October 19, 2017

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Guyanese badminton pair hot & cold on opening day

Guyanese Badminton players, National & Caribbean Champions 15 Year Old Priyanna Ramdhani and 16-year-old Tyrese Jeffrey suffered mixed fortunes on the opening day of competition in the ongoing South American Youth Games in Santiago, Chile.

Priyanna Ramdhani (forecourt) in action against Erisa Bleau of Suriname

The 17-years and under Badminton Championships playing at the Centro de Entrenamiento Olimpico started on Tuesday October 3 and will run until Saturday October 7 with 14 countries in all participating.
The tournament is being played off in the Group Playoffs, Quarterfinals, Semi-finals & Finals.
There are four groups where the first two winners in the group will go into the Quarter-Finals where the knock out system leading to the finals will come into effect.
In the Girls Round Robin Play off, Priyanna Ramdhani is in Group B with Chile, Suriname and Peru.
She lost her first match to the No.1 Seeded player in the Group from Chile – Micaela Flores: 21-9, 21-16.
She then defeated Suriname Erisa Bleau: 21-4, 21-8 in her second match.
She was expected to play Chile on Wednesday and if successful, she will be in the Quarter-Finals.
In the Boys Round Robin Play Off, Tyrese Jeffrey is in Group A with Chile & Argentina.
He lost both matches to Alonso Medal of Chile: 21-4, 21-2 and then to Mateo Delmastro of Argentina: 21-12, 21-4.
The other round-robin group matches for the Guyanese players will be the mix doubles.
Meanwhile, Guyana’s Tyrese Jefferey lost in his first math to Argentina’s Mateo Delmastro in the boys singles he now plays Chile Alonso Medel for a possible position to qualify into the round of 16.
In Table tennis, Miguel Wong and Nickolus Romain began their quest for honours on Thursday in the Chile Olympic Centre for Excellence hall where they are group in group 1 with top seeds Argentina and Uruguay, two teams advance to the quarterfinals round.
For basketball, Guyana will open their campaign against Ecuador 16:50h.

Cricket: A useful tool to nourish community spirit in NY

By Son de Anancy

The communal spirit was fully aglow at the Eastern American Cricket Association’s (EACA) 2017 T20 final held at the Cage / Baisley Park ground on Sunday, October 1. If the great things we saw are nurtured and promoted it would augur well for the future of cricket in New York.

Galaxy team with members of the Legend Social Club and other supporters

Adeel Rana of the NYPD bowls the first ball.

Former Guyana and West Indies player Mahendra Nagamootoo (white top standing) poses with 3 members of the business community

Galaxy players and members of the Legend Social Club celebrate at a dinner hosted by the management of Legend Cookhouse

Outstanding talent has long been a feature of New York cricket and this was certainly evident in the T20 A Division final that pitted Galaxy CC against Richmond Hill / Liberty CC.
Galaxy, led by veteran player, Vejay Seonarine won the toss and sent Richmond Hill / Liberty in to bat. Openers Wahid Ward and Dominique Rikhi were in an anticipated punishing mood as they rushed to an even 100 in 7.5 overs. At the century mark of his team’s innings Rikhi on 50 was caught by Shafiq Shaw off the bowling of Yudesh Bissnauth. While wickets did fall at regular intervals the runs kept flowing and at the end of their 20th over Richmond Hill had amassed 212 for 8.
Anyone familiar with the T20 format will know that a run chase over 200 runs is a formidable task. Galaxy lost opener Akshay Homraj in the first over but not before he had blasted 18 runs consisting of 3 (4s) and 1 (6). Shafiq the other opener went for 7 before a brilliant 176-run partnership between Kevin Nazeer (109*) and Rajiv Ivan (79*) saw Galaxy over the finish line in 17.2 overs. We will speak more of this great partnership in a follow-up article.
What was also evident last Sunday was the fact that the support offered by individual members of the business and service community have continued unabated. James Manbahal of Manbahal Custom Homes, Builders, Demolition Experts and General Contractors provided the trophies while Hafeez Ali, CEO of the Rockaway Group of Companies offered the cash prizes for both the EACA B Division T20 final won by and the A Division final won by Galaxy.
Adeel Rana, a Lieutenant Commanding Officer of the NYPD was on hand to throw the first ball. Rana had come at the invitation of EACA president, Rudy Persaud.
But beyond the great cricketing display and continuing evidence of business support what made Sunday’s match truly special was the overriding sense that an entire community had come out to enjoy and support a game of cricket. At the Cage / Baisley Park ground there were mothers and their children, fathers and sons, cricketers from other leagues and teams, former local cricketers, former test players, businesspersons from a range of commercial and service sectors, fashion models, dozens of folks who had never come to a cricket match in New York, and of course, the regular fans who are never afraid to voice their moments of joy and despair. Hundreds congregated just within and without the borders of the Cage and for four or so hours bonded as a singular cricket loving unit.
This overwhelming communal display was primarily due to the efforts of the Legend Social Club (LSC), an organization comprising of a small group of businesspersons who are seeking to give back to their community. The members of the LSC would like to, promote the game of cricket in the New York area and throughout the USA, build a professional cricket facility in New York, build a professional team that can tour other cricketing communities. encourage youths to participate in the game and create fun and safe entertainment environments for the entire family. Incidentally, the LSC is the unit that supports the Galaxy Cricket Club allowing players the opportunity to focus on cricket while they address monetary and other business matters. In coming stories in this publication we will meet the members of the Legend Social Club, we will learn how they brought a team that was on the verge of being disbanded to a championship, we will detail their plans for cricket development and community outreach and provide instructions on how one can become a member.

Snipers gearing up ahead of WIFBSC 150th anniversary shoot

National Full-bore skipper Mahendra Persaud said he’s backing his marksmen to shine in the upcoming West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) championships/Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA)’s 150th Anniversary which gets underway from October 8 and concludes on October 15.

From left: Ransford Goodluck, Mahendra Persaud,Ryan Sampson, Dylan Fields and Lennox Braithwaite during Wednesday’s GNRA press conference at Crown Mining Head Office

According to Persaud, the upcoming shoot will feature by far the largest concentration of snipers from; Antigua, Bermuda, Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, the Falkland Islands, the United States, Britain, Ireland and Scotland, who have already, began to pour in by the numbers ahead of what is being called the biggest gathering of professional shooters for a single tournament.
Speaking on the schematics of the shoot as well as the details, Persaud explained “After the end of the grand aggregate for the three days, we are going to be taking the 60 shooters who will then shoot together in one detail at 300, 500 and 600 yards. After lunch on that day, they will take the top 30 shooters who will move onto the 900 and 1000 yard ranges where the winner will be crowned the 150th Anniversary champion”.
Also, shooters will undergo two days of team competition at both the short (300,500 and 600 yard) and long (900 and 1000 yard) ranges to determine both long and short range country champions.
Despite a GY 14M amount needed to proper prepare for the tourney, Persaud said the team was still nevertheless focused and are aiming to put their best foot forward. Activities commence from Friday with a WIFBSC meeting, while Saturday will see shooters take part in the Milex/Crown Mining long range shoot followed by Sunday’s WIFBSC short range trophy.
Meanwhile, the first shot is expected to be fired first by President David Granger who will officially mark the start of the tournament.

Some of my best friends…

Satiricus was ecstatic, and couldn’t wait to get over to the Back Street Bar. His buddy Cappo had returned from New York, where he’d been holding out for the past year. And “holding out” it was, since he’d been there illegally, having overstayed on his visitors’ visa. And then again, all the beers would be on him!
“Cappo!! Man, you look real shine!” Satiricus exclaimed at his old friend as they gave each other a bear-hug.
“Yuh see de man fancy wris’-wa’ch?” said Cappo’s old cane-cutting partner Bungi proudly. “’e bring waan fuh all abee!”
“Well, let’s take a drink for old time’s sake,” said Hari as he clinked beer bottles all around. “Welcome home, budday!”
“Me glad fuh come back, leh me tell yuh!” Cappo said with a heartful sigh. “E na bin easy in Nyuu Yark.”
“So why did you come back, Cappo?” asked Satiricus, who, as usual, wasn’t the most sensitive soul around.
“Yeah!” said Bungi. “America gat all dem nice, nice t’ing!”
“Budday, da man Trump na easy!” said Cappo feelingly. “Ev’ry day pan de news dem a ta’k how dem guh ketch abee and ship abee back home!”
“Yes, we did hear about that,” said Hari. “We were worried about you!”
“Trump na like immigrants, at-all,” complained Cappo.
“Well, ‘e wife bin a wan illegal immigrant!” pointed out Bungi. “How come dem na ke’ch she?”
“Yes, Trump seh ‘e na gat nuttin ‘gainst immigrants,” said Cappo. “ ‘e seh some a ‘e bes’ fr’en a immigrant!”
“This Bull Khan fella here is better than Trump,” observed Satiricus.
“Wha’ ‘e do?” asked Cappo curiously.
“He admitted he fired a qualified Indian PS,” said Hari. “But he insisted he wasn’t racist. The Indian he fired is his friend!!”
“Now me feel like me deh home,” sighed Cappo. They all drank to that.

A Police thing

Satiricus was incensed. He was incensed because his leader, Rum Jhaat, was incensed. Rum Jhaat was incensed because he was in charge of the Police and things weren’t regula with his “boys”. In fact, things had gotten so bad there wasn’t a day when his dirty laundry wasn’t hanging out in the front pages of the dailies. It made for uncomfortable moments for Satiricus at the Back Street Bar.
“Suh wha’ yuh leadah seh ‘bout de drugs wha disappear fram de CID affice?” Bungi wanted to know.
“Bungi, why you hasslin’ the man?” Hari interjected to save Satiricus blushes. “Rum Jhaat already said it was ‘reckless and negligent’ officers who are responsible!”
“Da wha me wan’ fuh know,” Bungi persisted, as he polished off his beer. “Rum Jhaat a wan lawyah. How ‘e can seh police “negligent” when dem na done dem investigation?”
“What he means is at least the Police are negligent to let 2 kilos cocaine disappear,” said Satiricus at last.
“Budday! Leh abee pick sense fram nansense!” chortled Bungi. “Dis a wan police aperation fram de start!”
“What you mean?” demanded Hari, still solicitous of Satiricus’s sensitivities.
“Yuh na read de story?” asked Bungi. “Ah police gi’e police de drugs, and customs ketch dem! Suh de CID police bin gat fuh gi’e back de drug to dem mattie!”
“So why should Rum Jhaat be ashamed?” asked Hari. “It’s not like he thiefing the drugs.”
“Rum Jhaat shame beca’se ‘e rememba how ‘e use fuh moles’ Rodee!” chuckled Bungi. “An’ me fr’en’ Sato know da!!”
“Well, Rum Jhaat is in a coalition, you know,” said Satiricus. “He really can’t do what he really wants to do.”
“But na da me bin tell yuh, Sato?” asked Bungi. “De police know Rum Jhaat cyaan do dem not’in’. Dem gat ‘e like wan chris’muss blow-blow!”
“Let”s look at the bright side!” said Hari. “The police circulating the coke and keeping the economy going!!”

Why we should forgive

By Ashley Anthony

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place” – Iain Thomas
There is no one who has lived a life in which everything has gone perfectly. We have all made mistakes, wronged others and been wronged. The question becomes then, how do we handle situations like these?
The topic of forgiveness came into my mind after watching a video of a holocaust survivor, Eva Mozes Kor, who explained why she forgave all Nazis, and in particular, Dr Josef Mengele (also known as the angel of death), who had experimented on her and her sister. Kor explained that she understood not everyone in the Jewish community would stand behind her decision to forgive him, but wanted to impress that her decision was not for the peace of mind of the Nazis, nor did it erase what they had done. She said, “I discovered I had the power to forgive. No one could give me that power, and no one could take it away. It was all mine to use in any way I wished. That became an interesting thing, because as a victim of 50 years, I did not think I had any power over my life.” After writing her letter, she explained, “I felt free, free from Auschwitz, free from Mengele”, further calling her forgiveness, “an act of self-healing, self-liberation, [and] self-empowerment”. The last words that she imparted were these, “We cannot change what happened. That is the tragic part. But we can change how we relate to it.”
Those last words are applicable to all of us, even if what we need to forgive is something minor. What we have to accept is that we cannot change the actions of the past, but instead, we can choose how we build our lives around it. It is not an easy process, and it involves disrupting negative thoughts that will inevitably arise when you have been hurt. For example, “You are damaged. You have been wronged. You will never be the same.” When we think these things, we are forced to live in the past, remembering our pain, instead of focusing on the present and future. Forgiving returns control our lives. It removes us from being the victim, and allows us to be in charge of our narrative again. It is not a sign of weakness, but rather strength, and personal growth. When you forgive someone for something, you are not saying that it never happened. You are not diminishing how much it hurt you, or how traumatic the event was. Instead, you are recognising all of those things, but also choosing not to let it control your life anymore.
I understand that some people may feel that things have been done to them, which they simply cannot forgive. I cannot tell you that you have to forgive. It is up to you to learn to cope with those issues, and move on healthily. At the end of the day, what better revenge is there, than for a person who once held power over you to realise that they are no longer in control?

British universities to mark abolition of Indian indentureship

…as 2-day conference gets underway

The University of Warwick’s Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and the University of London will be commemorating the centenary of the abolition of Indian indentureship in a two-day International Conference on the history and culture of Indian workers from 1838 to 1917, and the contemporary reality of migration to the Americas.
Some 45 scholars and writers from all parts of the world will gather at Senate House on October 6 and 7 to present papers on a variety of subjects, including the situation of Bhojpuri women in Mauritius and Suriname; Mauritian Hindi poetry and drama; Land issues in Fiji; the statutes of colonial Natal; the Indo-Caribbean Diaspora in the USA; Post-Indenture Trinidad and Tobago and Indian settlements in Guyana.
An original aspect of the Conference will be comparative studies of Chinese migration to the Region, including to Cuba and other Spanish colonies. Two volumes of scholarship will be published from a selection of the papers given, and the Commonwealth Foundation will be funding the publication of an anthology of creative writing by descendants of Indian indentured workers, with poetry and prose from nearly 50 writers from South Africa, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, Canada, Trinidad, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the USA and Canada.
“There are two distinctive aspects of the Conference,” says co-organiser Professor David Dabydeen. “Firstly, the scope of the enquiry, covering practically all countries affected by Indian indentureship. Secondly, the majority of papers are being presented by young female scholars, many of whom will place women at the centre of the indentureship experience, whereas before they were largely omitted in historical accounts. My co-organisers, Dr Maria Kaladeen (School of Advanced Studies, London University) and Professor Tina Ramnaraine (Royal Holloway College, London University) are to be thanked abundantly for the Conference’s emphasis on women, and for the enormous effort they have put in to ensure the presence of women scholars and writers globally.”
A highlight of the Conference will be the inaugural Gafoor Lecture in Indian Indentureship, which will be given by the doyen of Indo-Caribbean Studies, the Trinidadian scholar, Professor Brinsley Samaroo. Funded by the Gafoor Foundation, the lecture will be on Islam in the Caribbean, and will reveal how the Holy Koran was first brought to the Caribbean by enslaved Africans who were Muslims, and Islam practised in the Region by Africans before Indian arrival.
According to Dabydeen, the Universities of Warwick and London will be organising annual Gafoor Lectures for the next 15 years.
“The Gafoor Lecture and the following Gafoor Lectures will be filmed and put on the social media so that anyone anywhere can access them free of charge. The International Conference itself will be similarly filmed and made available on the Internet. Our future plans are to organise joint scholarly events in all the countries affected by indentureship,” Professor Dabydeen said.
Britain is an appropriate place to begin this global outreach since Britain was responsible for what has been called the “new system of slavery”, Dabydeen added.

Look for early signs of breast cancer

By Anu Dev

“I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity” – Angelina Jolie (on getting a double mastectomy)

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, and although many women are aware of the existence and possibly of the prevalence of breast cancer, I don’t think that there is enough awareness of the things they should be doing for early detection, or about factors that put them at a greater risk of having breast cancer; so I believe this article bears repetition.
In the Caribbean, the WHO announced in 2013 that rates are rising because of our change in lifestyle in imitation of the developed countries. In my first clinical rotation (surgery), we saw a lot of cases of breast cancer, which illustrated the stark statistic. In fact, during my month at the San Fernando General Hospital, the unit I was on had a separate clinic dedicated just to breast complaints. Many of the cases of breast cancer that we saw were unfortunately rather advanced forms of the cancer, and required quite radical surgeries. It was a sobering experience.
By being aware of the things in our life that might put us at risk of breast cancer, we can try to avoid those things — like smoking; cigarette smoking increases your risk of contracting breast cancer and a whole host of other diseases; but that’s a lecture for another time, I suppose.
Since the risk of breast cancer increases with age, if females are socialized from young adulthood to check themselves for early signs of breast cancer, then — statistics have shown — in more than 90% of those cases, with early prognosis, the women can go on to have cancer-free lives. This is an amazing statistic, and is the rationale behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and we should all talk openly about it.
A monthly breast self-examination results in the detection of almost 40% of breast cancer; and the steps are very easy to learn, since they consist of varying methods of observing and checking for lumps or thickening of the tissue of the breast or underarm. Sometimes there are changes in the appearance of the breasts or nipple, and even discharge; all these should receive professional scrutiny. The examination can be undertaken during several activities – in the shower, in front of a mirror, or lying down. The goal is to detect any lumps that might have formed since the last examination.
Not all lumps are cancerous, and at a visit to the doctor, a clinical breast examination can be performed by a trained health worker. Obviously, this would increase the chances of early detection.
The most conclusive test is done by a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious area. The breast is exposed to a small dose of iodizing radiation that produces an image of the breast tissue.
Mammograms can be performed at a clinic or hospital, and are the most extensive method of detecting breast cancer today. It is recommended that all women over 40, or those in a high-risk category, should have a mammogram every one or two years.
I, for one, am tired of seeing the devastating effects that cancer has on so many, many people. With breast cancer, we have a chance to make a difference, especially if we intervene early. So let’s fight back, and let’s educate ourselves about this disease. And we can start by examining our breasts for lumps and bumps the next time we step into the shower. And yes, even though more rarely, men can develop breast cancers also.
Detection of cancer doesn’t any longer have to be a kiss of death.

Getting on…

…in years
The PNC’s about to turn 60 and under the fig leaf of its APNU cover, it’s busy painting the towns (and country!) green. In case you didn’t put “two and two” together, that means the PNC’s almost a decade older than independent Guyana!! It also means the PNC has a history and an institutional memory and debts to pay – not to mention skeletons in its closet it mightn’t want to have unearthed at this time!!
The history of the PNC is all about its “Founder Leader” Forbes Burnham – of that there can be no doubt. Refusing to play second fiddle to Cheddi Jagan, who he never saw as his intellectual or social equal, Burnham rose to power on the back of two powerful forces – the urge of African Guyanese to take their “rightful place” in a Guyana that, after WWII, everyone knew that Independence had to come. It was only a matter of time.
The other force was the Cold War that had already generated much heat in 1953, when the PPP, with Jagan and Burnham respectively Leader and Chairman, was ousted from office for being “too leftist”. Burnham saw which way the wind was blowing and soon moved from being one of the most strident leftists to being an exemplary (to the West!) “moderate”. One could make a case that Burnham was caught in these two structural forces like flotsam on the ocean and the split from the PPP to launch the PNC was as inevitable like in those Greek tragedies of yore.
The virtual civil war between Jagan’s and Burnham’s partisans played out like the Peloponnesian War – with the CIA, like the Grecian gods, pulling the strings from the clouds of Mt Washington. Burnham emerged as ruler of Guyana with the PNC soon declared the “paramount party”. See the resemblance in the present configuration? The attitude to the Judiciary? The contempt for the PPP? The “jobs for the boys” and girls? That’s the institutional memory taking over: the present PNC leadership don’t have to think – they just remember what the Comrade leader would’ve done!
The skeletons, of course, are too numerous to mention…but they’re surfacing on their own accord. The rigging of the 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985 elections are there to be examined in all their sordid details in the declassified files of the US and British archives. But look at the new registration list that’ll be created by Winston Felix – and which will drag on to take the elections into 2021 – and you’ll get a flavour of that skeleton. Ditto with the trial balloon to bring back “overseas voting”.
It’s PNC reloaded!!!
…with land
It was a surprise to many when Lincoln Lewis, trade unionist extraordinaire fighting for the working class for donkey years , announced he’d been a member of the feudal land-owning class all along!! You could’ve knocked over your Eyewitness with a feather! Being lectured by the likes of Jagan and Burnham ad nauseam, he’d assumed feudalism had been overthrown by the bourgeoisie running dogs of capitalism!
It was at the land Commission that Lewis dropped his bombshell. His great-great-great-great-great (etc) grandfather on his mother’s side had bought this village in Berbice back in the day after slavery. According to Lewis, his maternal ancestor (that’s easier!!) and his kin occupied the southern half of the village, and before long, the northern side became inhabited.
So now comes Lewis claiming seignorial rights over the land. But can a lord of the manor represent the great unwashed masses? Decisions…decisions!
…with UG wages
The 10th VC of UG (or should that be VC 10?) just drew the line on wages for the UG staff. Eight per cent for support staff (read folks doing manual labour) and six per cent for academic staff who teach.
Like the Government, the VC’s Cabinet received their 50 per cent earlier!!

It’s not a gas…

…with gas
Back in the day, original hipsters like Frank Sinatra introduced the Irish expression “It’s a gas!” — meaning a fun activity — into the general lexicon. The pronouncements of the Guyana Government on the gas found off our shores by Exxon associated with petroleum show clearly that their spokesmen are no hipsters! But yet, like Frank, they insist on doing things “their way”; though, in the end, Guyana gets it in the end!
Let’s step back a bit with this gas business, shall we, dear reader? Right after their oil strike in May 2015, Exxon announced they would be using some of the gas to run the operations of their FPSO, and inject the remainder back under the seabed — where it would help to push out some more oil. They never planned on sending any to our shores. After trying all sorts of sleights of hand to convince Guyanese better days are coming, however, the Government’s latest dodge is to convince Exxon to send the gas ashore to fire up some GPL generators.
GPL, as we know from the writings of some of the Government’s staunchest supporters, has taken us back to the (dark) days of Burnham, when blackouts were the order of the day (and night)! So the gas talk is supposed to give the longsuffering Guyanese some hope.
Anyhow, the Government, as is standard in these matters, ordered a feasibility study. After all, it’s not just a matter of pumping the gas from under the sea and then sending it out to our GPL plants in rubber hoses like the ones you have attached to your stove. It’s a tad more complicated than that; but don’t tell the Govt!!
Firstly, the gas, which is mostly methane, has to be cleansed of a host of compounds that are quite polluting. This takes money. While it can be done on the FPSO – in larger quantities than for its own use – there’s the cost. Also, the cost of gas pipelines from 120 miles out in the deep Atlantic, and the cost of retrofitting the present GPL generators to consume methane. But before any of this has been costed, the Government insists “It’s feasible!!”
But another hitch has popped up on the gas front. Norway had committed US$80 million for “renewable energy” in general, and Amaila in particular. The Govt, of course, balked at Amaila because it’s Jagdeo’s idea, and are now trying to convince Norway they can’t withhold their money ‘cause natural gas is “renewable” and “non-polluting”!!
Sure – renewable in 65 billion years!!! But still burns into carbon dioxide!!
When these guys in the Government speak, it’s a gas!!
…with police on bicycles
Your Eyewitness thought the “police on bicycles” plan was confined to the city of Georgetown – where the City Constabulary has become exhausted from running down vendors and other hapless citizens on foot to shake them down!! But the bicycled cops are now also deployed on the West Coast, where they will be thrown into the ongoing fight against crime.
It’s evidently one more attempt by the Police to present a “kinder gentler” face to the public. It mightn’t be the ruddy-cheeked cops on the beat who handed out candy to kids at Christmas time, like we saw in the old movies, but it’s a start, right? But it was a bit of a stretch to suggest the bicycled cops would be better in crowd control! They’ll form a bicycle cordon?
Then one wonders if Policemen on horseback will also be deployed outside of Georgetown. They’ll also get to crime scenes “in minutes”, as promised with the bicycles, but they’ll be easier to feed!
…on new oil fields
OK…Janet Jagan gave away too many fields to Exxon. But she DIDN’T know the fields had oil. It was a gamble.
But why no bidding by Trotman for new fields – AFTER the “world class” oil find by Exxon? Political investments?