Kaieteur News Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily 2016-05-04T04:55:01Z http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/feed/atom/ KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Daughter and alleged hit man remanded for 2008 Ruby businessman’s murder]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400038 2016-05-04T03:12:06Z 2016-05-04T04:55:01Z A daughter and the hitman she allegedly hired to kill her elderly father eight years ago appeared at the Leonora’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with murder.

(Daughter) Bibi Nazeela Habiboodeen and alleged hitman Linden Lewis.

(Daughter) Bibi Nazeela Habiboodeen and alleged hitman Linden Lewis.

Bibi Nazeela Habiboodeen, 50, of 111 Ruby, East Bank Essequibo, and Linden Lewis, 29, of Vergenoegen East Bank Essequibo, were arraigned for the murder of 76-year-old businessman Habiboodeen who was brutally attacked and beaten at his Ruby, East Bank Essequibo home on February 15, 2008.
Bibi Habiboodeen stood side by side in the prisoners’ dock with Lewis as the indictable charge was read to them by Magistrate Rushelle Liverpool.
According to reports, the dead man’s daughter confessed just last week, along with Lewis, that they sat down in the man’s house with five individuals and plotted his death.
Police Prosecutor Inspector Matthews asked for time to be allocated to prepare the reports. The accused will make their second court appearance on June 21st.
Police had previously arrested and charged Bibi Habiboodean and 38-year-old Terry Lewton, of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, but the case was discharged because of insufficient evidence.
However, the lawmen got a real break in the case after Lewis  and four others, were detained for the murders of Mohamed Munir, 75, and his wife Bibi Jamila Munir, 69, who were burnt to death in their Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo home.
It was while he was in custody that someone tipped off investigators that Lewis had vital information about Habiboodeen’s death.
Police said that while being interrogated on Monday, Lewis admitted to killing Mr. Habiboodeen, while complaining that he had never received full payment for the job.
According to the suspect’s claims, it all began some time in 2008, when a female relative of the elderly businessman complained that other relatives of Habiboodeen had received properties and other assets, while she had received nothing.
The relative reportedly stated that she wanted the old man’s fuel station, cash he had in a bank, and assets he had in Georgetown. She reportedly then contacted an uncle of Lewis, and he hired Lewis to kill Mr. Habiboodeen. He was promised $6M, and a house and land.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[GFC officials off the hook…Directors were in a helpless situation under PPP–Forensic auditor]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400077 2016-05-04T03:12:21Z 2016-05-04T04:50:16Z …But Ram maintains that they must be hauled before the courts

By Kiana Wilburg
In spite of blatant violations of the laws by some companies in the forestry sector, there was no

Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran

Forensic Auditor,
Anand Goolsarran

recommendation for the directors of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to face disciplinary action. It has left many questioning how those who were entrusted to police the sector could escape any sanction for their negligence.
Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran explained that during his audit of GFC, he did detect a whiff of corruption at the level of the board. He noted however that it was not enough to propose charges or disciplinary action of any kind.
Goolsarran said that under the previous administration, GFC’s professionals were “in a very helpless situation”.
He said this was observed in a number of instances. In this regard, he recalled the interactions between controversial Chinese logging company, BaiShanLin and the GFC Board. Goolsarran stressed that in a number of cases BaiShanLin bypassed the board on certain decisions and contacted the hierarchy of the PPP in order to get its way.
He said, “Of course some might say that the GFC officials condoned some of the acts of corruption in the sector as they turned a blind eye, but what could they have done when BaiShanLin was going to the top people? BaiShanLin had no respect for them so what could the officials do?
“Yes, one can say that there is a whiff of corruption as they turned a blind eye to what was going on, but there is no concrete evidence to tie them to it and so it makes it difficult to actually slap them with charges of corruption or make suggestions for disciplinary action”.
When reminded of the millions of dollars GFC illegally transferred to NICIL’s accounts, Goolsarran reiterated that it would be hard to charge the board in this regard. He was then reminded that in a previous interview with Kaieteur News, in 2014, he had recommended that the said officials at GFC be charged for breaking the Forest laws in this regard.

Chartered Accountant, Chris Ram

Chartered Accountant, Chris Ram

In an interview yesterday, Goolsarran said, “It is a very hard situation. Indeed the transfer of millions of dollars to NICIL was not permissible and it was against the law. Any transfer from the GFC should be to the Consolidated Fund. But it was not a case where GFC officials misappropriated monies. It was hard for them, they were given directives from above and they had to listen,” the forensic auditor explained.
While Goolsarran holds this view, Chartered Accountant Chris Ram believes that the GFC officials breached the laws and should be made to face the court. Ram insisted that the officials had a fiduciary responsibility to uphold the law. He made it clear that there is simply no excuse for doing otherwise.
Upon doing a detailed analysis of the Annual reports of the GFC for the years, 2005-2012, all of which were laid in the National Assembly in November 2013, Ram and other financial minds found several alarming deficiencies and irregularities.
The reports reveal that for several years, the Commission has been transferring millions to the National Industrial & Commercial Investments Ltd and the Environmental Protection Agency, which is against the law.
Ram contended in 2014 and maintains today, that for the $600 million that the GFC allowed to be paid over to NICIL, all its directors should be hauled before the courts. He said that the combination of NICIL/GFC is not only an insult to the intelligence of Guyanese, but a challenge and an affront to decency.
There was also a published series on the said shortcomings of the Commission’s reports done by Janette Bulkan and John Palmer. The duo also pointed to the NICIL/GFC fiasco. In their detailed analysis, they too pointed to the fact that large amounts of monies, and large variations from year to year between line items in the Commission’s annual reports  appear to have been unquestioned by the Auditor General.
Bulkan and Palmer said that no explanation was offered as to why the GFC should be holding over US$4 million in cash each year, and why transfers are made to the Environmental Protection Agency and NICIL, but none to the Consolidated Fund.
They said too that an explanation is still to be given by the GFC as to why it is acquiring and disposing of fixed assets and why it has current tax liabilities of up to US$10 million in a year – dwarfing other line items. They stressed that there is a legal requirement for the GFC to make transfers to the Consolidated Fund (Section 16 (2) in the GFC Act 2007), but no requirement to send money to the EPA or NICIL.
Moreover, Ram had also stated that the GFC is just another example of the perpetuation of former president Bharrat Jagdeo’s legacy of financial lawlessness, a situation that is as wide as it is deep.
He said that the state of financial lawlessness created by the former President, surely allowed for the GFC’s “incomplete and deceptive” reports to be tabled and accepted by the National Assembly without any questions being asked or challenges posed.
Ram asserted that the chaos created is one in which the national accounting body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana, remained silent even as basic rules of accounting were violated with impunity.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[PPP’s tiny cabal…Govt. must probe their taxes – WPA Executive Member]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400058 2016-05-04T03:12:35Z 2016-05-04T04:45:48Z Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr. David Hinds recently noted that the forensic

WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds

WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds

audits which were launched by the coalition administration are revealing quite a lot about how the previous government managed the country’s resources. He observed that there is a clear pattern.
Dr. Hinds said that under the PPP, resources were intentionally steered to a “tiny cabal.”
The University professor said that the “tiny cabal” also includes officials of the PPP, their friends and relatives, a few favoured “house negroes” and selected local and foreign companies.
Dr. Hinds said that based on the findings of the forensic audit reports thus far, it is clear that the national patrimony has been systematically stolen.
“I say ‘systematically’ because I think that this was part of a larger scheme of political domination. The PPP, I think reasoned that political domination, which has been part of the party’s ideological outlook for a long time, is most effective when it is accompanied by economic domination.”
The political activist continued, “The transfer of state assets into private hands therefore was a means to a larger end. A very important question arises from all of this—have these rich people been paying their fair share of taxes on this stolen wealth and the added wealth accrued from them?”
Dr. Hinds said that this is a critical question as he rather suspects that they have not been paying their fair share of taxes. He said that should this be proven, then it means that “Guyanese have been twice shafted”.
“They appropriated the wealth illegally and for next to nothing and on top of that, they do not pay the required taxes. As usual in Guyana, you informally hear stories and then they are later validated as with the government agencies which were audited.”
Dr. Hinds emphasised that taxes constitute a very important part of the national revenue base. He said that the relevant authorities have always had difficulty enforcing the tax code and collecting taxes from the “big shots.”
“I have heard stories of ordinary workers who pay more taxes than private businesses and top professionals. This cannot be fair. My layperson guess is that if the required taxes are collected from the big ones, there would be much more resources for education and health care.”
He stated that there is a direct relationship between corruption in tax collection and socio-economic development. It is for this reason, he said, that it is imperative for the Government to investigate whether the PPP’s tiny cabal has been paying its fair share of taxes.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Govt.’s handling of Harmon-related issues unsatisfactory]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400074 2016-05-04T02:18:11Z 2016-05-04T04:40:51Z –    Too many questions remain outstanding; these matters cannot be put to rest – Chris Ram
 “A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.”
This quote has been attributed to United States President Barack Obama, and for one prominent Guyanese, certainly does not represent the current state of affairs in the “Land of many waters”.

Anti-corruption advocate, Christopher Ram

Anti-corruption advocate, Christopher Ram

Attorney at Law, Christopher Ram, a believer in Obama’s mantra, is not satisfied with the level of accountability being delivered to the citizens of Guyana by the APNU+AFC coalition government.
The administration had presented itself to the nation as a fortress of change and a believer of accountability. However, Ram’s sentiment as conveyed to Kaieteur News yesterday is that he remains expectant, but the level of accountability that was promised is yet to be delivered.
Such sentiments were expressed as the lawyer spoke on matters surrounding the actions of the Minister of State Joseph Harmon.
Harmon, the most vocal politician on corruption while in opposition, was recently embroiled in a series of controversies.
The Minister’s trip to China has raised many questions. He was seen on a private jet surrounded by the Chu family—the owners of BaiShanLin. Accompanying Harmon on that trip was businessman Brian Tiwarie whom he had appointed Ministerial Advisor on Business Development. That appointment has since been rescinded by President David Granger.
Harmon had also halted a seizure operation – involving a number of high end vehicles – that was being carried out on BaiShanLin. The operation was being executed by the Guyana Revenue Authority in collaboration with officials from the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU). These vehicles were being seized due to the fact that the Chinese company failed to pay the required duties within the legally stipulated timeframe.
But before officials from the GRA and SOCU could have carried out the seizures, they received a call from Harmon who instructed that the vehicles must not be removed.

Harmon and the Chu family on a private jet.

Harmon and the Chu family on a private jet.

Ram was quoted in sections of the media speaking out on both issues. He had said that there must be investigations and that the matters must be dealt with in a way to deter recurrence.
Yesterday the anti-corruption advocate said that he is not aware that there has indeed been any investigation; much less one that was through.
Ram said that it seems as if Cabinet is satisfied based on what it was told, but the nation remains at a loss.
“The nation is still not sure what the government has done. We know that a couple of statements were issued and that’s it.”
Ram said that this is not remotely satisfactory to settle a matter as serious as the one that rocked the nation to the extent that revelations of Harmon’s actions did.
He stressed that if anything, all those statements served to do was raise even more concerns and uncertainties.
“Citizens are left to speculate, we still do not know the sequence of events.  What prompted NICIL to send its legal Officer and a non-executive member to China?”
Statements released to the press indicated that Harmon visited China to retrieve an outstanding US$5M from the company that bought government’s 20 per cent shares in GTT. There has since been conflicting information surrounding even that development.
Ram is questioning in this age of technology why was it necessary for Harmon to visit China to find out about that sum.
The lawyer said that there are still too many burning questions that need to be answered before this matter can be put to rest. He emphasized that it is time that the country practice real transparency and accountability.
Ram also pointed out that the Transparency Institute was directed by President Granger to speak with Harmon after it made statements about the possibility of corruption existing in the new government. Ram said that a request was made and a statement will be forthcoming about the outcome of that request.
Initially, Ram had told Kaieteur News, “If there are breaches whether in GRA or in the Ministry of the Presidency then actions have to be taken by President David Granger to show that his administration is serious about stemming reckless, unlawful and/or corrupt behaviour in the bud.”
Several Government Ministers have declined to give on-the-record comments on the matter.
Harmon was noted in the media on several occasions lambasting BaiShanLin for its reckless operations in Guyana as well as the former regime for its encouragement of the company’s actions.
In fact, the Minister of State in 2014 had said that the former government has been silent about BaiShanLin’s “immoral and abusive acts” and “there can only be one logical conclusion for that—they are benefitting financially in exchange for allowing the rape to continue.
“Citizens need to understand the corrupt beast that it (former Govt.) is dealing with.”
He had said, too, “It is only a win-win deal for the parties involved and BaiShanLin’s kickbacks seem to have silenced the (former) government.”
It was Harmon who said that he found it sickening that former President Bharrat Jagdeo invited BaiShanLin to this country under the pretext that it was going to foster good developments, and all along the true intention was to rape this country of its resources.
Harmon had also said, “It seems that the (former) Government is being paid to shut its mouth…These companies are just being encouraged to gut this country, and indicators show that Guyana is slipping further into the abyss of poverty.”

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[NCN Director resigns over “reckless, imprudent” appointment of CEO]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400061 2016-05-04T02:00:59Z 2016-05-04T04:40:46Z Director of Public Information, Imran Khan, has resigned from his position as a Director on the National Communications Network (NCN) board, in a bid to distance himself from the recent appointment of NCN

(From left) Resigned: NCN Director Imran Khan and NCN CEO Lennox Cornette

(From left) Resigned: NCN Director Imran Khan and NCN CEO Lennox Cornette

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lennox Cornette.
In a statement yesterday announcing his resignation, Khan made it clear that he had informed Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo that he could not associate himself with the appointment, which he described as “reckless” and “imprudent”.
“Specifically, I advised the Prime Minister that in light of the Chairman of the Board reporting to the board, confirming admittance to an act committed by the individual (Cornette, who was) recommended for a senior administrative position, I am of the conviction that continuing as a Director is untenable.”
According to Khan, he had thanked Nagamootoo for his selection to serve as an NCN director and had also been regretful that “circumstances” did not permit him to serve out the full term for which he had been appointed last year.
Cornette’s appointment by the Board of Directors, as a replacement for former CEO Molly Hassan, took effect from May 1. The public quickly became aware that Cornette, a communications consultant, had a chequered past.
Cornette had admitted to forging the signature of then GT&T Deputy General Manager Terry Holder, while he was employed as the Public Relations Officer for the telephone company. Following Cornette’s appointment, emails exchanged between Khan and NCN Board Chairman Bishwa Panday had been published.
In it, Panday could be seen defending his decision to appoint Cornette over the objections of Khan. He had stressed that the board went through a transparent process and a special meeting had been called. Khan, however, expressed strong reservations over Cornette’s appointment.
In the emails, Khan had stated that he was “gravely afraid” of entrusting Cornette with the appointment and that if it reached the public domain, the board could find itself in a situation where it could not defend its decision. He had described it as a huge risk. Khan had also called into question Cornette’s lack of broadcast experience.
In his defence, Cornette had affirmed that the GT&T controversy had nothing to do with money or financial impropriety. Cornette had also stated that the matter was dealt with internally. He had pointed out that after 1999, when he left the company, he still maintained cordial relations with the company.
For instance, he stated that in 2011 the company asked him to chair the annual Tele Gathering 16 event, which it was hosting. He also stated that in 2014, GT&T had assisted with printing his book, ‘The Development of Telecommunications in Guyana (1884-1994).’
Noting that numerous attacks have been made on him questioning his ability, he had pointed out that he had more than 20 years of experience in management and executive management positions to qualify him for the job.
Cornette was appointed after going through a round of interviews with the board. Panday had stated that he was the best candidate, citing that he holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business, Diploma in Public Communication and certificates in Planning and Promotion from Bailbrook College, England.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Senior City Police rank in custody for assaulting girlfriend]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400104 2016-05-04T03:49:54Z 2016-05-04T04:40:19Z A Superintendant attached to the Mayor and City Council’s City Police Division was detained last night after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
According to reports, the two had shared a nine-month relationship, but yesterday, the 28-year-old woman indicated that she wanted to end the friendship.
Kaieteur News was told that the superintendant, who was armed and under the influence of alcohol, later showed up at the woman’s North Sophia home.
He then assaulted her.
Police ranks were notified and the rank was taken into custody.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Thief man seh he money come from Pradoville2]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400093 2016-05-04T02:43:52Z 2016-05-04T04:30:33Z Dem boys seh it had a stupid mastermind pon the Casino robbery the other day.  He more stupid than he look.  De Police find he wid wet money.
Dem boys hear that de man claim how is he father give him de money. At one time when he seh suh, people believe that he father was a rich man. When dem check, de man father is an ordinary man who got to hustle to put food on de table.
That is when de crook tell dem how he father win two daily millions. It got to be that de father give two wrong names because de lotto people seh that de name that call never win de Daily Millions.
De next thing that had de man thinking quick as how de money get wet. Dem boys hear how he cry over it. Well he had to cry more than Rainstorm, de ghirl in de Nelson West Indian Readers.
Dem boys know that when a man get ketch he does always find somebody to blame. De bandit tell dem Police that he learn from Jagdeo, that Scamp.  De Police ask he wha he mean? He tell dem that he hide de tiefing money in watah because he see Jagdeo buy watah-front property wid money that people not sure how he get it. And is nuff, nuff money.
De man seh that Jagdeo need a whole ocean fuh hide all ee money.
Now, dem boys hear that nuff people planning to tek up under-watah diving near Jagdeo property because dem boys sure that money deh in de water. No bank can’t tek it because of money laundering, and dem can’t hide in a foreign country without Uncle Sam knowing wha happening.
Now people understand Pradoville. Jagdeo buy Ocean-side property fuh hide money.
Then, it gat a fisherman and he family wha get rob.  De Fisherman blame de government fuh not giving he a gun but dem boys want remind he that even if he had a gun, he wasn’t gon be able fuh do anything in dis instance because he wasn’t there when dem get rob.  People does come up wid de stupidess excuse.
Talk half and don’t use Daily Millions as an excuse

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Flame lands in troubled Brazil for 94-day relay to Games]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400013 2016-05-04T00:02:19Z 2016-05-04T04:25:18Z BRASILIA (Reuters) President Dilma Rousseff lit the Olympic torch in Brazil’s capital on Tuesday and pledged that political turmoil engulfing her nation would not harm the first Games to be held in South America.

(Above) Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (R) waves after lighting a cauldron with the Olympic Flame next to Fabiana Claudino, captain of the Brazilian volleyball team, during the Olympic Flame torch relay at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 3, 2016. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino) (Below) Surfer Gabriel Medina (L) hands over the Olympic Flame to volleyball player Paula Pequeno as they take part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Brasilia, Brazil, May 3, 2016. (Andrea Morao/Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)

(Above) Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (R) waves after lighting a cauldron with the Olympic Flame next to Fabiana Claudino, captain of the Brazilian volleyball team, during the Olympic Flame torch relay at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 3, 2016. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
(Below) Surfer Gabriel Medina (L) hands over the Olympic Flame to volleyball player Paula Pequeno as they take part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Brasilia, Brazil, May 3, 2016. (Andrea Morao/Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)

The Olympic flame was flown into Brasilia on Tuesday to start a three-month relay through more than 300 towns and cities that will end with the opening of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracaná stadium on Aug. 5.  A smiling Rousseff waved to crowds as she lit a green cauldron with the Olympic flame on the ramp of Brasilia’s modernistic Planalto presidential palace.
The president, who is facing impeachment proceedings, will likely be removed from office before the opening ceremony in Rio.
“Even though we are living through a truly critical period in our history and the history of our democracy, Brazil will know how to offer athletes and visitors the best welcome at the Olympics,” she said.
Rousseff said the sports facilities in Rio and the security measures to protect athletes, tourists and visiting heads of state were ready.
Brazil has scrambled to prepare for its second global sports event in two years in the midst of the worst recession since the 1930s and a massive corruption scandal that shook the political establishment and fueled demands for Rousseff’s removal. Brazil is also fighting an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that threatens to keep some athletes and tourists away from Rio.
The Olympic flame, burning inside four golden lamps, arrived in Brasilia aboard a LATAM Airlines jetliner that was escorted inside Brazil’s airspace by two Brazilian Air Force F-5 fighters.
The torch left the presidential palace carried by Fabiana Claudino, who led Brazil’s female volleyball team to a gold medal in the 2012 Games.
Hundreds of cheering Brazilian lined the streets at the start of the relay and an Air Force aerobatics team swooped over central Brasilia. Some 12,000 torch bearers will carry the flame across South America’s largest country. In Brasilia, they will include a refugee from the Syrian civil war, 12-year-old Hanan Daqqah, who arrived in Brazil with her family in 2015.
Torch bearer Gerard Moss, a Swiss-Brazilian aviator and environmentalist, said the Games could help to calm political tempers.
“What Brazil most needs now is unity, the very symbol of the Olympics,” he said before his turn in the relay. “This is an opportunity to reduce tensions between our political parties and get on with the rebuilding our economy.”
While torch bearers carried the flame around Brasilia on Tuesday, a senate committee debated whether to put Rousseff on trial on charges of breaking budget laws, filed by the lower house of Congress two weeks ago.
Rousseff is likely to be suspended next week when the Senate votes on opening the impeachment trial. Vice President Michel Temer would replace her during a trial of up to 180 days, and guide the country to elections in 2018 if she is removed from office.
Officials in her government admit her ouster is imminent. Rousseff said she hoped the Games would bring goodwill to her troubled country. “We will infect our country with the Olympic spirit,” she said.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[POSTPONEMENT OF STAG ELITE LEAGUE FINALE GAMES]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399998 2016-05-03T23:41:40Z 2016-05-04T04:20:53Z Georgetown: The Guyana Football Federation is advising that, due to the inclement weather, the Stag Elite League Finale matches 49 – 50 scheduled for today, Wednesday, 4th May, 2016, have been postponed until a more convenient time a release from the federation informed.
The double-header would have seen match-ups between GFC FC vs GDF FC (Game 49) and Fruta Conquerors FC vs Pele FC (Game 50).

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Mix Up capture Impressors, GM dominoes title]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399992 2016-05-03T23:37:47Z 2016-05-04T04:20:49Z Mix Up chalked up 87 games to win the final of the Impressors and Golden Masters dominoes tournament which was contested on Monday night at Dynasty Sports bar.

The victorious Mix Up team.

The victorious Mix Up team.

Impressors placed second with 80 games, while Falcons who drew the bye to the final finished third on 70. Mix Up were largely indebted to Gilbert Mendonca and Mark Wiltshire who made 17 and 15 games respectively. Barbara Marshall got 17 and Neiberth Hale 16 for the runner up team. Jack Sardina scored 17 for Falcons.
Mix Up won the semi final with 70 games ahead of Impressors 68 and Spartons 65. Wiltshire made 16 for Mix Up, while Marshall got 15 for Impressors.
Mix Up took home a trophy and $85,000, Impressors received a trophy and $35,000, while Falcons got a trophy and $20,000.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Jubilee Futsal Competition at CASH May 5]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399989 2016-05-03T23:35:08Z 2016-05-04T04:20:45Z 50 teams, one day, one winner   

By Sean Devers
The place to be on Indian Arrival Day (May 5) is the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) which should be a hive of activities when C&A Unique collaborates with South Quake Youth Ministries to host what is anticipated

South Quake Youth President Alistair Griffith and Lawrence December of Tucville Street team have one hand on the Trophy. Gospel artist Ryan ‘ DC Speaker’ Patterson (right) and Carlos Griffith founder of C&A Unique share the moment.

South Quake Youth President Alistair Griffith and Lawrence December of Tucville Street team have one hand on the Trophy. Gospel artist Ryan ‘ DC Speaker’ Patterson (right) and Carlos Griffith founder of C&A Unique share the moment.

to a riveting Jubilee Futsal Competition.
Fifty teams are expected to clash for one prize in a grand one-day one game knock-out five-a-side 10-minute indoor football competition which the organizers says will see 25 Church teams meeting 25 Street teams for the top prize of $50,000 and a trophy.
The national holiday should provide football fans with plenty of action starting from 08:30hrs and a large crowd is expected since adults will play $400, while children under 12 will be admitted to the homestretch Avenue venue free of charge.
The church teams might be tempted to ask for divine guidance against the street combinations which should be more equipped with the experience playing this type of the sport on the streets all of their lives, especially since $25,000, 15,000 and $10,000 along with trophies are up for grabs for the second, third and fourth placed winners respectively.
According to Alistair Griffith, the Youth President of the South Quake Ministries which is located on Cane View Avenue in South Ruimveldt, a street football tournament was started three years ago but this year as a part of Guyana’s Jubilee a bigger event was planned and will be played in the Sports Hall.
“We wanted this to be bigger than the last two years and help to forge a more untied Guyana through sports. Don’t underestimate the Church teams which will give the street teams a run for their money.”
His unrelated name-sake Carlos Griffith, the founder of C&A Unique added that females will not be left out since a ‘kick to goal’ competition has been organsied for the girls.
Teams from South and North Ruimveldt, Grove and Cane Grove among others are slated to compete in the action which is expected to conclude around 21:00hrs with the presentation.
Banks DIH, NSC, GFF, Giftland Office Max, the Guyana Government and Trophy Stall are among those who have pledged support for the tournament.
Also present at yesterday’s launching, held opposite the Tucville School, were Gospel Artist Ryan Patterson AKA DC Speaker, who performed pieces of his songs, and Lawrence December who represented the Tucville street team.
There is no cost to register and teams desirous of doing so can contact Alistair Griffith on telephone number 677-5116.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Team Rose capture Senior Citizens Bocce title]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400001 2016-05-03T23:42:17Z 2016-05-04T04:20:43Z On Saturday 30th April, 2016 the Senior Citizens Bocce tournament attracted four teams namely Rose, Sunflower, Dahlia and Buttercup.
In the preliminary rounds teams were allotted 30 minutes duration in order to facilitate the use of the National Gymnasium by a another sports discipline.
The first game was won by team Rose 4 points to 2 points against team Sunflower. Dahlia scored 3 points, while Buttercup scored 2 points in the second game. Both games ended in the third frame.
Rose and Dahlia played in the final and were allotted 45 minutes time duration to play.
Team Rose were the champions after defeating Dahlia 6 points – 5 points in fifth frame.
The runner up team was awarded medals which were presented by Mrs. Marcia Lewis. Sports Organiser, Mr. Wilton Spencer did the presentation of medals and a trophy to the winning team.
Officials of the tournament were Mr. Wilton Spencer, Mr. George Hughes and Mrs. Marcia Lewis.
The tournament was sponsored by the National Sports Commission.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Clarke engages GBOC in workshop]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399981 2016-05-03T23:20:17Z 2016-05-04T04:20:39Z By Edison Jefford
President of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC), Glyne Clarke engaged the Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC) in a workshop on Saturday at Cara Lodge following what was an official signing

CBC President, Glyne Clarke (left) speaks with officials and coaches at Cara Lodge on Saturday last during a workshop. GABF President, Nigel Hinds is seated at head table.

CBC President, Glyne Clarke (left) speaks with officials and coaches at Cara Lodge on Saturday last during a workshop. GABF President, Nigel Hinds is seated at head table.

ceremony for the CBC U-16 Championships.
Clarke, who is a former FIBA referee, Vice-President of CBC for Technical Operations and now FIBA Americas Referees Instructor was in Guyana for a series of meetings to ratify Guyana as the official host of the CBC U-16 Championships.
Barbadian Clarke met with the Ministers of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine and Dr. Nicolette Henry and also toured the host facility, Cliff Anderson Sports Hall as part of his official schedule before ratifying Guyana as the host of the tournament.
However, Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) and GBOC could not allow Clarke to return to Barbados without seeking out his vast experience in the field of officiating. Thus, he sat down with local referees and coaches for a workshop.
“The modern philosophy of the game is about the player and not the officials,” Clarke told those present. He said that you will find FIBA officials making much less calls than what obtains at the domestic level with referees.
According to Clarke, that was apparent when Guyana hosted two FIBA accredited referees for its National Basketball Club Championships two weeks ago. Clarke informed that comparatively he learnt that the FIBA officials made less calls.
The workshop briefly focused on the psychology of officiating, modern officiating, referees and coaches relationship and table officiating. The need to strengthen Guyana’s official pool became clear following the imbroglio of the national final on March 19 when Linden’s, Retrieve Raiders walked off the court to protest what it believed was poor officiating.
The GABF engaged a number of sources, including distinguished academic and former FIBA international licensed referee, Jay Mandle,  who is a W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics at Colgate University and co-author of ‘Caribbean Hoops: The Development of West Indian Basketball’, which has an entire chapter on Refereeing.
Clarke was the latest in a series of efforts to educate local officials with the aim of improving the overall standard of the game here, especially since Guyana will be hosting around 10 Caribbean countries for the U-16 Championships in July.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[William France Differently Abled Athletics Club]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400008 2016-05-03T23:52:49Z 2016-05-04T04:20:38Z 26-Mile walk from Mahaica at mid-night on May 24 organised

By Sean Devers
In 1997 Guyanese William France became the first Amputee to ever compete in the Boston Marathon in the USA before forming the William France Differently Abled Athletics Club on August 12 of the next year.

William France (centre) is flanked by Looknauth Perreira (left) and Godfrey Williams, while Yvonne DeAbreu sits in her Wheelchair.

William France (centre) is flanked by Looknauth Perreira (left) and Godfrey Williams, while Yvonne DeAbreu sits in her Wheelchair.

Since then the President of his club has had many achievements including being the only Amputee to receive two National Awards and has participated in 21 Marathons, 17 of them overseas.
The now retired 59-year-old France has also had to seek donations for his trips overseas on the Demerara Harbor Bridge and the East Coast Railway Embankment. He says he represents Guyana on these trips, adding there is no money involved when he is successful in such events.
The one-legged Walker is coming out of retirement on May 24 when he and five other Amputees and two females (Indi Ramnauth & Yvonne DeAbreu) who are in Wheel Chairs will participate in a 26-mile walk from Mahaica to the Independence Arch in Brickdam Georgetown starting at mid-night. The seven and a half hour walk is expected to conclude just after 07:30hrs on May 25.
“We (the club) want to show in our 50th Independence Anniversary that people with disabilities can make a meaningful contribution to this beautiful Nation and we have invited President David Granger, the Prime Minister, the Director of Sports and the opposition leader Dr Bharat Jagdeo to walk the last mile with us,” France informed.
France thanked the Guyana Police Force for the support his club has received during their events over the years and disclosed that this special walk is open to anyone who wishes to join.
“This is not a race just a walk to raise awareness of disabled persons. We are set to warm up for the walk when we host a 13-mile walk from Cotton-Field to Queenstown on the Essequibo Coast from 06:00hrs on May 14,” informed the France who hails from Essequibo.
Among the sponsors on board for the May 24 event are DDL, Ramchand Auto Sales, Rays Auto Sales, DeSilva’s Optical, Guy oil, Humphrey’s Bakery and West Indies Sports Complex.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[GLTA forms young Executive as Jamal Goodluck takes the helm]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399982 2016-05-03T23:23:04Z 2016-05-04T04:20:33Z Jamal Goodluck has been elected the youngest president in the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association’s (GLTA) history, at the age of 25 during this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Georgetown Cricket Club last week.
In the outgoing president’s report, Grace McCalman reflected on her term as

The new executive following the recent election. Front (from left): Grace McCalman, Cristy Campbell, Nigel Niles.  Back row (from left): Oswin Coggins, Asif Subhan, Ramesh Seebarran, Nicholas Young, Jamal Goodluck, Leroy Chapman, Robert Bostwick.

The new executive following the recent election. Front (from left): Grace McCalman, Cristy Campbell, Nigel Niles. Back row (from left): Oswin Coggins, Asif Subhan, Ramesh Seebarran, Nicholas Young, Jamal Goodluck, Leroy Chapman, Robert Bostwick.

president of the GLTA. Her most prized accomplishment was achieving the unprecedented pledge by the Government of Guyana to give the green light on the construction of 8 tennis courts at the National Racquet Centre through a MoU. This feat was previously unattainable for decades. She opined that after the results, pledges would have materialized, the GLTA will have foundation to develop tennis in Guyana. The former President lamented on the immense gratitude she has towards the various stakeholders that have contributed the association. Ms. McCalman expounded that there has been improvements in club activities which as a result contributed to the increased interest shown by members of general public.
Meanwhile, new President, Jamal Goodluck, thanked the clubs for having confidence in electing a young president and sees it as a hallmark in the development of the sport. “The GLTA is setting a precedent in molding the young leaders to take the sport to the next level,” he expressed.
His vision is to create a larger footprint of tennis in the landscape of sports through expansion of programmes within the various regions and schools. At the top of the agenda is developing a home for tennis and revision of the strategic plan. Goodluck reassured his commitment to take the baton from McCalman and emulate the hard work that has been done in these areas. The president in recognising the low level of capacity and waning interest of persons in building organisations, called upon the new executive members to be honest about their limitations but do their best. He congratulated the new team and expressed confidence in the young executive.
The team is made up of:
1st Vice-President– Nigel Nile
2nd Vice-President – Ramesh Seebarran
Secretary –Asif Subhan
Treasurer – Leroy Chapman
Asst. Secretary/Treasurer- Oswin Coggins
Committee Member – Grace McCalman
Committee Member – Robert Bostwick
Committee Member – Nicholas Young
Committee Member  – Cristy Campbell
Public Relations Officer – Shaquille Bourne

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Petra Soft Shoe Football returns]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399995 2016-05-03T23:41:09Z 2016-05-04T04:20:31Z It’s here again, the annual Petra Organisation-organised Soft Shoe Football Competition which has its genesis in 2015.
Yesterday, at the Spice Garden Restaurant & Bar on Pike Street, Campbellville, the Petra Organisation, which has teamed up with the Ministry of Public Health under its Stop Gender-based Violence theme, launched its

Health Education Officer attached to the Ministry of Public Health Joy Gravesande (2nd right) addresses the media in the presence of Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca (2nd left), GFF President Wayne Forde (left) and Petra representative Mark Alleyne yesterday.

Health Education Officer attached to the Ministry of Public Health Joy Gravesande (2nd right) addresses the media in the presence of Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca (2nd left), GFF President Wayne Forde (left) and Petra representative Mark Alleyne yesterday.

annual project which had in attendance Co-Director Troy Mendonca, Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde and Health Education Officer of the Ministry of Public Health Joy Gravesande.
Mendonca speaking at the occasion gave a synopsis of the tournament which he revealed will start on May 17 and run until June 18 at various grounds within the Georgetown community including West and East Ruimveldt and the ground directly opposite the Cuffy Monument.
He added that over $700,000 in total prize monies will be up for grabs with the winning team set to receive $300,000, runner-up $200,000, 3rd place $100,000 and 4th place $50,000 along with trophies.
Mendonca pointed out that the collaboration between the Ministry and Petra has been a fruitful one that started a few years ago and has maintained its strength through the vision they share.
Forde in his presentation commended the Organisation for teaming up with the Ministry to help highlight the scourge, which according to him, has become pervasive in the society.
The GFF President also applauded the Petra Organisation for having the foresight to persist in the further development of the sport despite the challenges that the current and previous administrations encountered, adding that their position has always been not to let administrative issues affect the sport’s forward thrust.
He reminded that the GFF will always be supportive of any organisation that is willing to assist in the development of the game, but challenged the Petra Organisation to reach out to other communities and not restrict their reach to just Georgetown.
Gravesande in her remarks told the gathering that while they’ve collaborated with the Organisation at the schools level the occasion marks the first time that they will be engaging in getting into the communities at the senior level.
“We see this as one of the solutions to tackling the problem and this is why we are going to target them,” Gravesande said.
She added that the tournament is good and useful for the men and we intend to conduct sessions with them about helping to stamp out Gender-based Violence.
Twenty-four community-based teams in Georgetown, which will be divided into six groups of four, will be involved in the tournament. The winner and the runner up automatically go through to the knockout phase along with the four best third placed teams.
There would be no entrance fee to the games.
Apart from the Public Health Ministry the other sponsors on board are:  Busta, GTT, Lucky Dollar, Nigel’s Supermarket, Junior’s Jewelry, Star Party Rental and 2 J’s General Store.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Leicester stand to gain up to 250 million pound windfall]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400014 2016-05-04T00:05:32Z 2016-05-04T04:20:28Z (Reuters) Leicester City have the chance of making anything between 150 million pounds and 250 million pounds from their sensational Premier League triumph, according to sports marketing experts.

Leicester City fans celebrate with flags. (Action Images via Reuters / Craig BroughLivepic)

Leicester City fans celebrate with flags. (Action Images via Reuters / Craig BroughLivepic)

The city of Leicester in England’s Midlands should also expect to enjoy a huge commercial boost after its hometown team wrote the unlikeliest of sporting success stories, one that has captured headlines around the world.
Yet though the club known as the Foxes will gain this substantial windfall, they still have a long way to go to join the true big-money elite of world football.
The club that had never won the top-flight crown in its history will cash in through the 90 million pounds in prize money from the Premier League, and money from competing in Europe’s Champions League next season, as well as increased TV and match day revenue.
With Leicester’s increasing attraction to sponsors as the champions of the Premier League, which possesses remarkable global appeal, it could all be worth as much as 150 million pounds to the club, said the sports and entertainment intelligence firm, Repucom, on Tuesday.
Other experts have put the estimates much higher with some British media reports suggesting that the figure could be much nearer 250 million pounds, particularly if Leicester’s success proves to be more than a one-season wonder.
Leicester’s TV audiences have soared by over 23% globally this season and because of the excitement inspired by their run to the title, audiences in the UK have grown from 785,000 to over one million per game.
In Italy, the numbers watching Leicester’s games have doubled, largely thanks to the interest generated by the club being managed by Italian coach Claudio Ranieri.
“Leicester’s media values have jumped by 30 percent globally whilst in the U.S. they have grown by over 70 percent, showing first-hand the increase in value to current and potential sponsors,” Repucom said.
Leicester’s first appearance in the lucrative Champions League will also make a vast difference to their coffers in the region of 36 million pounds.
As well as increased TV exposure, it will generate increased revenues from group stage fees, a proportion of the competition’s market pool and a participation bonus, totalling 33 million pounds, as well as 3 million pounds performance bonus.
A story which had echoes of Leicester’s triumph was Atletico Madrid’s breaking of the Barcelona-Real Madrid duopoly to win La Liga in 2014.
Based on the increased match day and commercial revenues that unlikely champions Atletico gleaned, Leicester can expect to see between 10 to 15 million pounds boost in that area.
“Leicester City FC’s real commercial potential will become clearer in the season break as brands vie to associate themselves to the club,” Spencer Nolan, head of consulting at Repucom, said.
So, much will depend, in the mid to long-term on how successful the club, owned by Thailand billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, are in developing their fan base.
Though their victory was greeted enthusiastically in Thailand, where Srivaddhanaprabha’s family runs the duty-free empire King Power, their fan base is still not in the same league as the historic elite of the English game like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Leicester itself hopes for an economic boon, with the local newspaper, Leicester Mercury, reporting that financial experts believe the overall economy in the city could benefit to the tune of 49 million pounds.
The numbers of visitors to the city have grown rapidly since the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in 2012 and now tourism chiefs hope that being the home of England’s football champions will prove a draw card for Leicester too.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[RHTYSC, MS, Edward B. Beharry host 2nd Division “Say No to Suicide” 5 overs Cricket]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400003 2016-05-03T23:43:04Z 2016-05-04T04:20:20Z The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS and Edward B. Beharry Co. Ltd would shortly be unveiling the second edition of their joint Say No to Drugs, Crime and Suicide and Yes to Education, Sports and Life Campaign. The 2016 edition would target youths in Region 5 and 6 and would have the ‘B’ Division of the Guyana Police Force and the Region 6 Department of the Ministry of Education as partners.
As part of an expanded programme for 2016, a five overs Say No to Suicide cricket tournament would be organised for forty teams across Berbice. The ancient county would be divided into four sub-divisions – West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje, Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne. Ten teams would consist each sub-division and they would play each other in a one day tournament before moving on to the Grand Finals. The top three teams from each zone would move on to the finals, where the winning team would receive a winner’s prize of $150,000 and a trophy, the losing finalist $75,000 and trophy and the 3rd place $25,000 and trophy. The winner of each zone would carry home a prize package of $15,000.
Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the tournament would be used by the organisers to promote the Say No and Say Yes message to numerous villages across the ancient county and as such each zones would be given a theme to be promoted. West Berbice’s theme shall be Say No to Suicide, New Amsterdam/Canje – Say No to Drugs, Lower Corentyne – Say No to Crime and Central/Upper Corentyne – Say Yes to Life, Education and Sports. A senior officer of the Guyana Police Force would address teams before the start of each Zone tournament and the Grand Finals. Clubs taking part in the tournament would also be provided with posters and youth information booklets for them to promote the messages in their respective areas.
Teams in the tournament would only be allowed to play two first division players who have played a combined four matches in 2015 and 2016, while players who are barred from playing second division by the Berbice Cricket Board would not be allowed to play. Bowlers would only be allowed to bowl one over per game, while only two players would be allowed out of the thirty yards circle in the first over. For the remaining four overs, a maximum of four fielders would be allowed out of the circle. In an effort to create excitement for spectators, the organisers would also award a six for any boundary scored off a free hit, while eight runs would be given for a six hit off a free hit. Matches that are tied would be decided on a super over. The organisers would provide umpires for the tournament, music set/PA System for every Venue and balls for the finals.
The RHTYSC, MS would like to extend an official invitation to Clubs across Berbice to enter the competition on a come first basis. Teams can contact the Club on Telephone Number 337-4562 or Email foster_hilbert@yahoo.com before the 20th of May. Teams would also have to submit a fifteen man squad and clearly state their two first division players.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Wellwoman & Wellman take both male and female titles in MSC softball fund raiser]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400004 2016-05-03T23:49:35Z 2016-05-04T04:20:07Z Despite heavy overnight rain in the City and an overcast day, the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) May Day softball cricket tournament, which formed a part of Guyana’s 50th Anniversary year of events, was won by Mike’s

(Above) Wellwoman’s & Wellman’s (Below) team

(Above) Wellwoman’s & Wellman’s (Below) team

Pharmacy Male and female teams.
Mike’s Wellwoman beat Enterprise Divas by 70 runs while Mike’s Wellman sneaked past Wolf Superior by three runs in an exciting finish in the finals.
Held at the Thomas lands venue, Wellwoman batted first and made 117-4 in 15 overs. Player of the finals Latoya Smith stocked 45 and was supported by Joanna Vansertima who made 43.
Enterprise Divas were bowled out for 64 in 15 overs despite 33 from Mathana Cambridge as Smith and Reneka Isaacs grabbed two wickets apiece.
In the Men’s final, Wellman were dismissed for 141 from 20 overs with Shamlall top scoring with 47. Wolf Superior reached 139-9 before their 20 overs expired.
The proprietor of Mike’s Pharmacy, Mike Persaud made a donation to the club’s fund raising drive.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[GTTA to host ITTF Umpires, Referees and Tournament Coordinator Course]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399986 2016-05-03T23:29:06Z 2016-05-04T04:20:03Z The Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) will be hosting an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Umpires, Referees and Tournament Coordinators Course, which begins at 9:00am tomorrow at the National Gymnasium.

Silvia Garro

Silvia Garro

ITTF expert, Costa Rican, Silvia Garro will conduct the course, which is scheduled to conclude on May 9. According to a GTTA Press Release, Garro is a well accredited expert, having served as the deputy at the 2013 World Table Tennis Championships.
Garro managed over 80 Umpires at the World Championships; she also served as Chief Referee at the recently completed ITTF Junior Circuit Finals in Guatemala, and has conducted several of the similar courses in many countries.
“She is the first ever official from Costa Rica to receive the distinction and is one of two women in the team, who officiated as referee, a first for a World Championships. The other is China’s Zhang Yingqu,” the GTTA press release informed.
“The programme forms a critical component to the development of the game in Guyana and an area we have been truly lacking and has a deficit,” the association continued.
The plan with the hosting of this programme is to achieve the following: build capacity, develop a nucleus of persons with the understanding of the rules and an ability to coordinate competition, improve the quality of officiating and better coordinate tournaments with the central aim of raising the level and marketing the sport.
According to GTTA, the plan after Garro leaves Guyana is to develop master trainers, who would train more persons to officiate and be paid through our tournament system based on a model the executive committee has developed.
“The Umpires, Referees and Tournament Coordinators Course offers tremendous opportunities for participants since it provides opportunities to accredited persons to be able to travel to other continental tournaments around the world to officiate,” the release noted.
The GTTA has extended invitations to representatives from Region Two, Six and 10; schools in the GTU Districts, Coaches and Clubs among other stakeholders. The GTTA sees this as a step towards advancing the knowledge of Coaches.
By extension, the association wants to raise the level of the players and create the catalyst for improving its institutional structures.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Motorists urged to utilise secured parking facilities]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400025 2016-05-04T00:45:33Z 2016-05-04T04:15:55Z Police in Region Three are appealing to motorists to make use of parking facilities protected by security personnel.  This disclosure was yesterday made by a rank who is currently investigating a case of a stolen motor vehicle.
The vehicle, a blue Toyota Raum, was removed from a location at Parika, East Bank

The motor vehicle was found by the owner and police at a location in Zeelugt.

The motor vehicle was found by the owner and police at a location in Zeelugt.

Essequibo, during the past week. The owner had reportedly, days earlier, parked and locked his vehicle before travelling to Bartica, Region Seven. According to the owner, he had done this on numerous occasions without incident.
On discovering that his vehicle was missing upon his return, the owner said that he immediately made a report at the Parika Police Station. There he learnt that a report was made that a vehicle was being stripped at Zeelugt, several villages away from Parika.
Upon investigation, the “shell” of the missing vehicle was discovered at Zeelugt. While the lamps were still intact as well as sections of the engine, the owner of the vehicle disclosed that everything else was removed.
“They took everything from the ignition to the seats,” said the distraught man as he questioned who would have wanted to do something like that to him.
According to an investigating rank, there are currently no leads as to who committed the dastardly act. It is believed that the perpetrator(s) broke a window and “hot-wired” the car in order to drive it to the location where it was stripped.
Police are, however, not letting-up on their investigative efforts and are intent on finding the culprit(s) and deterring such activities in the Region.
“People might be aware of what happened, but nobody has come forward as yet. The perpetrator(s) may or may not be from around the area, but sometimes in order to solve cases we need people to talk to us,” said the investigating rank.
The Police rank, however, noted that the driving public is, at the same time, being advised that the onus remains on them to keep their vehicles in a safe location.
“We cannot stop these activities altogether, but we can advise people to make use of parking lots. At Parika alone there are about three parking lots. People might have to pay a fee, but those lots are secured. The Police Force cannot look at all vehicles and ensure that they are safe.”
The rank, however, admitted that the Police Force cannot insist that motorists make use of the parking lots.
“They have a choice, but if you don’t use these locations and something happens to your vehicle you will only have yourself to blame, because we cannot be everywhere protecting everything, but we are doing as much as we can,” said the rank, who noted that this does not mean that such activities will be tolerated.
He said that while there might have been other cases of vehicles being stolen, the recent case is believed to be an isolated incident.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[Prison deaths COI…No headless remains among corpses – State Pathologist]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400087 2016-05-04T02:39:56Z 2016-05-04T04:15:40Z Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh said that post mortem examinations conducted on the bodies of prisoners, who perished in the March 3, Camp Street disturbance, in some cases revealed evidence of blunt trauma.
Dr Singh testified before the Commission of Inquiry into the incident at the Ministry of Presidency Department of Public Service, Waterloo Street, South Cummingsburg, yesterday.  The COI was ordered by President David Granger following one of the deadliest riots that took place within the prisons in recent years.
Seventeen prisoners perished in the blaze; they were trapped in a raging fire in the Capital ‘A’ Block of the Camp Street facility.
Following the incident autopsies were done by Government Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh, at both the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the Memorial Gardens and Crematorium.
Dr. Singh told the Commission that  although the bodies were burnt severely, he could not recall any  examining any headless corpse.
The Pathologist was at the time responding to questions posed by Counsel for the Commission Excellence Dazzell.  The attorney inquired about the injuries which the prisoners sustained during the incident.
Prisoners and joint services officials had previously told the three -member Commission of a decapitated corpse found amongst the inmates who perished in the fire.
However, Dr Singh specifically noted that the corpses of all the inmates were intact when he examined them.
“All the bodies the heads were intact; all of them. If there was a headless corpse, the families would have complained. If you check the report there is no such thing as a headless body,” he stated.
The witness provided the panel with the details of the autopsies, which he said were conducted in the presence of members of the victims’ families.
He said that most of the relatives identified the bodies of the inmates because of their tattoos.
In addition to the 90% to 95 % burns that the prisoners would have suffered, Dr Singh said there was also evidence of blunt trauma to some prisoners. He explained that the blunt trauma could have been caused by several things including cutting, falling, hitting, and lashing, but he could not specifically say what caused the trauma.
Asked whether any of the corpses had been degutted, Dr. Singh explained that in fires, the intestines would often start to protrude the stomach area since it is thinnest area of the body, easily consumed in a blaze.
Meanwhile, Attorney for the Joint Services, Eusi Anderson asked the Pathologist specifically about the limitations in his field of work. Anderson questioned whether there were indications that the inmates were injured before they perished in the fire.
However, Dr Singh said that based on his examination he could not say whether the prisoners suffered injuries prior to the fire.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[City Hall resolves to transform Georgetown]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=400098 2016-05-04T03:06:24Z 2016-05-04T04:15:35Z …not put vendors out of business
City Hall’s ongoing efforts to transform the streets and market squares of Georgetown have met with mixed reactions, with the public seemingly divided. Some think that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) isvendors t after the vendors that were until Sunday encamped and encroaching the city streets and pavements, while others insist that the clearing and cleaning of the Stabroek Market Square, Water Street and Longden Street is a step in the right direction.
As was previously reported by this newspaper, the movement started on Sunday with a clean-up of the Stabroek Market Square which was since extended to Monday, and which saw Water and Longden Streets being cleared of all illicit structures and stalls.
Monday’s exercise was monitored by Town Clerk Royston King who had stated that anyone found guilty of infractions against City Regulations would be dealt with accordingly. The illicit structures along Water and Longden Streets were marked for dismantling, but some vendors had asked for an extension of time for removal of goods and various items. This extension was granted, the stalls were since removed and the area cleared.
Public Relations Officer of M&CC Debra Lewis stated all vendors and businesses in the area were given notice and they had all indicated their willingness to cooperate, but on the day of the exercise; some had complied while others did not.
She further stated that they (M&CC) had cause to remove several mobile stands and stocks of some vendors, which were then taken to City Hall’s compound. She continued that while some vendors collected their stands and stocks, up to yesterday around 17:00 hrs, several persons were yet to uplift their property. Lewis emphasized that persons do not have to pay a removal fee or any fees for that matter, but simply have to identify and uplift their belongings.
In a brief interview with Kaieteur News Lewis stated that M&CC continue to work as quickly as possible to prepare the new location earmarked for the temporary reloction of those displaced vendors. This newspaper understands that in a matter of days the proposed site should be ready for occupancy.
“We ask those displaced to be patient with us (M&CC) as we strive to prepare the new location properly so that you (vendors) can be in a comfortable and secure environment.”
Lewis indicated that as was previously reported, the new location would be equipped with sanitary facilities, proper lighting and around-the-clock security.
A source close to the “Markets Department” stated that an investigation was carried out and it was found that quite a number of persons peddling their wares in the city streets were owners of stalls in the Stabroek Market. This is an issue that Town Clerk Royston King had addressed at a recent meeting with vendors of the Stabroek Market area. King had indicated that if persons were found to be stallholders, they would be sent back to their stalls or as an alternative, have the stalls taken from them and given to someone else that “really needs it”.
“The persons that venture onto the streets and are owners of stalls are greedy,” King had stated. He noted that this was causing overcrowding of the pavements and streets of Georgetown.
Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan and PRO Debra Lewis shared the same sentiment – that vendors should be aware that it is the M&CC’s responsibilty to look after the interest and welfare of all citizens of Georgetown and not just be partial to one sector. Lewis had also noted that City Hall is trying to ensure that fair, organized and legitimate vending is carried out throughout the various City Market municipalities.
In an earlier article Deputy Mayor Duncan had stated that ‘’if Georgetown is to achieve international status, change is imperative.’’
“This change has to include reordering, reorganizing, and subsequent beautification, all of which are integral parts of the general transformation of the city.”

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[FFTP to roll out ‘adopt a department’ initiative in public hospitals]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399975 2016-05-03T22:56:02Z 2016-05-04T04:15:34Z A new initiative that will see measures being taken to improve sections of a number of public health facilities is currently in the making.
The initiative is being spearheaded by Food for the Poor Guyana Incorporated (FFTP). And according to

FFTP Field Officer, Compton Giddings

FFTP Field Officer, Compton Giddings

FFTP Field Officer, Mr. Compton Giddings, who has responsibility for ensuring the initiative is successfully implemented, a few health facilities have already been identified.
“What we intend to do is to identify a section of all of the (public) hospitals and adopt that section so that we can improve it,” related Giddings.
Already adopted by FFTP is the paediatrics department of the Linden Hospital Complex, Giddings informed.
“We are going to paint their walls and make it children-friendly. We will write numbers and the alphabet on the walls and we plan on making toys available to the children too,” said Giddings of the planned initiative.
But while the initiative is slated to first materialise in Linden, he disclosed that the organisation also has plans to adapt Ward E of the Georgetown Public Hospital. According to him, the ward is one that accommodates a number of cancer patients, some of whom are in need of items that can be provided by the organisation.
A department will also soon be adopted at the Diamond Regional Hospital and other public health hospitals.
“Whatever section we adopt we will keep looking at it and address all of its needs,” said Giddings, who related that Food for the Poor has over the years been working with a number of public health facilities to help meet a number of needs. However, sustained relationships with such facilities are affected when health personnel are relocated.
“Sometimes we develop close relationships with a particular doctor, through whom we give support to the health facility, but when that person is removed we have to start over from scratch in terms of giving our support. To start the new communication with a new doctor, sometimes it is very, very hard, and this is a challenge to us,” Giddings related.
According to him, Food for the Poor has been consistently reaching out to, not only health facilities, but other organisations and individuals as well.
Last week the organisation offered support to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure in the form of tables for draftsmen, four ordinary desks and 25 office chairs.
“Although I look mainly at medical needs of organisations and individuals, sometimes when I visit a location we get other requests from organisations or individuals to help address other needs, and if we can, we give the support,” Giddings related.
Giddings explained that the organisation is one that thrives on the support of international donors, although it procures some items independently.
Meanwhile, FFTP will also be looking to continue a wheelchair distribution initiative that it introduced for the first time last year.
The wheelchair initiative, which is spearheaded by FFTP Senior Manager, Jimeel Davis, is one that is done in collaboration with the Free Wheelchair Mission of the United States.
Founded in 2001 by Laurie and Don Schoendorfer, the Free Wheelchair Mission is an international faith-based non-profit humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations.
Last year, Davis said that initiative was intended to distribute 550 wheelchairs. While over the years FFTP catered to the wheelchair needs of persons with disabilities, its capacity did not allow it to meet all the requests made.
According to Giddings, “containers are due here, so we will start distribution again soon. We were in Berbice, Linden and we want to go to Essequibo now and start it there too. What we found is that we never knew we had so many people who are incapacitated and have uncontrolled movements and we also had to give them bed pans and pampers. So we find that we are very strained now, in terms of these distributions, but our donors have been good to us,” added Giddings.
Efforts to continue its various initiatives come even as preparations are being made to celebrate 25 years of operation in Guyana, according FFTP Public Relations Officer, Wayne Hamilton. According to him, FFTP will unveil its celebratory plans after Guyana’s celebration of its Golden Jubilee this month end.
“We don’t want our plans to clash with the nation’s celebration, so we are quietly doing our thing,” he noted. It is expected that the FFTP celebration will be done in a big way, not only in Georgetown, also in Berbice, Hamilton said.

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KNews http://wwww.kaieteurnewsonline.com <![CDATA[University of Guyana names 10th Vice Chancellor]]> http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=399976 2016-05-03T23:01:37Z 2016-05-04T04:15:32Z A new Vice Chancellor, has finally been named by the Council of the University of Guyana (UG). The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor is Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. He has succeeded Professor Jacob Opadeyi. The announcement was

Professor Ivelaw Griffith

Professor Ivelaw Griffith

officially made yesterday by way of a press statement.
Professor Griffith was reportedly selected after what was described as “exhaustive national, regional and international search, shortlisting of three candidates and evaluation based on a series of lectures, the candidates’ credentials and an interview by the Search Committee appointed by Council”.
Professor Griffith will assume office as Vice Chancellor on June 14, 2016.
Based on information disseminated by UG yesterday, the Vice Chancellor is the first person in UG history to graduate with Distinction in Political Science in 1980. He has achieved an outstanding record as a scholar, academic leader and teacher.
In addition to his Bachelor of Social Science (Political Science, with Distinction) degree from the University of Guyana, he also secured a Diploma in Communications from UG. Moreover, he holds a Master of Arts degree from Long Island University in New York and a Master of Philosophy and PhD degrees in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate School. Further, he completed the programme in Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He is currently Executive-in-Residence at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has held a number of other leadership positions, including President of Fort Valley State University in Georgia (2013-2015), Provost and Senior Vice President at York College in New York (2007-2013), Provost at Radford University in Virginia (2006-2007), Dean of the Honours College at Florida International University (2001-2006), and Budget Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University (1998-2001), all while maintaining his tenure as a political science professor.
He views his appointment as “returning to the place where his academic journey began” and as an opportunity to make a significant contribution to his homeland.
According to Professor Griffith, “Guyana’s sole national institution of higher learning is a long-neglected educational enterprise that must be transformed into a meaningful facilitator of educational and economic development—for citizens and society. It must foster dreaming and doing about changing personal and societal realities, and enable discovery in all relevant fields”. Professor Griffith considers the University, “a pillar of the nation’s economic and social development” and he looks forward to working with governmental, alumni, business, civic, and other stakeholders to enable it to provide a platform to explore myriad opportunities and a stimulus for innovation.
Chancellor Nigel Harris said that “the University of Guyana welcomes Professor Griffith whose scholarly achievements and leadership experience are well suited to the central role he must play in transforming the Institution.”
Professor Griffith has gained international recognition in the field of Caribbean and hemispheric security, drugs and crime, as one of the leading scholars in those fields. He has published seven books and more than 50 academic and policy articles. He has been quoted in numerous media including the New York Times, BBC World Service, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Jamaica Gleaner and Barbados Nation newspaper. As well, he has served as a consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat, USAID, Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he has testified before the U.S. Congress on security issues.
The new Vice-Chancellor has been a visiting scholar at the Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies in Washington DC, the Royal Military College in Canada and the George Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany. He was one of 45 experts commissioned by the OAS Secretary General to review hemispheric drug policies and practices and offer anti-drug scenarios.
For his exceptional work in his field of expertise, he was awarded the 2015 William J. Perry Award named in honour of former United States Defence Secretary, Dr. William J. Perry.
Professor Griffith is married to Ms. Francille Griffith and they have two adult children.

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