July 1, 2016

CPL matches to be aired live on ONE World Sports Network

Steven Taylor of the Barbados Tridents and Samuel Badree of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at a baseball arena in the USA

Steven Taylor of the Barbados Tridents and Samuel Badree of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at a baseball arena in the USA

ONE World Sports, America’s Network for Global Sports, will air the Hero CPL, the franchise-based T20 cricket tournament that combines cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere, two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life.

ONE World Sports partnership with the Hero CPL marks the first time the league will air on U.S. television and all matches will be shown live in late afternoon or in primetime.

For the first time since the league’s 2013 inception, Hero CPL matches will also take place in the United States at the Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from July 28-31. In a multi-year agreement, ONE World Sports will exclusively broadcast all 34 matches of the 2016 Hero CPL season, including the Florida dates, across all of its platforms.

The Hero CPL season starts on 29 June and continues through to 7 August.

“With a vast following around the world and a concerted effort by the Hero Caribbean Premier League to attract more U.S. fans with its upcoming matches in Fort Lauderdale, ONE World Sports is an ideal home for the league where we can present the sport to our viewers in a new and exciting way,” said Todd Myers, Vice President Programming, Acquisitions & Development.

“The addition of the Hero CPL is a prime example of the evolution of ONE World Sports’ live and exclusive programming that emanates domestically as well as abroad and caters to a diverse, millennial audience interested in global sports.”

ONE World Sports, in conjunction with EverSport.tv, will also offer a digital subscription service for Hero CPL fans to watch the entire tournament for $9.99. Interested viewers can access the subscription service at www.OneWorldSports.com beginning Saturday, June 25.

Pete Russell, Chief Operations Officer of Hero CPL, said, “We are delighted to welcome ONE World Sports to our broadcast family and we believe that this announcement will help showcase the CPL to our legions of followers across the USA. These six games in Fort Lauderdale from July 28-31, featuring the best cricketing talent from across the world, will mark a new chapter for CPL and we are hugely excited about staging these matches. We believe that through ONE World Sports we can enhance all that is special about CPL, the biggest party in sport, and help project all that is great about Caribbean cricket and culture across the USA.”

ONE World Sports is America’s Network for Global Sports, producing best-in-class, captivating live sports content from around the world. With multi-platform capabilities and superior production quality, ONE World Sports is one of the fastest growing independent sports networks available throughout the United States.

Currently available to more than 30 million homes nationally on cable, telco and satellite, ONE World Sports delivers live and exclusive coverage of some of America’s most popular sports played professionally outside the USA — basketball, baseball, golf and ice hockey — plus sporting events with the largest global followings, including soccer and cricket. ONE World Sports is distributed through Verizon FiOS, DISH Network, Charter Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Mediacom Communications, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, RCN and a growing number of systems through the NCTC.

In addition, the network’s mobile app, Watch ONE World Sports, features a live stream of the network for authenticated subscribers and on-demand content for all users. More information on ONE World Sports and its availability in particular markets can be found at www.oneworldsports.com or consumers can call their television distributor. Watch ONE World Sports is available in the Apple and the Google Play stores.

The Hero CPL features the best T20 cricket stars from the Caribbean and around the world, including top names like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, among others.

The League is comprised of six teams competing for the championship title including reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders (formerly Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel), Jamaica Tallawahs, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Zouks, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), heralded as the ‘Biggest Party in Sport’, begins on June 29 at 21:00 Hrs ET.

Govt’s agriculture policy ‘backward’, says Jagdeo

Picture 295As many residents and farmers in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica) continue to endure the floodwaters, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday visited the flood-affected communities and distributed basic necessities to villages in the Mahaicony area.

At Mora Point and Gordon’s Table, the Opposition Leader distributed food items and bottled water.

Residents of those villages as well as those in First Savannah – one mile from Gordon’s Table – complained that the flood situation began in April but could have been avoided if the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) had fixed damaged pumps and cleared clogged drains.

One female farmer at Mora’s Point told the Opposition Leader that it was poor drainage that led to the flooding in her area; a situation that has affected her ability to earn a living. She and fellow community members want an “inside dam” to be constructed.

“I lost five to six crop of rice… they have high spots [on dam] but we block water from de landing side; one side dam mek but if yuh mek de inside dam, you could get a free flow,” the farmer explained.

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo meeting with residents in flood-affected areas in Region Five

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo meeting with residents in flood-affected areas in Region Five

Meanwhile, Jagdeo told the residents that the difficulties they are facing with respect to getting Government’s assistance are not unique to Region Five only, since it seems that the Administration wants to “disrupt” the PPP strongholds.

“The APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) has a plan to disrupt all of the areas that we control – we have seen the worst manifestation in this region… this Government has a policy in relation to agriculture, that is backward and will harm the sectors that produce a significant part of the wealth of this country,” the former President noted.

In response to complaints by residents that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder was reluctant to visit the affected areas, Jagdeo surmised that blame should not fall on the subject Minister alone but the entire Administration.

“This Government has made it clear that agriculture is not high on their agenda… the Minister is aloof but it is not the Minister of Agriculture that can be blamed, we have to blame the Government because he takes his signal from Granger himself [who] has signalled that agriculture doesn’t matter to him (President Granger) too much,” the Opposition Leader further pointed out. This was reference to the declaration that rice is a “private” enterprise for which Government should not get actively involved.

“There are many hardships in the country but they [Government] are living in a dream world, I call it a cocoon, they believe they are doing so well but they don’t see the devastation in people’s lives…they have still managed to survive and look fairly good because they still have a lot of resources that we left. They can find G$800 million to clean up Georgetown but they can’t clean a couple of canals here – to spend 10 million, to ensure that people can plant something,” Jagdeo expressed.

He also claimed that even supporters of Government are disappointed.

“This is the attitude of the Government. I have never seen a bunch of incompetent people like this group – even their young supporters are disappointed because they are totally incompetent. They go to Parliament unprepared [and] clueless,” posited the former Head of State.

Regional Vice Chairman Rion Peters told Guyana Times International that residents and farmers in communities in addition to Moraikobai should be given assistance. He reasoned that this contributed to the PPP donating of the relief items.

Meanwhile, residents and farmers are hopeful that their plight is addressed. The team that visited the area including PPP Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali, former Health Minister Bheri Ramsarran and Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal.

 

Guyanese charged with falsifying application for U.S. passport

usELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Joseph Fedrick, 42, of Guyana, with falsifying an application for a United States passport, U.S.  Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Fedrick executed an application for a United States passport in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Within the application, Fedrick attempted to use a false social security number with the intent to secure the passport fraudulently.

Fedrick is charged with one count of “False Statement in Application for Passport.” He faces up to ten years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Department of the State Diplomatic Security Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security are investigating.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. (United States Department of Justice)

 

CPL 2016: Moody predicts bright future in sunshine State

 Tom Moody

Tom Moody

Australian two-time ICC Cricket World Cup winner Tom Moody believes that this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be the most competitive yet and that the inclusion of a myriad of world-class players across all six teams will make it the biggest and best yet.

Moody, who recently steered Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden IPL title as Head Coach, is the CPL’s International Director of Cricket and played a key role in securing the signing of overseas players of the calibre of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum and Shane Watson for the first time.

The 50-year-old believes that their commitment to the biggest party in sport, allied to a host of outstanding local West Indies and international stars, is a ringing endorsement of the growing international stature of the CPL, which will this year be played between 29 June and 7 August.

Speaking exclusively to www.cplt20.com, in an interview which is available for free download and editorial use, the former Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Western Australian all-rounder, who scored 21,001 first class runs and took 361 first-class wickets in a career spanning 16 years, spoke about winning the IPL, the growth of CPL’s standing internationally and outlined his hopes for the forthcoming season.

On coaching the IPL winners: “It was definitely career highlight to be involved in a successful IPL campaign. The IPL, as we all know, is a big tournament and to end up winning what is a pretty hard-fought battle, and get the reward at the end of it is a real bonus for all involved in the campaign.”

On the impact of West Indies’ Treble winning success over the last six months: “I think it (the Treble victories) was just wonderful and it’s not just the Men’s team, it’s right through from the Under-19s winning their World Cup and the Women winning their World Cup and then then Men putting the cherry on the cake. I think that’s an enormous boost to West Indies cricket and it’s a great way to launch another CPL season. The CPL is on the rise, everyone’s talking about it, everyone wants to be involved in it and to have that success at all those levels is only going to have the islands buzzing.”

On the CPL’s recruitment drive in the close season: “I think it’s enormous (boost). I obviously spoke to all of these players (AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Shane Watson) with regard to getting involved in the CPL in 2016 and it wasn’t a hard sell. The best players in the world want to play in this tournament because they have heard a lot of positive things about the tournament, they’ve heard how successful it’s been, they’ve heard how competitive it’s been and the best players want to play in the best tournaments. It’s as simple as that. To lure the likes of McCullum, de Villiers, Watson and whoever it might have been to this tournament, and it’s littered with big international names, was a reasonably easy task purely because of what the CPL has managed to build over the last three years.”

On developing the next generation of West Indies players: “For me the CPL is one pathway where players, right from the Under-19’s level through to domestic players, who might not get the light shone on them during the summer, can launch their careers. We’ve seen it before in the IPL with young Indians, and in Australia with young Australians (in the Big Bash). And it should really be no different in the Caribbean where the CPL can be a vehicle for young players to be really highlighted on the big stage because they’re playing against some of the best players in the world. If they can stack up against those players and perform consistently and really shine over the tournament, it’s a real launching pad for them into their career.”

On the emergence of Guyana Amazon Warriors-bound Adam Zampa in recent months: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran of 100 Test matches, or a rising star, the Caribbean Premier League is a tournament that people want to perform in. Adam Zampa is a great example of someone who sees the Caribbean Premier League as an opportunity for him to continue to develop and increase his stock as a cricketer. If he continues to have a good Tri-Series prior to this tournament, and he backs it up with a good CPL, he’s going to be looked upon more and more as a real contender for Australian cricket in all formats of the game.”

On the move to Lauderhill in Florida and the entry of CPL into the USA: “I think it’s a very exciting opportunity for the CPL to introduce a formal, vibrant and successful tournament to the American market. We know it’s going to be very diverse, in terms of the audience, and that’s the exciting thing. We’ll be introducing the game to some new people and we’re going to be bringing the game to people that have been starved of live cricket.

I can see a lot of people travelling from far and wide just to capture a few days’ cricket and, to me, it’s a really exciting opportunity for the players of the Caribbean and the internationals who are involved to really showcase their skills and put on a show in that week were in Florida.”

On the competitiveness of squads across the board in this year’s CPL: “There’s no doubt that every side was very shrewd through the Draft process and recruited very well.

You can’t pick a winner. In the past you could have hinted that maybe the (Barbados) Tridents and the (Jamaica) Tallawahs were destined to play Finals cricket.

But you look at the teams now and it’s very hard to pick a top two. And that’s very exciting for the tournament.

There’s nothing better than having all six teams towards the back end of the tournament vying for the Finals.”

On the Australian influence at CPL 2016 (Watson, Hussey, Lynn, Zampa): “You can guarantee that the Australian audience Down Under will be keeping an eager eye on some of their favourite players. I know that the CPL has definitely got traction in Australia and people do follow the tournament closely. Obviously likes of Watson and Hussey are favourites in all forms of the game, Hussey is continuing to show how it’s done long after his international retirement and with Zampa, everyone’s excited with his meteoric rise, there’s no doubt it’s exciting when he gets the ball in his hand.”

Tickets for all CPL matches across the Caribbean and in Florida are on sale from www.cplt20.com. (Extracted from cplt20.com)

Massive parade, unity concert bring curtains down on Jubilee celebration in NY

Several Guyanese and persons of other nationalities converged at Church and Utica Avenues in Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary

Several Guyanese and persons of other nationalities converged at Church and Utica Avenues in Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary

New York: A mammoth parade through the streets of Brooklyn and a massive unity concert at South Shore High School Park, Brooklyn, brought the curtains down on the one-week New York celebration of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence.

The New York Guyana Jubilee Celebrations from held from June 4 – 12, 2016, was organised by Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York).

The parade, which commenced at Church and Utica Avenues in the heart of the Guyanese-American community in Brooklyn, was led by Committee Chairman, Mr. Rickford Burke, Guyanese American New York State Senator-Hon. Roxanne Persaud,  Guyana’s 2nd Vice-President and Minister of National Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and Guyana’s Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson. The Christian Fellowship Pathfinder Club Marching Band was the drum corps of the parade.

Thousands of proud Guyanese revelers danced and gyrated to Adrian Dutchin’s “Show Me Yuh Flag,” and several other Jubilee songs by Guyanese artists and Soca music from around the Caribbean.

The parade flowed up Church Avenue, south into to Ralph Avenue and ended at the South Shore High School Park at Glenwood and Ralph Avenues. Hundreds of NYPD officers lined the barricaded route as police officers on motorcycles and in marked vehicles steered through the Brooklyn streets lined with spectators waving Guyana flags.

The parade reflected diversity and Guyanese unity. The Indo-Guyanese community in Queens led the parade with a float promoting Lakshmee Singh’s Radio and TV shows.  The talk show host herself, flanked by several beauties and dancers, waved to the overjoyed crowd.  Singh is organiser of the annual Diwali parade and cultural show in Richmond Hill, Queens.

Another float, on a decorated giant eighteen wheeler tractor trailer, blasted Soca music which electrified the massive crowd of thousands of Guyanese of all ages. The rare of the parade was a picturesque carnival scene with a sea of Guyana flags and revelers decked in colours of the flag.  Passersby stopped and waved. Some joined the celebration, which also attracted many other West Indians.

The after parade unity concert at South Shore attracted a massive turnout, causing the New York Police Department to mobilise additional personnel and close entrances. Hence thousands of persons, including Jubilee Celebration Committee members, could not gain entry. Patrons who were locked out of the park were however undaunted. They continued the festivities on the street which was blocked off by Police.

Committee Chairman Rickford Burke said the Police measures were standard precautionary procedures and apologised to patrons who could not get in. He signaled that in future, consideration will be given to venues that can accommodate larger capacities.   The Chairman noted that in spite of the glitches the concert went well and is one of the best in the New York Guyanese-American community.

Burke also observed that NYPD reported that there was no incident and showered high praises on Guyanese community for being orderly and well behaved.

“This level of civility and orderliness is rare in New York City. This speaks to the peaceful nature, self-discipline and decency of the Guyanese people. I congratulate them. They’ve done our country proud. I’m confident that we’ve earned greater respect and influence here in New York,” Burke said.

CPL fever!

The CPL ticket office, located at Camp and Quamina Streets in Georgetown, was officially declared open on Thursday, June 9, 2016.  Already several cricket fans are flocking the office to purchase their tickets for the CPL matches to be held in Guyana.

 

DSC_6679 DSC_6657 DSC_6649 Amazon warrior’s paraphernalia on sale at the new office on Camp and Quamina Streets DSC_6712 DSC_6704

Amazon Warriors manager Omar Khan addressing the media today at the new office on Camp and Quamina Streets

Amazon Warriors manager Omar Khan addressing the media today at the new office on Camp and Quamina Streets

CPL fever: Tickets now on sale in Guyana

The new CPL OPCO (Guyana) Inc Office and Ticket Centre at Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown

The new CPL OPCO (Guyana) Inc Office and Ticket Centre at Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown

The eagerly awaited sale of tickets for the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has commenced today, Thursday, June 9, at the new CPL Office at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown.

Patrons wishing to purchase tickets will be allowed 10 tickets per person for each game and where possible they may be allowed to purchase tickets with the seats of their choice in their preferred stand depending on availability. However corporate entities wishing to purchase more than 10 tickets can contact the ticketing office for further details.

The cost per ticket is the same as last year with Gy$4000 or $20US for the Red and Green Stands, Gy$3000 or $15US for Orange Stand and Gy$2000 or $10US for the Grass Mound.

This year organizers have put in place many security features to prevent counterfeiting and unlike some other venues, tickets for the Guyana National Stadium are numbered to match the seat number which will eliminate the possibility of overcrowding.

Patrons are asked to make early purchases so as to avoid the rush as we get close to the match days.

CPL fever: The CPL ticket office, located at Camp and Quamina Streets in Georgetown, was officially declared open on Thursday, June 9, 2016.  Already several cricket fans are flocking the office to purchase their tickets for the CPL matches to be held in Guyana.

CPL fever: The CPL ticket office, located at Camp and Quamina Streets in Georgetown, was officially declared open on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Already several cricket fans are flocking the office to purchase their tickets for the CPL matches to be held in Guyana.

Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending Champions while Jamaica Tallawahs are the inaugural Champions in 2014 and the Barbados Tridents winning the second edition of the annual tournament dubbed “the biggest party in sport.”

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have been very dominant in the three exciting tournaments so far having played in two finals (2014 and 2015) and bowing out in the semi-final last year.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors will play 10 games in the preliminary phase of the League, with four matches in Guyana, two in Florida, and one each in Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica and St Lucia.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors will begin their four exciting and high quality home matches on Thursday July 7 against the 2014 Champions; the Jamaica Tallawahs at 19:00 Hrs, then on Saturday July 9 they will play the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots from noon. The Martin Guptil led side will then turn their attention to the Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday July 10 from 19:00 Hrs and will wrap up the leg of local matches on Tuesday July 12 against the St. Lucia Zouks at 19:00hrs.

front 3The Guyana Amazon Warriors squad features some familiar faces in captain Martin Guptil of New Zealand, Guyanese Christopher Barnwell, Paul Wintz, Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs while some fresh faces include Australian duo of Adam Zampa and Chris Lynn, Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir, Barbadian Dwayne Smith, Trinidadians Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed and Steven Katwaroo, Antiguan Orlando Peters, Guyanese Anthony Bramble and Shimron Hetmyer the West Indies winning under-19 captain. Ali Khan is the ICC Americas Player assigned to the team to aid in his development.

Roger Harper is the Head Coach of the team while Esuan Crandon is the Assistant Coach and Omar Khan the Manager.

For more information on ticketing please contact CPL Guyana Office on telephone numbers:

592-231-5344, 231-2035, 225-5840 or email at cplguyana@gmail

 

Carnival cricket heads to Florida

– USA international Steven Taylor proud to be a part of cricketing history in his home State

Guyanese fans turn Guyana National Stadium into a truly big party

Guyanese fans turn Guyana National Stadium into a truly big party

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is delighted to announce that the Ticket Office at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, located next to the Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, will open today (Thursday).

The Ticket Office will be open for business from Monday to Friday (10am-5pm) and on Saturday (12 – 4pm) to enable fans to physically buy their tickets in advance for the biggest party in sport this summer.

Supporters can already buy tickets online at www.cplt20.com and are urged to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

Some of the biggest stars in world cricket, including West Indies stars Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, alongside South Africa’s AB de Villiers, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Australia’s Shane Watson, will descend on Florida between 28-31 July in what will be a gripping final round of matches before the finals the following week.

The Ticket Office at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will provide supporters in the Sunshine State another outlet to sign up for the biggest party in sport which marks an historic chapter both for CPL and professional cricket in the USA.

Local favourite Steven Taylor, a USA international all-rounder who will feature once more for Barbados Tridents having represented his country on 18 occasions to date, said: “As a Florida man, born and bred, I am hugely honoured to be involved in this incredible departure for professional cricket in the USA. There is a huge cricket audience across America who are craving for the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in world cricket, and CPL’s decision to play these six games in Central Broward Stadium is huge for the sport.

“There has been a huge take up across America, with supporters coming from as far north as New York and as far west as Texas and Los Angeles, but it’s great now for Floridians to have an outlet at the ground to buy tickets. Things are really building and we want to see full houses across all six matches. Given the interest levels, I’d urge everyone to buy tickets early so we can put on a show and a celebration of Caribbean cricket that will captivate the entire cricketing world.”

Fort Lauderdale Fixtures (all times local): 28 July – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (19:00 Hrs), 29 July – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders (19:00 Hrs), 30 July – St. Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs (12:00 Hrs), Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors (16:00 Hrs), 31 July – Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (12:00 Hrs), Jamaica Tallawahs v St. Lucia Zouks (16:00 Hrs). (CPLT20)

Cocaine in frozen fish was destined for US

– Police widen probe

The cocaine found stashed in the frozen fish

The cocaine found stashed in the frozen fish

Ten persons were taken into Police custody after a quantity of cocaine was unearthed in frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, East Bank Demerara, on Wednesday morning.

According to reports, at about 02:00h, members of the Police narcotic branch intercepted over six kilograms of cocaine in several boxes. The boxes were found among other cargo during a routine check by Police.

Guyana Times International understands that of the 10 arrested, six are ramp attendants attached to a handling service at the main port of entry. The others are reportedly shipping agents.

The consignment of frozen fish was destined for the United States of America. The seizure comes as the Guyana Police Force intensifies its efforts to clamp down on the scourge of drug trafficking.

Police are continuing their investigations.

Only last month, Sarfraz Jalaladeen, 30, of Riverview, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was busted at the CJIA with almost 12 pounds of cocaine in milk powder packets. He was sentenced to serve four years in prison and fined Gy$16.3 million.

Reports are that the welder who was travelling for the first time to the United States via a Caribbean Airlines flight was intercepted by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit after they became suspicious after noticing several packets of what appeared to be powdered milk in the man’s suitcases.

A closer examination revealed that the milk packets were resealed and a further check was undertaken. It was then that the ranks realised that the contents of the packets were cocaine. He was arrested and taken to CANU headquarters where the illegal substance was weighed and proved to be just over 6kg.

The suspect told CANU ranks that he was promised US$7000 to traffic the illegal substance to New York but did not say if he was paid an advance.

Amazon Warriors among big winners in Guyana’s Independence Float Parade

DSC_2617Georgetown, Guyana: Two-time finalists of the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) T20 Cricket, the Guyana Amazon Warriors team was named first place winner in the ‘Semi-Costume’ category of Guyana’s Float and Costume Band Parade which was held on May 26, 2016 as part of activities to celebrate the country’s 50th year of Independence.

The Ministry of Education, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, announced the winners of various categories of the national event which saw twenty–nine groups participating.

With two fully loaded trucks on the road, hundreds of cricket fans and supporters flaunted their Amazon Warriors branded jerseys, flags, hats and other merchandises as they gyrated to the beat of the popular theme song: Calling All Warriors!

DSC_2673The crowd grew wild with excitement on seeing their favourite players parading on the road, joining them in the grand festivities, just ahead of the much anticipated CPL tournament.

True cricket fanatics made use of the opportunity to greet and rub shoulders with their heroes, soliciting autographs and snapping selfies. Fifty autograph cricket balls were also given to excited fans along the parade route.

Among the players who were in the parade were Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Christopher Barnwell, Stephen Jacobs, Assad Fudadin, Paul Wintz and Anthony Bramble. Coach Roger Harper, Assistant Coach Esuan Crandon along with Team Manager Omar Khan were also in the parade.

In this year’s tournament, the team will come out under new Captain, New Zealand’s destructive top order batsman Martin Guptil, who has been with the Amazon Warriors since the inaugural tournament in 2013.

DSC_2710The team will include regional powerhouses: Dwayne Smith, Orlando Peters, Stephen Katwaroo, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan, Jason Mohammed, and Rayad Emrit.

The team will be boosted by international players with the likes of Pakistani fast bowler Sohail Tanvir; Australian duo, Chris Lynn, the explosive all-rounder and spinning phenomenon Adam Zampa; both of whom had exceptional runs in this year’s Indian Premiere League (IPL).

The core of the squad comprises local superstars including Captain of the West Indies Under-19 Worldcup Champions Shimron Hetmyer; spin twins Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo; all-rounders Christopher Barnwell and Stephen Jacobs; fast bowler Paul Wintz as well as specialist top order batsman Assad Fudadin and wicket keeper Anthony Bramble.

IMG_5300The Amazon Warriors will be hosting the inaugural winners Jamaica Tallawahs on July 7 (7pm), the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (12 midday), defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (7pm) and the St Lucia Zouks (7pm) at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.