Trinis bowling since his only other ton at this level was made at the Queens Park Oval on his Captaincy debut in 2014.
Test player Assad Fudadin is another batsman whose style of compiling runs without too many ‘big hits’ is well suited for Providence. He should bat at number three today.
Guyana latest Test player Rajendra Chandrika has as his opening partner 19-year-old Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who made 81 in Jamaica in the last match Guyana played in 2015. Without the pressure of his illustrious father’s presence the talented left-hander should bat with a lot more freedom.
Skipper Leon Johnson has been very consistent and is the only other Guyanese with 275 runs. But twice he has reached close to centuries without being able to convert solid knocks into a three-figure score.
Johnson has contributed to Guyana getting 300 & 400 totals this season but from a personal perspective he must be a bit worried about his conversion rate.
Even without Chris Barnwell and Steven Jacobs out due to injury, the lower order has the fire power to give Guyana batting points. Anthony Bramble, Raymon Reifer and even Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo are capable of scoring quick runs on what should be a fast outfield.
Twenty-year-old left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie is enjoying a dream season and is the leading wicket-taker with 34, one more than Jamaican Nikita Miller, while Bishoo and Permaul could cause nightmares for the T&T batsmen.
Pacer Ronsford Beaton and Keon Joseph are expected to get the early breakthrough with the new ball.
Steven Katwaroo is the Red Force’s leading scorer with 257 runs including two fifties while Guyanese Narsingh Deonarine, Bajan Kyle Hope and Yannic Cariah have all passed 200 but they have rarely all scored together which has been a reason T&T have not managed to post big totals consistently.
Former West Indies U-19 left-hander Jeremy Solozano is a classy player but has never made runs in Guyana. Evin Lewis, Akeal Hosein, Reyad Emrit and Skipper Jason Mohamed are all competent with the bat and will hope to fill the huge hole left by Simmons, Ramdin, the Bravos and Pollard.
The top five bowlers with 20 or more wickets are all spinners which tell the story of the quality of pitches and the incompetence of most West Indian batsmen to play spin.
Imran Khan is fourth on that list with 26 wickets including a seven-wicket haul and he and 29-year-old debutant off-spinner Jon Russ Jagessar could be the biggest threat for the Guyanese batsmen. Emrit and Guyanese born Marlon Richards should share the new ball.
Today’s match starts at 10:00hrs and will be carried live on NCN’s Voice of Guyana.
Guyana Jaguars: Rajendra Chandrika, Taignarine 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)
T&T Red Force: Jason Mohammed (captain), Yannic Cariah, Narsingh Deonarine, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano

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Colts to stampede Mecca III http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/colts-to-stampede-mecca-iii/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/colts-to-stampede-mecca-iii/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:11 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387450 -Ifill’s return likely

By Edison Jefford
Colts United promises to stampede the upcoming National Basketball Championships: The Road to MeccaJubilee Logo s III, The Jubilee Edition with the belief that this is their time to go down in the annals of history with the ultimate, but yet elusive domestic basketball title.
To accomplish its goal of winning the National Championships, Colts committed to trampling on any opposition. As such, Colts Trinidad and Tobago-based forwards, Steve McSeen and Andrew Ifill are likely to appear on the team’s roster ahead of jump ball.
McSeen, a 6’7″ forward, originally from Kwakwani, has been a difference-maker for Colts in the past. Ifill needs no introduction; a long standing member of Guyana’s national team, Ifill is being touted for his foundation club, Colts ahead of the major assignment.
Ifill has played basketball around the world and according to Club President, Michael Singh, has indicated

Dave Causway

Dave Causway

his willingness to play for “the club that brought him up”. Singh said that Ifill noted the immense role Colts’ late Coach, Phillip George, played in moulding him and is eager to return to help the Club win a National Championship.
“I think we are the team to beat with our roster, which will shock many; more than likely our two Trinidad-based forwards and our guards will get the job done; once we shoot the high percentage and play defence, we will be the team to beat,” Singh said. Colts national guards include, Shelroy Thomas, Dave Causway and Kurt English.
The Colts President and Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Vice-President, made it clear that some seasoned players will have to sit down as is the case every time the team acquires players. “We want to play semi-professional basketball in Suriname and Barbados so we have to consistently improve our roster,” he told Kaieteur Sport.
He believes nothing is standing in their way of the national title this year after narrowly missing out in 2014 and finishing as runner-up last year. “It is our time, this year; three, two, one, three is a charm,” Singh jokingly retorted yesterday.
Colts has been close to the title, finishing in the top three of the last two Championships. Colts is one of the favourite teams in the tournament based on their performances last year. They won the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) League qualifier, GABF Forbes Burnham Memorial and GABA Division I League last month.

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GSA / Digicel Bounty Farm Ltd H/cap Tournament…Khalil opens up title defence on positive note http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/gsa-digicel-bounty-farm-ltd-hcap-tournament-khalil-opens-up-title-defence-on-positive-note/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/gsa-digicel-bounty-farm-ltd-hcap-tournament-khalil-opens-up-title-defence-on-positive-note/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:10 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387462 -Joseph, Rahaman, Pollard also among winners
Defending champion Jason Ray Khalil (-25) opened the defence of his title with a

Regan Pollard (left) in battle with Anthony Islam on Wednesday night. (Sean Devers photo)

Regan Pollard (left) in battle with Anthony Islam on Wednesday night. (Sean Devers photo)

comfortable win against a vastly improved Daniel Islam (+7) as play in the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) / Digicel Bounty Farm Ltd- sponsored Handicap Tournament continued, at the Georgetown Club Inc. courts.
Playing in the Open category, Khalil coasted to a comfortable 15-11, 15-14 over Islam, while Nyron Joseph (-20) had to work extremely hard, before securing victory against Stephan Jeffrey (+6) 4-15, 15-12, 15-6.
Regan Pollard (-14) cruised to victory against Anthony Islam (+8) 15-10, 15-11 and Raphael De Groot (-12) held his nerve to win in two close games against Alex Cheeks (+7)15-14, 15-13.
The first major upset of the night occurred when Jonathan Hohenkirk (+7) defeated national player Nicholas Narain (-16) 12-15, 15-11, 15-12 and this was followed by another upset when Ryan Rahaman (+7) defeated former junior national player Stephan Xavier (-4) 15-10, 15-13.
In category A, Gianni Carpenter (-6) easily disposed of Wade Beckles (+12) 15-12, 15-13, while Lucas Jonas (-1) had to overcome a valiant effort by Michael Alphonso (0), before prevailing 13-15, 17-14, 15-10.
Ethan Jonas (-3) dropped a game, before defeating Louis Da Silva (+12) 15-13, 14-15, 15-13 and Demetrius De Abreu (0) dominated Teija Edwards (+12) winning 15-12, 15-13.

Alex Cheeks is on hands and knees against Raphael De Groot. (Sean Devers photo)

Alex Cheeks is on hands and knees against Raphael De Groot. (Sean Devers photo)

Results of the other matches played on the evening were as follows:
Open category
Ashley De Groot (+3) beat Jonathan Antczak (+9) 15-11, 11-15, 15-12
Henry Jeffrey +10) defeated Connor Allen (+12) 15-11, 15-12
Dennis Dias (+10) beat Johan Da Silva (+10) 15-13, 14-15, 15-9
Alec Melville (-2) defeated Jan Verwey (+10) 5-15, 17-15, 15-13
Brian Yong (+8) beat John Maikoo (+7) 15-7, 15-9
Theron Mohabeer (+7) beat Robert Hiscock (+10) 15-10, 15-12
Taylor Fernandes (+5) defeated Medhi Ramdhani (+7) 15-12, 15-6
Satesh Singh (+7) beat Adam Alves (+8) 15-14, 15-11
Category A
Dominic Collins (0) beat Chad De Abreu (+11) 15-11, 15-12
Mikhail Persaud (+11) beat Kamir Khan (+9) 15-14, 15-8
Damian Braam (+11) defeated Noah Rahaman (+13) 15-12, 15-7
Action was set to continue last evening, at the same venue commencing from 18:00 hrs.

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The 2016 Dalchand Rambharose Inter-Secondary School U-15 Cricket starts today http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/the-2016-dalchand-rambharose-inter-secondary-school-u-15-cricket-starts-today/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/the-2016-dalchand-rambharose-inter-secondary-school-u-15-cricket-starts-today/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:08 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387476 The inaugural 2016 Dalchand Rambharose Inter-Secondary School Under-15 Cricket Competition organised by the Berbice Cricket Board for secondary schools in the Berbice and Mahaicony area commences today.
For the purpose of this competition, Regions 5 and 6 have been divided up into seven geographical zones stretching from Mahaicony to Skeldon Line Path. The winners from each zone plus the runner-up from Zone B will advance to the quarter-finals.
This competition will be played on the One-day Two-innings basis as part of the Board’s programme to expose and unearth young talent for the future.
Fixtures for today’s first round:
Zone A: (West Coast Berbice/Mahaicony)
Belladrum Secondary vs Bush Lot Secondary at Paradise
Mahaicony Secondary draw the Bye
Zone B: (West Coast/West Bank Berbice)
Fort Wellington Secondary vs Rosignol Secondary at Hopetown
Woodley Park Secondary vs No. 8 Secondary at Bath
Zone C: (New Amsterdam)
Tutorial Academy vs New Amsterdam Secondary at Edinburgh
Berbice Educational Institute -Bye
Zone D: (New Amsterdam/Canje)
Berbice High School vs Vryman’s Erven Secondary at B.H.S
Canje Secondary -Bye
 Zone E: (Lower Corentyne)
Lower Corentyne Secondary vs J.C. Chandisingh Secondary at Area “H”
Port Mourant Secondary vs Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary at Albion
Zone F: (Central Corentyne)
Black Bush Secondary vs Central Corentyne Secondary at Mibicuri
Manchester Secondary vs Winifred Gaskin Memorial Secondary at Ulverston
Zone G: (Upper Corentyne)
Tagore Memorial Secondary vs Skeldon Line Path Secondary at No. 63
Skeldon High School -Bye
All matches are scheduled to start at 11.00 hours.

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Upper Corentyne 5/5 Mashramani Cup…N.P.G Packaging & Plastic Inc on board http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/upper-corentyne-55-mashramani-cup-n-p-g-packaging-plastic-inc-on-board/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/upper-corentyne-55-mashramani-cup-n-p-g-packaging-plastic-inc-on-board/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:20:02 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387478 The much anticipated Upper Corentyne Cricket Association 5/5 Mashramani Cup 2016 has received financial support from N.P.G Packing & Plastic Inc. of Wellington Park, Corentyne, Berbice.

Ms. Padmini Ramsammy of N.P.G Packaging & Plastic Inc hands over the sponsorship cheque to Mr. Vicky Bharosay, Treasurer of the UCCA. Also in photo are staff members of N.P.G Packing & Plastic Inc.

Ms. Padmini Ramsammy of N.P.G Packaging & Plastic Inc hands over the sponsorship cheque to Mr. Vicky Bharosay, Treasurer of the UCCA. Also in photo are staff members of N.P.G Packing & Plastic Inc.

The one day cricket extravaganza is set for February 21, 2016 at the No. 69 Vikings ground featuring 10 top teams from the Upper Corentyne area. The 10 selected teams are: No. 70 A, Crabwood Creek Sports Club, No. 72 All Star, No. 72 Cut and Load, Scottsburg United, Yakusari Caribs, No. 69 Vikings, Corriverton Cricket Club, No. 73 Young Warriors and No. 48 Challengers.
At a simple drawing done recently the first round matches are as follows: Game 1. Yakusari Caribs vs. No. 69 Vikings, game 2. No. 73 Young Warriors vs. No. 72 All Star, game 3. No. 72 Cut and Load vs. No. 70A, game 4. Corriverton CC vs. No. 48 Challengers and game 5. Crabwood Creek Sports Club vs. Scottsburg United.
The day’s action will start at 9:30hrs. Lots to eat and drinks will be on sale. Admission $200, children under 12 years are free.  There will also be gate prizes to be won. Added entertainment will be provided by Spanish Eyes sound system.
The President and executives of the UCCA takes this opportunity to thank Mr. Surendra Ganesh proprietor of N.P.G Packaging & Plastic Inc. for their contribution towards cricket development and more so the Upper Corentyne 5/5 Mashramani Cup 2016. Proceeds from this event will go towards cricket development at the youth level in the Upper Corentyne area.

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House Speaker chides Nandlall for violating parliamentary regulation http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/house-speaker-chides-nandlall-for-violating-parliamentary-regulation/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/house-speaker-chides-nandlall-for-violating-parliamentary-regulation/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:15:49 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387493 Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland yesterday chided Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, for going against the Standing Order that prevents MPs

Opposition MP Anil Nandlall during his presentation yesterday.

Opposition MP Anil Nandlall during his presentation yesterday.

from referencing ongoing High Court matters.
Nandlall made reference to an ongoing case in relation to Tax Practice Certificates where the Minster of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan “went into the witness box”.
This was repeated several times during Nandlall’s presentation. A standing order which allowed Ramjattan to interject, informed the speaker that the matter on which Nandlall was referencing, was still ongoing in the Courts.
The Speaker then reminded Nandlall that standing orders do not allow the mentioning of matters which are before the courts and suggested that he “do what you know you should do”
Nandlall replied, “Sir may I….”
“No, you may not, you listen to me now, standing orders do not allow us to make mention of matters which are before the Court,” the Speaker interjected.
Nandlall in his response stated, “Sir, the standing orders do not say that you cannot mention a matter that is in the court, the standing order says that you cannot mention that matter in such a way as to prejudice the proceedings”.
This response by Nandlall resulted in a resounding hand tapping from the side of the opposition.
Dr. Scotland, with the Standing Orders in front of him, informed the house, “reference should not be made to any matter which is sub judice in such a way as might, in the opinion of the chair, prejudice the interest of parties thereto,”
The Speaker then recommended that Nandlall withdraw his statement. However, Nandlall stated that he will maintain that there is a challenge in the court.
The Speaker again interjected, “Honourable member…I recommended that you withdraw it and start again”.
“I want to make reference to a case that is pending in the court and I wish to assure you, your honour that I will not say anything to prejudice the outcome of the proceedings,” Nandlall replied.
“I give you that, but give the chair what is provided, that is, to determine whether in his opinion, it is likely to do that,” the Speaker responded. “I await your response before you proceed”
“I withdraw the statement,” Nandlall said as he continued his presentation.

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Frequency Management Unit transferred $700M to Consolidated Fund http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/frequency-management-unit-transferred-700m-to-consolidated-fund/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/02/12/frequency-management-unit-transferred-700m-to-consolidated-fund/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:15:49 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=387480 –Telecoms Minister
While informing about the investments being made into ICT sector, Public Telecommunications Minister,

Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes

Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes, also informed the National Assembly on Wednesday about plans for various departments which fall under her purview.
She noted that the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), of which she has control over, transferred some $700M to the Consolidated Fund in 2015.
Hughes also noted that for last year, the NFMU carried out a range of its mandated functions such as Radio Inspection, Monitoring, Licencing and Number Administration.
The Public Telecommunications Minister said that the agency reviewed the proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the Governments of Guyana and India on the Centre of Excellence for Information Technology and made recommendations for its enhancement.
Hughes said that the NFMU also spearheaded the procurement of emergency telecommunications equipment for the Civil Defence Commission, through a grant from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The Parliamentarian said, too, that the unit also made a direct impact in fostering and promoting gender balance in the industry through its “Girls in ICT Day Activities” which is a programme that seeks to encourage more female participation in the ICT sector, and which is a staple in the NFMU’s calendar of activities.
In 2016, the Minister said that the National Frequency Management Unit will continue preparation for the liberalization of the Telecommunications Sector, and upgrade spectrum monitoring and management capabilities.
She said that the agency will support further development and deployment of Broadband networks/services; continue participation in the Harmonized Caribbean Spectrum Planning and Management Project; continue promoting and supporting the use of ICTs for Disaster preparedness/mitigation; and promote the use of ICTs to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in Guyana.
Minister Hughes said that the Unit will intensify the process to transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting. She promised that public consultations will be held to discuss the roadmap for the transition and choice of digital standard will be carried out.
Hughes told the National Assembly that 2016 will see commencement of the implementation of the Roadmap. Further, the politician said that the NFMU will plan, organize and execute activities to raise the awareness regarding opportunities and encourage more females to consider careers in the ICT field.
She said that the Unit will continue working with organizations such as the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre to promote the use of ICTs for differently-able persons.
The Minister also stated that the NFMU will also Re-Tender for and commence the building of its Head Office.
NDMA
The National Data Management Authority (NDMA) is another agency within the Public Telecommunications Ministry. Under the supervision of its newly-appointed board, Hughes said that the NDMA will develop work programmes to satisfy its mandate.
She said that the NDMA, which is the government agency responsible for data processing and information systems in the Public Sector, will focus on improving the Public Sector’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) preparedness.
Towards this end, the Minister said that the Authority will be revamped to better support the eGovernment Unit and the ministry in its ICT capacity development.
She said, “NDMA’s contribution will be directed towards developing knowledge, through training, of workers who are capable of optimizing the use of office productivity suites and collaborative tools, through the soon-to-be established Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT).”
The Minister added, “NDMA will conduct a training needs assessment to identify skills requirements in the Public Sector, and design suitable training programmes and deliver appropriate training courses to satisfy these needs.”
In addition, Hughes said that the NDMA will continue to provide data processing services and will monitor and review plans of the various ministries with the aim of determining its data processing requirements, and based on these findings; provide guidance, advice and direction where necessary.

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