Kaieteur News Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily 2016-09-26T08:05:41Z http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/feed/atom/ KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Forensic auditor fails to expose his client in audit report]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421704 2016-09-26T01:48:41Z 2016-09-26T04:55:05Z By Abena Rockcliffe

The National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) is accusing forensic auditors attached to Ram and McRae of bias. The unit is claiming that the accounting agency willfully shaped the audit in a particular way and presented an inaccurate picture of the true picture at NFMU. Also, the NFMU is claiming that Ram and McRae shielded a client—Stabroek TV Inc. NFMU said that Ram deliberately left out information about the amount of money Stabroek owed.
When contacted about the allegation leveled against him, Christopher Ram admitted that Stabroek TV is a client of his. Asked why he did not include this in the report, Ram only told Kaieteur News, “Go read the audit.”
Ram and McRae presented a damning report of the forensic audit it conducted into the affairs of NFMU. Several bits of unflattering information were highlighted, including a number of instances of malpractice perpetuated by NFMU head, Valmikki Singh. So damning were the findings that the Ministry of Public Telecommunications is seeking legal advice on how to proceed.
“Our review of the files and documentation revealed that E-Networks Inc. and Quark Inc., companies controlled by persons with strong political connection to the PPP/C Administration, were not invoiced on a timely basis and ignored the NFMU’s invoices for long periods of time without any follow up action by the NFMU.”
NFMU has since denied the possibility that it has acted in favor of E-Networks and Quark Inc. and has more so denied that this has anything to do with those companies’ links to the PPP/C.

Forensic Auditor, Christopher Ram

Forensic Auditor, Christopher Ram

The unit said that by focusing only on Quark Inc. and E-Networks Inc., the Auditors presented a biased picture of the situation.
NFMU said that during discussions and within comments sent on the draft report on this same issue, it pointed out that it was having some difficulties in dealing with Stabroek TV Inc.
Stabroek TV is a client of Ram and McRae.
Stabroek TV owes NFMU an estimated $25M in outstanding fees for satellite terminal usage.
NFMU said that the auditors did not review the file for Stabroek TV Inc. nor did they mention it in their report.
“It is important to note that Stabroek TV Inc. is a competitor of both Quark and E-Networks.
Is this a case of conflict of interest for the Auditors? The Auditor also highlighted other spectrum users, which for one reason or another, owes monies to the NFMU. However, the Auditor did not assign a political bias, one way or the other, for the NFMU not going after the said debtors.
NFMU said that if the auditors were really interested in understanding the situation, they would have at the very least requested to see the files of other companies that provide similar services as Quark and E-Networks. These companies are Stabroek TV Inc. and Ali Broadacsting Inc.
The unit said that by not reviewing the Stabroek TV Inc. file, the Auditor relieved himself of determining whether Stabroek TV (Direct TV) service is being provided in contravention of the Broadcasting Act 2011.
“Stabroek TV Inc. is a direct to home satellite (television and audio broadcast) service
provider that has a coverage of the entire Guyana and Ali Broadcasting Inc. utilized 48
MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band to provide television services in the Berbice
Area,” said NFMU.
NFMU also said that E-networks Inc. and Quark Communications Inc. could not have been invoiced for the usage of the 2.5 GHz band simply because a fee structure was not approved by the Minister.
NFMU said that it was “not comfortable with this situation and has raised it with the Minister on several occasions.”
However, the unit has taken the stance that whenever a fee structure is put in place, the two companies would be invoiced retroactively for the period that they have not paid any fees.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Those forensic audits…Govt.’s weak attitude leaves Guyanese feeling betrayed – Dr. David Hinds]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421714 2016-09-26T05:16:52Z 2016-09-26T04:54:13Z A sense of betrayal is what Guyanese feel as the Government continues to display a “weak attitude” in dismantling the network of financial corruption.
That’s the view of Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr. David Hinds.
In an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Hinds sought to address the explanations offered by the government on the forensic audits.
He recalled that Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan had said that the forensic audits have become an embarrassment , especially when one considers the fact that witnesses are “scared to death” to come forward and testify.
This reason, among others offered by other Government officials, have sparked feelings among some sections of society that the administration is perhaps reluctant to act on the forensic audits. It is also felt by some that the audits are merely being used as a means to embarrass the former regime.
Dr. Hinds does not believe that the original intention was to embarrass the PPP.
“I think the Coalition was serious about bringing the perpetrators to book. Some individuals and sections of the Coalition are still serious about doing so. But the latter have little influence or power within the Coalition,” expressed the political activist.
Dr. Hinds said that he agrees however that the government did not go the extra mile.
“It would appear that there are other political and tactical considerations beyond the ones given by the Ministers. It’s very difficult to believe that you cannot find witnesses to come forward in not one of the scores of abuses exposed by the forensic audits. I just don’t believe it. Government has sway and uses it when it wants.”

WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds

WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan

The University Professor said he believes that there are other calculations at work which he may not be privy to.
“Maybe, they have calculated that going after these individuals will backfire on them in the long-run. Maybe influential members of the cabinet are being lobbied hard by moneyed-interests acting on behalf of the alleged wrongdoers. Maybe the PPP itself has sent emissaries to plead with or threaten the government.”
It is against the aforementioned background that Hinds argues that the forensic audits, like so many other big decisions of the government, have been a victim of the practice of inadequate consultation within the governing Coalition.
Since coming to power, the WPA Executive Member said that the Coalition has locked its constituent members out of decision-making by abandoning meaningful consultation outside of Cabinet and confining decision-making to the said Cabinet.
“To the best of my knowledge, Cabinet generally operates by the principle and spirit of ‘no-objection.’ It is not a place that is hospitable to the concourse of ideas. So dissent is usually frowned upon. This is in and of itself not necessarily a bad thing if one believes in the principle of efficient government devoid of gridlock. But when it becomes the only decision-making council, the outcome is hyper centralization of power among elites who represent themselves and not their parties.”
Dr. Hinds said that this is not, in the long run, good for democracy. He said the fact of the matter is that while the objective of the audits was not to simply embarrass the PPP, the outcome is just that.
The WPA Executive Member said the problem with that is that the PPP is not embarrassed by the audit reports and the Coalition supporters are not satisfied with just the publicizing of the findings.
“So in the end, the government gains no political capital from it. Ironically, it is the government who is embarrassed.”
Dr. Hinds said that the failure to prosecute is being interpreted by PPP supporters as confirmation that the exercise was mere witch-hunting. More importantly, the political activist said that the government supporters feel a sense of betrayal that their elected representatives are weak on this central plank of the platform that catapulted it to power.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Baracara residents refuse to approve payment to contractor for ‘shoddy work’ done]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421707 2016-09-26T05:13:11Z 2016-09-26T04:53:57Z Residents of the community of Baracara, some 65 miles up the Canje River, are accusing the Regional Administration and specifically the Regional Engineer of Region 6 of disrespecting them and trying to foist shoddy and substandard work on the community.
The work in contention is the construction of a revetment, which is situated just outside the area housing the school which holds classes for primary and nursery children, the Health Centre and the recently commissioned community centres.
The cost of the work is in the vicinity of $7.1M.
But the residents are refusing to sign the documents that signal their approval of the work done, thus the contractor has been unable to receive his $7.1M payment
They had staged a protest which brought the work to a halt. But they said that on the advice of the Regional Engineer the contractor was told to resume work. However community members say that they will not sign any documents for payments since they were not consulted about the project.
According to contractual arrangements, residents in the area have to sign the relevant documents which indicated that they are satisfied with the work before the contractor could be paid.

Some of the work that the Baracara residents refused to approve

Some of the work that the Baracara residents refused to approve

Following the uproar, the Regional Administration assembled a team which included Senior Superintendent of Works,  Ruhullah Ali, Works Committee member Mr. Erwin Abdullah, contractor Mark Gupta and some members of the print media.
During discussions with residents, it was decided that a lot more needs to be done.
Among complaints was the issue that concrete walkways which were in existence for years were destroyed and not replaced. It was also claimed that the contractor instead of fetching dirt to fill up the revetment just used a bulldozer to level the area, thus leaving a muddy basin in front of the school.
Headmistress Kim Sampson speaking to the media stated that although the work commenced from the entrance of the school, she was at a loss to know what was going on and was never told anything.
However to her surprise, two weeks ago, she met the contractor and was told that she has to sign some documents stating that the work was satisfactorily done in order for  the contractor to be paid.
“Instead of Bullet Wood, they used Young Mora with plenty worm holes. The revetment is too close to the fence and building, the contractor should have brought dirt to fill the area but instead he graded the place, now the basin is let there”.
The teacher said that she will not be signing anything she doesn’t know about.
Another disappointment is that workers were brought in to do the work instead of using residents from the area.
Chairman of the Community Development Council, Marshall Thompson said that
he and a few other residents were employed as labourers for a few days on the project and were then laid off.
The residents said they are prepared to take the matter up with the President or Minister.
The contractor is to return to the area with his machinery, including a dredge, to complete the job, which will now cost approximately G$1M, but that will be at his expense.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[US-based Guyanese swims Demerara River in 24 minutes]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421710 2016-09-26T03:40:42Z 2016-09-26T04:52:19Z By Tiana Cole

America-based Guyanese Deryck Rugbeer returned to his homeland recently with one main goal: To swim across the Demerara River.
He did just that yesterday, clocking a time of 24 minutes and adding the feat to his ‘bucket list.’
Family members and onlookers who were in a boat encouraged him along the way, and congratulated him afterwards.
He said that he would have completed it in a faster time if he hadn’t to swim against the tide. Despite the time set back he claimed that “I feel good after my swim despite a bit being nervous.”
Deryck’s mom Lucille Baldeo Rugbeer told Kaieteur News that when her son informed her he was coming home to swim across the Demerara River, she decided that she wanted to be with him when he accomplished one of his dreams
The 52 year old grew up in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market, and as a child, he would often venture to the back of the market and look across the Demerara River and ask himself: Can I swim over that?
He attended the Mon Repos Primary, where he wrote the National Grade Six Assessment and was awarded a place at the St. Stanislaus College.

Deryck Rugbeer accomplishes swimming across the Demerara River

Deryck Rugbeer accomplishes swimming across the Demerara River

While attending that institution, he was involved in track and athletics activities.
In 1984, Rugbeer and his family migrated to the United States of America, where he continued to pursue his athletics career. Apart from that, he was involved in swimming, skiing down hill, riding, ice skating and tennis.
While at home in the USA he would always do laps in the pool, to complete a mile. All this prepared him for yesterday’s swim.
The father of one is a certified Software engineer and happily married to his wife, Lesly Rugbeer, who teaches special needs children.
In addition to achieving his childhood goal, last Saturday, he rode his bicycle from Charlotte Street to Parika in approximately four hours.
Also on Saturday, he rode from the Stabroek Market to the Splashmins Resort where he also took a practice swim to ensure that he could complete a mile.
He plants fruits and vegetables and also enjoys cooking his family healthy foods. He stays away from oil and fatty foods.
Deryck wants to live a long and healthy life after losing all three of his brothers at a young age.
His advice to Guyanese is to eat healthy, stay fit and don’t give up easily.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Still no trace of woman who vanished last month]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421731 2016-09-26T05:24:27Z 2016-09-26T04:51:18Z – family fears the worst

A distraught family is pleading with the police to help solve the baffling disappearance of a 37-year-old woman, who vanished last month shortly after leaving her Lot 222 Last Street, Prospect, East Bank Demerara home.
Shawnette Savory reportedly left her home on August 30, shortly after paying a GPL bill. She hasn’t been seen since and all calls to her cell phone have gone unanswered.
One of the things that is worrisome to relatives is that fact that Shawnette appears to have only taken a small handbag with her. A relative said that all of her belongings are intact, and that even her phone charger was left behind.
“Whenever she goes out she calls me,” her sister said. “She does not turn off her phone; I think something has happened to her.”
A boyfriend of the missing woman said that he spoke to her by phone about “three, four weeks ago, and she seemed “normal and happy.” Since then, her phone has been turned off.

Missing: Shawnette Savory

Missing: Shawnette Savory

Her mother, Surujdai Ramcharran, who flew in from the US, said that relatives travelled to Wismar yesterday after receiving a call from someone who said that had seen a person fitting Shawnette’s description crossing the Wismar Bridge.
However, CCTV footage revealed that the individual was not Shawnette.
Relatives reportedly last saw Shawnette at Eccles, East Bank Demerara on August 28, when they all attended an uncle’s birthday party. She reportedly then headed home.
On August 30, she reportedly left her apartment, where she lives alone, to pay her electricity bill, following which she returned home, only to go out again. She never returned.
However her relatives only learned about her disappearance after Shawnette’s land-lady called to say that she had not seen her tenant in days.
Relatives said they filed a report at the Providence Police Station and at CID Headquarters, Eve Leary. They were reportedly told by a rank at the station that they need to provide more information for the police to work with.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Shawnette Savory can contact relatives on telephone numbers 689-0107, 654-1536, 233-3699, 696-1870, or the nearest police station.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Former Speaker joins call for strict enforcement of traffic laws]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421740 2016-09-26T05:32:27Z 2016-09-26T04:49:53Z – says police campaigns ‘not working’

“Motor vehicles whizz past policemen and police stations at top speeds without fear by the drivers that they will ever be stopped. And let’s face it; they know that if they are, all it will cost them is a ‘malta….”
– Ramkarran

Former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran has joined those calling for stricter enforcement of traffic laws, in the wake of the recent spate of horrendous road accidents.
The recent carnage prompted the Force to enact ‘Operation Safeway’, its most recent campaign to reduce the carnage on the country’s roadways.

Former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran

Former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran

As part of the operation, traffic ranks can be seen on the road conducting rigid exercises throughout the country, with the main areas of focus being in Georgetown, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and East Coast Demerara (ECD).
However Ramkarran, in one of his most recent blogs, noted that “none of the (programmes) will work unless the Police Force strengthens its traffic enforcement capacity.
“To be frank, that capacity has long disappeared. It has been defeated by the culture of kleptocracy (rule by thieves) which has enveloped Guyana over the years, to such an extent that little can be done or achieved without paying obeisance to the culture, which flourishes with or without hindrance.”
Ramkarran underlined what he said are the main problems that need to be tackled in reducing road accidents and fatalities.
He continued that “exhortations on billboards and the use of a few speed guns by the police force are about all that is being done.
“They are clearly not working. Motor vehicles whizz past policemen and police stations at top speeds without fear by the drivers that they will ever be stopped. And let’s face it, they know that if they are, all it will cost them is a ‘malta.”
Ramkarran went on to highlight, the issue is drinking and driving.

Dead: 4-year-old Ambeka Trotman

Dead: 4-year-old Ambeka Trotman

Dead: Davin Sealey

Dead: Davin Sealey

Dead: Hema Singh

Dead: Hema Singh

“It is not known if the authorities have ever considered restricting the number of liquor licences being granted and strengthening the requirements. There is no legal requirement for notices warning against drinking and driving to be placed in bars or liquor restaurants. If cigarette packets require such notices, why not places which sell liquor?”
Finally, he said penalties for all traffic offences need to be upgraded and licences need to be suspended or revoked.
Ramkarran recommended the establishment of a Non Governmental Organisation, (NGO) properly resourced and working closely but independently with the authorities, to tackle this problem.
“But unless the Government is prepared to fund programmes and improvements, nothing will happen, “he stressed.
Last May, the Guyana Police Force recorded a 32 percent increase in road fatalities. According to Acting Traffic Chief, Boodnarine Persaud, there were 54 road fatalities from 50 accidents recorded from January to May 19, last, in comparison to 41 fatalities from 32 accidents for the same period in 2015.
Pedestrians are cited as the main road users affected with 16 such persons having lost their lives.
In addition, 12 motorcyclists, four pillion riders, seven pedal cyclists, nine drivers and six persons traveling in buses and lorries also lost their lives. For this year already, nine children have been killed in road accidents.
The victims include three-year-old Ashton Sears, 10 year old Ishmael Raghubir, five-month-old baby Randy Williams, 10-year-old Davin Sealey 11-year-old Hema Singh and four-year-old Ambeka Trotman.

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chris <![CDATA[Corruption like a virus and nuff people ketch it]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421772 2016-09-26T06:41:23Z 2016-09-26T04:49:14Z Something got to be wrong wid some people. It look like corruption is a virus and nuff people ketching it. Dem got one set who trying to get a man to sell he rights to a man. Dem boys sure that somebody promise somebody else big money or somebody pass over some real cash.
Somebody probably want money to pay off a big gambling debt and somebody want money to help him live beyond ee means. Is a good thing people watching because nuff of this woulda pass over. It look like if is sheer corruption in de place.
De Waterfalls paper got a mission to help wid a clean and honest society. If wasn’t fuh dem only de man above know wha woulda happen wid de country and BaiShanLin. That ain’t all. Dem watching all around and dem see more corruption in GECOM.
Again big money share around and dem boys want to know who and who collect. Imagine somebody collect big money fuh some radio that nobody use. If that wasn’t enough dem spend more money to buy enough battery to light all dem torchlight in Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica. Now de battery deh in GECOM and nuff spoil.
Dem boys believe that some people only buy dem battery to get dem hand pun money and if wasn’t fuh de Waterfalls paper all this woulda remain secret.
Now nobody in GECOM ain’t answering questions. Is like if dem dumb. But dem boys gun get to de bottom of de whole corrupt situation.
De Commissioners who deh in GECOM seh dem didn’t even know wha GECOM was buying. Dem know Luncheon approve de money but dem seh he didn’t know wheh de money was going. Wha mek de thing suspicious was when one set of people was getting all de contract. Dem boys want to know if this didn’t raise a flag.
But nothing don’t hide. Dem boys waiting to see when de money gun spend. In de meantime Soulja Bai deh trusting everybody. Is time he wake up and realize that corruption deh round.
Talk half and watch out fuh more news bout dem corrupt .

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chris <![CDATA[Foregone conclusion as Forde wins fifth Courts 10k title]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421794 2016-09-26T07:22:47Z 2016-09-26T04:40:29Z The various prize winners from the Sixth Annual 10km race pose with their prizes yesterday in front Courts Main Street Office.

The various prize winners from the Sixth Annual 10km race pose with their prizes yesterday in front Courts Main Street Office.

It was a foregone conclusion for Cleveland Forde yesterday as the ‘Little Kenyan’, as he is popularly known, won his fifth Courts 10km title in the sixth edition of the annual race. US-based Euleen Josiah-Tanner also continued her stranglehold on the event in the female category with yet another win.

On the heels of victory in the Massy 10km Road Race earlier this month, Forde clocked 32:40.4 to prolong his establishment as the road race king with little threat from rivals Winston Missigher (33:15.1) and Cleveland Thomas (33:26.7), who finished second and third respectively.

It was Forde’s third major 10km Road Race win this year. He also won the CARICOM race in July. His next major assignment is conquering the South American challengers in the South American 10k race next month where he will be eager to avenge his loss to the Peruvians last year.

Nathaniel Giddings was fourth yesterday in 33:46.9, while Larry Nicholas rounded out the top five with a time of 34:16.1.

Josiah-Tanner also put her name down in the annals of history becoming the most successful female athlete in the race with her sixth title in a comfortable 40:12.20; Claudrice McKoy was second in 41:42.9, while Massy 10k winner, Ashanti Scott was third in a 41:56.6 time. Alicia Jack (45:36.6) and Shion Boyer (45:50.4) rounded out the top five for the Women’s Open Category.

In the junior category, athletes from the Inter Guiana Games Goodwill team dominated the race. Delroy Leitch and Anfernee Headecker finished third and fourth, respectively, in the male junior category. Meanwhile, on the girls’ side behind Joanna Archer was Tabitha Bowman.

In other categories, Masters (40–54 years old) Ian Archibald won with Gary Hartog and Lindon Harrison second and third. Taking the podium positions of the Masters (55 and over) were Llewellyn Gardener, Errol Warde, and Kenneth Prescott. Cyrleen Phillips won the Masters Women 35 and over category with Carla Benjamin second and Carla Adams third.

Meanwhile, A 3K race was held simultaneously with the 10K event and comprised of staff members of the company. An executive of Courts explained that this event was held for that particular group as Courts continues to promote healthy lifestyles among staff members.

President of the AAG, Aubrey Hutson commended the runners for their successful participation. He said that it was a good race and expressed deep regards to Courts for their corporate gesture. “This is a true reflection of what athletics could be like when we all contribute our bit,” said Mr. Hutson.

Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force also came in for commendations as Hutson feels that the presence of the former group maintained order while the soldiers provided medical staff. However, the AAG boss feels that there should have been a few more barriers in aiding crowd control since there were minor incidences of encroachment.

Courts executive, Clive DeHaas, commended the effort of the organizing committee and proposed a bigger and better event next year.

Over $150,000 in cash and trophies were distributed to athletes placing among the top three in each category as well as (Courts) staff members that participated in the 3KM event.  (Edison Jefford and Michael Benjamin)

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Blankenburg accident…Step-father released, to be charged with children’s death]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421765 2016-09-26T05:47:19Z 2016-09-26T04:40:12Z Mark Halley, the step father of the two children who were killed when he reportedly lost control of his car and crashed into two parked vehicles on the Blankenburg Public Road, West Coast Demerara, has been discharged from  hospital.
Traffic ranks investigating the case had said that once Halley is discharged he will be charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. Charges are likely to follow sometime this week.

Mark Halley

Mark Halley

The children, 10-month-old Marvin and his seven-year-old sister, Tina, were laid to rest yesterday. Reports are that relatives are trying to keep the fact that Halley has been discharged from the hospital from the cops.
However, some relatives are calling on the police to act fast before he flees the jurisdiction.
At around 02:00 hrs two Tuesdays ago, Halley was reportedly proceeding west along the Blankenburg Public Road at a fast rate when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and slammed into two parked vehicles, a Toyota Tundra and a mini bus.
He sustained head injuries and several broken bones while the children’s mother, Michelle Miguel sustained injuries to her neck.
Following the collision, they were all rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where the children were pronounced dead on arrival.
Halley and Miguel were transferred to the GPHC where they remain patients.

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chris <![CDATA[14th annual FACC/Victor Macedo Memorial Cycle Road Race… Husbands, Leung, Niles, Macullay, Hodge and Cornelius are category winners]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421797 2016-09-26T07:27:37Z 2016-09-26T04:39:01Z By Franklin Wilson

Winner Stephano Husbands (center) is flanked by Mark Harris (left) and Hamza Eastman

Winner Stephano Husbands (center) is flanked by Mark Harris (left) and Hamza Eastman

Stephano Husbands led a 1-3 finish for team Coco’s in the senior category of the 14th annual Victor Macedo Memorial Cycle Road Race which was contested yesterday from the City to the Linden Soesdyke Highway and back and organized by the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC).
Husbands’ winning time was 3 Hours 11 Minutes 70 Seconds for the race which pedaled off using the rolling start at 07:30hrs from 224 Peter Rose Street, Queenstown before the official start outside the National Sports Commission Office on Homestretch Avenue.
The seniors proceeded to Long Creek Bus Shed (after the tall antenna) before returning to Homestretch Avenue for the finish. Husbands, Hamza Eastman and Mark Harris crossed the line together to underline the dominance of their club in the senior category.
The other top five positions went to Sylvio Innis, Walter Grant-Stuart, Raymond ‘Steely’ Newton, Christopher Holder and Shaquelle Agard in that order.
Raphael Leung ruled the roost in the junior category winning in 3 Hours 17 Minutes 25.56 Seconds, crossing the line ahead of Christopher Cornelius (National Road Race Champion), Dwayne Gibbs Jr. and Deeraj Garbarran.
The top juvenile on the day was Adealie Hodge who was followed by Zaman Khan. Junior Niles ended off his weekend in grand style with victory in the veteran category to follow his win and 2nd place on Saturday in the Laparkan Holdings Ltd. National Park feature race and veteran Under-45 categories.
Niles stopped the clock at 2 Hours 19 Minutes 16 Seconds and in the process won from Ralph Williams and Lear Nunes in that order.
Andrew Spencer won the cash prize for the first Over-45 veteran competitor, while taking the Mountain Bike category was Ozia Macullay who was also unstoppable on Saturday in the National Park. Julio Melville and Sean Budhan completed the top three in this division.
The race, which was sponsored by Macedo Transportation Services and Floyd Macedo, saw the juvenile, veterans and mountain bike competitors turning back at the hill after Splashmin’s Fun Park also on the Linden Soesdyke Highway.
FACC Secretary William Howard expressed thanks to the sponsor for their commitment to the race for so many years while also hailing the cyclists for their dedication in keeping their bodies in shape which keeps the event alive.
Young Nicholas Pollard presented the cash prizes to all the category winners and others; a total of 21 cyclists were rewarded.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Residents raising a stink over refuse dump at Melanie Damishana]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421762 2016-09-26T05:45:24Z 2016-09-26T04:38:15Z Someone has been dumping waste materials at an empty lot at Section B Non Pariel East Coast Demerara (ECD), where the Melanie Damishana cinema was once located.
It’s been happening for the past three years, and residents who are affected by the stench from the eyesore are calling on the authorities to put a halt to this practice.
Roland Alleyne, one of the affected residents, said that people in vehicles would usually come to the lot at all hours of the day to dump waste. The din of scrap metal noise would disturb sleeping residents.

Garbage dumped at empty lot in Melanie Damishana

Garbage dumped at empty lot in Melanie Damishana

“Around three to four in the morning they would blow their horns, rev their engine, use obscene language, disturbing the residents from their sleep,” Alleyne said. Residents, particularly infants and the elderly, also suffer from the effects of smoke from old tyres, which the culprits would set alight.
According to Alleyne, on Friday, the occupants of a truck were seen dumping garbage at the location, while impeding the flow of traffic.
He said that reports were made to the police who charged some drivers for blocking the driveways of some residents.
But the wanton dumping of refuse has not abated.
Residents are asking that a suitable area be identified for the disposal of refuse. They are seeking the intervention of the necessary authorities to curb the activity.

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chris <![CDATA[National Track and Field Facility approved to host Jamaica game]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421814 2016-09-26T07:49:27Z 2016-09-26T04:36:52Z CFU and local football officials along with government functionaries during last Thursday's  inspection of the Leonora facility football pitch which was given the green light to host Jamaica

CFU and local football officials along with government functionaries during last Thursday’s
inspection of the Leonora facility football pitch which was given the green light to host Jamaica

The National Track and Field Facility, Leonora has been approved to host the Scotiabank 2016 Caribbean Men’s Cup Championship between Guyana and Jamaica scheduled for October 11, 2016 at 20:00hrs a release from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) informed.
This followed an inspection conducted by Patrick Beckles on Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 at 20:00hrs on behalf of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
This inspection was necessary due to the unavailability of the Guyana National Stadium, Providence on the scheduled date of the match.
President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde said he was elated at the approval provided by CFU as the Leonora facility provides a second option for international football: “I think apart from the venue being available for the Jamaica game we now have one additional venue in Guyana that is certified for international football and I think that gives us a second set of options and it couldn’t have been any timelier. We’re now embarking on constructing our own facility so in the not so distant future we will have three facilities within Guyana that we can play international football. I think that Guyana needed to have home-court advantage.
We all know that Jamaica is in a formidable opponent and apart from the advantage that we needed, it has been almost 40 years since we last played Jamaica in Guyana.”
In an invited comment, Operations Manager of the National Track and Field Facility, Trevor Williams said that he too was very happy to have a facility which caters to sports events: “We are grateful to be able to have the facility stand scrutiny and reviewed by the CFU.
It’s very encouraging for us because a lot has been invested in this facility and to know that outside of the national stadium, we can actually play international football is good news for Guyana, the Government, the department and the GFF who have done a lot to encourage the growth and development of the sport so we’re very happy and I’m sure the entire government will be pleased.”
A number of officials from the Ministry of Education (Department of Sport) and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) were present during the inspection including Director of Sport, Christopher Jones; Operations Manager of the National Track and Field Facility, Trevor Williams; President of the GFF, Wayne Forde; First Vice President of the GFF, Bigadier Bruce Lovell; GFF General Secretary (a.g.) Merson Jones, and National team representatives – Manager and Co-Coach Rawle Adams and Wayne Dover respectively.
The national team has commenced weekly training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 16:00hrs – 18:00hrs and on Saturdays, 09:00hrs – 11:00hrs. Guyana will face Suriname in Suriname on October 8.
The Third Round commences on October 5 and in addition to the Guyana match, the other matches to be played on that day are: Haiti vs French Guiana at the Stade Sylvio Cator Stadium (Haiti); Curacao vs Antigua and Barbuda at Ergilio Hato Stadium (Curacao) and Trinidad and Tobago vs Dominican Republic at a venue to be announced.
Fifth Place playoff will be held from November 7 – 15 and the Final Round in May 2017. The top three of this tournament will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Family accuses cops of unprofessional conduct after house raid]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421758 2016-09-26T05:43:22Z 2016-09-26T04:36:07Z An Alexander Village, Georgetown family feels as though they are being targeted by police, after ranks swooped down on their home last Tuesday morning and conducted a raid.
The raid resulted in the arrest of five men- one aged 21, two aged 24 and two others aged 28, who police say are suspects in various offences.
Last night, a police source said that the men were released from custody last Thursday.
A relative said that they were each released on $5,000 bail.
“We feel victimized. Police trying to stain these boys…they always acting on information and running in we house”, the relative related.
“I wondering is who knocking down the door so early? I thought was thief,” Sharon Deputron, the mother and aunt of the men recalled.
The woman feels as though her family is being targeted by police, since this is the third raid conducted on her home within a year. She says that the police used excessive force and terrified her family.
Deputron said that the lawmen were unprofessional while conducting their duties since they failed to present a search warrant.  She said that the men, who were in plain clothes, identified themselves as policemen, but failed to show an identification card.
She said that the vehicle the police came with was unmarked and was heavily tinted.
She also said that when she inquired about the reason for their visit, she was told that it was suspected that illegal firearms and ammunition and narcotics were hidden at the premises.
“They push me aside and come in the house. They aint even show we no form of identity. They just say them is police. They searched the bedrooms and all over but they aint find nothing”, Deputron said.
It was then she said, that the ranks who were inside her home, ordered all the male occupants to get dressed in order to be escorted to the police station.

Sections of the ransacked home

Sections of the ransacked home

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Deputron stated that her sons and nephews have no criminal records nor were they ever wanted by the police.  However, she disclosed that her 28-year-old son was arrested by police last year October for illegal firearm and ammunition possession. She said that he was subsequently released. Deputron stated that police ranks have told her that the men were arrested for various offences including a murder that occurred in Albouystown.
The mother said, “When they (police) arrest the guys they said they were taking them to the Brickdam Police Station. On my way to that station I got a call from my son. He said that he and the other men were at the Golden Grove lock-up.”
She added that she and another relative visited the Golden Grove lock-ups, East Bank Demerara. On arrival there, Deputron said, she inquired from the Station Sergeant about the men that were taken from the Alexander Village home.
“The Sergeant pointed to a police van and told us to ask the police officers who were seated in the van. Them (the police in the van) gave we a whole set of attitude… they eventually told us to contact the Ruimveldt Police Station and ask for the Station Sergeant.”
A male relative of the men stated that when he called the station phone around 06:00hrs and asked for the Sergeant, he was told that the rank was scheduled for duty from 09:00hrs.
“So I asked the officer who answered the phone for his name and he declined to give me. He was very rude,” the relative related.
The relative said that he and Deputron visited the Brickdam Police Station later the said morning and spoke with a senior police official, who told them that police received information that the suspects in the murder frequently visited her home.

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chris <![CDATA[Women’s Development League 2016 – District Two – Berbice … West Side Conquerors needle KK Warriors; Demerara Queens edge NA Warriors]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421806 2016-09-26T07:35:47Z 2016-09-26T04:35:08Z By Franklin Wilson

Demerara Queens (white) on the offensive against NA Warriors

Demerara Queens (white) on the offensive against NA Warriors

West Side Conquerors of Berbice and Demerara Queens of Linden notched victories when the Women’s Development League, District Two – Berbice continued yesterday at the #5 ground, West Coast Berbice yesterday afternoon.
In fading sunlight, home team, West Side Conquerors in their first competitive match at this level began their career in victorious fashion when they needled Kuru Kururu Warriors in a match that was shortened due to the late arrival of the visiting team.
Kudos are in order for the West Side Conquerors team and management for playing the match despite the KK Warriors side turning up over an hour late. When the match got underway after 17:00hrs, the eager Conquerors went about conquering their opposition immediately by taking the fight to them.
They did not show much signs of a rookie side as they moved the ball around in the 7-a-side format admirably. Much of the action took place in the KK Warriors half of the field but to their credit, they defended stoutly.
The first half of the 40 minute clash ended with the score locked at 0-0. The second half commenced with the home team, urged on by the few home fans which sounded like a huge crowd urging on the young lasses and they delivered their first goal at this level in the 31st minute.
Captain Rebekah Nurse received the ball in the final third and with two Warriors defenders to beat she did exactly that before hitting the ball into the back of the nets for what was a historic strike.
KK Warriors created a few chances but were not able to make it count as the Conquerors stood firm in defence, even in fading light.
The opening match produced a hard fought 2-1 win for Linden’s Demerara Queens over New Amsterdam Warriors. The Queens took the early lead against the home team as they left no room for the Warriors to settle.
Lesia Parkinson it was who hammered home the first goal in the 7th minute which afforded the visitors some time to settle. Playing the full length of the field with just 7 players including Under-15s would always be challenging for these teams in this development league but the teams tried their best even though visibly tired.
NA Warriors though, struck back to equalize in the 21st minute thanks to a Natasha Halley goal which brought back life into the home team’s play.
The Queens were now on the back foot as the momentum shifted back to the home side. But with lots more work to be done by the players in reaching to the next level of competitiveness, the Queens showed that they are aiming towards that when they touched in the winning goal.
Sherrilyn Kingston it was who ensured that her teams long drive from the Bauxite Mining Town was not in vain when she scored in the 34th minute to the delight of her teammates and the coaching staff.
One match in District One – Georgetown is scheduled for Wednesday at the Guyana Defence Force ground, Camp Ayangana when the home team, GDF welcome Foxy Ladies of West Demerara.

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chris <![CDATA[Mike Mangal wins Scotiabank’s 19thannual Golf for charities tournament]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421809 2016-09-26T07:38:33Z 2016-09-26T04:34:11Z Winners pose with Marketing Manager Jennifer Cipriani (2nd from left) and Club President Oncar Ramroop (far right). Missing is Dr Philbert London. From left; Kalyan Tewari, Rabindranath Persaud, Mike Mangal and Hilbert Shields

Winners pose with Marketing Manager Jennifer Cipriani (2nd from left) and Club President Oncar Ramroop (far right). Missing is Dr Philbert London. From left; Kalyan Tewari, Rabindranath Persaud, Mike Mangal and Hilbert Shields

Former Guyana open Champion, Mike Mangal (64/9) – father of Scotiabank’s Rohan Albert – walked away with the winner’s trophy at Scotiabank’s Golfing for Charities tournament on Saturday last at the Lusignan Golf Course.  With the lure of trophies, other prizes and above all a chance – if in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd net winners’ position – to receive cash donations of $150,000, $100,000 and $75,000 towards a children’s charity of their choice under Scotiabank’s Bright Future Programme, golfers teed off excitedly at 12:45 p.m.

President Ramroop expressed thanks to Scotiabank and particularly for representatives of Scotiabank Robb Street Branch – Bank Manager, Brian Hackettt, and Marketing Manager, Jennifer Cipriani.

In response, Ms. Cipriani expressed, a big “Thank you for having Scotiabank as a partner with Lusignan Golf Club. Scotiabank is keen on helping people to get better, hence it is involved with Golfing, where it is recognised that golfers do not really receive much for the expensive involvement, as well as being involved in the Charities component.” In a significant good will gesture, Bank Manager Brian Hackett remembered that golfer Ian Gouviea won a club last year, but being left-handed he did not receive the right-handed club, so he was presented with a left-handed club this year. Several other Robb Street staff and their family members were on hand at the presentation ceremony for the winners.

What was particularly praiseworthy and amazing about Mike Mangal’s win is that he is only three months off from hospitalization due to serious head injuries in a robbery incident. Asked about his outstanding performance he replied, “I just had a good game today. My short game [meaning his chip and putt play] was excellent, and that helped me to win.”

The other winners were as follows, 2nd and 3rd place winners were Kalyan Tewari (68/9), and Rabindranath Persaud (Pandit Ravi) (68/24), and running a close 4th was last year’s winner Mahendra Bhagwandin. In fact Tewari, Persaud and Bhagwandin tied with overall net 68, but the back 9 scores for Tewari (42) and Persaud (48) were better than Bhagwandin’s (49).

Nearest to the Pin was won by Dr Philbert London (Pope Emmanuel), Longest Putt by Hilbert Shields, Best Gross (73) by Mike Mangal and Most Honest Golfer by Troy Cadogan.

Other close contenders were Andre Cummings (69/12), Aleem Hussain (69/17), Parmanand Persaud (70/14) and 4 net 72 scorers Bholawram Deo, Fazil Haniff, Gavin Todd and Patrick Prashad.

Scotiabank – Canada’s most international bank and a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries – operating in Guyana since 1968, operates five branches, 2 in Georgetown and one each in Bartica, New Amsterdam and Parika, and offers a complete range of retail and commercial banking services — including online banking and electronic cash management. However, in addition to its banking services, Scotiabank is unique in its community contribution. So far, the Scotiabank sponsored tournament is the only one with a philanthropic component.

Charities identified by the winners were Bless he Children Home in Industry by Mike Mangal, Joshua House by Kalyan Tewari and David Rose School by Rabindranath Persaud (Pandit Ravi).

Scotiabank’s goodwill was further extended in the form of 2 raffles, one for the Media personnel present, in which each member of the Media received a gift; and another raffle for every member that participated in the tournament, so that each player received a second gift, as at the start of the day’s play each golfer was given a sleeve of balls, compliments of Scotiabank.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Upper Mazaruni residents engage in activities to protect children]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421751 2016-09-26T05:38:50Z 2016-09-26T04:34:10Z The Minister within the Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings-Williams and team including a representative from the Blossom Incorporated, Tiffany Griffith conducted an education outreach last week to several communities in the Upper Region Seven.
The aim of the exercise was to raise awareness about child abuse and the strong role the community plays in intervention and prevention. This was part of activities in observance of Child Protection Week, September 18 to 24.
For three days (September 21-23,) the Minister and team, held engagements with the children, parents, community leaders and councillors  of Kamarang, Jawalla, Kako and, Kwebanna on child rights, preventing child abuse and better parenting. This was reinforced by a travelling exhibition, titled, “Break the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse” which the team shared with them.
Speaking at the different engagements, Minister Hastings-Williams sought to reinforce the importance of community involvement in ensuring the protection of the nation’s children.
The Minister noted that, “Child abuse is real.” Moreover, incidents of child abuse are on the increase throughout the 10 administrative regions, with the hinterland regions showing signs of more vulnerability.
The Minister noted that “all (parents, community leaders, businesses and the police) must become involved,” to stop this scourge and called on the community leaders, parents and residents to put prominence on the issues, by making it a topic of discussion at every forum.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings-Williams

Minister within the Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings-Williams

Representative of Blossom Incorporated, Tiffany Griffith addressing the meeting in Jawalla

Representative of Blossom Incorporated, Tiffany Griffith addressing the meeting in Jawalla

Students at the meeting at the Jawalla primary school, Region Seven

Students at the meeting at the Jawalla primary school, Region Seven

The Minister urged that the community make it a decisive issue at the weekly village meetings and at the level of the different Parent Teachers’ Association meetings. The Minister also asked that these meetings discuss such issues as how to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if it is suspected that a child or young person has been harmed.
The Minister not only urged further education, but for the community to seek to report instances of suspected abuse.
Meanwhile Griffith reminded the children that they are all special and, “You are going to be the leaders of tomorrow’s generation…” Griffith explained that their parents, community and government have a responsibility to them in relation to ensuring that they become their best self for their future role.
Griffith pointed out that the responsibility also includes ensuring that they are “well taken care of” including from all forms of abuse.
“Abuse is any form of punishment or wrong doing that has been done to a child,” Griffith explained to the children and, “if somebody beats you and leaves marks on your skin and causes you pain and you are not able to attend school that is abuse. If somebody should touch you on your private parts, that is abuse.”
The Blossom Incorporated representative urged the children to report all instances of abuse, to “somebody who you think you can tell and who would not cause you more harm.”
During the meetings, Minister Hastings-Williams also spoke briefly on the issue of Indigenous Heritage, and Education Month, both of which are also being observed in September.
In addressing these two celebrations, the Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to indigenous development, including that it pledged to work to bring access to, and the quality of education offered in the hinterland on par with what is offered on the coast land.
“The government is committed to ensuring that every child has access to quality education despite their geographical location,” the Minister assured.
The Minister also resolved to bring to Cabinet’s attention a number of issues and concerns that were raised during the engagements including improving the living quarters of government workers in the hinterland.
The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) stated that over 2,238 cases of child abuse have been reported.
According to Director of the CCPA, Ann Greene, the most reported cases of abuse are neglect, followed by sexual abuse.
Blossom Incorporated is a registered non-governmental organisation, within Guyana, that works separately and in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection, to build and strengthen children and families’ relationships, and to safeguard the physical and mental well-being of all children. (A GINA release)

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Social Cohesion Ministry to complete strategic plan by year end]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421756 2016-09-26T05:41:48Z 2016-09-26T04:32:11Z The Ministry of Social Cohesion expects that its Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2021 will be completed by the end of the year. The plan is intended to address the prevailing issues in Guyanese society which are hindering social cohesion between the different socio-economic groups.
During a symposium yesterday, organised by the Burnham Foundation at the Critchlow Labour College, Thomas Lands, Coordinator of the Ministry Sharon Patterson informed the gathering that the final plan will be available by the end of this year.
Patterson was invited by the organisation, headed by Vincent Alexander, to inform its members and the public about the work of the Ministry in addressing social cohesion. The theme of the symposium was “Burnham and Social Cohesion”.
Patterson said that the current status of the plan is that the Ministry has completed 13 of the 28 scheduled consultation exercises across Guyana.
She said that the plan will be based on input from the roundtable discussion organised by the Ministry as well as sensitization programs. According to Patterson, the consultation in Georgetown will have to be possibly redone since the attendance was low.
Patterson said that in addition to the strategic plan, the Ministry is involved in implementation of strategic action including capacity building, diversity education, advocacy, public awareness and development of partnerships.
Persons present at yesterday’s symposium raised several issues. Local activist Ras Leon Saul raised the issue that Rastafarians are not adequately involved in the activities organised by government.
Additionally, he said that the persons who are hired by government to conduct the various outreach programmes are not acquainted sufficiently with the plight of the average Guyanese, especially those in the depressed communities.
He said that this is an issue which needs to be addressed in order to reach out particularly to youths.
Moreover, the issue of justice was highlighted, where it was said that the lack of access to justice impedes social cohesion, as tarnishes the relationship between citizens and the authorities, especially in areas where cooperation is needed.
Another individual said that the government needs to ensure that persons from every ethnic group are given equal opportunity to share in the economic space. She said that persons need to be given equal chances to benefit from government contracts.
Patterson promised those in attendance that their concerns will be recorded and addressed at soonest.
The strategic plan was inspired by the recognition of Guyana as being a relatively poor and ethnically diverse country.
It is the intention that by 2021 Guyana should see a clear improvement in relations and interactions among the various ethnic and race groups in the country. Also it is expected that there will be a mutually positive appreciation of the cultural diversity of different groups at the national and community levels.

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chris <![CDATA[Ramchand’s Toyota Verosa could be in the mix this Sunday]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421800 2016-09-26T07:29:54Z 2016-09-26T04:30:38Z Dragster Anand Ramchand poses with his speed monster Toyota Verossa

Dragster Anand Ramchand poses with his speed monster Toyota Verossa

Sunday’s Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) final Drag Meet of the year is shaping up to provide fans with a rivetting conclusion to an exciting season which has witnessed a strong resurgence in this segment of the sport.

President of the GMR&SC Raj Boodhoo speaking with Kaieteur Sport recently said that while it would have been ideal to have the usual rivalry between Guyana and Suriname continue, the unavoidable absence of the Dutch dragsters will in no way diminish the excitement that drag racing constantly offer and is urging fans tro get to the South dakota Circuit to enjoy a fitting end to the year’s activities.

He said experienced dragsters such as Anand Ramchand, who normally drives a batch of cars, the Daby brothers Rondell and Peter, Chet Singh, Sanjay Persaud, female dragster Sharima Khan and Shawn Persaud, have all confirmed participation and their presence is sure guarantee that the showdown over the quarter-mile strip should be a must see.

The Toyota Supra of Rondel Daby is one of the machines that the fans love to flock and usually seem intrigued by its raw speed, but Singh, Ramchand and Peter Daby Mitsubishi Evolutions are also stacked with unbelievable horse power.

However, many are hoping that the Toyota Verossa of Ramchand do something special and pull off a huge upset in the category it normally campaigns in.

Among the categories to be contested are the F Class – 14 Seconds Bracket, E Class – 13 Seconds Bracket, D Class – 12 Seconds Bracket, C Class – 11 Seconds Bracket, B Class – 10 Seconds Bracket, A Class – 9 Seconds Bracket and the 8 Seconds Bracket.

The Porta Tree Timing device with specialized starting lights will be operational throughout the day.

Starting time is 09:00 hrs and admission is adults $1000, children $500, while those under the age of 12 years and vehicles are free.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[National School of Music: Serving Guyana in an upbeat way]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421748 2016-09-26T05:35:14Z 2016-09-26T04:30:05Z By Ronald Taylor

Many may be unaware of the existence of the National School of Music. However, the institute continues to serve Guyana in an upbeat way.
When I recently stepped into the National School of Music, I knew it would have been a memorable experience.
The National School of Music was established in 2011, and managed by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. It was projected to be a base of music development and an important component of the nation’s overall traditions.
Located at Brickdam and Old College Road, Georgetown, the National School of Music, houses six classrooms, a performance auditorium, a steel band studio and a storage room to hold musical instruments and related equipment.
Its main objective is to provide a range of services, knowledge and skills for talented Guyanese interested in various forms of music and musical instruments. Individuals who have an interest to make music their life’s career will be accommodated at the institution.
Administrator of the National School of Music, Mr. Andrew Tyndall told Kaieteur News that the school’s first curriculum began in March 2012 with a batch of 20 students.
They were prepared for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 2 Exam. They gained a 100 percent pass rate inclusive of eleven distinctions and one credit at the June 2012 examination period.
The school initially offered two courses, the Beginner class (Grades 1-3) and Intermediate class (Grades 3-6) which students have a scheduled four year period to complete. The school is currently making way for the advanced classes (Grades 7 and 8) all of which are ABRSM certified.

National School of Music

National School of Music

Just like the regular school curriculum, classes start in September and conclude in July. Applicants must be 14 or older and application forms can be uplifted from the school at any time but should be returned before June. Areas of study offered at the school are the electronic keyboard, guitar, drum, piano, steel pan, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone and vocals (voice training).
Classes are scheduled in a timely manner from Monday to Friday between 17:00hrs to 19:30hrs, and also require additional practice sessions at home.
The school has an annual intake of 65. Quite a few students have dropped out because of the intense nature of the course.
Nevertheless, those who remained continue to excel.
The institution provides the instruments for the students, but as a requirement of personal growth each individual should have their own equipment.
Each year the school hosts an annual ‘summer’ camp. This year, 350 students from various Regions attended.
Mr. Tyndall noted that the school had additionally implemented a National Steel Orchestra, hosted many concerts, workshops and various Outreach Programmes.
Recently implemented is an after School Programme which allows students between the ages of eight to 14, to study the piano, guitar and steel pan.
The administration is working to establish a satellite programme at the Port Mourant Secondary School, Region Six before the end of 2016. A similar outreach programme will be done in Region Ten. The key objectives of the sessions are to train and maintain music education, and re-implement music into the school curriculum.
A number of professionals came to support the development of music in the school. They included Mr. Adelino Mota and Mr. Robert Houlihan, who are European Orchestra Conductors.
They have assisted the Guyana Defence Force Orchestra, National Steel Orchestra and the Woodside Choir.
During the 50th Jubilee Celebration “Music Concert Series” Guyanese musician, Mr. Paul Cort, who has a master’s degree in vocal performances and recitals held a workshop for singers.
Dr. Ray Luck, world renowned Guyanese pianist and educator will be hosting a piano pedagogy workshop and recital in the latter part of 2016.
This year the administration took a decision to purchase two Steinway Pianos. The pianos were presented to the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Hon. Nicolette Henry. The Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano will be used for public and national events at the National Cultural Centre while the Steinway K52 Upright Piano will be used at the National School of Music for classical piano classes.
In keeping with the requirements of a music school, the institute plans to add a Recording Studio. With the establishment of the studio, a sound productions course will be offered to help in the field of stage performance.
In the expansion of the school’s curriculum in 2017, an Electronic Music Production course will be offered, where by individuals who are technologically equipped, will be able to express their skills and talent.
Tyndall stated that since the classes are of such a peculiar time, highly qualified individuals, to teach music at the school, are recruited and selected from seasoned teachers and from the Military Bands.
The school is also tasked with running the National Steel Band Panorama and the National Choral Festival.
The institute is greatly funded by the budget of the Central Government. Apart from funding, earlier this year, the school had received support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) whereby six months piano pedagogy training was offered.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has been on board supporting the steel band and masquerade programmes.
In the future of the school’s existence the Minister, Hon. Nicolette Henry would like to see the execution of a National Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Persons interested in starting classes for the new academic year 2017 can contact the schools Director Mr. Andrew Tyndall or Assistant Director Mr. Javier Marks on telephone number +592-227-3406  and email address nsm.mcysp@gmail.com .

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chris <![CDATA[Berbice Bridge, Rubis Bel Air are major sponsors of annual national draughts competition]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421803 2016-09-26T07:32:16Z 2016-09-26T04:29:20Z President of the GDA Mr. Jiaram (left) collects some of the trophies  from a Representative of Berbice Bridge Inc., while Secretary  of the Association Ms. Marlyn Ali looks on.

President of the GDA Mr. Jiaram (left) collects some of the trophies
from a Representative of Berbice Bridge Inc., while Secretary
of the Association Ms. Marlyn Ali looks on.

The Guyana Draughts Association will commence its Annual National Championship on Saturday October 1st at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. On the opening day the ‘B’ players will take to the boards. Last year’s winner was Mr. Yearwood who would be keen to win again and move to the ‘A’ Level.
Then on Sunday October 2nd the senior players will contest along with the top four players from the ‘B’ competition. Defending champion Khemraj Pooranmall will meet with stronger force with the likes of Floyd Cumberbatch, Jiaram and Mark Brathwaite whom are all doing their home work.
On October 8th the open International 100 square would be played.
The country’s top Draughts players are expected to participate in these competitions. Registration starts at 9.00am and game time is 10.00am sharp.
Entrance fee is three hundred dollars per person. All the games would be played on a six round Swiss system.
Berbice Bridge Inc. donated three trophies, Lalta Gainda of Rubis Bel Air six trophies, Gentle Elias (Attorney at Law) two trophies and National Champion Khemraj Pooranmall one trophy. The first four places in each division will receive trophies.
President of the Association Mr. Jiaram is calling on more Youths to get involved in this Board Game as it builds their thinking power and leads to a positive approach in life.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[TIP officials to interview ‘trafficked’ nine-year-old girl]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421746 2016-09-26T05:33:22Z 2016-09-26T04:28:51Z – alleged culprit said to have died

Officials of the Trafficking in Persons Department are scheduled to interview the nine year-old girl whose parents practically sold her to a gold miner.
This is according to Region One representative of the Guyana Women Miners Association Stephanie Miguel.
Yesterday, Miguel said that Ms. Williams of the Trafficking Department of the Ministry of Social Protection has requested to meet with the child to further investigate her statements.
The Guyana Police Force had responded to the issue saying that the young girl was examined and was found to not be sexually active.
Upon informing Miguel of this during an interview she responded saying that since the child has been in her care, the girl has maintained that she was living home with a man having sex with him for the period of one year.
The child has admitted to being taken to a doctor accompanied by a female police. Miguel finds it disturbing that the police would say that the child has not been sexually active.
Compounding the matter further is the fact that the miner, who is said to have abused the child, reportedly died a few days ago.
The girl’s 15 year-old brother is currently in custody for that matter.
In a previous interview with this publication Miguel said that the child lived in the Port Kaituma backdam with her parents and two brothers. Miguel stated that the girl’s father only speaks the Carib dialect.
According to her, residents of the mining community know exactly what transpired. She said that the man was allowed to have his way with the girl since he would sponsor the family with food supplies regularly.
Miguel said that after the issue was finally exposed the girl along with her brothers, aged 11 and eight were taken to the Port Kaituma Police Station. However, she said that the officers could not keep the children at the station; hence a home had to be found for them.
According to Miguel the children were placed to live with a woman but were later seen going home with their mother. Miguel said she then intercepted them and the girl, and her brothers have been staying with her for over a week.
According to her, the welfare officer in the area, Ms. Bibi and the Probation Officer Collis Jacobs are aware of the situation.
She said that the question as to what is the next step with the children is being considered. The children after being away from school for some time were given uniforms and are now attending classes.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[‘Mammy Gathie’ – Alive and kicking at 105!]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421735 2016-09-26T05:27:28Z 2016-09-26T04:26:13Z By Enid Joaquin

They say that laughter is the best medicine and that it is good for the soul.
After hearing the infectious laughter of Linden’s oldest, Agatha Campbell, affectionately called   ‘Mammy Gathie’, I was convinced that here indeed was irrefutable evidence.
As I stepped into Mrs. Campbell’s room, I was at first taken aback at how frail she looked – but then came that hearty laugh, and all I could feel was her inner strength, her resilience and a joy that was inescapable.
Mrs. Campbell celebrated her 105th birthday last week, and was honored with a visit from Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence, who was in Linden for the Child Protection Rally.
The Minister presented her with a hamper, for which ‘Mammy Gathie’ was very grateful. “I like this- this is nice”, the senior citizen had enthused.
Many friends and relatives also used the occasion to hang out with the centenarian.

Simple Life
These days, ‘Mammy Gathie’ leads a simple life- no expensive accoutrements surround her, but there is obviously an ample supply of love.
She credits her good health and longevity to eating lots of ‘bush fish’ and deer. Her father and brother were good hunters, she had revealed in an earlier interview.

‘Mammy Gathie’ celebrates a milestone

‘Mammy Gathie’ celebrates a milestone

A recent photograph of Agatha Campbell

A recent photograph of Agatha Campbell

She also noted that she loves deer stew. Her other favorite foods included manicole cabbage (the heart of the palm) and toro cook up.
According to her cousin Maxine, toro is a fruit similar to awara, which Mrs. Campbell used to steep in hot water to extract the juice to make a special type of cook up.
In her earlier days at Dalgin, Mrs. Campbell said that she used to rear ‘yardies ’(creole fowls).
Farming was also one of her passions, which provided the family with ground provisions and vegetables, which significantly supplemented the income her husband earned from logging.
This feisty centenarian was known to tend to her garden and take care of her personal hygiene way past her hundredth birthday.
And up until then she was still climbing the long flight of steps to her home, sometimes two and three times per day.
‘Mammy Gathie’ was born at Dalgin, Demerara River, where she attended the St. Davis Primary School. She married her husband Leonard Campbell in 1939, and continued living there until 1970, when she moved to Linden with her children.
She settled at Stewart Path Christianburg, where she resides to this day with her son Lincoln.
Her husband Leonard was killed in an accident in 1969, which precipitated the move.
She was also involved in the accident, but fortunately survived.
The lone surviving sibling out of fourteen, she is the mother of four, and grandmother and great grandmother of many.
She is reportedly the only member of her family to live to a hundred and over.
Today, ‘Mammy Gathie’ is still capable of dressing herself and even goes to the bathroom unaided.
And apart from being a little hard of hearing, and suffering the occasional arthritic pain, she is in perfectly good health. Lincoln describes his mother as a disciplinarian and hard working but very pleasant woman.
Regarding her health he pointed out, “My mother never had to be hospitalized for anything, except for the accident. Other than that, I can’t remember her being sick.
I think it was because she has always been so active with her farm and later her flower garden.”
“She loves to sing- she loves the song “Members Only”, and is always singing it or “Cover Me” by Percy Sledge.
Mammy Gathie has lived at her present residence since 1970, except for an 8-year sojourn in Canada.
Her son Lincoln, said that his mother ‘came back home’, because she wanted to die here. That was in 2000. Sixteen years later Mammy Gathie is still alive and kicking at 105!

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Demolished Albousytown bridge still to be replaced]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421727 2016-09-26T05:22:00Z 2016-09-26T04:24:45Z With infrastructural works moving apace throughout Georgetown, residents of Barr Street, Albouystown are feeling somewhat neglected.
This is in relation to the bridge that connects Barr Street to Sussex Street, which has been in a state of disrepair for almost ten weeks.
A resident who spoke with Kaieteur News said the bridge began to tilt and this prompted officials to demolish the ‘sinking’ section of the bridge.bridge-1

Demolished Bridge at Barr Street and Sussex Street

Demolished Bridge at Barr Street and Sussex Street

After being left for three weeks, the resident said an excavator operator showed and demolished the entire bridge.
The man added that he does not think the bridge would be fixed before the year ends, unless the Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, gives specific directives to do so.
Some $14.4 billion was budgeted in 2016 to continue the upgrade, expansion and rehabilitation of Guyana’s network of roads and bridges.
With the 2017 National Budget set to be tabled in the National Assembly in early December, officials are racing against time to increase the level of spending for this year’s estimates.  Finance Minister Winston Jordan had confirmed that, almost nine months into the year, less than 50 per cent of the 2016 National Budget has been spent.

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KNews http://kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Curtains drawn on Child Protection Week]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421723 2016-09-26T05:20:04Z 2016-09-26T04:22:02Z Children in state care were this weekend treated to various forms of entertainment as the Child Protection Agency of the Ministry of Social Protection concluded its observation of Child Protection Week 2016. fun-day

Some of yesterday’s activities

Some of yesterday’s activities

The children who reside in various State-run homes were treated to face painting, trampoline and a mini concert, which included dancing, poetry, drama, songs and performances by Michael Khan “Ole Man Paapi” and Abigale James.

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chris <![CDATA[BVA congratulates Orealla/Siparuta on winning heritage Games Volleyball title]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=421812 2016-09-26T07:39:37Z 2016-09-26T04:20:53Z The President of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA), Levi Nedd, executives and members of the association would like to take the opportunity to express congratulation to its member teams from Orealla/Siparuta for winning the male volley title for the third consecutive time at the recently held heritage games.
The Orealla/Siparuta Volleyball teams which earlier this year became full members of the BVA continued their volleyball dominance when they won their third consecutive male title.
In the final they came up against a spirited Mainstay team whipping them 2-0. The Orealla/Siparuta team dominated the proceeding to win both set easily at 15-11 and 15-7.
The females were not so lucky losing out in the early stage.
The annual Heritage Games are organized and hosted by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and in 2016 was held over a three day period. Three disciplines, cricket, football and volleyball were contested among 572 athletes, while there were also some non-traditional games played among the 10 regions.   (Samuel Whyte)

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