Kaieteur News Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily 2016-07-29T04:55:18Z http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/feed/atom/ KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Nothing should stop competent former military officers from getting state jobs – Granger]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413204 2016-07-29T03:33:23Z 2016-07-29T04:55:18Z By Abena Rockcliffe- Campbell
“We want good cats,” said President David Granger as he explained his position on public appointments.

President David Granger

President David Granger

The President has been accused on several occasions, and from several critics, of favouring former military officers. However, on the Public Interest, Granger clarified that he appoints those who he sees as fit for the job.
Further, Granger noted that he is not making history in appointing former GDF officers to do state work. He said that his predecessors, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar appointed former military officers. Granger basically said that the real problem is not the appointment of former military officers, but the appointment of former military officers by a former military officer.
The President told reporters, “You can ask (former) President Jagdeo and President Ramotar why they appointed Major General (Joseph) Singh to his present position; why they appointed Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup to the CDC (Civil Defence Commission); why they appointed, Colonel Brassington Reynolds as a Judge; why they appointed Colonel (Jawahar) Persaud as Accountant General; and you can go through an entire list of people.”
He said that when he assumed Presidential Office in May 2015 there were about 10 Officers who were appointed by the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) administration.
“These are human beings, people with skills; they are not a separate breed of citizens. We cannot deprive them of their rights. If they have the talent, the experience, the qualifications why not (give them positions)?” President Granger asked.
He went further to note that he does not and will not discriminate against former military officers “and obviously Jagdeo and Ramotar did not discriminate against them, because I inherited a large number of former military officers who have been appointed by the PPP administration.”
The President said that he does not see anything wrong with “asking a Colonel here or Brigadier there to do a Commission of Inquiry. The question is, are they competent to do it?”
Granger then quoted an old saying that goes “it doesn’t matter if it is a black cat or a white cat, if it catches the rat, it is a good cat.” He then said, “We want good cats.”
Granger reiterated that appointments are made based on competence.
“No one criticized when the PPP appointed them, why criticize when I do.”
The President said that he was due to make some criticism when an army officer was taken out of the force to become a Minister within the PPP/C government.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[ExxonMobil ready for any eventuality of catastrophe – Country Manager]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413135 2016-07-29T03:33:31Z 2016-07-29T04:50:28Z With Guyana now poised to enter the Oil, and later Gas industry, and the Government now in the process of training individuals desirous of entering this new avenue, the question was asked about the readiness of ExxonMobil in the event of a possible ‘catastrophe’.
The question was asked by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources and People’s Progressive Party/Civic Member of Parliament, Odinga Lumumba. Responding to his query was the ExxonMobil’s Country Manager, Jeff Simons who stated that the company will attempt to be ready for any eventuality.
Simons added that the company has Tiered Response levels for any kind of eventuality including oil spills.
“We have Tier One kind of capabilities which is the small version locally and as we get to higher levels, we have contracts in place that would put significant materials on the ground coming in immediately from Trinidad and Florida…being airlifted in to respond.”
He continued that drills were conducted and another is expected to commence later next month, while pointing out that they have been working alongside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organisations.
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman – who was also present at the meeting – asserted that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) is carrying out the regulatory functions and thus far, they are satisfied. He added also that the vessels that are going to be built for the exploratory and production processes will be double-hulled so as to prevent spillage or reduce accidents.
“From the Government’s end, the Coast Guard has been working assiduously…Maritime Division with the US Coast Guard. We have received some training (and) in August a team of five persons will go to New Orleans for training in oil spill safety and environment,”
This team, the Minster said will comprise persons from the EPA, the Ministry of Natural Resources, GGMC, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the Coast Guard.
He added that there has been some training going on along with the issuing of several Scholarships via the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on a regular basis.
Trotman said that he will be meeting soon with several persons from the University of Guyana following a visit to Guyana within the last month from the Western Petroleum Institute, where discussions were held to have persons sent overseas for training.
In addition, the University of the West Indies has also sent a team to lend support in the area of training, which the government will be taking full advantage of, the Minister said.
Trotman added that they are hoping that Exxon Mobil itself can provide long-term courses at its various training facilities.
The Minister stated that many Guyanese who would have departed Guyana years ago to work in the oil and gas industry in other parts of the world such as Vietnam and the Philippines, have been ‘frequently’ submitting expressions of interest. Trotman said that the Ministry is in the process of building a database of these skills.
And according to Simons, a large number of persons who will be manning the vessels will be wielders, pipefitters and Information Technology-oriented individuals.
“We have only done the initial scope studies at some of the institutions here (and) that are still ongoing. When we get closer to an actual vessel being here…We are planning to boost programmes and work with selected institutions to be able to achieve getting the kinds of folks we need out on the vessels,” the ExxonMobil official said.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Bullet-riddled bodies at Berbice…Cops find shotgun used to kill trio, seize boat used by suspects]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413190 2016-07-29T03:33:46Z 2016-07-29T04:45:12Z – Acting Top Cop lauds men for solving ‘heinous crime’
Police have recovered the licenced shotgun with which a 17-year-old, on his father’s orders, blasted 15-year-old Jaikarran Chandradeo and two men in the Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder area last Thursday.

Carlton Chaitram and Tameshwar Jagmohan

Carlton Chaitram and Tameshwar Jagmohan

Detectives have also impounded a boat that the killers used to flee the scene.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum disclosed yesterday that police will be seeking legal advice today on whether charges can be laid against the suspects, who include the 17-year-old, known as ‘Lima,’ his 38-year-old father, who is a farmer, and a 27-year-old employee of the farmer. Another worker is still at large.
Detectives took the alleged killers back to the scene of the murders shortly after midnight yesterday. They were later taken to the Mibicuri Police Station.
The bodies of 37-year-old Pawan Chandradeo, called ‘Suresh’ of 163 Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder; 33-year-old Naresh Rooplall called ‘Ticka Bai’ of No. 77 Village, Corentyne and 15-year-old Jaikarran Chandradeo, called ‘Kevin’ of Mibicuri North, were found around 09.00 hrs last week Friday in a backdam at Mibicuri. They had gone to the area to fish.
Kaieteur News was told on Wednesday that the trio was slain after seeing the gang of men attempting to make off with supplies of diesel from a rice farm.
According to reports, the suspects, led by a farmer, journeyed by boat to a fuel depot that is owned by rice farmer Sudaman Jagmohan called “King.”
On reaching the area, the thieves tried to smash off a lock from a storeroom. But it was while they were doing so that Pawan Chandradeo, Naresh Rooplall and Jaikarran Chandradeo arrived on the scene.
Fearing that the trio would expose their crime, the men fired two rounds in the air and chased after the victims who stopped when they recognized the boat the thieves were using.
When the suspects finally caught up with the trio, they instructed the victims to lie on the ground.
On his father’s instructions, the farmer’s teenage son then shot them.
Afterwards, the farmer reportedly told the gang to ‘wash their hands to remove evidence’.
The killers then escaped in their boat.
But police, who had detained several suspects, finally got a breakthrough late on Wednesday night after ranks from the Major Crimes Unit questioned the prime suspects at CID Headquarters, Eve Leary.
Yesterday, Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine, lauded his men for solving the case. But he also voiced concern at what he described as a ‘heinous crime.’
“We recognised that this was a heinous crime, but the initial information did not point us in any significant direction.
“The fact that recent information seemed to point in a direction that a father (the detained farmer) could allow his child to commit a crime of one type, and then later advise the very child and accomplices to do all within their means to cover their tracks and commit a much bigger crime, tells a very disturbing narrative, and in my opinion, is a reflection of the scant regard that certain sections of the society, who are committing illegal and unlawful acts, have for human life.
“However, law abiding citizens can feel assured that the Guyana Police Force is striving to deliver the quality of service that is so much expected.
“In the recent past, we had challenges over our prevention efforts. But there is now improvement. Within recent times, we have seen significant and welcomed improvement in our investigative capabilities, and for this, all must take credit. The fact that more and more citizens are increasingly confident in the work of the Force is very important to us.”
And Indrawattie Chandradeo, whose husband, son and brother were slain, also praised the team of detectives.
But she also expressed shock at learning why her family members were slain.
“That is the reason you had to shoot dem man? Me innocent son. Meh husband and meh brother tuh! Why you didn’t just leff dem? Dem nah trouble nobody and now all of dem gone just because of dah.”
Kaieteur News also spoke to rice farmer Sudaman Jagmohan called “King”, who discovered the bodies. Jagmohan also owns the fuel depot that the killers had tried to break into,
A shocked Jagmohan said that the suspects are his neighbours and one of the alleged perpetrators, called ‘Guana man,’ is his nephew.
“Me shock fah hear dah news, cause dem man deh ah me family, and we trying fa mek a living and dah is wha dem gon do? Same man wah ah eat wid yuh is de same one trying fuh break you down.
Meh sorry fah da family, bai, cause look dem man nah do nothing and dem lost dem life suh stupid.”
The victims were found by Jagmohan and his workmen. According to Jagmohan, he was on his way to his rice field at Kokrite Savannah area, where he also has hassars.
Jaghoman said that on their way to his farm, the group found the bodies lying on a dam in his rice-land. He immediately called a neighbour who informed the police.
The police, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Marlon Taylor, and residents, secured boats and journeyed to the area where they eventually came upon the graphic scene.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Charges against woman accused of threatening President dismissed]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413178 2016-07-29T03:31:38Z 2016-07-29T04:40:34Z The case against a woman accused of posting death threats related to President David Granger, via

Bibi Safoora Salim

Bibi Safoora Salim

Facebook, was yesterday thrown out by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.

The Magistrate ruled that the particulars of the allegations against 52-year-old Bibi Safoora Salim, of Vergenogen, East Bank Essequibo, did not create an offence, thus she dismissed the charges.
One of the charges alleged that during the period of March 1 and 31, last, the woman attempted to incite hostility or ill-will against the President by posting on Facebook “Granger want a bullet in he head” among others.
She was also accused of sending derogatory remarks about the President from her cell phone to her son’s cell phone via WhatsApp.
Salim, a mother of three, was charged under the Racial Hostility Act for attempting to incite excitement, hostility or ill-will on the ground of race.
An attorney for the woman had argued that the charges were void, because the particulars did not state how her posting on Facebook violated the Racial Hostility Act.
At Salim’s first court hearing, her lawyer had contended that his client was “technologically challenged” and said that it was highly unlikely that she made the posts. However, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers had objected to her being released on bail, on the grounds that Salim had admitted to police that she was the one who posted the comments and remarks.
Jeffers had also pointed out the serious nature of the charges and the fact that the threats to the president and racial remarks attracted comments from others.
But his objections were overruled by the Magistrate and Salim was released on $200,000 bail.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Driver who struck down St Lucian Cubs jailed for 10 months]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413163 2016-07-29T01:16:37Z 2016-07-29T04:40:15Z Tracy Fordyce, the woman whose vehicle struck down two Saint Lucian cub scouts currently visiting

Nick Omari Joseph

Nick Omari Joseph

Guyana for the Caribbean Cuboree, was yesterday jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to a charge of Dangerous Driving. She was also fined $15,000 for Breach of a One-Way.
Fordyce appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh in Court Seven of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
According to reports, Fordyce was speeding up the one way when she smashed into the young children just in front of the Scout Association building on Woolford Avenue.
Nine-year-old Darnell Matthew escaped serious injuries, but his eight-year-old compatriot Nick Josh Omarie Joseph was not so fortunate. He was pinned under the vehicle in a roadside drain.
Reports are that Fordyce allegedly had an altercation with another individual at the North Georgetown Secondary School. She was refused entry to the school because of the way she was dressed. After the confrontation she reportedly got into her vehicle, motor car PSS 1236 and accelerated east along Woolford Avenue when the accident occurred.
According to an eyewitness, the woman lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the drain, in the process pinning Nick Joseph.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[De oil coming and people causing trouble]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413198 2016-07-29T02:58:24Z 2016-07-29T04:30:11Z Nutten don’t happen before its time. But then again things does happen and people does spoil it. Guyana is a nice country; it don’t get earthquake or hurricane. If it get any flood is not the kind that does kill people.
Fuh years people use to seh how Guyana got oil because everybody in de area got. Venezuela got, Suriname got, Brazil got, Trinidad got, and Barbados got some. Since goat ain’t bite Guyana it had to have oil.
People come and search and dem seh dem ain’t find none. One day dem find some oil in de interior, but de people who find it seh it didn’t got value.
De Creatah see a change coming, so he show Exxon Mobil wheh de oil deh. Now all of a sudden people talking like if de oil come out de ground already. Brassington was one who was counting de profit from de Marriott even before dem Chinee lay de first block. He know that once oil flow de Marriott gun mek plenty money, because de oil people got to find somewhere to stay.
Dem have people who suddenly realize that dem got to plant nuff food, because de people wukking pun de oil rig got to eat.
But dem boys want to know if Guyana gun end up like Trinidad. Once that country had oil, people stop planting. Some of dem stop wukking. De politicians now mekking sure that Guyana don’t end up in that position.
But one thing certain everybody gun look fuh a pay rise every month. If that ain’t enough, de countries gun tell Guyana to adjust its currency. It can’t got a dollar that look like it playing cricket—210 fuh one.
Yesterday when de man who controlling de rig talk, he mek it sound like if Guyana got oil to last till thy kingdom come. And that is a good thing. But dem have confusion. Guyana talking bout global warming and it putting faith in de very thing that cause global warming.
Dem boys seh that Guyana gun start dancing between de raindrops—climate change on one hand and global warming on de next.
Dem got people who gun tell lie to get dem hand pun de oil money too.
Talk half and watch how some people gun be scrambling fuh it.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Apparent economic slowdown…Businesses should focus on expanding, creating new industries – GCCI Chairman]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413171 2016-07-29T03:33:14Z 2016-07-29T04:29:39Z There has been much talk about a slowdown in the economic performance of private businesses

Head of GCCI, Vishnu Doerga

Head of GCCI, Vishnu Doerga

within the last 14 months. In an interview with Kaieteur News, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Vishnu Doerga, has confirmed that there has been a slowdown in the performance of businesses. He suggested that the private sector focus on branching out into new economic activities and expanding existing industries.
He said that three of the areas which are currently being looked at are agro-processing, Arts and Craft and Music. He said that currently there is work being done in the area of agro-processing to help businesses exploit the benefits of that industry.
According to Doerga, what is happening is that persons are tapping into these industries but are not producing commodities in compliance with international standards. He said at the moment, there is a team looking into the processing and marketing of sauces, for example pepper sauce and tomato sauce.
He opined that manufacturers need to improve the value added products which they sell on the local and international market so as to gain greater revenue. He admitted that undoubtedly this adaptation to the international requirements will not happen overnight.
Additionally, Doerga believes that greater investment needs to be made in the area of Information Technology. He said this area suffers from many weaknesses; one of which is the unattractive manner in which the industry is presented to the young population.
The GCCI Head said further that the access to the opportunities by youths to the IT sector is essentially hindered. He mentioned that Telemarketing has become quite popular in Guyana and employs a large number of people. Despite this, he said that the salary packages offered for these jobs may not be to the liking of Guyanese.
He added that more needs to be done in the area of professional services. Doerga believes that with the oil find and the impending operations which are to begin, there will be need for local professionals to take up employment in that sector.
Doerga urged for current and prospective business entrepreneurs to strongly consider the possibilities which the petroleum industry can bring to Guyana. He said that preparations need to start from now if benefits are to be reaped.
The Chairman also mentioned that companies have reported on instances whereby their fellow entrepreneurs have been involved in unfair practices against them. Doerga stressed that any company which believes it is being unfairly treated should make a report soonest to the relevant authorities for an investigation to be conducted.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[City Council’s reckless behaviour must be dealt with]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413194 2016-07-29T03:34:04Z 2016-07-29T04:29:22Z …Secrecy surrounding finances unacceptable – Chris Ram

By Abena Rockcliffe- Campbell
It seems as if revelations about how the Mayor, Town Clerk and head of the Finance Committee dealt with the parking meter project represent just the tip of the iceberg.

Anti-corruption advocate, Christopher Ram

Anti-corruption advocate, Christopher Ram

Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan has made some more damning revelations about the state of affairs at City Hall during his appearance on the televised programme, Plain Talk. This show is hosted by anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram.
Among other issues, Duncan gave an insight into the level of secrecy on the council.
Duncan said that councilors are left in the dark on too many issues. He noted that the Mayor and City Council has five accounts. However, councillors are only given reports about one account.
Kaieteur News understands that a financial report is given to the Council once a month, and that report only contains information about one of the accounts.
A People’s Progressive Party/Civic councillor has even gone as far as to move a motion to have the information given to the councillors. But, Town Clerk Royston King found a problem with the motion and told the councillor that it cannot stand. The councillor has vowed to return with another motion.
On Plain Talk, Duncan expressed dissatisfaction with how the council is being run. He said that it seems as if some who sit on the council do not have the best interest of the city at heart. He added, “It is as if they feel no obligation to the people and that is saddening”.
Duncan said that the city could have already started to make significant progress, if only the key players were interested in making a difference. Also, Duncan told Ram that before Local Government Elections he spoke about the need for an audit at City Hall, he did same during the lead-up to elections and continues to echo that call. Duncan said that now that he has become a member of the Council, he sees the need for an audit more than ever.

Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan

Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan

Yesterday Kaieteur News contacted Ram to get his view on the first hand update he has been given on the state of affairs down at City Hall. Ram said that he could not have been more dissatisfied.
The attorney at law said that it is clear that the councillors are not taking their obligation to the city seriously. He said that there are clear breaches of their statutory duties as councillors.
Ram opined that some are acting quite irresponsibly and the behavior of the council is bordering on recklessness. “It is indeed troubling.”
The anti-corruption advocate said that something must be done, and questioned, “Are we going to tolerate this for almost another three years?
Ram, the immediate former president of the Guyana Bar Association, an auditor, a talk show host, a member of Transparency Guyana and a strong independent voice against corruption, is often in touch with the people on the ground.
He said that an overwhelming number of people he spoke with only see the current state of affairs at City Hall as a continuation of what was happening before Local Government Election.
He said that those who made an effort to change things by voting are very disappointed.

 

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Practical changes in the pipeline for financial sector – Finance Minister]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413170 2016-07-29T03:34:15Z 2016-07-29T04:28:01Z By Kiana Wilburg
Systems and entities that facilitate financial transactions in Guyana are expected to be improved significantly

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan

as Government lays out a menu of impacting reforms.
According to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, first to see numerous changes is the Bank of Guyana. He said that this financial institution 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.
The Central Bank will also conduct a study on implementing deposit insurance in Guyana, with the goal of rolling out a deposit guarantee scheme by 2017. This action, Jordan said, takes on heightened importance to protect businesses and individuals from losses in the case of a bank failure.
He said that the entity will also examine the feasibility of agency banking, which would allow local non-banks to provide some financial services. It is believed that Agency banking has the potential to dramatically improve access to banking in rural communities. As such, 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.
In collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, the Bank of Guyana will undertake as well, a financial sector assessment.
In addition, Jordan said 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.
Additionally, the Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening (FIRST) Initiative, 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 (NBFIs) and insurance companies.
The initiative aims to close gaps in the supervisory perimeter, regarding prudential and non-prudential standards, and to build supervisory capacity. The FIRST initiative will also assist with the development of a legal and institutional framework for market conduct and financial consumer protection.
As part of the financial consumer protection initiative, the Bank of Guyana will be enhancing its National Financial Literacy Programme. The Finance Minister said 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.
As it relates to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Government of Guyana is currently reviewing the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between Guyana and the US. The government presently has an Agreement in substance; signing this Agreement would solidify government’s commitment to honour the requirements of that Act.
Reforms are also expected when it comes to Public Administration and Public Financial Management.
Jordan reminded that last December, President David Granger requested that each Ministry table their Annual Performance Report in Cabinet. He said that all Ministries were required to report on their key performance indicators against their set targets for the year 2015.
Jordan emphasised that this is now a mandatory feature that will occur annually and is part of a fresh approach. Jordan said that Budget Agencies and Regions must develop and implement strategic plans that are monitored through performance indicators and adopt Performance Monitoring Frameworks.
The Finance Minister said that for too long, plans have been developed without adequate baseline data. He promised that under this administration, such practices will end. He said that the Government is seeking to re-establish a capacity for national planning, and has sought the assistance of the Caribbean Development Bank to facilitate this process.
Jordan said, too, that real growth cannot be accomplished if the poor performance of implementing projects, funded within the public sector investment programme (PSIP), is not addressed with alacrity. He said that significant contributors to delayed project execution include national procurement policies and the operations of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).
He said, “It is, therefore, time that we rethink the structure and mechanism employed in implementing development projects. In this regard, plans are underway for the enhancement of procurement processes and procedures… Cabinet agreed to increases in the ministerial and regional tender board limits, so as to empower Ministries and regions to undertake more in-house evaluations. In order to reduce the volume of paperwork received by the NPTAB, Section 4(2) of the Regulations to the Procurement Act will be amended to require that all contracts exceeding $1.5 million in value are to be posted on NPTAB’s website.”
Jordan said that other improvements include: ensuring contractor compliance to tender/bid requirements; strengthening contractor capacity and capabilities through training and capacity building initiatives and ensuring that contracts are awarded within contractors’ technical, financial, equipment and managerial capabilities.
The Finance Minister asserted that Government has recognized the need to improve the quality of human resources within the public sector and, to this end, will operationalize the Public Service Staff College this year. Further, capacity building in project management and public policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and procurement planning, will become a standard feature within the public service.
To ensure that this all happens in an environment of accountability, Jordan said that moves will be made to strengthen internal audit capacity and mechanisms, to ensure that the delivery of public goods and services occurs in a transparent manner. Together, it is expected that these initiatives will build the absorptive capacity of public and private sectors to respond promptly and effectively to the development challenges before the nation.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships 2016…Confident Team Guyana will represent well – Manager Sonoram]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413088 2016-07-28T23:59:09Z 2016-07-29T04:25:52Z By Franklin Wilson in St. Lucia compliments of
Fazias Collection, Fitness Express and German’s Restaurant

Manager of the Guyana team to the 2016 Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships, July 30-31, Marc Sonoram says he is confident that the team which features three first timers will represent Guyana well, this weekend.logos a
“Based on the level of competition back home and the criteria that was used to select this team I am satisfied that we have pulled together a team that is hungry and ready to show this nation and by extension the Caribbean, what we are capable of.”
Sonoram also posited that the riders have shown a high level of discipline and commitment consistently and this is just reward for their efforts over that past months.
The team arrived in St Lucia last evening after being in transit in Trinidad and Tobago for five hours. The two experienced riders on the team are Andrew Hicks and Raphael Leung who represented Guyana the last time this country was represented at this level, Suriname, 2015.
Both Hicks and Leung competed in the Juvenile category and placed 6th and 4th, respectively. That same year, Alanzo Ambrose won Guyana’s lone medal, bronze in the Road Race following a spirited and strategic ride.

 The Guyana Cycling Federation team to the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in St Lucia at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport before departing yesterday morning.

The Guyana Cycling Federation team to the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in St Lucia at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport before departing yesterday morning.

This time around, one of the three debutants, reigning National Junior Time Trials and Road Race champion Christopher Cornelius headlines the team and, based on recent form is expected to lead Guyana’s bid for medals though the competition will not be easy especially from the Trinidad and Tobago riders.
The other debutants, Zaman Khan and Jornel Yearwood along with Cornelius will bank on the experience of Hicks and Leung.
Hicks, has been competing in Trinidad and Tobago for over one year now and has been matching pedals with some of the best youths in the Caribbean. As the most experienced rider on the Guyana team and the eldest, Hicks has promised to make his knowledge work towards the benefit of the team.
Manager Sonoram said he is satisfied that his charges, once they stick to the team plan will be able to match the rest of their peers and come out victorious. He informed that the team will be aiming to get familiar with the race route today whilst there are also a number of Technical Meetings scheduled.
Coach Randolph Roberts who last performed such duties at this level in 2011 in Aruba says that the team is an experienced one and they are here to win.
“The team is very positive of taking back medals to Guyana. They are not over confident. I would like to also note that selection of this team was not based on friends and families but based on performance so we have the best possible team here to represent our nation.”

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Hero CPL t20…Warriors qualifies for Play-offs with 6-wkt win over Barbados Tridents]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413210 2016-07-29T03:29:25Z 2016-07-29T04:25:44Z By Sean Devers in Florida
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The crowd at the Broward Central Park in Fort Lauderdale Florida last night was as

Dwayne Smith was brutal as he reached a half century as he earned the man-of-the-match award.  ©CPL/Sportsfile

Dwayne Smith was brutal as he reached a half century as he earned the man-of-the-match award. ©CPL/Sportsfile

disappointing as the Barbados Tridents’ batting as Guyana Amazon Warriors won by six wickets in the Hero CPL opening game of the USA leg to qualify for the play off next week in St Kitts.
A defiant unbeaten 55 from 41 balls with three fours and two sixes from 34-year-old Pakistani Shoaib Malik, who shared in a 48-run third wicket stand with South African David Weise who made 40 from 31 balls with three fours and a six, led the Tridents to 142-7 off 20 overs.
Rayed Emrit (2-24) and Sohail Tavir (2-35) bowled well for the Warriors who replied with 143-4 from 18.2 overs as a shot-filled 92-run opening partnership between Man-of-the-Match Dwayne Smith and Nick Maddison, in only his second CPL game, powered the Warriors  to victory with 10 balls to spare.
Smith hammered five fours and three sixes in the even 50 from 34 balls, while the 24-year-old Australian Maddison reached the boundary six times and cleared it once in his 39-ball 50 before the Warriors suffered a little stutter before getting home.
Smith was removed by Reifer in the 11th over, while Maddison was removed by Khan at 122-3 and the tournament’s leading run scorer Chris Lynn (9) provided Reifer with his second wicket.
But Barnwell, under pressure to produce, joined Mohamed and batted in positive fashion as his confidence increased. The out of form DCC all-rounder guided his team to an important win although he lost Mohamed (8) who was removed by Pollard with victory eight runs away. Barnwell (15) and Tanvir (7) formalized the win.
The sun was up until 20:00hrs and hotter than anywhere in the West Indies. The Warriors elected to bowl on a slow track and sluggish outfield and Kyle Hope cut Dwayne Smith for four off the last ball of the first over.
Ahmed Shehzad (15) took two boundaries off Tanvir in the second over before he hit the left-arm pacer to Smith, to leave the Tridents on 19-1.

Rayad Emrit and his Amazon Warriors team-mates celebrate the wicket of Kyle Hope, Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, CPL 2016, Lauderhill, July 28, 2016 © Peter Della Penna

Rayad Emrit and his Amazon Warriors team-mates celebrate the wicket of Kyle Hope, Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, CPL 2016, Lauderhill, July 28, 2016 © Peter Della Penna

Veerasammy Permaul was introduced in the third over and was punched for four by Hope and pulled for another boundary by David Wiese and the experiment to use him at number three was working well.
Wiese was dropped by Maddison at mid-off to the dismay of his Captain Rayad Emrit and added insult to injury with a spanking shot next ball, which raced to the boundary in a flash.
Malik joined Weise and took the score to 48-2 after the six power-play overs. Malik stroked Chris Barnwell, bowling his first over in the tournament, with surgical precision behind point for four.
Weise then stroked Permaul behind point for four before Malik clobbered Barnwell over long-off for six and when the partnership was building, a 170 total looked likely, especially since big hitters Kieron Pollard and Nichols Pooran was still to bat.
But Barnwell broke the stand in the 13th over when Weise lofted him to long-off at 97-3 before the 100 came up in the 14th over.
Pooran (3) tried to attack too soon and was taken at deep mid wicket off Steven Jacobs and Pollard lifted Emrit to Mohamed before he had scored and two wickets had fallen in the space of three runs to leave the score on 104-5 much to the delight of large Guyanese contingent in a crowd of just over 4,000.
Although Malik continued to bat well he got little support and Akeil Hosein (5) was removed at 121. Adam Zampa held a magnificent one-handed catch off his own bowling to send Raymon Reifer (1) packing at 123-7.
But Malik who hit the final ball of the innings for six to reach his fifty and Ravi Rampaul (8) who was dropped by Mohamed, who has taken 10 catches so far but dropped two last night, took the Tridents to what was eventually an inadequate score.
Scores: TRIDENTS 142 for seven off 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 45, David Wiese 40; Rayad Emrit 2-24, Sohail Tanvir 2-35) lots to AMAZON WARRIORS 143 for four off 18.2 overs (Nic Maddinson 50, Dwayne Smith 50; Raymon Reifer 2-22).
In the remaining scheduled fixtures in the US:
26th Match: Patriots v T&T Riders at Lauderhill on Jul 29, 2016
(19:00 local | 23:00 GMT)
27th Match: Tallawahs v Zouks at Lauderhill on Jul 30, 2016
(12:00 local | 16:00 GMT)
28th Match: Tridents v Amazon at Lauderhill on Jul 30, 2016
(16:00 local | 20:00 GMT)
29th Match: Patriots v T&T Riders at Lauderhill on Jul 31, 2016
(12:00 local | 16:00 GMT)

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts
JT 8 6 1 0 1 13
AmWar 9 6 3 0 0 12
TKR 8 4 4 0 0 8
ZOUKS 8 4 4 0 0 8
BT 9 3 5 0 1 7
STKNP 8 1 7 0 0 2
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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Digicel Schools Football Championship…Respective management express confidence, Captains envisage tough game]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413100 2016-07-29T00:08:12Z 2016-07-29T04:25:34Z -Digicel excited by the prospect of a rivetting finale

By Rawle Welch
After almost seven weeks of competition among 160 plus schools, Sunday will mark the end of the road when the final of this year’s Digicel Schools Football Championship is played, at the National Stadium, Providence.

Head of Customer Care Sherwin Osborne (right), Tournament Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser (left), Sponsorship & Events Manager Luanna Abrams (2nd left) pose with teams reps and captains at yesterday’s briefing.

Head of Customer Care Sherwin Osborne (right), Tournament Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser (left), Sponsorship & Events Manager Luanna Abrams (2nd left) pose with teams reps and captains at yesterday’s briefing.

It will be a repeat of last year’s championship game when four-time champions Christianburg / Wismar took on Chase Academic Foundation in the final which was won by the former in what was described as a pulsating encounter that went right down to the wire.
Yesterday, during a press briefing at the Company’s Head Office in Kingston representatives of the two finalists, Delon Peters of Christianburg / Wismar Secondary and Henry Chase of Chase Academic Foundation expressed confidence of their respective institutions winning the title.
Peters in his remarks said in terms of expectations, he expects nothing but the best and this is to win the championship for a fifth consecutive time.
“The players are all enthused and excited to be in the final, we’ve seen how emotional they are and this is because they’ve had to withstand all that has been thrown at them and here they are in the championship game,” Peters said.
Chase in his reply, exuded extreme confidence, pointing to earlier performances as evidence to support that position.
“We are very confident, we’ve looked at every game we’ve played this year and we’re satisfied with our performances,” Chase stated.
He said their toughest opponent to date was Annai Secondary and they prevailed, adding that they’ve watched Christianburg / Wismar dominate the competition for years, but felt that the other schools are catching up due to their willingness to invest in their preparations.
Also present at the occasion were Captains Kishawn Dey of Christianburg / Wismar and Jeremy Garrett of Chase Academic Foundation, who both offered their opinions on the game.
Dey said he is hoping that both teams come out on Sunday and play strong and give the fans a good game, while Garrett in his response admitted that the game will not be an easy one and pointed to the opposition’s dominance over the past five years as ample testimony to his contention.
Head of Customer care Sherwyn Osborne said as a representative of the Company they are satisfied with the manner in which the championship has been run this year, which according to him, has produced some exciting matches and unearthed a wealth of talent among the young footballers.
He was quick to point out that as a Company they’ve acted on the promise to ensure that all ten regions across Guyana host games, adding that they are also heartened by the response of the various communities.
He closed by saying that they are excited to see the two teams’ battle once again this year and expects a rivetting finale.
Lavern Fraser, who is the Co-ordinator of the tournament, first extended thanks to all the schools and co-ordinators for their support once again this year, informing that without their hard work the success of the event might not have been possible.
She added that this year there has been significant improvement in the level of play and lauded the respective schools for the tremendous effort they put forward in getting their players ready to compete.
“We are now seeing most schools retain coaches to assist in their preparations and this to me is a very encouraging development,” Fraser mentioned.
She said that this year has also seen a reduction in breaches of the rules, but cautioned that even though this is a good sign, for the next edition even more attention will be paid to detect and possibly penalise those in contravention of the rules that govern the championship.
Events & Sponsorship manager Luanna Abrams introduced the teams representatives at the start of the briefing and wished both teams well for the final.
The winning team will receive $1million, 2nd place $700,000, 3rd place $450,000 and 4th place $300,000 and trophies.
All the prizes will go towards a project (s) to benefit the respective institutions.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Ten-wicket haul for Royal as Jamaica beat Guyana]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413203 2016-07-29T03:04:57Z 2016-07-29T04:24:26Z KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – Jeavor Royal finished with a ten-wicket match haul as Jamaica defeated Guyana by 39 runs inside two days, in their opening round three-day game of the Regional Under-19 Championship

 Keemo Paul … played a cameo in the second innings for Guyana.

Keemo Paul … played a cameo in the second innings for Guyana.

here Thursday.
Playing at Park Hill, Guyana were set 152 for victory but were dismissed for 112 in their second innings, as Jamaica leapt to the top of the standings.
Keemo Paul top-scored with 35 but Javelle Glenn ripped apart the innings with five for 27 while Royal picked up for four 23.
Royal, who had earlier taken six for 29 in Guyana’s first innings of 121, finished with match figures of ten for 52.
In their run chase, Guyana lost Raymond Perez cheaply for four with the score on 13 but Joshua Persaud (28) and Ronaldo Renee (24) combined in a second wicket stand of 34 to steady the innings.
Persaud faced 52 balls and struck three fours and a six while Renee faced 61 deliveries and counted three fours.
Both were dismissed by Glenn in a side that saw three wickets fall for 25 runs, to leave Guyana on 72 for four.
However, West Indies Under-19 star Paul produced a cameo knock, banging two fours and three sixes off just 21 balls, as he put on 32 for the fifth wicket with Trevor Persaud (12).
Once Paul became Glenn’s third wicket at 104 for five, six wickets fell for eight runs in a swift collapse.
Jamaica, who led by 22 runs on first innings, had been earlier dismissed cheaply for 129 in their second innings with Royal top-scoring with 44.
The innings was slumping at 50 for six when Royal arrived to add 39 for the seventh wicket with Rashjni Roye (12), and 40 for the eighth with Andre Bailey (18), to prop up the innings.
Royal struck four fours and two sixes off 46 deliveries.
Other scores at the close on the second day of the opening round of three-day matches in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday:
Scores:
At Sion Hill: Windwards lead by 158 runs.
WINDWARD ISLANDS 109 all out (Alick Athanaze 39, Anil Matthew 23; Kofi James 3-20, Daniel Doram 3-21, Kian Pemberton 3-23) & 153 for seven (Emmanuel Stewart 58, Alick Athanaze 47; Kian Pemberton 2-11, Javy Benjamin 2-16)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 104 all out (Ross Powell 33; Rasheed Fredericks 4-25, Othneil Lewis 3-23)
At Arnos Vale: Barbados trail by 200 runs.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 371 (Kirstan Kallicharan 110, Bryan Boodram 88, Cephas Cooper 59, Dejourn Charles 51; Leniko Boucher 5-66, Chemar Holder 2-85, Dominic Drakes 2-79)
BARBADOS 171 for six (Shian Brathwaite 72, Yvan Grant 22, Leniko Boucher 20; Jonathan Bootan 3-43, Bryan Boodram 2-38)

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Hearts of Oak Master football camp underway in Berbice]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413085 2016-07-28T23:50:28Z 2016-07-29T04:23:52Z Despite inclement weather, the 19th edition of the Annual Hearts of Oak Masters

Participants involved in both classroom and onfield sessions during the Hearts of Oak camp in Berbice.

Participants involved in both classroom and onfield sessions during the Hearts of Oak camp in Berbice.

Football Club “teach them Young” football camp is underway. The camp kicked off on Monday 18th July and is expected to last until Friday 19th August 2015.
Sessions are being held at the Scot Church ground, Princess Elizabeth Road, New Amsterdam and the nearby Prison Officers Sports Club and the All Saints Primary School.
Despite the unseasonal rains the youths are turning out to the sessions in their numbers.
The programme is being held five days weekly from Monday to Friday except holidays from 09:00hrs -13:00 hrs.
The youths are being taught the basics of the game about the theoretical and practical sessions. The programme also caters for the development of their interpersonal skills and relationship.
The practical sessions entail showing the youngsters the various ways in receiving, passing, shooting, taking, dribbling, goalkeeping and throwing the football among other points. The youths are also expected to be schooled in discipline, etiquette, good table manners and general education which will also include session on HIV and AIDS. Physical fitness is also an integral part of the sessions.
The main aim of the programme is to have the youths better able to appreciate the rules and regulations of the game, improve their knowledge, skills and have a better human relationship along with other attributes.
Some of the personnel and coaches involved in the sessions are former national players, Kendrick Bowry, Neil Humphrey and others including Randy Sears. Other resource personnel are being incorporated to impart their knowledge on various topics during the programme.
Interested persons can still make contact with Humphrey on 333-5525 or 687-8764, Secretary Kenrick Bowry on 333-4451, any member of the club or turn up at the All Saints Scott Church ground.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Caribbean Motor Racing Championship …Matthew Vieira flawless at Wallerfield in T&T]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413109 2016-07-29T00:22:07Z 2016-07-29T04:22:50Z Following a disappointing performance in the opening leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) in Jamaica, Guyana’s Matthew Vieira stormed back into contention in the points standing with a flawless

 Guyana’s Matthew Vieira seen with chequered flag after winning one of three races at Wallerfield in Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend.

Guyana’s Matthew Vieira seen with chequered flag after winning one of three races at Wallerfield in Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend.

display at Wallerfield in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) over the weekend.
Vieira, who was trailing his cousin Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira in the points standing, blitzed to victory in all three races to be crowned champion in the Superbike category, relegating his more illustrious compatriot Stephen to second place on every occasion, while T&T’s Kiel Abraham captured two third places and another Trinidadian Dominic DeLeon finished third in the final race in the category.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday, the young Vieira, who many believe is the heir apparent to Stephen, he expressed confidence of doing well for the remainder of the championship, adding that his goal was to get as many points as possible heading into the third leg at Bushy Park in Barbados.
Quizzed about how good is his chance of winning the overall title, Vieira said it will be difficult as long as Stephen competes, but he is willing to go out on the track and utilise all his skills to capture the coveted crown.
“As you know Stephen is one of the best in the Caribbean and someone who is very hard to beat, but I will do my best to upstage him in the next two legs,” young Vieira said.
Another cousin Elliott, who suffered mechanical problems and was unable to compete, though not a threat mathematically at this point, is also capable of causing anxiety among the top contenders.
Commenting on his performance, Vieira, who qualified behind Stephen and Elliott on his Triumph Daytona 675R, said that all three races were very competitive and he believes that the equaliser was the fact that the track was a new one so no rider had a distinct advantage.
“It was a fantastic experience I got the results I wanted and hopefully I can build on that during the remaining two legs of the championship,” Vieira told this newspaper.
He, however, praised the other riders for their performances and making the races thrilling for the fans.
Vieira extended heartfelt thanks to his father Mark, whose support made it possible for him to compete, while also acknowledging the assistance of Andy Phang of Pure Racing, Rio Inn and Cyril’s Garage.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Andrew Lewis Novices Boxing C/Ships starts today at National Gymnasium]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413081 2016-07-28T23:45:44Z 2016-07-29T04:22:37Z Action in the second annual Andrew ‘Six-Heads’ Lewis Novices Boxing Championships

Akea Lamizon of the Pocket Rocket Gym at yesterday’s weigh in will be one to watch.

Akea Lamizon of the Pocket Rocket Gym at yesterday’s weigh in will be one to watch.

punches off this evening and will run until Sunday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue. The action starts at 19:00hrs nightly and the competition will feature fights in both Male and Female categories.
The young boxers have been preparing at their respective gyms and are eager to get into action. They were involved in the weigh-in and doing medical exercises yesterday at the Six-Heads Gym in Albouystown.
The championships involve 11 gyms from all three counties and keen competition is anticipated among the young fighters over the three nights.
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will be keen to mount a successful defence of their title in a tournament which has attracted over 60 young pugilists.
Two Gyms from Essequibo, Rose Hall Town from Berbice, two Gyms from the Mining Town of Linden and six from the other parts of Demerara will participate.
Admission is $500, while children will be admitted free.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Which Hot Body will prevail at the Fitness Paradise Gym Expo?]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413102 2016-07-29T00:16:22Z 2016-07-29T04:20:58Z With just a few more days of preparation left before the Sunday July 31 Fitness Paradise Gym Expo, speculation is mounting as to who will run away with the Mr. Expo Hot Body title. body
The Hot Body event (equivalent to the Mr. Physique contest) has clearly grown to be the most popular male bodybuilding event, based upon the large number of competitors who opt to train for and participate in this event. Evidence of this popularity has been clear from the 2015 Flex Night event and the 2 GABBFF bodybuilding events of 2016. The Fitness Paradise Gym Expo will be no different on Sunday July 31st.
Six lean, well trained male bodies will be judged in the Mr. Expo Hot Body contest. All but one (OnaiVasconcellos) will be first-timers on the Hot Body stage. All, without exception, have their eyes sharply focused on the Mr. Hot Body top spot. They are Carlos Ovedo, Vickram Jhailu, Darrin Noble, Jaleel Weekes and Jaryl Moore. They have been training rigorously, dieting intensely and are ready to ‘put out the works’ on Sunday.
As is the usual practice, part of the proceeds of the Gym Expo will go towards a disadvantaged group in society.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Meet Team Guyana to Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships 2016 – St Lucia]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413082 2016-07-28T23:38:40Z 2016-07-29T04:20:46Z cycling team profile

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Keen encounters anticipated in GASP Open Scrabble Championship]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413107 2016-07-29T00:17:47Z 2016-07-29T04:20:23Z Following a scintillating performance in the just concluded tournament where he amassed an impeccable 6 points with a positive spread of 589, top seed, James Krakowsky will attempt to replicate that feat when the nation’s top word formers convene at the Herdmanston Lodge, Queenstown for another Open Championship Sunday, July 31.
Despite spelling his way to the top spot Krakowsky will be well aware of the competence of his competitors since several of them had registered 5 points each and had to be separated by dint of their respective spreads. Those players were Kevin Williams (318), Moen Gafoor (312), Curtis Liverpool (295), Leon Belony (60) and Colin Chichester (minus 314). Obviously, these players will come out with a vengeance and aspiring to clinch the top honour this time around. A fiercely contested tournament is, therefore, on the cards.
The organizers are very particular about an early start and advise that registration begins at 09:30hrs while clocks will be started at 10:15hrs sharp. The registration fee is $500 but latecomers would be penalized an additional $200. Further, after the start of the first round, players have an additional 15 minutes to get to his table before being debarred from participation.
Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers as well as the player with the most bingos. This tournament is sponsored by the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP).

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Police Inter-Division Championships continue today ]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413094 2016-07-29T00:02:01Z 2016-07-29T04:20:10Z The Guyana Police Force Inter-Division Track and Field Championships continue

Police Sports Officials, Mark Scott (right) and Lyndon Wilson (left) putting the final touches to the ground preparations at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.

Police Sports Officials, Mark Scott (right) and Lyndon Wilson (left) putting the final touches to the ground preparations at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.

today at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary with Headquarters in a healthy lead.
Headquarters have not lost the title since 1998 and look set to repeat except ‘A’ Division dominates completely today where most of the finals will be held.
Headquarters won the swimming title and led the first and second day of the athletics competition on Tuesday and Wednesday, looking to secure yet another title except a drastic collapse today.
The events today start at 2pm and go into the night. The other units competing are Country Division and ‘B’ Division who are both trailing in distant positions.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Singh guides Guyana to victory as Regional U15 commences]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413097 2016-07-29T00:04:33Z 2016-07-29T04:20:02Z Skipper Sachin Singh struck a fine half century as defending champions Guyana defeated

Sachin Singh

Sachin Singh

Windward Islands by seven wickets when the Regional U15 50-over tournament commenced in Grenada on Wednesday.
Singh slammed four fours and one six off 66 balls before he was dismissed for 50 as Guyana scored 109-3 in 37.4 overs, chasing 108 at Progress Park. Yeudistir Persaud supported with 29 as Joslev Valmond took 2-10.
Earlier, Garvin Serieux made 31 and Jimmy Buddy 21 for Windwards who were bowled out in 41 overs. Leon Swamy had 2-14, Daniel Paul 2-18 Suresh Deodat 2-19 and Gevon Schultz 2-23.
At Tanteen, Leewards beat Jamaica by two wickets. Batting first, Jamaica scored 141 all out in 42.4 overs. Razzaq Williams got 28 and Romario Bames 27; K’von Esdaille took 2-13 and Taiem Tonge 2-22.
Leewards responded with 142-8 in 45.4 overs. Kenny Sutton made 33 and Tariq Newman 22; Romaine Jacob grabbed 4-36.
At La Sagesse, Trinidad and Tobago overcame Barbados by 23 runs. Trinidad and Tobago took first knock and managed 174-8. Jayden Seales stroked 41; Leon Basanoo made 24 as Renacko Belgrave took 2-8 and Jediah Blades 2-26.
Barbados were bowled out for 151 in 46.1 overs in reply. Seth Agard made 35 while Reshawn Worrell made 32 not out; Tariq Mohammed snared 3-21. (CMC)

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[The people who believe Jagdeo are more dangerous than him]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413122 2016-07-29T00:32:18Z 2016-07-29T04:15:52Z There are presidential candidates contesting the November election in the US who are way above Donald Trump in decency and morality. But the world does not know them. The Green Party in the US will be fielding a presidential candidate, but if you take a poll around the world, almost one hundred percent would say they don’t know the person or ever heard about the candidate.
The reason for that is simple; politicians become household names when they excite people, the press reports on them and the numbers grow. One should never discount the possibility of a Trump victory. His poll ratings are on par with Hillary Clinton. If Trump wins, how could Trump be blamed only? There are foolish people out there in large numbers who believe the incredible, elephantine fictions of Donald Trump. There are humans that listen to Trump and accept Trump’s description of President Obama’s religion as Islam.
Make no mistake, Bharrat Jagdeo played to the gallery when he was in New York. He is a politician in charge of the opposition party in Guyana, and he will observe no ethical and civilized boundary in keeping his career alive. Mr. Jagdeo knows only one route of survival. It is to get Indian people to accept that the PNC leaders who form part of the government do not like Indian people and are discriminating against them. That mantra kept the PPP alive from 1964 to 1985. Once the PNC Government remained in office, the PPP under Dr and Mrs Jagan fed Indians a diet of persecution of Indian people by the PNC Government.
After 23 years in power, the PPP is back in the opposition, and the symphony has been brought out of the attic to perform again. It will not stop. It will not stop because the PPP needs it to survive. In creating racist incitement as he did in New York last week, Jagdeo is not strategizing to win the 2020 election only. A victory is not assured. In-depth analysis of Guyana’s demography does not support a 2020 victory for the PPP.
The racist demagoguery that Jagdeo and the PPP troglodytes are disseminating among Indians is to preserve the existence of the PPP. Make no mistake; if Jagdeo, Rohee, Luncheon, Teixeira are to survive, not win, but just to survive in 2020, they need big votes from the Indian population. Those votes will only come if you keep alive the song of demonizing African Guyanese leaders. Success will come if the listeners believe Jagdeo and his outdated cabal. You may hate Trump, you may hate Jagdeo. But they are no fools.
Trump knows Americans are moody, because complete American domination of the world is waning and they want that back. So he plays on that sentiment. Jagdeo plays on the race card, because it is the only game in town. If Trump is going to lose, Americans have to reject the fictions he peddles. If Guyana is to avoid the chasm of race hate, decent Indians have to get Jagdeo’s gallery to see that Jagdeo is a wicked, evil man manufacturing race hate to remain relevant.
How the Guyanese population deals with the coming crescendo of PPP’s race music will need careful and deep thought, but the rejection movement has to begin as early as yesterday. Do not underestimate Jagdeo. He knows there is a band of race advocates that he can count on. The list includes swamis, novelists, university lecturers, columnists etc. Jagdeo knows that he can appeal to these people. It is these people that we need to assess.
Do they believe Jagdeo? Do they believe this is a man who ought to remain un-prosecuted while he poisons the psychology of the East Indians who are foolish to listen to him? Do they believe this man should be a spokesperson for the Guyanese Indians when this man, after twelve years, did absolutely nothing for the poor East Indians of Guyana? Do they believe this man when they see the financial losses of the sugar industry?
Do they believe this man, when under his twelve-year-old reign, rural Indians were at the mercy of bandits? Aren’t some of them educated people that have access to the internet? They can Google the crime situation in Berbice when Jagdeo was president. They will see what Indians had to endure. Do they believe this man whose twelve-year domination saw rural schools in Indian areas without washroom facilities, windows and steps and he ignored them and built a Marriott Hotel with taxpayers’ money?
As an Indian, I will have more to say about Indian Guyanese and the Jagdeo race wagon.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[TIP action plan to be released “within the next month”]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413186 2016-07-29T01:58:22Z 2016-07-29T04:15:51Z The Ministerial Task Force on trafficking in persons (TIP) will release its 2016-2017 Action Plan within the next month.
The Action Plan is currently being reviewed by Interpol before it is finalised, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan told the Government Information Agency (GINA).
“Interpol has a section that deals with trafficking in persons worldwide and we had given them our action plan, and also told them they can make some inputs, and we were awaiting that,” Ramjattan said.
Yesterday evening the minister led a team from his Ministry on a TIP public awareness walk through the Bourda Market, Georgetown.
The Public Security Minister said the action plan is “a pretty comprehensive document” that will seek to address the mechanisms that will need to be in place to effectively tackle TIP.
“We have to get some more resources, prosecutors, investigators. We also have to have half-way houses for the victims to go and feel comfortable,” Ramjatttan said. The action plan has had input from ministries, inter agencies and NGOs, the minister told GINA.
The Ministerial Task Force on TIP meets every month and is headed by Minister Ramjattan. The Task Force is mandated by the Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act No. 2 of 2005 to ensure there is public awareness on TIP training for law enforcement and other officials among other things.
Minister Ramjattan pointed out that his ministry will reach out to the United States and Canada for assistance in training. Already, the Guyana Police Force has begun training of senior ranks on how to identify TIP perpetrators.
“Quite frankly however, it’s a matter of resources in some areas, personnel in others, but public awareness is the easiest aspect of it and that is why we are here,” said Ramjattan of the walkthrough at Bourda.
During the exercise, the Minister and team distributed fliers and other items aimed at raising awareness of TIP.
He noted that last evening’s public awareness activity is the first of several intensified efforts by his ministry to raise awareness on the matter.
“A lot of people in Guyana they see the wrongdoing, but they don’t want to talk about it. I feel with public awareness we’re going to get more information from citizens to bring this thing to a halt,” Ramjattan said.
The TIP awareness programme is also part of government’s effort to heed recommendations from the United States State Department Report on TIP. Earlier this month the report revealed Guyana had moved from the Tier Two Watch list to Tier Two.
“The State Department report also indicated that we still have lots of work to do and we agree with that. One aspect of the work is public awareness…to let them understand that this administration has no tolerance for human trafficking,” said Ramjattan.
In tandem with the public awareness campaign, Ramjattan said police will begin clamping down on night clubs, especially those that sexually exploit women.
“We have to do targeting of certain clubs night clubs and so on that would bring in these girls from overseas,” Ramjattan pointed out.
Public awareness campaigns will soon be taken along the coast and in the hinterland areas, the Minister added.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Councillors vote no confidence against Linden Town Clerk]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413131 2016-07-29T00:54:45Z 2016-07-29T04:15:41Z Councillors of the Linden Mayor and Town Council on Wednesday night voted in favour of a no confidence motion against Linden Town Clerk Jonella Bowen.
The motion which was proposed by councilor Deron John and seconded by Councilor Neola Rogers, garnered the support of 10 councillors.
Only two of the councillors present voted against the motion, at the Council’s statutory meeting which lasted some four hours.
One of the arguments put forward in supporting the motion was that recently one of the councillors lost her job after the Town Clerk allegedly failed to send a letter to the councillor’s supervisor requesting the said councillor’s presence at a meeting.
The press was subsequently briefed on the motion by acting Mayor Waneka Arrindell after reports surfaced that the Town Clerk was locked out of the building. A press release was also dispatched to various media houses.
According to the release, Bowen’s performance and management of the Council’s affairs have become of great concern to the Council.
The decision to have the no confidence motion arose out of varying issues that have been occurring over a period of time, the release indicated. It added that some of these issues had been noted and discussed by the Mayor and councilors, and that a similar correspondence was previously sent by former IMC Chairman, Orrin Gordon, highlighting those very issues.
The correspondence, the release stated, “recognised and elucidated areas in which the
Town Clerk was in effect by various actions and inactions stymied the progress of this council.”
Councillor Deron John, who served on the previous council, stated that this was the same attitude (by the Town Clerk) that caused a previous motion of no confidence to be sent before, the release said.
“At the conclusion of this preliminary process at the statutory meeting, the incumbent Town Clerk was briefed and informed of the motion, relative to her functions as of (yesterday).”
“The council did not bar or lock out Ms. Bowen from the office or from performing the duties of Town Clerk. The attempt to disseminate false information to the public by the Town Clerk, even in this matter, is synonymous with the continued attitude and behaviour of the Town Clerk,” the release stated.
Councillor Rawle Friday who was also present at the press brief noted that a letter will be sent to the Ministry of Communities in relation to the motion and the council will be awaiting the minister’s response. Until such time the town clerk is allowed to perform her duties.
He added that the situation is a pending one, as this is the beginning of a process.
Friday was supported by Arrindell, who added that the administration’s affairs will not be affected, since the motion is just a recommendation to the Minister and the town clerk is expected to perform her duties as per normal until a decision is made.
In an invited comment, the acting Mayor stated that the motion of no confidence was passed due to performance and not political affiliation.
Efforts to obtain a comment from the Town Clerk proved futile.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[New York Mandir donates to Cheshire Home]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413126 2016-07-29T00:53:41Z 2016-07-29T04:15:40Z – Promises to maintain relationship

“Vighneshwar,” a New York-based Mandir, has once again made a significant contribution

Pandit Persaud, Assistant Administrator Patricia Bailey (standing, centre) and a staffer (standing at left) along with some of the residents.

Pandit Persaud, Assistant Administrator Patricia Bailey (standing, centre) and a staffer (standing at left) along with some of the residents.

to a local charitable organization and has promised to maintain a long term relationship with the facility, which caters for persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday, President of the Mandir, Pandit Mochan Persaud handed over a cheque to the Assistant Administrator of the Cheshire Home, Patricia Bailey, who stressed the impact the contribution will make on the lives of the residents there.
The home, located at Unity, East Coast Demerara, caters for 26 residents with disabilities and it is being operated by a management committee, along with the Government of Guyana.
According to Bailey, the government pays the staffers, assists with food supplies and the maintenance of the building. The Home also receives donations which play a major role in “filling the gap” and pay the bills.
The residents range in age from 14 to 54 and “live there until their final days”. When a resident dies, staffers at the home organized a funeral service which is attended by other residents, friends of the deceased and families.
The Ministry of Social Protection pays a small part of the expenses and the Home settles the balance. Pandit Persaud has now promised to assist the home whenever a resident passes on.

The cheque being handed over.

The cheque being handed over.

When asked how a person qualifies to be a resident, Bailey explained that some persons are referred to the Home by other homes, and also the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. She said that if persons wish to take their relative there, then they will have to apply.
The application along with a doctor’s letter with the patient’s diagnosis will be forwarded to the management committee. If the home already has 26 persons, then management will respond, stating that there is no vacancy at the moment, and that the application will be placed on file.
“They take persons with disabilities, not mental illness, because it’s not an institution for the mentally ill,” Bailey noted.
She explained that there are 15 nurses monitoring the residents around the clock. Two of the residents attend a special needs school in Georgetown, while the others remain at the Cheshire Home, where they are involved in different activities.
Works are currently ongoing at the Home, which was founded in 1972 to soon cater for semi-independent residents.
The “Vighneshwar” Mandir was founded 14 years ago and has since assisted charitable organizations in Guyana annually.
Pandit Persaud explained that he and members of the temple would annually pool money in order to assist the needy.
Last year, they sponsored a wedding for Debra Ann Samay, who spent almost eleven years in different orphanages in Guyana.
The pandit met her when he visited the Kamal orphanage in Albion to make a donation. Since then they maintained a relationship and he even became her father and gave her away to her Prince Charming, Alexander Moore.

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