Kaieteur News Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily 2016-06-25T04:55:30Z http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/feed/atom/ KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Nine months later …Charges in Pradoville matter still to be instituted]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408033 2016-06-25T02:23:33Z 2016-06-25T04:55:30Z It is over nine months since the release of the infamous Pradoville file and charges for the officials

Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack

Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack

implicated are still to be made. Kaieteur News made several calls this week to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to explain this state of affairs but all proved futile.
It was since October last year that DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack gave the green light for a full blown investigation into the criminal aspect of the contentious Pradoville Two deal. But there has been no word on the matter to date.
The State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) had written, recently, to the DPP requesting that the matter be investigated. The DPP has since handed over the case to the Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud, for further investigations to begin.
SARU Head, Dr. Clive Thomas had also put in a formal request at the Ministry of Public Security to probe the criminal aspect of the Pradoville Two deal.
In early October, SARU completed a report which stated that in 2010, the Bharrat Jagdeo Cabinet made a decision authorizing the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to privatize State lands. NICIL is the body tasked with overseeing the privatization of State assets.
It reportedly spent more than $200M to develop the sea front community without the knowledge and blessings of the National Assembly and other relevant bodies.
The said lands were then secretly sold to the former Ministers and known friends and associates of the previous regime. At the time of the sale, the report said, the lands were grossly undervalued and sold at a price substantially below the market value, thereby depriving the state of its full benefits.
SARU said, “There is a direct link between the misconduct and the abuse of powers and duties of their position. The former Cabinet members knew they were doing a wrong in transferring State lands to their names and that of their acquaintances for undervalued market prices for the land. The lands were sold for $114 per square foot at the time.”
“Public officers ought to carry out their duties, not for the benefit of themselves, but for the benefit of the public as a whole. If they neglect or misconduct themselves by their actions in the course of their duties, this may lead to a breach or abuse of the public’s trust. The act of the Cabinet members for their benefit is serious enough to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust.”
In a letter addressed to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, SARU had said that based on its findings, it is requesting that Ramjattan’s Office proceed to further investigate unlawful aspects of this matter, with the aim of establishing whether criminal action should be instituted.
“It is the duty of this Unit in the Ministry of the Presidency to ensure that no Minister of Government in Guyana would be the beneficiary from any acts of misconduct or unlawful conduct while being holders of Public Office.”
SARU had also informed the Public Security Minister that it has also forwarded its report to the Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, along with a copy of a Legal Opinion on the potential misconduct in Public Office by the former Ministers.
The document on the Legal Opinion says that there is legal scope for the argument of willful neglect by the former ministers in performing their duties without reasonable excuse or facilitation to an extent amounting to an abuse of the public trust.
Further, based on the cases cited, the document outlines that the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, has Legal Standing on this matter.
Once sufficient evidence is gathered by his Chambers, Williams had said that a civil action against the former Cabinet Ministers will be instituted. He had explained to the media that former President Bharrat Jagdeo could face prosecution.
The SARU report however lists the DPP, Miss Shalimar Ali-Hack as a beneficiary of the controversial Pradoville Two deal. The report said that on September 7, 2011, the DPP bought Lot 184 Sparendaam, ECD, Block IV, which is 0.2767 acres of land.
Asked how this looming situation of conflict of interest would be dealt with, Williams had said, “She would have to recuse herself in the determination of the matter.”

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[One captured, hunt on for 3 supermarket robbery]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407945 2016-06-25T02:43:29Z 2016-06-25T04:54:23Z A Chinese-owned supermarket located along Aubrey Barker Road was robbed yesterday

An image of the robbery taken from the CCTV footage

An image of the robbery taken from the CCTV footage

by four armed bandits. However, the efforts of public spirited citizens and police officers led to the successful capture of one of them. The incident took place around 12: 00 hrs.

Footage from GST supermarket’s CCTV cameras showed that the four men rode into the store’s compound and entered the building under the guise of regular customers. Minutes later, two of the men who were armed, approached the cashier and demanded cash and other valuables. Meanwhile, one of the bandits kept watch at the supermarket’s door. Another took cell phones from other employees along with gold chains and rings.
One of the bandits, dressed in jeans and what appeared to be a white shirt and red cap, secured the backpack with the ill-gotten gains and fled the scene. Alarmed by the screams of the owners, neighbours gave chase to the men who ran into Festival City Exit.
One eye witness said, “We hear de people dem screaming out ‘Thief !Thief! And we come out and we see them so we run behind them. But they run into the streets over there (Festival City Exit) thinking that they gun get away. But remember now, dem street got a set ah cul-de-sac and duh is how we know that dem bannas is nah from round here.

GST Supermarket which was robbed yesterday.

GST Supermarket which was robbed yesterday.

“But the police an all is another session because we call dem long, long and dem ain’t turn up. If they de turn up quick we woulda ketch dem other two men who run in the same area. But is just a few of us went behind them and we couldn’t handle all of them by we self.”
The owners of the supermarket were however, reluctant to speak to the media. One employee nonetheless expressed his disappointment with the tardiness of the police.
The Chinese national said, “I call police long, long time. They take long to come but when they want something they come quick. They here in no time…”
This newspaper understands that the police are treating the matter as an attempted robbery and it is currently being investigated.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Kurupung gold miner bound, beaten to death]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407923 2016-06-25T02:44:09Z 2016-06-25T04:51:05Z Shawn Mc Donald, the porkocker who was found dead at Kurupung last Monday, was bound hand and foot and beaten to death.

This was revealed yesterday during a postmortem, which showed that the 43-year-old sustained a brutal beating.
The attack left him with injuries to the head, a broken shoulder, and a deep cut to the mouth that reportedly caused him to suffocate on his own blood.
His brother, Odinga Mc Donald, who witnessed the postmortem, said that he was also told that there was evidence that the killers had tied his sibling’s limbs.
A police source said that a length of rope was tied to one of the slain man’s wrists.
While the motive for the killing is unclear, Kaieteur News understands that police are looking for three suspects in connection with the killing.
There are reports that the men were seen placing the body in a metal container.
Odinga Mc Donald said that information he received indicated that his brother, who is from Amelia’s Ward, Linden, was slain some time between last Sunday and 16.00 hrs on Monday.
But relatives only learnt of the tragedy on Wednesday, when someone contacted his mother and said, ‘Shawn dead and the body coming out.”
The brother said that he travelled to CID Headquarters, Eve Leary, where police confirmed that they had brought out the body of a ‘Shawn Mc Donald’ from the interior. He subsequently identified the body.
Odinga Mc Donald said that his brother was the eldest of four siblings and had worked in the interior for several years.
Shawn Mc Donald is the ninth person murdered in an interior location for the year.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Govt. getting rid of fraud-hit old age pension books]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408021 2016-06-25T02:44:27Z 2016-06-25T04:50:43Z The Ministry of Social Protection, with support from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), has sanitised its database as part of the process to digitise the old age pension service within the coastland regions.

Minister Volda Lawrence

Minister Volda Lawrence

The digitisation project will see information technology being utilised to eliminate pension books, and establish a system where senior citizens will be allowed to use their National Identification (ID) cards to uplift their pension. This digitisation of the pension process will be in full effect by December, according to Government, yesterday.
During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Minister of Social Protection, Volda Lawrence, explained that the current pension system has many deficiencies. “When I look at the system there is too much paper and papers travelling, not in a systemic way, it is not travelling in a secure environment, coming from officers all across the country, and there is not a proper system in place to process the information, and so we have what you may term a mess,” Minister Lawrence explained.
This new system will also ease the burden of workers having to write and retrieve information by going through papers.
The Social Protection Ministry has engaged the Ministry of Public Telecommunications to ensure that the two agencies can collectively run a pilot of this electronic project. It is Minister Lawrence’s hope that by the end of June, a trial system will be tested.
“We are hoping that by the end of June or early July we can be able to run a trial system within a region to see how that goes and then we will take it to the other region, one by one so that next year when we are going to deal with the payment of pensioners we will be able to do so on the coastland, electronically. It means that persons will no longer be issued with a book … once that process is done we will able to see who cashed their pensions and we will be able to see in real time how many pensioners received pensions in a particular place,” Minister Lawrence further explained.
Minister Lawrence said that the Ministry will also be able to capture those persons who are receiving money on behalf of a particular pensioner. The initiative will also see greater accountability within the pension system, and probation officers will have more time do more field work and conduct more visitations.
However, in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine, where the communities are difficult to reach, Minister Lawrence said that the Ministry will conduct an assessment in these regions to determine what other type of electronic programme will work best for those areas.
In the past, there have been reports of widespread fraud in the distribution of old age pensions with instances found of “ghost” pensioners receiving payments.
Millions of dollars are estimated to have been lost as a result.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[City Mayor defiant despite government ordered review]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407938 2016-06-25T02:44:47Z 2016-06-25T04:45:25Z -“I have nothing and no one to fear”

Following the announcement that the controversial city parking meter contractcity hall clowns a would be reviewed by the government, Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green, is defiant. Moreover, she is throwing down the gauntlet to her critics.
In a recent statement to the media, the Mayor made it clear that if anyone had information about any ‘underhand dealings’ in which she might be involved, then they ought to go to the police. She said that she has nothing and no one to fear.
“Anyone who has information that they think is any way untoward or underhand movement with regards to this contract is free to go to the police with it,” the Mayor stressed. “If you have any evidence of anything… I am the Mayor and I have to take the responsibility of anything of this council.”
She also denied reports of the existence of the ‘Fantastic Four’; that is a group of councillors who have been making decisions and taking action independent of the council.
Recently the Mayor, Town Clerk Royston King, Chairman of the Finance Committee Oscar Clarke and councillor Junior Garrett, embarked on trips to Mexico and Panama.
The council and Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan had reportedly not sanctioned the trips. The Deputy Mayor has been insistent that a full council must discuss the deal, which was, however, signed even before the trip to inspect the meters.
“I don’t know of any group of four persons. I know we are councilors and I am the chairperson for this council,” Chase-Green said. “The contract is at the town clerk’s office. Anyone is free to request to look at it, nobody came forward to look at it, but you’re reading all sorts of things in the press.”

Review welcomed
During a post cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, stated that the whole saga had been a subject of cabinet’s meeting and a decision had been reached for the Attorney General’s chambers to review the contract for any illegalities.
Detailing the city’s position on this development, the Mayor made it clear that the review of the contract by the government was welcome. She reiterated that there was nothing to hide and at the end of the day the review will bring closure.
“Because all that has been happening is speculation,” she said. “So Government has it, it’s going to go to the Ministry of Legal Affairs for a review and to the Ministry of Finance. And I’m happy about that.”
Asked whether the project would be on hold until the review is completed, the Mayor stated that that was not the case to the best of her knowledge. They would move ahead with their September implementation date while the review was ongoing.
“We still have to focus on what we are proposing to do with the parking meters while they review the contract.”
The contract was signed last November under the last council, by the Town Clerk, Royston King, for a consortium, National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions, to spend US$10M to install solar-powered parking meters around the city.
However, several of the new councillors, including Duncan, have been complaining bitterly of the limited information they have been given. They complained to Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, who expressed concerns last week.
On Monday, during a press conference at City Hall to defend the contract, Chase-Green announced that it is expected the first phase of the project will be rolled out by September 1. Some 1,500 parking spaces will be erected between Stabroek, South Road, Camp Street and Church Street.
The pilot project will include the busy Regent and Robb Streets. She also said that talks will be held with banks and other city commercial businesses on how parking will be handled. The Mayor disclosed that the fees, which were touted at $500 per hour, was still being negotiated with the consortium and is expected to be way less.

Nonsense
During a recent press conference, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo had described the entire situation as “nonsense”; lambasting the fact that while the investor will collect the hog of revenues from the meters, the city is set to collect only 20 percent of what is earned.
“I don’t know what the city council is intent on doing. First it was the vendors, now its bringing hardships to people to park. So you now have to park your car by Pradoville Two (where Jagdeo lives) and walk to the city.”
Jagdeo called for the project to be scrapped. He noted that if an employee earning $60,000 had to pay $500 per hour for parking, it would outstrip their earnings. Acknowledging that there were talks of a reduction, he noted that even if it was reduced by half the cost it would be too much.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Bidders protest $7.5M generator contract award]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407925 2016-06-25T02:45:03Z 2016-06-25T04:44:12Z The award of a contract earlier this year for the supply of a generator for state-owned hinterland Power Company is raising questions.

A number of bidders for the tenders, which were handled by the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc., are complaining that the company winning the tender, “Cummings Electrical Company Limited”, had a bid higher than above most of them.
The Hinterland Electrification Company Inc. falls under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.
There were no explanations how Cummings Electrical won it.
According to official records, as published on the state’s http://electricity.gov.gy/, there were 16 bidders for the supply of a 175kW generator for Matthew’s Ridge Power and Light Inc.
The tenders were opened on March 8, 2016 with bid amounts ranging from $5.54M to $13.9M.
Cummings’ bid was for $7,576,172. There were nine bidders that came in below that figure.
According to the complaining bidders, it is now becoming even clearer that the country needs the Public Procurement Commission in place.
“This body could hear our complaints and deal with it. We are hoping this commission comes into place very soon,” said an executive of one of the companies.
Last week, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon announced that Cabinet has green-lighted the establishment of a Bid Protest Committee to hear complaints from businesses which feel that they have been unfairly overlooked for another bidder.
There have been growing complaints of significant corruption in the country’s procurement system.

 

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Jagdeo full of s**t and ideas]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408036 2016-06-25T02:34:42Z 2016-06-25T04:30:25Z Doctors does advise dem boys not hold in dem fart because it does travel up people spine, into the brain, and that’s where sh**ty ideas come from. That is how Jagdeo had all dem sh**ty ideas.
De last one he had was de biggest one; that Donald Dumb was presidential material and that he can run Guyana although Donald heself know he couldn’t do it.
Another s**ty idea was that Labba Lip could throw mess in Freddy face and get away wid it. Jagdeo was so full of ideas that he lef Guyana in a lot of s**t. Although Soulja Bai clean up from top to bottom people could still smell Jagdeo.
It look like when you hold in you fart you does talk s**t too. Jagdeo stand up at a press conference and seh how Kaieteur News throw de grenade to kill Glenn.
He seh that Glenn Lall, Moses and Ramjattan plan that grenade attack. Dem boys could imagine how long Jagdeo hold in that fart to talk so much s**t.
Donald who ain’t got nutten to do, not only s**ting but also writing s**t daily in de newspaper.
There is another s**ty idea from Jagdeo that dem boys will never forget. That idea was when Jagdeo eat a lot of New Thriving food in the special room dem does provide for him.
De amount of pork ee eat chock ee stomach that he couldn’t belch or fart. That is how de General Secretary for de Pee Pee Pee, Clement de Goat Man, was born.
Is one thing these people had in common. All of dem had no brain so Jagdeo coulda control all of dem. Even now he trying to control Soulja Bai. He farting steady whether he at a press conference or he deh home.
Dem boys don’t know who was mad to mek this man Champion of de Earth when he should have been champion of de Fart.
Soulja Bai should tek warning and keep this man far.
Talk half and hope de coalition boys don’t eat wheh Jagdeo does eat.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Guyana virtually unaffected by Britain’s EU vote – UK envoy]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408044 2016-06-25T02:37:43Z 2016-06-25T04:28:44Z By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell

Guyana should not be worrying itself about being affected by Britain’s referendum to pull out from

UK High Commissioner, Greg Quinn

UK High Commissioner, Greg Quinn

the European Union (EU). For one, according to a statement the Union released, “until this process of negotiations is over, the United Kingdom (UK) remains a member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations that derive from this.” This has been confirmed by UK High Commissioner, Greg Quinn.
Aside from this, it is not to be expected that even after the pull out would have been made final, that either the relations between Guyana and the Union or the relations between Guyana and the UK will be affected.
From all indications Guyana will remain a beneficiary of the Union as it will of the UK. Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge told the media yesterday that there should be no “immediate” concern.
Greenidge said, “There is not likely to be any adverse short term consequence by way of a curtailing of resource flows or curtailment of access of let’s say sugar, or any other commodity into the European Union whatever may be the case in relation to Britain.”
Further, Kaieteur News spoke to Quinn who concurred that there should be no major changes anytime soon. He said, “There is no plan to change anything in the bilateral relationship. Bilateral funding and grants remain as they are. In terms of the EU we are still a member and will remain so until the leave negotiations are completed. That can take years.”
Figures show that 51.9 percent of Britons voted Thursday to leave the EU, while 48.1 percent wanted their country to remain in the trade bloc.
Yesterday the EU sent out a joint statement on the outcome of the UK referendum. It acknowledged

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge

that in a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. “We regret this decision but respect it.”
EU said that it is facing an unprecedented situation but remains united. “We will stand strong and uphold the EU’s core values of promoting peace and the well-being of its peoples. The Union of 27 Member States will continue.”
The Union said that it is the framework of its own common political future. “We are bound together by history, geography and common interests and will develop our cooperation on this basis. Together we will address our common challenges to generate growth, increase prosperity and ensure a safe and secure environment for our citizens. The institutions will play their full role in this endeavour.”
The EU also said that it expects the UK government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, “however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty.”
The Union made it clear that it has rules to deal with the situation “in an orderly way as” Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union sets out the procedure to be followed if a Member State decides to leave the European Union.
“We stand ready to launch negotiations swiftly with the United Kingdom regarding the terms and conditions of its withdrawal from the European Union. Until this process of negotiations is over, the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations that derive from this.
According to the Treaties which the United Kingdom has ratified, EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a Member. As regards the United Kingdom, we hope to have it as a close partner of the European Union in the future. We expect the United Kingdom to formulate its proposals in this respect.
Any agreement, which will be concluded with the United Kingdom as a third country, will have to reflect the interests of both sides and be balanced in terms of rights and obligations.”

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Guyana, Russian Federation reinforce relations]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408008 2016-06-25T02:45:33Z 2016-06-25T04:27:55Z Relations between Guyana and the Russian Federation were recently strengthened through a wide range of discussions and agreements that were signed.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl B. Greenidge, told the media about the recent visit to Russia and St Petersburg..
The Minister stated that from June 14 to June 16, a delegation from Guyana undertook an official visit to the Russian Federation based on the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr Sergey Lavrov. Greenidge said that his team included Ambassador Rudy Collins and Ms Geneva Tyndall.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said that he also accepted an invitation from the Executive Secretary of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee, Mr. A. Kobyakov, to participate as a panelist in the business Round Table discussing the Topic  “Russia Latin America: Foreign Trade and Investment Cooperation as Drivers of Economic Growth.”
The politician said that the visit to Moscow was aimed at reviewing progress on implementation of the various initiatives being pursued by the two states, to explore possibilities for new initiatives and to deepen relations and collaboration in a mutually beneficial way.
Minister Greenidge said that he had extensive and fruitful discussions with his Russian counterpart on a variety of issues ranging from regional political developments to specific projects of collaboration and new ideas for the future.
He said that the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs indicated his willingness to respond positively to requests from the Guyana side, and agreed to explore with Guyana opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information that will promote further collaboration.
The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that the high point of the visit to Moscow was the signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations which provides a framework within which dialogue and cooperation would take place inter alia provision for cooperation at all levels, access to markets, shared interest in ecological matters and dispute settlement.
At the St. Petersburg Economic Summit, attended by a number of regional and European leaders, Greenidge said that he made two presentations which touched on the issues affecting the region. He also raised specific issues of interest to Caricom and identified the factors that could facilitate greater investment in the region as well as cooperation between the community and the Russian Federation.
Greenidge also held extensive discussions with the leaders of Rusal and also with Roscongress, Rosoboron and other companies that expressed an interest with doing business in Guyana. (Kiana Wilburg)

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Gov’t to bridge digital divides between coast and hinterland]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407939 2016-06-25T02:45:50Z 2016-06-25T04:27:21Z – ICT study underway

In a bid to bridge the digital divide that exists between the Coastland and the Hinterland Region, the government through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), yesterday entered into an agreement with an international Consultancy Firm to conduct a Needs Assessment Project (NAP).

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, (Centre) ; UNDP’s Resident Representative, Khadija Musa (Left); and a representative of Detecon International GmbH, Stephan Dieter, signing the contract to kick off the Needs Assessment project yesterday at Colgrain House, Georgetown.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, (Centre) ; UNDP’s Resident Representative, Khadija Musa (Left); and a representative of Detecon International GmbH, Stephan Dieter, signing the contract to kick off the Needs Assessment project yesterday at Colgrain House, Georgetown.

The data from the NAP– which will be gathered by the consultancy firm, Detecon International GmbH, will be presented to the Guyana Redd+Investment Fund (GRIF) for the funding of the Information and Communications Technology “(ICT) and E-Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities Project”.
The NAP is a baseline ICT study to determine, among other things, what infrastructure, technical capacity, and legal framework already exists – or is needed in poor, remote and unserved areas in Guyana.
Signing the NAP contract at Colgrain House, Camp Street, Georgetown, yesterday, was Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes; UNDP’s Resident Representative, Khadija Musa; and a representative of Detecon International GmbH, Stephan Dieter.
Minister Hughes, during her remarks stated that for many years, Guyana has been lagging behind the rest of the developed world and also, the Caribbean which is due to the lack of technological infrastructure and resources to meet the demand and standards that apply to almost every sector; to almost every field of endeavour; to almost every product and service – that is required to move Guyana forward.
The Minister stated that when A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) took over the reins of statehood last year, one of the promises made by the President, David Granger, was to ensure that the Country’s technologies would be brought up to par with the rest of the world; to bring Guyana into the twenty-first century. This promise will soon be brought to fruition, she indicated.
“Most of us Guyanese know that for many, many years, what happens on the Coast (and) what happens in our hinterlands regions vary vastly. In fact, when you look at sectors such as education, e-commerce, commerce development, our hinterland and remote communities have really not been able to be on par.”
The Minister cited the implementation of the ICT and E-Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities Project as crucial, since it will bridge that gap. Residents in the Hinterland will be able to keep up to date with issues going in the global arena.
Also, the project will enable hinterland residents to advertise and expand their reaches into the global and regional market place.
UNDP’s Resident Representative, Khadija Musa said that the UNDP was requested by Guyana to assist with the procurement process of the ICT Needs Assessment which she said, will bring the people of Guyana together.
She continued that in assisting the Government of Guyana, the UNDP conducted a competitive international bidding process which was advertised in several international media.
The UNDP received 14 expressions of interests from bidders, four of whom submitted full proposals. She continued an evaluation panel was proposed consisting of qualified experts which evaluated the bids. Detecon who submitted the “best “proposal, was announced as the successful bidder, Musa stated.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Joint Special Operations Group rank held with AK-47 and 9mm rounds]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408051 2016-06-25T03:00:33Z 2016-06-25T04:27:17Z A constable attached to the Joint Special Operations Group (JASOG) was in custody last night after he was held with an assortment of ammunition.
Kaieteur News understands that around 18.30 hrs last night, senior police ranks, acting on information, searched a locker at the JASOG headquarters.
On checking a haversack belonging to the constable, the ranks unearthed eight 7.62×39 rounds (used in the AK-47 assault rifles), 23- nine millimeter rounds and three .38 rounds of ammunition.
Kaieteur News understands that the same constable was questioned last year about the death of a prisoner at a West Coast Demerara police station.
He has been placed under close arrest at the Tactical Services Unit Headquarters.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Bravo, Gabriel put Windies in final against Aussies]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408029 2016-06-25T02:33:38Z 2016-06-25T04:25:08Z BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Darren Bravo stroked his first one-day century in nearly

Darren Bravo struck 12 fours and four sixes during his 102 off 103 balls. (AFP)

Darren Bravo struck 12 fours and four sixes during his 102 off 103 balls. (AFP)

two years before fast bowler Shannon Gabriel stunned the South Africa top order with a rapid spell, as West Indies marched into tomorrow’s final of the Tri-Nations Series with a 100-run victory here Friday night.
Sent in at Kensington Oval, West Indies recovered from a disastrous position of 21 for four in the fifth over to reach 285 all out off 49.5 overs, with the left-handed Bravo carving out 102 from 103 deliveries to record his third one-day hundred.
He put on 156 for the fifth wicket with Kieron Pollard who hammered 62 from 71 balls while captain Jason Holder slammed 40 from 46 deliveries and Carlos Brathwaite, an unbeaten 33.
Rookie seamer Kagiso Rabada was outstanding with three for 31 while medium pacer Chris Morris supported with three for 63.
In reply, South Africa lost wickets steadily to be bowled out for 185 off 46 overs, with right-armer Gabriel finishing with three for 17 from five overs of sustained pace and off-spinner Sunil Narine claiming three for 28.
Farhaan Behardien top-scored with 35, Morne Morkel at number 10 finished on 32 not out

Shannon Gabriel ripped through South Africa’s top order, West Indies v South Africa, ODI tri-series, Bridgetown, June 24, 2016 ©AFP

Shannon Gabriel ripped through South Africa’s top order, West Indies v South Africa, ODI tri-series, Bridgetown, June 24, 2016 ©AFP

while Imran Tahir (29) and Wayne Parnell (28) chipped in, but the innings collapsed badly.
The innings was tottering on 134 for nine but Morkel and Tahir resisted in a 51-run last wicket stand to frustrate the Windies.
No such positive result was envisioned when Rabada produced a lethal burst at the top of the order to leave the Windies innings in strife early on.
They lost Andre Fletcher for eight, edging a flat-footed drive to wicketkeeper de Kock off seamer Wayne Parnell at the end of the second over and the 21-year-old Rabada picked up his first wicket when he had Johnson Charles caught at second slip by Morris for four in the next over.
With the following delivery, Rabada yorked the in-form Marlon Samuels off-stump and in his next over, the fifth of the innings, he rattled Denesh Ramdin (4) with blow to the helmet before plucking out his middle stump next ball.
Bravo and Pollard then came to their side’s rescue in a partnership which was the highest fifth wicket stand for West Indies against South Africa.
While Bravo struck 12 fours and four sixes, Pollard counted seven fours and two sixes.
Fortune favoured Bravo on 11 when he top-edged a pull off pacer Morkel in the 11th over

Kagiso Rabada is pumped after getting the wicket of Johnson Charles, West Indies v South Africa, ODI tri-series, Bridgetown, June 24, 2016 ©AFP

Kagiso Rabada is pumped after getting the wicket of Johnson Charles, West Indies v South Africa, ODI tri-series, Bridgetown, June 24, 2016 ©AFP

only for Parnell on the long leg boundary to parry the ball over the ropes for six.
Emboldened by his reprieve, Bravo greeted the introduction of Imran Tahir in the next over with a six over long on off the leg-spinner’s second ball and he then cruised to his half-century off 52 deliveries, bringing up his landmark by driving Parnell to the cover boundary in the 19th over.
He needed a further 48 balls to reach triple figures, emphatically reaching the milestone by imperiously smashing Morris back overhead for the last of his four sixes.
Pollard, meanwhile, provided great support in a knock marked by good judgement. He managed only two runs from his first ten balls but then exploded with a six and a four off Morkel in the 15th over which cost 15 runs before belting Morris for three successive boundaries in the next over which leaked 14 runs.
He reached his ninth ODI fifty in the 29th over and celebrated in the same over with a six and a four off left-arm spinner JP Duminy.
The partnership was broken when Pollard picked out Faf du Plessis at long on off Morkel in the 30th over and Bravo added a further 33 with Holder for the sixth wicket before skying Morris to du Plessis at mid-on in the 37th over.
Holder then crunched three fours and two sixes and Brathwaite, two fours and a six, as they sustained the momentum with a 54-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Chasing a challenging total, the Proteas were never allowed to settle as Gabriel, in only his second One-Day International, knocked over Quinton de Kock (6), du Plessis (3) and captain AB de Villiers (2) inside the first eight overs, as the visitors slumped to 28 for three.
De Kock perished in the fourth over to a fine catch at the wicket by Ramdin, du Plessis was beaten for pace and lbw in the seventh over while de Villiers nicked a drive behind in the eighth over.
The Proteas were in deeper trouble at 35 for four when Narine trapped the dangerous opener Hashim Amla lbw for 16, and Duminy’s demise, taken at gully by Sulieman Benn off pacer Holder for five in the 15th over, left the innings in ruins at 51 for five.
The next four wickets fell for 83 runs before Morkel and Imran Tahir combined to delay the inevitable.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[They have both won battles, who will win the war?]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407986 2016-06-25T01:01:51Z 2016-06-25T04:24:54Z Alpha and Slingerz clash to decide SEL overall champs

By Franklin Wilson
The two best club sides in Guyana will collide once again in what is being dubbed the final of all finals.
In the inaugural season of the Stag Elite League, Slingerz FC drew first blood when

GFF Executive Committee Member Dion Inniss (2nd left) along with Ansa McAl’s Trade Marketing Manager Ms. Darshanie Yussuf (center) shares the head table with from left, Alpha’s Wayne Dover, Slingerz’ Kavin Pearce and Tichard Joseph.

GFF Executive Committee Member Dion Inniss (2nd left) along with Ansa McAl’s Trade Marketing Manager Ms. Darshanie Yussuf (center) shares the head table with from left, Alpha’s Wayne Dover, Slingerz’ Kavin Pearce and Tichard Joseph.

they won the GENESIS phase, while Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United clawed back to win the FINALE which has set up a mouth watering final clash to decide the overall winner, based on the league’s rules.
It has been well documented that Slingerz dominated both phases of the league but must now pull out all the stops if they are to deny Alpha United from taking their 7th league championship in Guyana, Slingerz have dominated their rivals in many a knock-out tournaments in the past 24 months.
Does the West Demerara based unit have what it takes to deny Guyana’s most successful club at the CFU and CONCACAF levels? That score would be settled tomorrow at the GDF ground from 21:00hrs when the match commences. A supporting game between Den Amstel and Western Tigers will start at 18:00hrs.
Yesterday at the Guyana Football Federation, the respective team coaches, sponsor and federation sought to update the media and by extension the public on plans for what is anticipated to be a humdinger of a match.
Leading off, Slingerz Assistant Coach Kavin Pearce said that they have been working hard since the loss to Alpha 0-3 on penalty kicks in the FINALE final to get their focus back on track for tomorrow’s match.
“We at Slingerz have been working hard to get back in preparation for this final game that come Sunday we will finish it off and prove to the nation that Slingerz Club is the top club in Guyana.”
Pearce’s Captain Tichard Joseph in his comments said that the loss was a hard pill to swallow but they have remained focused and are trying to pick themselves up again ahead of tomorrow’s showdown.
“We still have a next chance winning the league, so we will come out and continue to work hard and hopefully Sunday to come out on top.”
Head Coach of Alpha United Wayne Dover noted that his club has continued preparations after last Sunday’s match ahead of the champion of champions final. He said that they have done their homework and have been striving to improve their performance in the area of scoring among others.
“We will continue to demonstrate why we are the better team in this nation and make this grand finale a remarkable final for us making it six in a row in terms of national championships and that is our aim and objective going into this game.”
Dover said that they have taken the SEL step by step, noting that Slingerz would have dominated from the start of the league in the group phases.
“I spoke to my players and said, listen, this is not about the fans, we are playing this for us, because we have limited amount of fans.”
The long serving Coach elaborated that their aim was to be one of the four teams in the semi finals, win that then focus on the final and they achieved that in both halves of the SEL.
“Unfortunately in the first half we were not successful; fortunately for us in the second half we were successful.”
Dover complimented the SEL for providing matches for the players whilst calling for a review of the format given the fact that Slingerz dominated by ending with the most points but an outside chance was given to another club to sneak in and become champions.
Ansa McAl’s Trade Marketing Manager Ms Darshanie Yussuf indicated that her company would have loved to see a straight league with the team accumulating the most points emerging as the winner, but that is not so, so they are now faced with the champion of champions final.
“For us the first half of the league was fantastic, it really was because we saw the results from the players, we saw the effect that it had on community based football, the appeal it had for fans so it was fantastic. In the finale stages we had some blunders, you all would know about these blunders but hope fully we’ll be able to overcome them with better strategies.”
Yussuf expressed thanks to the fans and players for their support whilst committing her company to a continued partnership with building league football in Guyana.
“Stage Elite League will ensure that league football continues to be something that is developed in this country that all of our players have a chance to prosper.”
GFF Executive Committee Member Mr Dion Lovell expressed thanks to all stakeholders including Ansa McAl under their Stag brand, the Government of Guyana, Courts Guyana, E-Networks and the fans for their contributions towards the league’s success.
“This is an opportune time for me to encourage other entities come o board to support football because we really cannot do it alone. Of course the subvention that we receive is really not enough for us to do this alone, we urge other corporate entities to come on board to ensure not only the elite league is a reality but also our junior leagues.”
Commenting on the issue of the format of the league which is being debated hotly, Inniss, a former goalkeeper, said that there would be a review of this inaugural league and what is best for all including the clubs would be implemented for the next SEL.
“We eagerly anticipate a very competitive match because arguably, these two clubs have really been the shining light of football for Guyana over the recent past. We can easily anticipate a very, very competitive match and once and for all settle the score.”
There will be no cash incentive attached to tomorrow’s match, a trophy is at stake.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Xcite sponsors Guyana Amazon Warriors Team]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407992 2016-06-25T01:05:47Z 2016-06-25T04:22:54Z (Georgetown, Guyana) – Xcite has become a new official sponsor for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as they prepare to compete in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League which kicks off on June 29 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.Xcite official pic
Xcite tablets are manufactured by the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation INC (NEW GPC INC).
Team Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan said that he was pleased to have Xcite on broad while noting that its support and sponsorship will go a far way in boosting the confidence of the team.
“We are happy that local companies and their products are showing so much support for our team by providing sponsorship in various forms. In return, we promise to deliver exciting performances throughout the tournament,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, NEW GPC INC’s General Manager Ravie Ramcharitar said that the Amazon Warriors can look forward to future support from the product and brand.
He said, “We were encouraged by the zeal, dynamism and commitment of the team over the years to excellence. We believe in cricket and its transformative impact. We think that Xcite also has the ability to assist people in various ways to meet their own personal goals. Xcite wants to provide also of its users with another opportunity to relive their youth.”
Xcite’s sponsorship of the team is also as a result of the fact that the Guyana Amazon Warriors have been very dominant in the three exciting tournaments so far having played in two finals (2013 and 2014) and in the semi-final last year.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors will play 10 games in the preliminary phase of the League, with four matches in Guyana, two in Florida, and one each in Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica and St Lucia.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors will begin their four exciting and high quality home matches on Thursday July 7 against the 2014 Champions the Jamaica Tallawahs at 19:00 Hrs, then on Saturday July 9 they will play the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots from noon. The Martin Guptil led side will then turn their attention to the Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday July 10 from 19:00 Hrs and will wrap up the leg of local matches on Tuesday July 12 against the St. Lucia Zouks at 19:00hrs.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[UG Futsal team getting ready for Universities of CAC Futsal C/ship]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407989 2016-06-25T01:04:04Z 2016-06-25T04:22:49Z Head Coach of the University of Guyana squad currently preparing to participate in the Universities of Central America & Caribbean Futsal Championship, Challus McKinnon, speaking with Kaieteur Sport Thursday evening,

Head Coach Challus McKinnon (left standing) poses with the UG team following the conclusion of a training session on Thursday.

Head Coach Challus McKinnon (left standing) poses with the UG team following the conclusion of a training session on Thursday.

at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, said he was impressed by the team’s commitment and dedication to their preparations.

The team was seen going through some drills under the watchful eyes of McKinnon and he told this newspaper that they had started preparations some three months ago and while a few players have not had any prior experience in the format, he was impressed with their advancement in terms of the technical and tactical knowledge of the format.
“We are presently engaged in fitness drills along with getting the technical and tactical aspects of our preparations right and at some point we will then focus on the mental aspect which is very important as well,” McKinnon disclosed.
The Coach said that the fitness of the players has improved immensely and if he was to give them a grade it would be seven out of ten.
“The players dribbling ability and their offensive and defensive skills have also shown positive signs of progress and I’m positive that we will do well,” McKinnon stated.
The team continues to train three days per week and according to the Coach, they intend to step up preparations as time nears for departure.
The Championship is slated to be held from June 28-July 3 in Curacao.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Sports Hall upgrade to FIBA standards continues]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407984 2016-06-25T00:58:58Z 2016-06-25T04:22:42Z -CBC Evaluation Team expected Monday

The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) continues to undergo a much-needed upgrade with July 1 set as the deadline for completion of all works that will ensure the venue is compliant with the requisite standards necessary

GABF President, Nigel Hinds (second, right) listens as NSC Chairman, Ivan Persaud makes a point at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday on a visit to the facility. Also in photo are LOC Chairman, Alex Graham and Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and contractors.

GABF President, Nigel Hinds (second, right) listens as NSC Chairman, Ivan Persaud makes a point at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday on a visit to the facility. Also in photo are LOC Chairman, Alex Graham and Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and contractors.

to host an international basketball competition.
The Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Executive Evaluation Commission, consisting of President, Glyne Clarke and Vice-President, Patrick Haynes visited Guyana in April to sign a Host Agreement with the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) for the CBC Under-16 Championships.
Part of that agreement is to have a facility that is in line with International Basketball Federation (FIBA) standards. As such, the National Sports Commission (NSC) has since undertaken several works to bring the facility in line with those standards.
To ensure that contractors meet the deadlines before the CBC Executive Evaluation Commission returns to Guyana on Monday, the NSC, GABF and Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the U-16 Championships, visited the venue for an update yesterday.
Guyana will host the CBC Championships, July 3-16 at the Sports Hall. The practice venue will be the National Gymnasium. Apart from internal and external painting, each of the locker rooms for players; bathrooms; and washrooms for patrons were completely redone.
The floor of the Sports Hall had to also be redone to remove all other markings. FIBA requires only basketball marks to be present on the floor. In addition, new basketball goals, including new shot clocks, control system and game clocks were imported from Gared Sports, an international company that produces high quality basketball products.
Zoom Online Shopping Company in Guyana Air Freighted the Goals to Guyana. The equipment is presently in Guyana awaiting completion of the floor to be erected over this weekend; the pair of goals and equipment cost in excess US$60,000, which included shipping.
“It’s a whole new system we will be installing at the Sports Hall. It is the FIBA level I approved system that is used in the NBA. When we’re done here we’ll have the latest and best equipments for basketball in the Caribbean,” GABF President, Nigel Hinds said.
Director of Sport, Christopher Jones echoed similar sentiments, stating that Guyana will have an improved venue that is in line with international standards, which is something to be applauded because the venue has never undergone such works since its construction eons ago.
Guyana will be hosting about 12 countries from next weekend for the CBC U-16 Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Guyana plays its first game at 8:30pm against Aruba on July 3 after the Opening Ceremony.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[MoH Soft Shoe Football returns this evening at Min of Education ground]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407971 2016-06-25T00:49:08Z 2016-06-25T04:22:42Z -Sparta Boss, Leopold Street, Holmes Street among teams to play

Organisers of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Soft Shoe Football Competition, the Petra Organisation in a release stated that for reasons beyond their control, the Round of 16 phase of the tournament will commence

Part of the action in this year’s competition.

Part of the action in this year’s competition.

tonight instead of tomorrow, at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.
Among the teams set to appear is defending champion Sparta Boss who will go up against Albouystown in what is anticipated to be a tough encounter.
The champs have been aided by the return of their talisman Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, Devon Millington, Sheldon Shepherd and Denis Edwards.
These four players form the nucleus of their attack and have already shown what a lethal combination they could be.
On the other hand, Kemo Scott, who fired in a treble in their last encounter, will once again be called upon to duplicate hat performance, while Roy Samuels and Lennox Cort are the supporting cast.
In the night’s opener, North East La Penitence takes on Holmes Street of Tiger Bay and the former though being a solid team will have to lift their level to get past their opponents who’ve shown tremendous form since the start of the competition.
Calvin Moore has been among the bright sparks for North East La Penitence, but he will need much more support to get past a rejuvenated Holmes Street that has players the calibre of Jamal Blackman and Akeem Saul.
They started the tournament on a high after beating the powerful Sparta Boss unit and will definitely be looking for more scalps as the competition progresses.
The third encounter is between another Tiger bay side in Queen Street and Alexander Village and this one should see the former start as favourites judging from their recent form.
They’ve looked the team to beat and possessing the likes of Alpha Fletchman, Darren Harris and Omallo Williams in their line-up, it is hard to see how Alexander Village could prevail.
However, Alexander Village is a very experienced team in this format with Leon Yaw, and Shem Porter expected to play pivotal roles in their quest for victory.
The other game is between Kitty Weavers and Leopold Street and this promise to be a sizzler and a hard one to predict the outcome.
Weavers will be led by Sherwin Vincent and also include veterans Terrence ‘Ole Head’ Lewis, Nigel Denny and Alpha Sylvester.
Leopold street will be led by Rondel Williams and O’kenie Fraser.
The championship which is being played under the ‘Stop Gender-based Violence’ theme is slated to conclude on July 18.
The winning team will receive $300,000 and the Championship trophy, while second, third and fourth placed finishers will take home $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
Other sponsors of the event include GTT, Lucky Dollar, Nigel Supermarket, Junior’s Jewellery, Star Party Rentals and 2-J’s General Store.
21:00 hrs North East La Penitence v/s Hope Street- Tiger Bay
21:45 hrs Queen Street Tiger Bay v/s Alexander Village
22:30 hrs Kitty Weavers v/s Leopold Street
23:15 hrs Sparta Boss v/s Albouystown

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Rugby Union briefs media on impending plans & schedules]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407981 2016-06-25T00:56:42Z 2016-06-25T04:22:38Z By Rawle Welch

The Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) held a press briefing at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Headquarters to apprise the media on the some of its impending plans and schedules for national teams’

Members of the Guyana Rugby Football Union that hosted a press briefing yesterday. (From left-right)- PRO Daniel Anderson, National Coach (Seniors)- Laurie Adonis, Vice-President- Joshua Griffith and Head Coach (U-19)- Troy Yhip.

Members of the Guyana Rugby Football Union that hosted a press briefing yesterday. (From left-right)- PRO Daniel Anderson, National Coach (Seniors)- Laurie Adonis, Vice-President- Joshua Griffith and Head Coach (U-19)- Troy Yhip.

engagements overseas.
At the briefing was Vice-President of the Union Joshua Griffith, PRO Daniel Anderson, Head Coach of the senior team Laurie Adonis and Head Coach of the Under-19 team Troy Yhip, who all gave remarks pertaining to their specific roles.
Adonis, who spearheaded Guyana’s ‘Green Machine’ to victory over nemesis Trinidad and Tobago last weekend, which helped them regain the RAN title from the Trinidadians, was vociferous in his call on the corporate community to be more forthcoming with their support to the team which has once again made Guyana proud.
“This is a team that has been doing it for many years and when you consider the kind of support that the other countries in the Caribbean give to their rugby teams and for us to beat them all, it means that we are deserving of more,” Adonis emphasised.
Adonis noted that the next game which is scheduled to be played on July 23 against either Mexico or the Cayman Islands will be no pushover and possibly a step up in quality so there is a need for the Union to call up its best players to give Guyana a better chance of winning.
He issued an appeal to the business sector to offer its financial resources to make it possible for the players residing overseas to return and bolster the team.
The Coach praised the efforts of all the players for their victory over the Trinidadians.
Griffith questioned on the support from Government and other entities disclosed that the Government of Guyana through the National Sports Commission has answered every request made in a positive manner, informing that the Director of Sports did ask the Union to formulate a document of their request for support and they are in the process of doing so.
He commended the Government and all those entities that have answered the call and urged others to duplicate the act.
Yhip, who is presently spearheading the U-19 squad preparations for the upcoming RAN Championship reported that the players are responding positively to training and he expects the team to do well in Miami, USA.
He informed that because Guyana was away from junior level rugby for a few years they now have to play in the second tier and should they win then they will be elevated to the top tier and he is optimistic that they team could achieve that.
“We have been in training for quite a while now and many of the players have been around since 2010 with some even playing at the senior level locally so there is a certain amount of experience and knowledge of the game,” Yhip pointed out.
According to Yhip, some of the other teams in the tournament include Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and St. Lucia.
Meanwhile, Anderson revealed that in support of Olympic Day, the Union will be hosting matches this Sunday at the National Park, starting from 11:00 hrs.
He also revealed that Regional Co-ordinator Trinidad and Tobago’s Kwanieze John will be in Guyana to conduct workshops for 33 teachers and persons desirous of learning the game from July 11-15.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[GFF part ways with former GS, Diedre Davis]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408000 2016-06-25T01:22:56Z 2016-06-25T04:22:35Z To replace TD and GS shortly – Exco Member, Inniss

The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has part ways with former General Secretary Ms Diedre

Diedre Davis

Diedre Davis

Davis who was given her letter of dismissal on June 22nd last.
When quizzed at a press conference yesterday to give a reason for Ms Davis’ dismissal, Executive Committee Member Dion Inniss said that the federation will be issuing a detailed release.
“We did separate from Ms Davis who served during the NC and this executive. This was made know to our membership first and while I would not want to deal with this too much at this press conference, we’ll like to focus on the match Sunday, I will say that in due course that information, details about that would be dealt with at a subsequent or release.”
Inniss also noted: “The General Secretary, having been the, I’d say the backbone of any member association must and should always command complete confidence of an executive and I dare say the President and I would leave it as that.”
The Executive Member further informed that one of the requirements of FIFA to draw down on funding is to have a Technical Director and General Secretary in place.
“That is on the front burner, that’s engaging our attention; we’ve had so many applications for the TD position which is engaging our attention. We cannot allow of course our funding to be cut off so we have to ensure that those two very important positions are filled.”
Davis was one of 35 participants that attended the second edition of FIFA’s Female Leadership Development Programme (FLDP) that took place in Zurich, June 6-9. It was launched in 2015 to ensure that there are female role models and women at decision-making levels in football, the FLDP aims to identify, support and develop strong female leaders in the sport, while advocating for women to access senior decision-making positions globally. The programme runs over nine months in total.
Mr. Merson Jones, the Deputy General Secretary is performing duties as General Secretary of the GFF.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Digicel Schools Football Championships …Ann’s Grove defeat Presidents College]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407995 2016-06-25T01:09:34Z 2016-06-25T04:22:35Z Relentless pressure paid the desired dividends in the end when Ann’s Grove Secondary eased to a 3-1 win over Presidents College in soggy conditions at the BV ground yesterday afternoon as the Digicel Schools Football

Peter Headley (right) and Rashleigh Morrison – Ann’s Grove Secondary

Peter Headley (right) and Rashleigh Morrison – Ann’s Grove Secondary

Championship continued.

The first half of this encounter ended 0-0 a score-line that the Ann’s Grove team could not have been pleased with having dominated their fellow East Coast counterparts but they squandered a plethora of opportunities.
But standing solid between the uprights with some heartwarming saves was Presidents College goalie, Akquyl Henry. However, the second half of the 70th minute match proved to be a completely different ball game as Ann’s Grove made their dominance count, goal wise.
Three minutes into the half the deadlock was broken by Rashleigh Morrison who lobbed the ball over the advancing Henry in the 38th minute, Ann’s Grove 1 Presidents College 0.
It was the breakthrough that the dominant Ann’s Grove were searching for all along and it was no turning back. The scoring was then taken over by Peter Headley who blasted a double in the 40th and 55th minutes to seal his side’s progress to the next round of matches despite Presidents College pulling one back in the 65th minute.

Rashleigh Morrison (4th left) scores Ann’s Grove’s opening goal against Presidents College yesterday at the BV ground.

Rashleigh Morrison (4th left) scores Ann’s Grove’s opening goal against Presidents College yesterday at the BV ground.

It was a beautiful header in the far corner from Jimmon De Santos that beat custodian Kareem Josiah all ends up. The boys from Presidents College had missed a penalty before they got on the score sheets.
Alex Downer was given the responsibility to take the kick after one of his teammates was brought down in the area. His shot was kicked away by Josiah who did even bother to use his hands.
Whilst conditions were a bit tough, both teams put up a good show and stood up to the test of representing their schools, their fitness stood out as they never relented. (Franklin Wilson)

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[GFA/Stag Premier League…Riddim Squad get past Camptown; Police arrest Flamingo]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407978 2016-06-25T00:54:36Z 2016-06-25T04:22:24Z The race to championship honours continues to hold much interest in the city when the penultimate round Stag beer logo aof matches in the Georgetown Football Association / Stag Premier League ended on Thursday night last at the GFC ground.

Riddim Squad and Police have continued their neck to neck tussle for the 3rd and 4th places by taking full points in their respective matches. Riddim Squad thumped Camptown 3-1 while The Guyana Police Force ran riot against Flamingo with a 6-0 win.
Amos Ramsay sent Riddim Squad ahead in the 13th minute and one minute later the advantage was doubled when Sceyon Hope found the back of the nets. Camptown pulled one back in the 27th minute through an Anthony Sancho goal as the half ended with Riddim Squad holding a slight one goal advantage.
The Mocha based Riddim Squad did not leave it too long in the second half to seal full points, it took them eight minutes to restore their two goal advantage and virtually seal the match when Teon Jones nailed a 53rd minute goal.
In the night’s opening match, Police were too hot for the Flamingo side whom they trounced 6-0, the score line could have easily been more devastating were it not for a number of missed chances.
For the Lawmen, there were doubles each for Leorne Charles (11, 17) and Athio Wallace in the 52nd and 54th minute. Netting one apiece were Rawle Hayes in the 47th minute and Quincy Holder in the 67th minute.
An enthralling final day is in the making when the final four matches will all be contested at the GFC ground on July 3rd. (Franklin Wilson)
Latest   Points   Standings
Teams                   Played   Points
Western Tigers              13             30
Santos                                13             27
Police                                 13             23
Riddim Squad                 13             23
Camptown                        13             18
Northern Rangers        13              11
Flamingo                          13              10
Beacons                            13                4

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[ICC Americas’ Ali-Khan excited to be a part of CPL]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407958 2016-06-25T00:40:08Z 2016-06-25T04:22:24Z By Sean Devers 

At 25, ICC Americas pacer Muhammed Ali-Khan is honoured and excited to have been picked for the Guyana Amazon Warriors and can’t wait for the 2016 Hero’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) t20 cricket tournament to start.

Muhammad Ali-Khan at Providence

Muhammad Ali-Khan at Providence

The biggest Party will bowl off on June 29 in Trinidad before the Warriors play their first game the next day in St Kitts.
“It was a proud moment to be selected for the Guyana Amazon Warriors and I am thankful for being picked. I am learning a lot from the Coaches and the senior pacers in the squad and I enjoy being in Guyana. I hope we can win the trophy for all the fans here,” said Ali-Khan.
He said he was looking forward to get the opportunity to get a good start and to play a meaningful role in his team taking championship honours.
“I was in Trinidad in January for the Super50 and now I am here and I love the people, they are so hospitable. Their passion for cricket and full of life attitude is really amazing. I am really excited and looking forward to the CPL,” said Ali-Khan.
The lively fast bowler was born on December 13, 1990, in Attock, Punjab, Pakistan before migrating to the USA as a 19-year-old. He now resides in Ohio. Ali-Khan who played only club cricket in Pakistan before he moved to America in 2010 informed that he has no intentions of playing for Pakistan.
The five-year period for a cricketer from a foreign country to be eligible to represent the USA is up and Ali-Khan is hopeful of being selected for the World Cricket League Division 4 and the AUTY Cup this year.
“My goal is to make the USA team, do well here in the CPL and hopefully impress enough to get a pick in the IPL and other T20 leagues. But my main focus is to help the Amazon Warriors win its first CPL title this year,” Ali-Khan reveled.
The Warriors were the losing finalist in the first two CPL tournaments which was inaugurated in 2013 and reached the semi-finals last year. Growing up as a child in Pakistan Ali-Khan, his brothers and a cousin would watch the West Indies matches on TV and were fascinated by their fast bowlers.
“To get the opportunity to play on the same ground as bowlers like (Curtly) Ambrose and Mr (Courtney) Walsh played on will be a fantastic and memorable experience,” Ali-Khan said with unconcealed excitement.
The first time he met Walsh was in the trials to gain selection on the ICC Americas team to play in the WICB’s 50-over tournament. The 53-old, the only West Indian with 500 Test wickets (517) headed the selection panel to pick that team.
“I spoke to Mr Walsh and he prepared me mentally for the type of pitches I would encounter in Trinidad where we played our zone of the competition. He told me how to bowl on them and I learnt a lot from his advice,” Ali-Khan disclosed.
He said the slowness of the pitches here should not affect him as much as it would for some of the other fast bowlers in this year’s CPL.
“I don’t bang the ball into the pitch and I have a skiddy action which should be an advantage on pitches that keep low. I generally bowl a full length and one of my strengths is that I bowl a lot of yorkers and cutters on slow surfaces,” said Ali-Khan.
Ali-Khan pointed out that cutters and change of pace in a T20 match especially at the back end of the innings, is crucial to the flow of runs.
The six-footer backed up his talk when he struck West Indies Test batsman Assad Fudadin on his instep with an immaculately lined inswinging yorker to trap the left-hander LBW for five during the Warriors’ first simulation game under lights at Providence on Wednesday night.
His biggest challenge will be adjusting from the cold of Ohio to the sweltering heat in the Caribbean and getting used to bowling on the turf pitches.
“Only three States in America have turf pitches. LA has four at one venue, Huston has just laid one and Fort Lauderdale, Florida where the CPL will be played. Most of the cricket grounds in the United States are matting and it very different bowling on turf if you are accustomed to bowling on matting,” said Ali-Khan.
“I have never bowled on hard, bouncy pitches and my wish is to bowl on the Australian pitches to see where I am as a pace bowler,” Ali-Khan added.
“The Stadium is empty now (referring to the practice game at Providence) but I hear Guyanese are very passionate, vocal and knowledgeable about their cricket. I am already imagining what the atmosphere will be like with a capacity crowd present when we play here next month,” stated the affable young man with an excited look in his eyes. He says a large noisy home crowd inspires, motivates and energizes the players.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[GBTI INDEPENDENCE OPEN TENNIS 2016 …Downes sets 6-time record; Gentle is youngest Ladies Singles champion]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407966 2016-06-25T00:45:13Z 2016-06-25T04:22:16Z GBTI Independence Jubilee Open reached its climax when the five year defending champion, Anthony

Afruica Gentle

Afruica Gentle

Downes, met 2nd seed Daniel Lopes in the Men’s Open Singles finals. Downes got things off from first service to take the lead. Lopes immediately evened the score by holding serve to 1-1. But it was Downes who dominated the set with his fast pace serves and consistent groundstrokes. These drew several unforced errors from Lopes who appeared to hold his ground in the rallies but failed to sustain a momentum to close with a winning point. Daniel’s fate dimmed as the number one seed whisked away five successive games to claim the set at 6-1.

From the onset of the second set, Lopes was explicitly frustrated as he tried to grapple with the grave errors he was making on the court. Meanwhile, Downes maintained his thunderous commitment to each point and sprung to 4-0.
At this point, there was a surprise shift in the course of the match as enormous  encouragement from spectators showered on Lopes, clearly enabling him to secure service to pop a game on the score board. Serving at 4-1, Downes again held serve to 5-1. Lopes managed to hold serve at 5-2 with the hope of setting the match to a third set. But the number one seed further cemented his place in Guyana’s tennis history as the undefeated GBTI Men’s Open Singles king by brushing Lopes aside at 6-2, thereby securing the match at 6-1, 6-2.
Downes is no stranger to tennis, as he has been dominating local men’s tennis throughout the years in virtually every category he enters. This year, he created a potent team with the young powerhouse Afruica Gentle to easily take the Mixed Open Doubles title from crowd favorites and defending champions Daniel Lopes/Aretta Dey allowing only two games to slip by to their opponents at 6-1, 6-1.
The history of tennis in Guyana took another twist with Afruica Gentle stamping her name as the youngest

Anthony Downes

Anthony Downes

Ladies Open Singles champion in the two week GBTI tournament. Her rival, former three- time winner Nicola Ramdyhan, brought vigor to the first set. Gentle won the toss and granted Ramdyhan the opportunity to serve. Gentle broke Ramdyhan’s serve to lead at 1-0. Ramdyhan responded by breaking Gentle’s serve twice and holding serve to enjoy a 3-1 gallop over her opponent. Serving down 1-3, Gentle succeeded in not just leveling the score at 3-3, but surpassed Ramdyhan to dominate at 4-3. Randyhan noted that her relaxed attitude attributed to losing the lead during the set. She went on to hold serve level the set at 4-4. Unfortunately for Ramdyhan, Gentle’s passion for the set was clearly more than hers. Constantly correcting herself aloud and staying focused on the game, Gentle broke and held serve to seize the first set at a close 6-4.
Gentle predominantly commanded the second set. Known for her powerful strokes, she exemplified her trademark by playing with a high degree of consistency to dash to a 4-0 rise over Ramdyhan. The defending champion then unleashed some of her own venom to break Gentle’s serve and appear on the scoreboard at 1-4. Her efforts, though commendable, were proven futile as Gentle relentlessly persevered to 6-1 to grab the coveted title as the queen of Ladies Open Singles at 6-4, 6-1 dethroning Ramdyhan in the process.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Tennis Olympiad and Fun Day on tomorrow at NRC]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=408001 2016-06-25T01:20:03Z 2016-06-25T04:22:11Z – Learn to play tennis

The Guyana Tennis Association (GLTA) is once again hosting Tennis Olympiad and

Tennis Olympiad and Fun Day on tomorrow at NRC

Tennis Olympiad and Fun Day on tomorrow at NRC

Fun Day as a special tennis event to be held tomorrow at the National Racquet Centre. The activity, which is geared for persons from 12 years and over, is funded by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and is held in observance of World Olympic Day which was celebrated June 23rd.
Last year the promotional activity attracted over 30 participants with the feature exercise being cardio tennis which is a type of tennis highly recognized for fitness benefits rather than competitive gains. This year’s event will no doubt provide competitive tennis oriented activities, highlighting elements of tennis technique and tactic. More emphasis will however be placed on fitness activities and competition designed for public participation and to illustrate the physical demands of tennis. Information will also be provided about The Olympic Movement and Tennis as an Olympic Sport.
2016 Tennis Olympiad and Fun Day tomorrow June 26th at the National Racquet Centre (Woolford Avenue & Camp Streets) starts from 09:00am and run to 3:00pm. All members of the public who wish to pursue tennis as a recreational sport will have an opportunity to try out the sport, watch advanced players, meet tennis coaches and join a club of their choice.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Police join community to stage another 50th Anniversary Independence fitness event]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=407975 2016-06-25T00:51:24Z 2016-06-25T04:22:09Z Led by Commander Assistant Commissioner, Ian Amsterdam the police in B Division Berbice are getting more and more involved in various community activities.

 Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam leading the way on the road in the West Coast Berbice fitness activity. 

Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam leading the way on the road in the West Coast Berbice fitness activity.

After successfully conducting a fitness walk in sub division number one New Amsterdam Canje area, Police from all the various subdivisions and sections recently joined with members of the community as they successfully staged another fitness walk in the number three subdivision (West Berbice) to mark the continuing 50th Anniversary Independence anniversary programme.
The 5miles walk began at No. 10 village, wended its way along the main West Coast Berbice public road and ended at the Fort Welling ton Police Station.
Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam was accompanied by a number of other senior officers from all the subdivisions including No. two (Lower and Upper Corentyne and Corentyne River and No. three (West Berbice) along with Traffic department, CID and Special Constabulary, neighbourhood police and community policing groups and some members of the public participated in the event.
At the end of the walk the ranks were carried through their (exercise) calisthenics paces by Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam and other senior ranks.
Speaking to the media, coordinator, woman Inspector Cynthia Kelly, stated that the activity was being held as part of the country’s 50 Anniversary celebrations. It was also done to keep the members of the force active and fit and also to continue the interaction with the general public.
A number of indoor and outdoor sporting activities are also being planned to mark the celebrations.
Another activity is planned for today on the Corentyne.  (Samuel Whyte)

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