December 14, 2017

Archives for September 2017

Beaton fit, focused on Test cricket

– says “Hard work carries me through my difficult times”

Fit-again Guyana and West Indies speedster Ronsford Beaton says taking wickets and increased gym time are part of his current regime as he’s hopeful that strong performances in the upcoming Cricket West Indies Regional 4-Day tournament could help him secure a spot in the Test side.

Ronsford Beaton takes advice from West Indies’ most
capped Test player Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Beaton, who was called to the West Indies T20 side for their series against Afghanistan back in May but did not play, spoke with Guyana Times International Sport during an exclusive interview at the Everest Cricket Club ground on Wednesday, where he along with his teammates continued their pre-season training as well as some further fine-tuning ahead of next week’s Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) T20 tournament; also the 2017/18 Regional 4-Day which bowls off on October 26.
The pacer said despite his recent success in limited overs cricket, T20 especially, he is eager to play red ball cricket for the West Indies having just tasted selection without playing time. He knows he will not only need to bowl well in the upcoming 4-Dayers, but taking truckloads of wickets will further strengthen his case.
“As usual, wickets will be the key this year also my physical fitness, just being able to bowl for long periods is why I’m in the gym a lot because I’m not worried about my bowling I just want to continue my gym work ahead of the upcoming season ” he said.
During the playoffs in this this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the 25 year-old, suffered an injury during the Trinbago Knight Riders match against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Prior to the injury, Beaton who ended with 11 wickets was selected to play for the West Indies in their one-off T20 match versus England, but missed out due to visas issues.

during the Tour Match between WICB President’s XI and England at Warner Park, Basseterre on Monday February 27, 2017.
Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography

“I was coming off a successful T20 and being selected to go to England right after was a good accomplishment for me but unfortunately I didn’t go to England for the T20 because of visa problems. The CPL for me was great though, I played with lots of experienced guys around me and that helped me improve my game, but I’m looking forward to the tournament in Antigua and hopefully the experience I gained over the past few months, I can put it to play,” said the fast-bowler.
He also admitted that following his injury he immediately returned to training and gym which has helped him to recover tremendously. “In the CPL playoffs, I pulled up with some niggles first my hamstring then my ankle, but I’m feeling better 85 percent better. When I was told by a teammate during CPL that I was bowling 150[km/h] I didn’t know I was bowling so fast cause I wasn’t trying to bowl too fast.”
Speaking on his road to full recovery, the West Indies ‘A’ bowler said that while the injury was a slight setback, his physical demeanor and bowling form were of utmost importance thus prompting him to doubling up on his training and fitness. “I know my speed comes from the gym work that I’ve been putting in a lot of, along with my training and conditioning so my speed is up there and I want to ensure it remains up there.”
Apart from his raw pace, the quick bowler said he’s not at all worried about his actual bowling as he added a bit more to his arsenal, rather he’s placing more emphasis on ensuring he’s physically fit for the rigors of playing in the longest formats.
“Hard work carries me through my difficult times and knowing that the word around saying that I’m a limited overs player helps me to aspire more to play for the West Indies at the Test level. I know it will take a lot out of me, conditioning will play a big part in everything but I’m looking to play First-Class cricket this year cause last year I was out for a whole season, so hopefully I get selected and I can make a claim’, said Beaton.
With Guyana the reigning, defending 4-Day champs after three seasons of sheer dominance, Beaton was adamant that his team can break history and win the title for a fourth consecutive year while marking the upcoming ABCA invitational T20 as an important tournament for the team who will need to enhance their limited overs prowess.
“We are the best 4-Day team in the region over the past 3 years so I think it comes down to discipline and once you can play the longest format you can play any format. We have a lot of experienced T20 specialists, so going into the invitational tournament I’m confident but I’m also confident going into the First Class season because we have guys who aren’t selected for the T20’s but can do the job in the 4-Dayers, so I’m not worried about the transition,’ the Essequibian ended.

Akshay Homraj ton sinks Everest ACS

By Sam Sooppersaud

The word around is that cricket fans prefer to see bowlers being blasted all over the cricket field by the batsmen. The fans do appreciate a bowler getting a fiver, but the excitement for them is short lived. They have to wait for over after over until the feat is accomplished. However, in a batsman “ripping the bowlers to pieces” the fans are getting continuous gratification. They are constantly kept at maximum excitement. As they say, “T20 is a batsman’s game.” Well, it is the fans’ game also. The original idea behind the “invention” of this format was to create excitement for the folks sitting in the stands. T20 cricket has certainly done that!

Galaxy team with some members of the Legend Social Club

For the cricket fans, who prefer to see the batsmen create carnage at the expense of the bowlers, you’ve missed out “big time,” if you were not at The Cage cricket ground last Sunday. It was a semi-final game in the 2017 Eastern American Cricket Association’s (EACA) T20 Tournament. Akshay Homraj, a diminutive opening batsman orchestrated and conducted an assault on the opposing bowlers, the magnitude of which had rarely if ever, been seen at The Cage. The only other batsman, in my mind, to have created such destruction of bowlers was Sudesh Dhaniram. From the first to the penultimate ball he faced, Homraj put on a show of power-hitting. Admittedly, he is small in stature, but, it was clear that he generated his power from his exquisite timing of the ball.
Akshay treated all the bowlers with “equal opportunity,” with all of them sharing in his onslaught. He was so severe that he hit four consecutive bombs off of a Trevor Walke over, that cleared the high 18-foot fence that surround the cricket field. In the next over he dispatched two consecutive balls from Zamin Amin via the same route and altitude.
Now to the game! Galaxy took first strike. They got off to an excellent start, with their openers Akshay Homraj and Shafik Shah playing freely and scoring steadily. The hundred without loss came up in eight overs. The first wicket, that of Shah (32) fell with the score at 112, The second wicket fell at 133, but then Homraj and Zamal (37) got together in an 86-run partnership. This alliance was broken with Homraj being caught in the deep with the score on 219; his personal tally being 142 runs. One hundred of those runs came in boundaries and maximums: 10-4’s and 10-6’s. The Galaxy inning closed out at 229 for the loss of 3 wickets.
Six bowlers were employed by Everest ACS: Zamin Amin and Wasim Haslim were the only bowlers to taste success, getting one wicket each for 50 and 29 runs respectively. The others were treated with disdain: Deveshwari Prashad (4-0-30-0), Trevor Walke (2-0-37-0), Karan Ganesh (4-0-34-0), and Telston Johnson (4-0-47-0).
Facing a run rate of 11.5 per over to win, Everest ACS sent in Wasim Haslim and Jetendra Sookdeo to commence the run chase. Both these batsmen are accomplished run-getters. It was felt that once they were settled, the “runs would come”. This was not to be. In the first ball of the second over Haslim looped a simple catch back to the bowler Metray Balgobin. One wicket for nine runs. A pinch-hitter in Telston Johnson replaced him in the middle. Tello’s first hit was for a maximum, his second a double. The third sent him walking to the showers. Three for 33 in 3.1 overs. Everest ACS was clearly in front of the gun. In fact they may have experienced the pain of an “actual gunshot”.
Karan Ganesh and “Ol’ Reliable” Zamin Amin came together and took the score to 97 for 4. Once they were separated, another wicket fell at the same score. It was then 97 for 5 and only 8 overs having been bowled at that stage. The stylish lefthander Amarnauth Persaud, joined Amin. Persaud is known for his consistent run-scoring ability. He was a dynamic run-getter for Van Buren High School in the Public Schools Athletic League cricket program.
Together Amin and Persaud took the score to 157 before Persaud (33) was caught and bowled by Rafik Nazeer. Once again, another wicket fell in succession without any addition to the score. At 7 for 157 Everest ACS began to see whatever glimmer of hope they had, gradually disappearing. With the fall of Zamin’s wicket in the 17th over, the script was written on the wall: an Everest ACS defeat. Zamin had played an exciting inning. He scored 47 runs, 36 runs of which came by way of 6-6’s. The end came in the 18th over with the fall of the last wicket, Everest ACS falling short by 36 runs.
The leggie Metray Balgobin was the most successful Galaxy bowler (4-0-47-3). Giving support were: Vijay Seonarine (3-0-33-2), Yudesh Bisnauth (2.1-0-14-2), Rafik Nazeer (4-0-47-2), and Zamal Khan (0.2-0-0-1).
The final (both A and B Divisions) will be played on Sunday, October 1st at The Cage; the cricket field at Foch Boulevard and Long Street in Queens. The “B” Division final starts at10:00 AM and the “A” Division Final is scheduled to start at 1:30 PM.

 

Guyana’s National T20 team keen on fitness ahead of ABCA tourney

The Guyana T20 team, which is slated to wing out to Antigua for the 2nd annual Antigua/Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Tri 20 tournament, began preparations with an arduous Yo-Yo assessment at the Leonora Synthetic Track on Tuesday.

Some of the players preparing for their Yo-Yo tests

With the competition bowling off from October 6, the Leon Johnson led side got together for another tough morning of exercise routines geared towards heightening the team’s physical standards.
Used to evaluate an individual’s ability to endure repeated periods of vigorous activity followed by short active breaks, the intermittent fitness exam saw players being pushed to their physical limit as fitness continue to be a priority in local cricket. With stamina also being main criteria for the coaches, a number of sessions on sprints and dashes were also conducted on the synthetic track for the first time, under the eyes of head coach Esuan Crandon with assistance coaches Rayon Griffith and Clive Grimmond.
Speaking with Guyana Times International Sport following one of the exercises, Crandon said with the players already training on a weekly basis, it was important to use the Leonora venue as it provides a mirroring environment similar to the one’s used by the West Indies during their physical assessments.
The coach said the assessments which were carried out were important for all the cricketers especially for those who are contracted by the West Indies and Guyana. “The training is for the entire franchise; the CGI contracted players, GCB academy and West Indies contracted players, it’s basically to assess them and see where they are.”
Thanks to the ongoing sessions which occur weekly, most of Guyana’s players who have not played any international cricket have gotten very fit under the guidance of Crandon and Griffith, both of whom have been instrumental in Guyana’s success over the past four seasons.

West Indies’ latest addition Raymon Reifer going through his sprints at Leonora on Tuesday

With a lot of firepower in the side, Guyana will carry a star-studded team to the competition and according to the coach he expects that players, especially those who have been on international duty or had good Caribbean Premier League (CPL) outings, to put on sterling performances during the T20 tourney.
Meanwhile, Griffith during a few brief remarks said that from a physical standpoint he was pleased with the progress of the players but added that he would like to see a bit more development in the fitness area, something he believes will ultimately be better for his players in the long run.
Among the top performers of the Yo-Yo exam were pacer Raun Johnson who was at one time the only man running the test, vice-captain for the T20’s Veerasammy Permaul, Jamaican Ramaal Lewis, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, Tagenarine Chanderpaul and the skipper Johnson.
In addition to the Guyana T20 players, current West Indies Test players Raymon Reifer, Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer were also present at the session on Tuesday. Training continues at the Everest Cricket Club ground from 09:00h.
The Guyana squad for the T20’s: Robin Bacchus, Gajanand Singh, Leon Johnson, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Jonathan Foo, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Romario Shepherd, Ricardo Adams, Christopher Barnwell and Ramaal Lewis

Karatekas put on impressive show

Senior martial artists Roger Peroune and Nyota Rodrigues were among the top performers when the Guyana Karate Federation (GKF) held its 2016 Senior National Karate Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Sunday last.

Karatekas pose after a successful senior championship at the
Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sunday

Peroune, a 4th Dan black belt finished in first place of Male 18+ Kata category while Rodrigues another senior martial artist placed first in the similar category for females. Rodrigues then teamed with Loren Black and Christina Chaves as part of the Shotokan Karate Dojo’s team who won the women’s Kata team event.
In the men’s Kata team event, Peroune, Malcolm Francis and Patrick Gurahoo emerged winners of that category. Other first place winners included; Tashana Wong (Female 14-17 Kata), Trevon Miller (14-17 Kata), Timothy Chand (14-17 Kumite), Joel Kellman (Male 18+ -67kg Kumite), Roland Fanfair (Male 18+ -84kg Kumite).
The tournament, according to GKF President and senior instructor Sensei Amir Khouri was used as a measuring stick as to further assess fighters for upcoming tournaments, while helping those senior fighters to further get in shape in a bid for the 2020 Olympics.

The Ming Swing

atiricus was in a good mood. Since his in-laws lived “across the river”, he was forced to schlep weekly across the decrepit “floating bridge”. This always tested his fortitude. Satiricus swore the bridge was kept going by a combination of welds and spit, since there was not an occasion he’d crossed when there weren’t always workmen blocking his path. They were always bent over, welding and spitting. But now there was going to be a new concrete bridge!
“Halleluiah!!” he exclaimed to his buddies at the Back Street Bar. “I’ll now be able to visit the old nags across the river and get back in a couple of hours!”
“Who seh dah?” demanded Bungi. “Dem guh spen’ mo’ money dan fuh buil’ de Skelden facktry and de bridge gat fuh still open fuh ship pass!”
“I’m always confused when they say the bridge ‘open’ or ‘close’,” ventured Hari. “They mean for the ships, or the vehicles?”
“They mean for ships,” said Satiricus, the newspaperman. “Which I never understand, because it’s only motorists who read the newspapers.”
“That’s why I’m always confused,” said Hari. “So the bridge ‘open’ really means the bridge ‘closed to traffic!”
“You got it!” said Satiricus, clicking his beer with Hari.
“Dah all ayuh a t’ink ‘bout?” demanded Bungi. “When ayuh guvment a waste all da money and yuh still gat fuh wait?”
“Budday!” grinned Satiricus. “It’ll be safer than those floating punts!”
“How yuh know da?” said Bungi. “Yuh hear ‘bout de Ming Swing?”
“OK…OK…” said Satiricus sheepishly. “We never denied that we accept ‘political investment’, you know!”
“Hold it!” interrupted Hari. “I know Ming was a big financier of the government, but what is this Ming Swing?”
“Yuh na hear?” smirked Bungi. “All bridge suppose fuh buil’ straight, but des waan guh swing fuh lan’ pan Ming land.”
“So how much the government has to bring for the swing?” Hari asked.
“Mo’ dan dem a spen’ pan cane-cutta,” said Bungi sourly.

Consideration for People with Disabilities

BY Ashley Anthony

In Guyana, there is no argument that most of our society caters mainly to one archetype of a person; i.e. a person with full control over their mental and physical faculties. Whilst a fairly obvious example would be the presence (or rather lack thereof) of wheelchair ramps in prominent buildings, this problem runs deeper than just simple infrastructure.
Of course our buildings could be more considerate to people who are disabled, but what about ourselves? In Guyana, and perhaps around the world, the mindset is that if you are disabled you are pitiable, and sometimes, perhaps unknowingly, we can treat persons who are disabled as less than human. It is not our intention to undermine their autonomy, but for example if we address a family member instead of the person directly, even though they can answer for themselves, this is what we accomplish.
If we, as strangers, ask incredibly personal and invasive questions (all pertaining to the person’s disability) at a first encounter, we are unknowingly reducing an individual to one specific aspect about himself or herself—as though they are nothing else. Although a major disability undoubtedly plays a central role in that person’s life, it is not their entire identity. Also, we shouldn’t assume that people who are disabled wish that they were like us. For some people, their disability has given them a unique perspective through which to experience the world, and in some cases, even believe themselves to be part of a unique culture.
There is no right way to deal with all people with disabilities. Everyone is different, and what might be taken as a joke by one person might offend another, and individuals will have preferences about the words used to describe them and their disabilities. Of course, you could always look up polite terminology and behaviour to determine how to come off as least offensive as possible, but definitely the best thing to do is to treat the person as an individual and engage him or her so as to figure out what words and actions he or she is comfortable with.
One thing, though that we should be able to universally agree upon is that disabilities should not be used as punch lines, made light of, or construed into insults. To claim that you’re mentally incapacitated because you forgot your keys at home, or let your tea get cold can be a slap in the face to someone who is genuinely mentally incapacitated. You are reducing the mental struggle that they face everyday, and jokingly asserting that you understand what it’s like to be in their place, when you really don’t. A little thought goes a long way.
Most of us don’t intentionally mean to disparage someone else, but our actions can be thoughtless and inconsiderate. I urge you, the next time you meet someone with a disability to be conscious of your behaviours.

Aircraft Owners’ Association supports GCAA 2018 budget increase

Following criticisms over its response to several air transit accidents, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is now moving to expand its technical staff to include qualified and experienced Flight Operations Inspectors. This is slated to ensure that the aviation industry “complies with the highest possible safety standards”.

Guyana Civil Aviation
Authority Head, Egbert Field

The Aircraft Owners’ Association of Guyana (AOAG) on Wednesday noted that it is in full support of GCAA’s move to expand its staff which was recently announced by the Director General of the aviation body, Egbert Field. The proposed staff increase is included in the Authority’s budget for 2018. The Aircraft Owners’ Association of Guyana stated that this upgrade will meet the needs of a rapidly growing aviation industry and its expanding hinterland shuttle operations.
“The Association, for many years, has advocated in favour of strengthening the Authority’s regulatory and technical capacity in order that Guyana meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO),” AOAG noted on Wednesday.
The AOAG however stressed that it has long emphasised the dangerous prevailing conditions under which airline pilots fly in delivering essential services to hinterland locations. The body reminded that it has been urging the GCAA and Government to address the need to “upgrade our hinterland aerodromes and invest in an adequate Search and Rescue system appropriate to our domestic aviation requirements”.
The Association noted that many hinterland airstrips “still fail to meet the regulatory standards” that have been set by the GCAA with regards to aircraft tracking systems such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADSB). AOAG reminded that the ADSB system still remains to be fully operational.
“It is because of the frequently hostile and extremely dangerous conditions under which aircraft operators conduct hinterland shuttle flights from hinterland locations that the Director of Civil Aviation has quite properly demanded operators manage these away from base operations to a standard specifically developed to ensure maximum possible safety,” the body stressed.
The AOAG said its Technical Committee has worked with its members to develop procedures and requirements specific to the environment in which shuttle operations are conducted, adding that it had presented the Standard Operating Procedures on August 31 which were accepted by the GCAA.
On July 25, Captain Collin Martin, a retired Guyana Defence Force Major, was piloting a Roraima Airways’ Britten-Norman Islander aircraft when it crashed on landing at Eteringbang, killing him almost instantly. Captain Imran Khan, 41, of Essequibo Coast, Region Two, also lost his life when the Air Services Limited’s Cessna 206 aircraft he was flying from Chi-Chi to Mahdia went down late last month.
The GCAA Head had conceded earlier this month that at present, Guyana does not have an adequate search-and-rescue helicopter, nor was there navigational aid at the main airport outside a certain radius. Field reasoned that this was a risky situation which was ongoing for years without rectification. As such, he made commitments to ensure the sector would see improvements, having noted that our pilots fly unassisted through vast airspace beyond the 75-mile airport radius, while depending primarily on their own radio contact with other planes in order to avoid mid-air collisions.

The Circle of life

By Anu Dev

“From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun There’s more to see than can ever be seen More to do than can ever be done.” -Tim Rice, Lion King

I’m currently halfway through my year 5 Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotation, which builds on what we’d done in year 4. I’d always had a greater interest in this area than several others that come to mind, and was looking forward to the repeat. I’m definitely more knowledgeable than I was back then. There’s less of me going, “A speculum? What?” But, of course, there are still those moments where I stare back blankly on rounds when a consultant asks me about something I’d never even heard of before. But, overall, I’m not in the constant state of befuddlement that I’d grown accustomed to last year.
This year, instead of just observing deliveries, we have to actually perform the deliveries under the guidance of a midwife. My first delivery definitely wasn’t as miraculous and profound as I was (naively) expecting. And it all seemed to happen so quickly! The baby’s head was crowning, the mom was pushing, the midwife was quickly telling me where to put my hands, how to grasp the baby, and suddenly there I was, holding this newborn baby in my (thankfully, gloved) hands.
I then quickly had to clamp and cut the umbilical cord, show the mom her baby, wipe the baby down, and attach the baby’s name tags around his ankle. It certainly wasn’t a Simba moment, and it was not because there was no Pride Rock for me to triumphantly present the newborn to the world!!
Even though I’d observed deliveries back in 4th year, I was still surprised by how involved the whole process was. In the back of my mind, I guess I sort of felt like I’d be standing by with a catcher’s mitt and the baby would drop into my waiting hands. So, as you can imagine, I was more than a bit thrown when, there I was, actively pulling this little human into the world.
And the process doesn’t end with the delivery of the baby — that’s only the second stage of labour. The next stage is the delivery of the placenta (the afterbirth). And as part of the “Active management of the third stage of labour”, I had to gently use controlled traction on the umbilical cord to deliver the placenta after I saw the signs that it had separated from the wall of the womb.
After examining the mom to make sure she didn’t have any injuries to the birth canal, and after tidying her up, it was time to inspect the placenta with the midwife. I don’t know, but after getting up close and personal with several placentas now, I really don’t understand the trend of women eating their placentas, claiming the nutrients are helpful. To each her own, I guess!
For my next couple of deliveries, as I grew more accustomed to the process, I could understand and appreciate everything a whole lot more. The sight of a mother holding her baby with so much tenderness and love after the excruciating pain she endured is a sight to behold.
These deliveries of babies have definitely been one of the high points of medical school so far. After my first couple of deliveries, I felt a little bit like running up to random people and telling them, “I just delivered a baby! My hands brought new life into the world!” Thankfully for everyone around, I was able to exercise some restraint. Maybe I’ll still have my Pride Rock moment!

The occasion…

…not the cause
Burnham had a penchant for flaunting his “erudition” – which mostly centred on the studied phrases he’d drop in conversations and speeches. With lawyers of his generation having to cram a whole list of Latin phrases, these were liberally trotted out at the drop of a hat. One of his favourites was to make the distinction between “casus belli” – the occasion used to justify a war and “causa belli” – the real cause of the war.
So back in 1963, for instance, Burnham’s 80-day strike by the TUC for higher wages was simply the casus belli for bringing down the PPP Government. The real reason, the causa belli, was the US’s refusal to accept the “communist” PPP Government. Burnham played the game (Wink!Wink!) and was soon rewarded with the reins of power in Guyana – which he didn’t let go of to his death.
The present followers of Burnham now ensconced in the PNC – incarnated as APNU – don’t have his facility with words, but they certainly know how to play the game. The latest demonstration was the CoI into the “assassination conspiracy” against Prezzie, who just happens to be the leader of the PNC. While the allegations were clearly a “cock and bull” story, there’s no question it should’ve been investigated properly.
But the civilian controllers of the Police in Government are supposed to be the Minister of Public Security and his staff. Did Ramjattan advise that the Police were incapable of conducting their own investigation? This is a crucial question. The AFC demanded the Public Security Ministry be allocated to them because of the critical need for this institution to be professionalised. During the first PNC regime, as the Rodney CoI proved, the Police had been utterly de-professionalised and made into a creature of the PNC.
The President just can’t treat the Minister of Public Security like his “creature”. But from all that has gone down, it’s clear Ramjattan’s a mere spectator, complaining about ‘leaks” and supporting the doomed Crime Chief! Most alarmingly, he’s mute as the implementation phase kicks in – which is where we’re seeing the CoI was just the occasion for the war. Most cynically so! The cause of the war was the PNC’s fear that the upper echelons of the Police Force MIGHT BE sympathetic to the PPP, during whose Administration they were appointed.
But while a CoI is appointed by the President, he, like the Minister, can’t just fire “lax” officials. So we’re hearing about “REORGANISING” the Force. But we didn’t need a new CoI, for that, did we?
Prezzie sat on the Disciplined Forces Commission, which already pronounced on that!
…for graft in pharma
We all know about the reasons offered by the Government for pulling their pharma out of the NEW GPC bond at Ruimveldt and storing it at a warehouse in Albouystown. The NEW GPC rates were too high…but that turned out to be a LIE since it was at least three times cheaper! Then we were told the warehouse was PAHO approved…That would’ve been a miracle since the “warehouse” was just a bottom house that took months to be made ready!! And bought and equipped by money forwarded by the Govt!
Well, after all the protests and resignations and further lies (The PM: “the Govt warehouse at Diamond is too far away and the drugs needed at GPHC would get stuck in traffic!!), we now hear a G$2.4 million storage bond will be built at Kingston, and the Diamond bond will be extended for G$1.6 million. These will take care of ALL STORAGE.
So what was the CAUSE of the Government spending G$150 million to date on the Albouystown bond?
To pay off a “political investment”!!
…for schooling
One RISE rep took umbrage at Lincoln Lewis attempting to “school” them on constitutional change. While insisting the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) be CONSTITUTIONALLY enshrined!!
It’s the “Fiscal Rules and Fiscal Responsibility Legislation” not the SWF, oh well-schooled one!!

Guyana looks forward to successful resolution of border controversy – President

President David Granger has reiterated his Government’s commitment to the course of action outlined by former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon regarding the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.

President David Granger exchanges a handshake
with UN Secretary General António Guterres

He made this clear during his meeting with incumbent Secretary General, António Guterres on Monday.
In a special interview in New York earlier Tuesday, the President said that the engagement with Guterres offered an opportunity to seek clarification and to be updated on the progress that has been made thus far. “Yesterday’s meeting was largely what you will call a situational report and a commitment on the part of Guyana to remain engaged…We will continue to exchange views with the intention of bringing this matter to a successful closure,” President Granger is quoted as saying by the Ministry of the Presidency.
Before demitting office last year, the former Secretary General, in his assessment on the way forward, declared that the matter would be referred to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) if significant progress was not made by the end of 2017. Moreover, Guyana has been cooperating fully with the Secretary General’s Personal Representative, Norwegian diplomat Dag Nylander, who has been working closely with the Guyanese and Venezuelan Governments.
In his address to world leaders at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, President Granger explained that Guyana remained imperilled as a result of Venezuela’s claims to its territory. “Guyana warns the world, through this Assembly, that peace will be at stake in our Region if justice does not become ascendant, not only within Venezuela, but also in respect to its border controversy with Guyana,” he said to the Assembly.
For decades, Venezuela has laid claim to nearly two-thirds of Guyana’s landmass – the Essequibo.
The border controversy, which was not on Venezuela’s front burner for several years after being first officially mooted in 1962, was reignited by the country, when US oil giant ExxonMobil began exploratory works in the Stabroek Block offshore the Essequibo.
With Guyana on the verge of becoming a lucrative oil-producing nation, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro issued a decree purporting to claim the majority of Guyana’s waters.
The decree was seen as a flagrant violation of international law and was inconsistent with the principle that all States should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other States.
In an effort to defend its sovereignty, Guyana made it clear to the Venezuelan Government that the Essequibo and its offshore waters belong to Guyana, and strengthened its push for judicial settlement of the issue, as the Good Officer Process had yielded little result. The border between the countries was set by an international tribunal in 1899, in an award the parties, including Venezuela, had agreed would be the final settlement. Since the belligerence from Venezuela, moves have been made by the international community, including the UN Secretary General, to push for a peaceful resolution of the issue.
President Granger and President Maduro had met with the former UN Secretary General for the first time in September 2015 to discuss the controversy.
It was decided by Ban that the two countries would return to the Good Officer Process for a period of one year. However, if no progress is made by the end of this year, the matter would be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).