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Focus For New DDL Chair
pointed Chairman of Demerara
Distillers Limited (DDL, Komal
Samaroo has said that the com-
pany would revive a campaign
against selling rum to underage
persons and would be willing to
contribute to the rehabilitation
of alcoholics.
Samaroo assured that
DDL would remain a socially
responsible company that
encourages the responsible use
of alcohol even as it pursues
its business goals. He said the
company would assist or-
ganisations that are engaged in
rehabilitating alcholics.
“I think we will be sup-
portive of any well-managed
effort to provide rehab services
by any social organisation in
Guyana,” he said. Samaroo’s
comments were made shortly
after he formally took over the
Chairmanship from veteran
entrepreneur, Yesu Persaud.
Persaud assured that the
growing company of DDL
was now in good hands under
the leadership of Samaroo
who served as the company’s
Managing Director for the
past 30 years.He described
his successor as someone who
“knows the business” and has
uh Fun’s drummer
and vocalist Rich-
ard (Rick) DaSilva
rang in his January 5
Birthday in grand
style with a “Boys Jam”
gathering of musicians
and close friends. The
twelve hour plus ses-
sion, which started
around 3:00 pm on
Saturday January 4
and went well beyond
3:00 am the follow-
ing morning, was filled
with superbly crafted
impromptu renditions
from almost every musi-
cal genre. Blues, jazz, pop,
rhythm and blues, soul, reg-
gae, calypso were all covered.
There was even a rendition
of a Sri Lankan party song
from one of the Birthday Boy’s
South Asian friends present.
The Ramblers Serrao broth-
ers, Bing and Maurice, Triple
Play’s Raymond Lee Own and
DaSilva’s fellow Fuh Funites
George DeSilva, Wayne Dal-
mada and Brian Irwin were
amongst those whose presence
made the occasion the Sweet
Jam that it was. Happy 60

in recent years been busy cre-
ating a viable market in North
Reacting, Samaroo said his
major task in the coming years
would be to further build DDL’s
international market now that
the company has crafted a
methodology to access those
markets and register increasing
growth. “This is the future of
the company to build its brands
internationally and that will be
the main focus of my job over
the next few years,” he said.
In 2012, DDL grew by 23
percent and is expected to
register growth of more than
30 percent in 2013.
The company has moved on
from not only selling bulk rum
but also bottled products for
major international markets
in North America, Asia and
Europe including Russia. Cur-
rently, the company has four
warehouses of spirits being
aged to be processed by the
most modern distillery in the
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Mama was my greatest teacher, a
teacher of compassion, love and
fearlessness. If love is sweet as a
flower, then my mother is that
sweet flower of love – Stevie
vonne Campbell was
born in Trinidad. Her
mom Berica, became
ill with pneumonia at child-
birth and had to make an
impossible choice. She
chose that
her child
should live
and then
she herself
died after the
So small at
birth that her crib
was a shoebox,
Yvonne was
adopted by her
Daniel and Dora
Strachan. Her
survival was
dependent upon the love of God’s
and her grandparents, as well as
the latter’s support. She attended
Providence Intermediate School
and graduated in 1959.
Having migrated to Canada in
1967, Yvonne worked with the
Canadian Imperial Bank of Com-
merce for 26 years. On March
28, 1971 she married her hus-
band Ewart Campbell. God has
blessed us the a miracle daugh-
Yvonne T. Campbell: Jesus Opened My Eyes
ter Njeri (anointed) – Damali (a
beautiful vision) Campbell.
As an autobiography, Jesus
Opened My Eyes, is a reflection
of Yvonne’s living experience
of the truth of God’s Word from
age 9-69 years. God has given
her the privilege to say “Here,
I am, Lord” to be a witness of
the miracles, healing, visions
and dreams to all, and proclaim
the “Good News” that “Jesus is
Risen and Alive!”
In addition to her grand-par-
ents, husband Ewart, daughter
Njeri Damali and a host of spe-
cial friends, Jesus Opened My
Eyes is also dedicated to former
Pope Paul II. In November 1987,
Yvonne was privileged to receive
his personal apostolic blessing.
She kissed his ring during an
audience at St Peter’s Basilica.
Ninety-eight pilgrims from To-
ronto’s Our Lady of Good Coun-
sel Caribbean Catholic Church
attended the ceremony along
with Yvonne.
Jesus Opened My Eyes has
been described by Noel Fernan-
dis, RCIA Coordinator of the To-
ronto St Andrew’s Roman Catholic
Church as a chronicle of the life of
a woman with a deep, unquestion-
ing and simple faith in God. “It is
a message of hope, peace, joy,
goodwill and love that can only
be realized through a deep and
simple relationship with Our Lord
and Saviour, Jesus Christ!”
Jesus Opened My Eyes has
received glowing reviews from
several esteemed members of
the Canadian and international
religious community.
Saara, Sofia Vuorinen writes:
“Yvonne Campbell’s autobiog-
raphy spiritual journey provides
an insight into one woman’s
journey through life towards
spiritual fulfillment. Written in a
breezy West Indian with a rare
perspective given to finding
life’s meaning through Christ.
From early childhood, growing
up, coping with parents, school,
work, family and marriage
are all combined in the single
theme of her relationship with
Catholicism and the develop-
ment of her faith. Of particular
importance is her willingness to
be guided by the bible towards
a better and deeper meaning
to life. It is an important work
which will help others to self
Father Marcos has also been
glowing in his praise of Jesus
Opened My Eyes. “it will have
as a main aim drawing people
to seek faith in the true and liv-
ing God. Especially nowadays
when many people feel lost and
bewildered and are truly seek-
ing to voids which would have
been created by modern soci-
ety. Jesus Opened My Eyes is
mainly destined for ordinary lay
people showing that the life of a
lay person, in this case namely
Yvonne Campbell, can be lived
out marked and rhythmed by God
in each and every moment of
According to Fr. Nyakenyanya
Atandi Sosimi, Jesus Opened My
Eyes is destined to become the
most recent treasured and used
reference manual, not only for
spiritual guidance but for all those
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Graphic’s Mary Maestre is quickly
becoming a favourite within community
households. Mary’s home style
recipes, provided through her bi-
weekly Column, have struck a chord
amongst cooking enthusiasts seeking
to make their Caribbean dishes taste
better than ever before. Mary’s
catering business is also taking off,
undoubtedly as a result of her own
cooking being as sweet as her
captivating smile.
GCC Making 2014 Plans
aving hosted a very
successful “Ole Time”
Guyanese Brunch to
raise funds for the St Joseph’s
Mercy Hospital Recovery
Project, the Guyana Christian
Charities Canada Inc. (GCC) is al-
ready planning its 2014 events. GCC
will kickoff its annual schedule with
the ever popular Valentine Dance -
Feb 8
, 2014.
Scarborough’s Sts. Peter & Paul
Ukranian Church Hall at Markham
& Milner will be the venue. Raymond
Lee Own’s Triple Play band will pro-
vide live music baked by the sounds
of DJ – Bakes.
GCC’s Spring Dance, will be held on
May 31, this year at the newly reno-
vated Pickering Recreation Centre.
Fuh Fun will be the Band and Boogie
the DJ.
GCC will also host its Fall Dance, on
September 20, details for which will be
announced at a later date.
The Guyana Christian Charities
Canada is a Canadian registered volun-
teer, non-proft charitable organization.
GCC is dedicated to providing aid and
assistance to Guyanese organizations
and individuals, as well as others in
need. All proceeds from the GCC’s
fund-raising activities are utilized to-
wards its humanitarian projects.
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2013: A year of lost opportunities
for Caribbean countries
013 was not a good year for any
of the 14 independent member
States of the Caribbean Commu-
nity (CARICOM) – not even for three of
the four commodity-exporting nations
Belize, Guyana and Suriname, despite
their economic growth
The fourth commodity-exporting
country, Trinidad and Tobago, had no
growth to speak-of. All the countries
were beset by high unemployment;
there was high debt in 10 of them;
decline in inclusive economic growth in
11 of them; unsustainable fscal defcits
and widening trade defcits in goods
and services in all of them; and foreign
exchange losses in many of them.
Additionally, bank lending and private
spending tightened in 11 of them caus-
ing a contraction in the private sector
to which all countries had been looking
to lead economic recovery in the wake
of cash-strapped governments being
compelled to retreat as both investor
and employer.
Underlying all this in every CARI-
COM country, there was (and is) an
insistence by governments to seek only
national solutions, even though there is
great bewilderment about what national
measures could be taken to improve the
economic situation.
Bewilderment led to inaction, as
governments failed to engage meaning-
fully with other crucial actors in their
countries, such as the opposition politi-
cal parties, the trade unions, the private
sector, and the Universities, to develop
an agreed national plan to help take their
economies out of a prolonged stagnation.
Throughout 2013 there was a pervading
atmosphere of “not knowing what to do”.
In this climate, those governments in IMF
programmes did what the IMF said they
should, and so too did the governments
whose circumstances brought them to the
IMF’s door. But, IMF-inspired measures
focus on austerity measures such as job
losses and wage freezes that heighten
economic contraction.
Of course, national solutions must be
sought, and they would best be sought
within a framework of genuine dialogue
and engagement with all the important
players in the country’s economic fortunes.
To do this, important hurdles have to
be jumped including – and especially for
Guyana where the two opposition parties
command a majority in parliament – the
sincere and constructive involvement of
opposition political parties.
It is dangerous for CARICOM coun-
tries to assume that their problems will
be solved by the full resolution of the
economic crisis in North America and
European Union (EU) countries. While
there is recovery in both places, the
proportion of wages in national income
in the US and the major EU countries
has declined in real terms, leading to
contraction in spending. For the Carib-
bean, this translates into fewer tourists
or tourists who spend less.
It has also been diffcult for investors
to locate money in the North Ameri-
can and European capital markets for
investment in the Caribbean unless
projects are high-yielding, such as gold
mining, or they get exceedingly gener-
ous tax holidays and other concessions
that may not beneft the economies in
the long-run.
In this circumstance, not only are the
benefts in terms of tourism and invest-
ment likely to take longer to “trickle
down” to CARICOM economies, but the
global economic environment is far less
favourable than before the recession
started in late 2008.
As an example of this, China’s econ-
omy which grew at an average 9.5% for
the decade 2001 to 2011 declined in
2012 to 7.8% and looks likely to be 7.6%
in 2013. China’s appetite for commodi-
ties is already decreasing, pushing down
prices paid to commodity-exporting
countries, including those in CARICOM.
What is more, since loans that CARI-
COM governments have contracted with
China are denominated in Yuan which is
rising in value against the US dollar, re-
payments will escalate, placing a bigger
burden on already dwindling govern-
ment revenues.
CARICOM countries also embraced a
full Economic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) with the EU in 2008. A limited
review of the EU-Caribbean EPA is said
to be taking place now to determine
whether it has delivered on its promises.
It would have been wise of govern-
ments to involve all trade unions,
private sector, political parties, and
academia in a transparent review that
fully advises the public of fndings. That
has not happened.
But, the region should fully review
the EPA, which so far, has not delivered
promised market access for Caribbean
goods and services, and has not realised
any signifcant new investment.
Further, the EPA will lead in all Carib-
bean countries to a reduction in govern-
ment revenues as a consequence of the
removal of tariffs on goods imported from
EU countries. To replace such lost rev-
enue, governments will have to increase
taxes on their own people at a time when
taxation is already burdensome.
Caribbean governments, collectively,
should be calling for at least the suspen-
sion of the terms of the EPA until the
countries of the region can restructure
and re-align their economies collectively
with national plans that are integrated
with a regional integration strategy.
For it remains a stark reality that
none of the CARICOM countries on its
own – including those that now beneft
from commodity exports – can deliver
on a sustained basis the economic ben-
efts, physical infrastructure and social
systems their people urgently need.
The EU knows this reality very well,
but it is most unlikely to suspend the
EPA unless there is certainty that
national restructuring by CARICOM
States will indeed be integrated in a
regional development framework.
So, while the present diffculties of
CARICOM countries require national
solutions that are genuinely “national”,
such national solutions will not be
enough; notwithstanding the unsub-
stantiated belief by some parochially-
minded groups that their small econo-
mies can miraculously succeed and
thrive on their own.
In previous commentaries I have
pointed to three critical areas that re-
quire regional attention and that could
have a benefcial impact on the econo-
mies of all. They are: regional food
production and distribution, maritime
transportation and energy production
and distribution. These are regional
solutions that should be addressed on a
parallel track with national plans. They
are not mutually exclusive.
CARICOM governments failed to
grasp this reality, and 2013 became a
lost opportunity. In practical terms, this
means that CARICOM must go beyond
occasional cooperation. The New Year
must see a concerted effort to examine
how regional action can help national
survival. This requires a stronger insti-
tutional base for CARICOM than it now
has, as well as a change of mind-set and
a will to act regionally. It is not enough
to wait for global economic circum-
stances to improve; reliance on mere
trickle-down is a fool’s hope.
The New Year can be a year of im-
proved prospects if CARICOM govern-
ments end the ‘pause’ they applied to
economic integration in May 2011.
The writer is a Consultant, Senior
Research Fellow at London University
and former Caribbean Diplomat
A Real Sweet Jam
ometimes it’s the simplest
gatherings that provide the
most joy. So it was on January
4, when Fuh Fun drummer, Rick DaSil-
va hosted a small group of fellow musi-
cians and close friends at his Brooklyn
home. The occasion was a celebration of
his 60
Birthday the following day.
The sizeable basement of DaSilva’s
very attractive home has for years
served as Fuh Fun’s practice room. The
band practices there almost religiously
on Wednesday evenings. Hours of toil
which are invariably refected in the
band always sounding as sweet and
tight as it does, whenever they play out
at community functions.
For the January 4 Jam, DaSilva and
his fellow Fuh Funites, George DeSilva,
Wayne Dalmada and Brian Irwin,
keyboardist and vocalist Ingrid Veeras-
ammy was absent on account of it being
a “Boys Lime,” were joined by a bevy of
fellow musicians. Triple Play’s Raymond
‘Chinny” Lee Own was present, as were
two of the Serrao brothers, of Ramblers
fame, Bing and Maurice. DJ Boogie was
also present, often trying his hand on
percussions and demonstrating his not
too shabby skills as a vocalist.
Soca Joe was also “in the house,” raising
the evening’s vocal standards with a typi-
cally rousing rendition of Baron’s Sweet
Soca Man. I swear at times when Soca Joe
sings that song, if you close your eyes, you
might actually think it’s the Baron himself.
Chinny, Wayne and the Serrao broth-
ers provided the guitar backing, bass,
rhythm and acoustic, to the vocal rendi-
tions of Georgie, Soca Joe, Boogie and
anyone else that cared to sing, including
long time Fuh Fun supporter Derryck.
Birthday boy Ricky shared drumming
duties with Frankie.
Ricky and Frankie had combined
earlier in kitchen to produce a menu
that would have been the envy of the all-
you-can-eat Buffets at most Caribbean
restaurants. There was crab soup, souse,
bar-b-qued chicken wings, duck and
goat curry, chilli chicken, chow mein
and steamed Basmati rice. A feast ft for
a king in both quantity and quality. The
taste was outstandingly delicious.
Back downstairs in the basement,
there was copious consumption of El
Dorado Rum of every vintage, 5, 12
and 15. Needless to say the bottles of
15 were the frst to be fnished, but the
12 and 5 weren’t that far behind. The
twelve pack of Carib that I’d provided
also proved so popular that I was left
feeling somewhat guilty that I hadn’t
brought more.
From jazz, blues, soul, rhythm and
blues, to reggae, soca, and old time ca-
lypsos every musical genre was covered,
with admirable expertise by the assem-
bled musicians. At my request, Ricky
himself did a rendition of Dave Martin’s
Will You Back Again that raised goose
bumps. It left me wishing that the
Resident Love Goddess could have been
there to share in the joy derived. Need-
less to say, not surprisingly, I was soon
after suggesting that we should look to
host a similar type Lime for our signif-
cant other ladies.
A Sweet Jam it was indeed.
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BRIDGETOWN, The situation at
St Martin’s, St Philip, is going from
bad to worse. A pharmacy has
closed its doors, a hardware store
has placed its six workers on two
and three-day work weeks, while 31
employees of Trimart Supermarket
will know by month-end if they will
continue to have jobs.
All this is unfolding after nearly two
years of roadworks from Rock Hall to
St Martin’s undertaken by contrac-
tor Rayside Construction started but
have since come to an abrupt halt,
leaving the section from Cane Gar-
den to St Martin’s in a mess.
The problems faced ranged from
road closures, traffc diversions, ex-
cessive dust and large holes along
the excavated stretch of road used
by residents of Ocean City, Foul
Bay, St Martin’s, Green Point, Har-
lington, Rock Hall, Cane Garden,
and Gemswick. It is also an impor-
tant part of the Sam Lord’s Castle
and College Savannah bus routes.
And after warning last year that
the company’s patience was running
out, Nicholas Mouttet, president
and chief executive offcer of Tri-
mart’s parent company ANSA McAL
Barbados, intimated that unless
something dramatic occurred by
month-end, it could be lights out for
the St Philip supermarket and with it
the jobs of 31 employees.
Sports, a daily household feature
on local radio for more than four
decades, has been cancelled by the
state-owned Caribbean Broad-
casting Corporation (CBC).
Veteran journalist Sam Wilkin-
son, the voice of the popular
morning programme that dates
back to 1971, has indicated that he
had been informed on January 4
that the show, which had not been
sponsored in recent times, will no
longer be aired.
“I was informed by CBC man-
agement that they can longer
keep bringing the programme
anymore because it is not gener-
ating any sponsorship,” he said.
The prevailing economic hard-
ship may have impacted on the
continuation of the show.
Wilkinson, 72, became a house-
hold name with the pro-gramme
that was sponsored by Seven Up
and called Seven Up Sam for
ten years (1971-1981).
Wilkinson said he enjoyed
doing the all-embracing pro-
gramme, which aired at 7:30
a.m. and took a fearless ana-
lytical view of sports ranging
from cricket, Wilkinson was a
29-year-old freelancer at Bar-
bados Rediffusion when he
was invited to do the progamme,
which was designed to be the
local version of a similar Trini-
dadian show hosted by the late
Raffe Knowles.
Sam Wilkinson
BRIDGETOWN Marcia Haynes and
Phyllis Grazette typifed the emotions of
the scores of now unemployed workers
from the Ministry of the Environment’s
Drainage Unit who turned up for a Jan-
uary 2 meeting at the National Union of
Public Workers concerning their future.
Some of their former colleagues were
not as composed though as they vocifer-
ously condemned their axing from jobs
they held, in some cases, for as long as fve
years. In Haynes’ case, she was employed
in Government for nearly 15 years.
After an almost two-hour long meet-
ing at the union’s Dalkeith, St Michael
headquarters, NUPW general secre-
tary Dennis Clarke also lambasted the
severing of the workers. He said given
the way the terminations were done, the
union now found itself with its “back
against the wall”.
Here, Haynes and Grazette hold up
a reference letter from the Ministry of
Transport and Works dated August 7,
2013 stating that she was a Government
employee since May 21, 1999.
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Finance
Minister Harold Lovell has admitted
that government was late in making
the second installment to repay the
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
in December last year.Lovell admit-
ted only 60 per cent of the US $3.16
million repayment was made on the
due date of December 9, with the
balance paid a few days later.
“That’s just the reality in terms of
our cash fow. We paid everything;
we, at the time, were also concerned
that we had to also meet certain
payroll challenges and we met those
challenges. We paid the IMF in full,
no one is arguing,” Lovell said.
“I don’t know who is constantly
stirring the pot but I can assure
you, that is absolutely no issue as
far as that is concerned,” the minis-
ter of fnance added.
The government paid its frst in-
stallment to the IMF on September
9, after three years in a Stand-By
Arrangement with the IMF.
In June 2010, a US $118 million
loan from the IMF was approved
for the country. The IMF revised the
amount down to US $102 million
when the government opted to bail
out the failing ABI Bank in 2011.
As per IMF rules, each disburse-
ment the nation received quarterly
was to be repaid three years after it
was disbursed.
CASTRIES, St Lucia, Britain is provid-
ing one million EC dollars (One EC
dollar=US$0.37 cents) for vital emer-
gency humanitarian support to St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines and St Lucia
following the widespread destruction
and deaths caused by a low level trough
system late last month.
London said it would provide es-
sential drugs and medical supplies as
well as water and sanitation equipment
in recognition of the impact on health
services and the risk of water borne
diseases spreading. The support will
be delivered through the Pan American
Health Organisation (PAHO) which has
expertise and long standing relation-
ships with the Ministries of Health on
both islands.
The United Kingdom Minister of State
for International Development, Alan
Duncan is visiting the region, and is
meeting with the prime ministers of the
two affected countries to discuss the
humanitarian situation and reconstruc-
tion needs.
“To have suffered loss of life and
the destruction of homes has made
this Christmas period a wretched
time for so many, especially the
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, The leader
of the popular Jam Band Red Hot
Flames says he now plans to hold a
feeding programme he initiated on
Boxing Day about three times a year.
Clarence “Ounghku” Edwards
says the decision is based on the
success of his FFEED Jam. FFEED
stands for Food for Everyone Every
Day. Edwards says he wants organi-
zations like the LIONS Club and the
Red Cross to help conduct means
assessment and distribution.
FFEED was a free concert at
which fans were encouraged to
donate non perishable food items.
The band leader says there were
even donations from people who
do not attend concerts like his.
Edwards hasn’t yet announced
the date for the next FFEED event.
young and vulnerable. The British
government is glad to offer support
to those in need in both St Lucia
and St Vincent and the Grenadines,”
Duncan said.
A British government statement
said the funds would be used to re-
establish health services and support
the provisions of emergency medical
care in the affected areas; ensure
access to clean water and sanitation;
and implement disease surveillance.
Apart from the two affected coun-
tries, Dominica was also affected by
the storm. The three governments
said they would need “hundreds of
millions of dollars” to rebuild the bat-
tered infrastructure.
FFEED Program To Be Tri-Annual
GEORGETOWN, The Guyana Police
Force will soon have direct access
to the CTV (Close Circuit Television)
cameras that have been erected
around the city as a crime-fghting
measure. Home Affairs Minister
Clement Rohee made this disclo-
sure on January 3 while reviewing
the Ministry’s activities for 2013 and
outlining its goals for the New Year.
Addressing an audience at the
Police Offcers Training Centre,
Rohee said that the Defence Board
has approved the establishment
of ‘a direct feed’ from the CCTV
system to the Headquarters of the
Guyana Police Force at Eve Leary.
“As an integral member of the
Defence Board, the Ministry has
constantly supported the view that
CCTV cameras in the City be used
on a real time `basis to detect and
fght crimes”, Rohee said.
“In furtherance of this objective,
the Defence Board has approved
the establishment of a direct feed
to the Headquarters of the Guyana
Police Force at Eve Leary.
“It is the objective of this Minis-
try to facilitate the Guyana Police
Force with additional requirements
to ensure that effective crime fght-
ing takes place in service and pro-
tection for our people,” he added.
Government had promised in 2005
to introduce the CCTV cameras to
help counter rampant crime, and
had allocated $11M in the 2011
national budget to purchase the
It was revealed that footage gath-
ered will be monitored and archived
at the National Intelligence Centre
which is being set up in the Castel-
lani compound.
But in July, 2013, Deputy Police
Commissioner (Law Enforcement)
revealed that the police did not have
access to footage from the cameras,
and could only access the feed from
the cameras upon request.
This had prompted APNU Par-
liamentarian and former Police
Commissioner Winston Felix to
suggest that police at all stations
have access to the footage from
the cameras.
Felix had also questioned the
effectiveness of the cameras, while
pointing out that the cameras were
apparently failing to record the
many robberies that were being
committed around the city.
Several daylight robberies were
committed recently in central
Georgetown without any suspects
being apprehended.
Ammo In
fairs Ministry fears that frearms
and ammunition are being smug-
gled inside the Georgetown Prison
as part of a plot being hatched to
cause mayhem.
Minister Clem Rohee vowed that
every effort would be made to dis-
rupt those plans by searching for
frearms at any prison.
“Nefarious plans and conspira-
cies hatched in or out of prisons to
disrupt the peace and good order
in our society will be exposed and
disrupted,” said the ministry in a
Only recently a man was caught
allegedly attempting to smuggle
two shotgun cartridges in a shoe
into the Georgetown Prison. He
was arrested and charged with il-
legal possession of ammunition.
The Home Ministry said the
Guyana Prison Service has in-
formed of an attempt by persons
bent on derailing law and order
in Guyana to smuggle several
rounds of ammunition into the
Georgetown Prison. Late last year,
inmates attempted to burn down
the Georgetown jail after police
and prison wardens searched for
an object that someone had hurled
over the fence.
Concerns about a jail-break lin-
ger in the memories of those who
recalled that on February 23, 2002
fve inmates shot their way out of
the city jail, marking the begin-
ning of a violent spate of crime by
heavily armed gangs that had been
ensconced in the East Coast Dem-
erara village of Buxton.
Hundreds of persons in neigh-
bouring villages and lower East
Coast had been killed, robbed
or kidnapped by gang members.
They included sugar industry
workers, Trinidad and Tobago
water utility workers and an
American diplomat who were all
kidnapped. Several sugar com-
pany workers were killed but the
Trinidadians and the American
were subsequently freed.
Divided Georgetown
No Salary Increases Says Granger
GEORGETOWN, Chairman of A Part-
nership for National Unity (APNU),
David Granger has virtually ruled
out his opposition alliance tabling a
motion in the House to call on govern-
ment to pay higher wages and salaries
and lower the 16 percent Value Added
Tax (VAT). Speaking on the Peoples
National Congress Reform’s (PNCR)
January 5 television programme, Na-
tion Watch, Granger explained that the
law does not permit the opposition to
increase budgetary allocations. “There
is no way we can ensure the compliance
of the government on fnancial mat-
ters,” he said.
He stopped short of saying that the
opposition, which has a combined
one-seat majority in the 65-seat House,
would be wasting its time to introduce
such a motion because government
would do nothing.
Granger made known his position
even as the Guyana Public Service
Union (GPSU) has been clamouring
for a 15 percent increase in wages and
salaries rather than the fve percent hike
that was retroactive to January, 2013.
The GPSU, backed by the Guyana
Trades Union Congress (GTUC), wants
government to end its 13-year old
practice of imposing wages and sala-
ries rather than holding negotiations
in accordance with Collective Labour
Agreements and the International
Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention
that guarantees the right to collective
He cited government’s track record in
ignoring opposition-piloted and ap-
proved bills and motions. The Donald
Ramotar administration has said that it
was not obliged to assent to opposition-
approved laws that do not beneft from
the input of the Executive.
APNU and the Alliance For Change
have endorsed the GPSU’s demand for
a living wage. The union has taken the
matter to conciliation, one step before
If arbitration is held, workers could
possibly end up being made more than
the five percent. But government and
the ruling Peoples Progressive Party
Civic (PPPC) have already countered
by saying that hefty wage increases
can fuel inflation and weaken the real
value and purchasing power of the
Guyana dolla.
GEORGETOWN, A plan to divide
Georgetown into four quadrants in an
effort to ease traffc congestion is likely
to commence in March, Home Affairs
Minister Clement Rohee has said.
In revealing some of his Ministry’s
2014 plans, Rohee said that the National
Commission on Law and Order (NCLO)
conducted “a comprehensive analysis”
on the traffc congestion, a consequence
of the large number of vehicles using the
streets in our capital city.
“After much discussion with stake-
holders, it was proposed that a series
of complementary one way streets be
introduced to control the direction and
fow of vehicular traffc, thus easing the
daily congestion,” Rohee said.
“In light of this, the Ministry sought
and received Cabinet’s approval for
Georgetown to be divided into four
quadrants, – those being North West,
North East, South East and South
Rohee stated that his Ministry intends
to implement this project in phases in
order to minimize its impact on the
travelling public. A commencement
date has been set for March 2014, and
will be preceded by a Public Relations
campaign to inform citizens of the new
traffc system.
GEORGETOWN, An Accra (Ghana)
High Court has sentenced two
persons including a Ghanaian, to a
total of 35 years imprisonment for
their roles in importing cocaine into
the country late last year.
Miller Ronald O’Neil, a Guyanese
and Captain of the Guyanese ship
as well as Seth Grant, a Ghanaian,
were convicted on their own plea
and sentenced to 20 and 15 years
respectively, on each of the three
counts leveled against them.
The sentences are to run concur-
rently.The court handed down the
sentence on the convicts looking at
the gravity of the offense and the
reputation of the country.
However, three others, Perceval
Curt, Samuel Mornty and Saint
Praimchad, all Guyanese, who were
also allegedly involved in the crime
and who pleaded not guilty, are ex-
pected to appear in court on Janu-
ary 10, to stand trial on the alleged
offenses levelled against them.
They were all accused of engag-
ing in a criminal conspiracy to
commit an offence by engaging in a
business relating to narcotic drugs,
importation of narcotic drugs with-
out lawful authority and possess-
ing narcotic drugs without lawful
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GEORGETOWN, The old-fashioned
lighting system at the National Cul-
ture Centre will be replaced with
a digital one, while the decades-
old air conditioning units will be
replaced with new ones; the audio
system will also be upgraded.
The Ministry of Culture Youth
and Sports will be expending an
estimated Gy$80M to complete
the upgrades on the Centre this
year, Minister Dr. Frank Anthony
has disclosed.
Contracts for installation of the
lights and the audio system have
already been awarded, while one
for the “retiring” of the old air con-
ditioning units, estimated at $56M,
will be awarded shortly, he said.
He said that those complaining
should know that if the ministry
were to charge market prices for the
rental, many producers would be
unable to stage their shows there.
He disclosed that the ministry
will be removing from the centre
some staffers who have been un-
The NCC, the premier audito-
rium for cultural presentations, is
located on Homestretch Avenue,
D’Urban Park in Georgetown, and
was built between 1972 and 1976.
Falling under the Ministry of
Culture, the NCC is the forum for
staging, developing and promot-
ing the performing arts. It was
offcially opened on May 16, 1976.
Most of the AC Unit now being
replaced, as well as the sound and
lighting systems, have been in place
since construction of the NCC,
and have, in recent times, been in
urgent need of repair.
$5,000 NOTE
GEORGETOWN, Finance Minister
Dr. Ashni Singh has dismissed
widespread concerns over the use
of the new $5,000 note, mak-
ing clear that feedback has been
positive since introduction of the
note in December 2013.
Dr Singh explained that many in
both the public and private sec-
tors have pointed to the benefts
of not having to carry around large
sums of cash, particularly relative
to the possibility of their falling
victim to robbery.
Dr Singh maintained that,
whatever the outcome, Guyana
remains a free country; and if
persons do not wish to use the
$5,000 bill, they are not obliged
to, but can continue using the
$1,000 bill as the main currency
GEORGETOWN, An international
operation has resulted in the inter-
ception of a Guyanese trawler with
a large quantity of marijuana and
the arrest of six Guyanese and one
Surinamese, well-placed sources
have said.
The trawler, Kaminey, was arrested
in international waters through coop-
eration among United States, British
and Guyanese agencies. The identi-
ties of the men are unlikely to be
released before they are arraigned.
Guyanese authorities received in-
formation that ‘Kaminey’ was return-
ing to Guyana from either Jamaica
or Haiti when it was intercepted in
international waters off the coast of
The operation was done under
the umbrella of the Caribbean Basin
Security Initiative (CBSI).
Sources said it is more advanta-
geous to nab vessels in interna-
tional waters and have the occupants
prosecuted in the United States, for
Opposition Offers Social Contract
GEORGETOWN, With 2014 just begin-
ning, A Partnership For National Unity
has proposed to government, a new ‘so-
cial contract,’ which according to party
leader David Granger, would promote
national unity, ensure human safety and
foster economic development.
Granger at the party’s January 3
weekly press briefng said that the
People’s Progressive Party/Civic admin-
istration has demonstrated that they
are incapable of solving the country’s
current crisis single handedly.
“The economic crisis has lowered
workers’ standard of living…protests by
two of the country’s largest trade unions,
the Guyana Public Service Union and the
Guyana Agricultural and General Work-
ers Union have demonstrated how labour
relations between the state and its work-
ers have degenerated. The ranks of the
unemployed young people are increas-
ing” Granger told the media.
Granger noted that with poverty in the
country being rampant, the World Bank
in its 2014 World Development Report
has rated Guyana as the second poorest
country in CARICOM.
According to Granger, the report has
showed that with a gross national income
(GNI) of US$3,410 per capita, Guyana
compared unfavourably with The Baha-
mas at US$21,280 per capita, Suriname
at US$8,480 per capita and, indeed, with
all other Caricom states except Haiti.
He said that the security crisis is also
another unfavorable issue with the gov-
ernment. According to Granger, security
has disproportionately hurt the poor.
Granger noted that there has been a
seven per cent increase of reports of
robbery under arms. There was an in-
crease in the number of armed robber-
ies involving the use of frearms by 16
per cent. Other serious crimes – includ-
ing banditry in the hinterland, murder,
piracy, fatalities on the roads and inter-
personal violence – proliferated.
Granger said that the new ‘social con-
tract’ which his party proposes would
seek to bring major sections of society
– including the government; political
opposition; trade unions; private sec-
tor and civil society together, and seek
agreement on a broad national pro-
gramme to move the country forward.
He explained that the ‘social contract’
could be the main means of combin-
ing the talents of a wider constituency
and of creating the conditions for social
cooperation and economic progress. The
three-fold purpose of such a contract
would be to reach a broad consensus on
the goals of national development; to
establish a sustainable institutional ar-
chitecture and to create effective policy
instruments for the achievement of the
objectives of the ‘contract.’
Granger called on the PPPC ad-
ministration to honour its obligations
to undertake and continue tripartite
consultations with workers’ and employ-
ers’ organisations in order to promote
increased production and productivity
in accordance with The Revised Treaty
of Chaguaramas.
Granger also called for the strength-
ening of mechanisms for tripartite
consultation in accordance with the
ILO Convention on Labour administra-
tion, 1978 that provides for an effective
system of Labour Administration.
Guyanese Nabbed In International Drug Bust
instance, where the chances of all of
them being sentenced to very long
prison terms are greater.
Trends show that Guyanese-reg-
istered vessels carrying marijuana
and cocaine are being intercepted
in international waters and the oc-
cupants successfully prosecuted in
other countries.
Two Guyanese -Yugool
Persaud,61, and 54-year old Des-
mond Wilson- were convicted in
a US court last November for the
smuggling of 1,265 kilogrammes of
marijuana aboard the MV Miss Tif-
fany in September.
Last month, fve Guyanese pleaded
guilty in a Ghanian court to the im-
portation of 400 kilogrammes of co-
caine worth US$50 million, The drug
was found aboard the Guyanese Ati-
yah Ex Alisam in late November.
KINGSTON A businessman im-
plicated in the recent seizure of a
bullet-making machine, more than
3,000 rounds of ammunition, and
items used to make bullets, was on
January 3 offered bail in the sum of
The accused, Oneil Schrouder, was
offered the bail following an applica-
tion by Queen’s Counsel K Churchill
Neita in the Corporate Area Resident
Magistrate’s Court. Schrouder, a 34-
year-old automotive fnishing trader
of Chains Roads, in Mandeville,
Manchester, was taken into custody
after he turned himself into the
police following the fnd at the port of
Kingston on November 28 last year.
Along with the machine and nine
millimetre bullets, gun powder,
lead bars, weight, targets and other
items, relating to the making of
bullets were allegedly discovered
among the shipment.
Schrouder’s name and address
were reportedly on the label of the
barrels and boxes in which the
items were discovered. He has been
charged with breaches of the Impor-
tation of Dangerous Explosives Act,
the importation of prohibited goods,
and making a false declaration.
During the January 2 bail applica-
tion Neita told Senior Magistrate
Judith Pusey that his client had pur-
chased the goods in the United States
to set up his own shooting range and
had no criminal intentions.
Neita also said that his client was
not a fight risk as he had turned
himself in to police when they asked
him to report.
He is scheduled to return to court
on February 6.
KINGSTON, The Ministry’s Direc-
tor of Economic and Social Re-
search, Shaine Palmer, who made
the disclosure during a recent
labour market forum at the Plan-
ning Institute of Jamaica’s New
Kingston offces, said employers
and human resource managers
participating in the survey point-
ed to the possible availability of
more than 200 job openings in
their organisations.
These included 112 for persons
who are physically challenged; 62
for the deaf/hearing-impaired; 23
for the blind/visually impaired;
and 21 for persons deemed intel-
lectually challenged.
Palmer said approximately eight
per cent of the 606 employers
interviewed indicated that they
employ at least one person with a
disability in their organisation.
He said the positions they oc-
cupy include: accounting, law,
customer service, sales, admin-
istration, guidance counselling,
graphics, cosmetology, landscap-
ing, farming, warehousing, farm-
ing, teaching, security, and infor-
mation technology.
Fieldwork for the survey com-
menced in December 2011 and
concluded in 2012. It targeted
1,200 employers/human resource
managers islandwide — 300 from
Kingston and St Andrew; 100 from
St James; 100 from St Catherine;
and 70 from all other parishes.
Agro Mismanagement
KINGSTON, Mismanagement by the
Agro Invest Corporation (AIC) has
resulted in the loss of a projected $50
million worth of onions at the Plantain
Garden River (PGR) Agro-Park in St
Thomas, which is among those touted
to produce Jamaica out of debt under
the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) agreement.
AIC is Government's project manage-
ment and execution agency responsible
for certain deliverables in all agro-parks
across the island.
Further, the more than 40 farmers
involved in the onion project at PGR are
on the brink of throwing in the towel
after a raw deal left them each owing
$300,000 in loans to the St Thomas Co-
operative Credit Union, despite AIC be-
ing responsible for the loss of the crop.
A status investigative report compiled
by the Rural Agricultural Development
Agency (RADA) has confrmed the
farmers' claims that they were misled by
AIC, which failed to provide the irriga-
tion system in a timely manner despite
$100,000 of the $300,000 loan being
allocated for it.
The farmers told local media that
they objected to an overhead irrigation
system as they didn't believe this was
suitable for crops, given the soil type,
but their concern was ignored.
However, the status report made it
clear that overhead irrigation should
have been avoided.
"Fields at PGR are irrigated using
sprinkler system; this will only assist
in spreading the disease," the report
"Decision by the project manage-
ment to plant onion seeds prior to the
installation of in-feld irrigation im-
pacted signifcantly germination rates
and proper development of plants," the
report stated.
The report further stated that "pre-
emergent herbicides were applied under
less than ideal conditions against the
advice of stakeholder agencies, render-
ing it largely ineffective".
One fertiliser application was said to
have been made where three would have
been required. And although project
management committed to making
small tools and equipment critical to on-
ion crop production available, none was
delivered to the farmers.
KINGSTON, President of the Ja-
maica Teachers' Association (JTA)
Mark Nicely is urging Government
to keep the many promises made
to the nation's teachers, some of
which they are expecting will mate-
rialise come March.
Nicely, in a January 5 national
broadcast pointed out that the
promises were too much in number
to list, but urged Government to
bear in mind the three that are due
in March of this year.
Credibility of any Government,
he said, is critical as this will de-
termine the amount of trust and
confdence that are placed in them.
"It is for that reason why promis-
es made should be promises kept,
" he inisted.
The JTA head, however, lauded
the Government for its efforts in
respect of the reform of the public
sector pension scheme.
In addition, Nicely said that a
special committee will be estab-
lished to assess the document be-
fore the association speaks further
on the issue.
As it relates to the problem faced
by the association with the discov-
ery of multimillion-dollar fraudulent
activities at the organisation last
year, Nicely said that the JTA has
started too see improvements in
its internal control and fnancial
management from measures that
were implemented.
Nicely said the association has
contracted PricewaterhouseCoo-
pers to carry out a fve-year foren-
sic audit on a phased basis, and
that the frst report is expected by
the end of March.
Bullet Maker Offered Bail
KINGSTON, A Carendon-
based cosmetologist who tried
to smuggle 2.4 pounds of
cocaine to the United States in
her private part and strapped
to her thighs, is scheduled for
sentencing later this month
after pleading guilty.
Keneisha Bent, 22, of Chaple-
ton, Clarendon, was remanded
into custody after she pleaded
guilty on December 31 to
charges of possession of co-
caine, dealing in cocaine and
taking steps to export cocaine.
Bent pleaded not guilty to a
charge of conspiracy to export
She’s to be sentenced by Mag-
istrate Simone Wolfe Reece in
the Corporate Area Resident
Magistrate’s Court on January
16. Bent was held at the Norman
Manley International Airport in
Kingston on December 22 with
the drugs when she checked in
to board a fight to Fort Lauder-
dale, Florida.
According to the police, when
she was found with the sub-
stance she told them that she
purchased it from a mad woman
for $20,000.
Bent’s attorney Michael Lorne
told the court that his client,
who is the mother of a six-
month-old baby, is an ambitious
young woman who aspires to be
a nurse. He said she fell on hard
times and was unable to com-
plete her studies.
Asked by Wolfe Reece to
explain Bent’s actions, Lorne
said: “It’s a mixture of des-
peration and she was hoping
to get away and then send for
the child.”
But the magistrate said that
Bent’s action did not mirror that
of a desperate woman. “Twenty
thousand dollar is a lot of money
and you have to buy ticket. I
want to understand how she
came to be doing that,” she said.
In the end, the magistrate told
Lorne that she needed time to
think about what sentence to
impose on Bent.
Tessanne Lends Voice
To Shaggy And Friends
Shop-breaker’s Speech
Impresses Magistrate
KINGSTON, The January 4 Shaggy and
Friends charity show on the grounds of
Jamaica House in Kingston in aid of the
Bustamante Children’s Hospital was a
smashing success. From early in the night
the level of support was evident on the
streets of Kingston as patrons converged
on the venue resulting in a massive traffc
backup along Waterloo Road and others,
with motorists crawling in line for almost
an hour before being able to enter the
grounds. But the effort was worth it.
Grammy-winning R&B artiste NeYo,
Damion ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Trinidadian
Kes, Agent Sasco, energy god Elephant
Man, Ity and Fancy Cat, Wayne Marshall
(and his eight-year-old son) and the host
Shaggy, were all in splendid form.
It was a smooth fowing show as
Shaggy and his friends thrilled the mas-
sive crowd culminating in truly top class
set by The Voice winner Tessanne Chin.
Chin performed the songs done
throughout her journey on NBC’s The
Voice competition even introducing fel-
low Voice contestant Matthew Schuler
midway her performance.
Schuler took the stage and the hearts
of Jamaicans as he proclaimed his love
for the island belting out a soulful rendi-
tion of Percy Sledge’s ‘When a man loves
a Woman’ and ‘No Holding Back’ to wild
cheers from the appreciative audience.
Tessanne returned (in a different
“frock”) and showed that her perfor-
mance of Whitney Houston’s hard-to-
perform ‘I have Nothing’ on The Voice
show was no fuke.
After doing a Reggae-infused version
of her latest single ‘Tumbling Down’
Tessanne delved into the Whitney staple
to bring the house down.
The Shaggy Make a Difference Foun-
dation organises the annual charity
event to assist in the provision of equip-
ment and supplies for the children’s
hospital, the only one of its kind in the
English-speaking Caribbean.
Tessanne Chin
KINGSTON, Two young men who
broke into a shop and stole $5,000
worth of goods escaped jail time after
the magistrate was won over by a mov-
ing speech by one of the accused in the
Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s
Court. Cousins Ryleem Style and
Chevonne Strachan pleaded guilty to
shop breaking, but Strachan apolo-
gised for his actions and sought to
persuade Resident Magistrate Simone
Wolf Reece to be lenient with them.
It’s the frst time I ever do some-
thing like this, and I am sorry for my
action and am begging some leni-
ency,” he said, as he pulled a piece
of paper with the speech from his
“In life you have a thing called ac-
tion, and for every action there is a
thing called reaction, and for every
reaction there is a thing called conse-
quence,” he read.
“But we are all sinners, and we all
make mistake, and we don’t have the
perfect life, and we don’t have the
perfect job, but there is a thing in life
called wants and needs,” Strachan
“We are sorry and we deserve to be
punished for sure, but in life some-
thing have to happen for us to wise
up, cause if we did know that some-
thing like this a go happen this would
a never happen, but it will never
happen again,” he said, fnishing his
But the magistrate, although
impressed by the speech, scolded the
men for their behaviour.
“Nobody in life has the perfect job
or perfect life, nothing is going to be
perfect, but that does not justify your
behaviour,” she told the men.
The magistrate also told them that
there is a difference between wants
and needs.
“Plenty things I want to buy when
I go in the store. I see so much things
me eyes dazzle, and the wants in me
rise up but the wants and my pocket
don’t coincide,” she said.
“But after that speech with all those
fancy words that sound nice and fow
nicely I want to know why you were in
the woman’s store?” she asked.
“Hunger,” Strachan answered. “It
is not as easy as you think.” But the
magistrate replied: “You think it easy
f me send you go prison, but the Lord
give me the strength to do it.”
The magistrate then implored the
young men to seek legitimate employ-
ment and also warned them to stay
from criminal activities. She com-
mended Strachan for his speech and
told him that she was going to give
them a chance because of it. She then
gave them six-month sentences sus-
pended for 12 months.
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, A million-dollar
reward is being offered by Crime
Stoppers for information in the
unsolved robbery of a Sentinel
Security van transporting millions
of dollars in cash on November 27.
Sentinel Security superintendent
Bert Clarke was killed in the rob-
bery. An advertisement appeared
in all three daily newspapers on
January 1, featuring a photograph
of Clarke, along with a brief de-
scription of the crime.
The advertisement stated:
“Crime Stoppers is offering a cash
reward of ONE MILLION DOL-
LARS for any information that will
lead to the arrest and conviction
of the persons responsible for
these crimes.
“People with information are
advised to call 800-8477 (800-TIPS)
or submit a tip online at www.”
The robbery and murder oc-
curred at 4.30 a.m. on November
27 when the Sentinel Security
panel van, with two Sentinel em-
ployees, was headed east along
the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway,
en route from Port of Spain to
Piarco International Airport.
Police said in the vicinity of John-
son and Johnson Ltd, outside the
Trincity Industrial Estate, the secu-
rity van was struck from behind by
a black Ford Ranger pick-up.
When the security company driv-
er stopped, the occupants of the
Ranger approached the guards.
The men opened fre, hitting
Clarke who was in the passenger
seat. He died at the scene.
The offcer in the driver’s seat
got out of the van and ran into the
bushes while the bandits raided the
van and stole the money. Six bags
containing millions in cash destined
for banks in Tobago were stolen.
The thieves abandoned the
Rwanger and escaped in another
vehicle. Only when police arrived on
the scene did the surviving security
guard emerge from the bushes. The
Ford Ranger, which contained sev-
eral bags of cement in the tray, was
identifed as a stolen vehicle.
Police described the robbery as a
well-planned operation as they ex-
plained the bags of cement served
to stabilise the Ford Ranger as it
slammed into the Sentinel van.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago
recorded four murders on the frst day of
the year on Wednesday January 1, mak-
ing it one of the bloodiest beginnings.
The shooting death of Pastor Casimir
Khan during a robbery at his home in
Arima on January 1, was followed by the
stabbing death, in Bacolet, Tobago, of
54-year-old Curtis Lovelace. A suspect
is in custody.
At Borde Narve Village south of
Princes Town, police found a couple
dead near their home. Omardath
Deokienanan and wife Sharon Ba-
hadur had spent New Year’s Day
with family and returned home that
afternoon. Police believe they were
attacked and killed by two men who
stole Deokienanan’s car, a white Nis-
san b-14. The vehicle crashed a short
distance from the home and was aban-
doned. Police were called and found
Deokienanan, hand tied behind his
back, at the back of his home, dead.
Banahur, her mouth sealed with duct
tape, was found in a cane field about
50 metres from the home.
None of the killings are considered
gang-related. Both had been chopped
to death.
Million $ Reward Offered
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PORT-OF-SPAIN,The closure of several
horse racing betting shops across the
country has, over the past months, put
scores of people on the breadline.
The latest closure is businessman Peter
George’s betting shop in Port of Spain,
which has resulted in approximately
300 people being sent home.
George, who spoke with local media
said his business has been losing money
over the past three years because of a
ten per cent tax imposed on every bet
placed on a horse race and the decision
to close his doors was done in protest of
the tax being imposed.
“We have lost in the last two to three
years 40 per cent of our volume. We are
hoping the government gets our attention
and calls us and says what is the problem
and what can we do to assist,” he said.
This particular tax has been around
for more than a decade, but George ar-
gued that over time it has become “pu-
nitive” and has driven customers away
because they have to pay the tax directly
when placing bets and the betting shops
are then responsible for handing over
the total taxes collected to the State.
In the early stages of the introduction of
the tax customers tolerated it but with
the advancement in technology there
has been a decline in customers who are
willing to continue to pay the tax just
to bet on a horse when they have the
option of placing bets in other areas,
George said.
“He (the customer) has the ability to
do online betting, calling anywhere in
the world and get a tax-free bet, there is
no reason for him to pay ten per cent tax
on a bet,” George said. The Bookmakers
Association wanted to have the current tax
replaced with a fat rate annual licence fee.
When asked about the replacement of
the current tax, Trade Minister Vas-
ant Bharath said the annual fee made
more sense because it would generate
approximately $25 million but was still
considerably less than what the Betting
Levy Board estimated it should be.
He added that he would have to ulti-
mately intervene but Government would
do so cautiously as a Cabinet approved
committee is being set up to assess the
entire horse racing industry, including
the betting shops.
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, A private hospi-
tal has failed to report an incident
where 17 pellets of cocaine were
surgically removed from the abdo-
men of a man who had swallowed
them and fallen ill. In an attempt to
smuggle the narcotic, valued at mil-
lions of dollars, the 34-year-old man
had ingested 20 pellets of cocaine
which almost cost him his life.
Sources told local media that the
man, who lives in Arouca, was taken
to a private hospital by a relative
after complaining of stomach pains
and bowel obstruction.
On December 21, 2013, the man
underwent a laparotomy—a surgical
incision into the abdominal cavity—
where the cocaine was found meticu-
lously packaged into pellets.
The surgery, which started at 5
p.m., lasted for close to three hours
and was conducted by a team of
fve—a surgeon leading three nurses
and an anaesthetist.
Sources said during surgery it was
found that the man’s bowel was perfo-
rated, as nine of the pellets had pen-
etrated the bowel and had entered the
man’s abdominal cavity. Reportedly
some 17 cocaine pellets were removed
from the man’s body and he disclosed
to the hospital staff that three were
passed in his stool prior to surgery.
Sources claimed instructions were
given by the surgeon to the medi-
cal staff to not take any pictures of
the pellets and to package them in a
re-sealable storage bag. The illegal
drug was handed back to the man.
The entire procedure was done
under a cloak of secrecy, but left
staff at the hospital shocked and
concerned. Staff are also asking
whether the prominent surgeon who
did the surgery was culpable in not
making a report to the police after
removing the large quantity of drugs
from the man’s body.
Because of the bowel perforation, the
man’s condition deteriorated and sources
said he developed sepsis—a potentially
fatal infammation of the entire body.
Nine days later and after close to
$100,000 in medical and hospital
fees, on December 30, 2013, the
man was transferred from the private
hospital to the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) of the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Complex in Mt Hope.
Sources at the Mt Hope hospital said
the man’s condition was improving and he
was currently in an adult medical ward.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Chaguanas
has launched its 2014 Regional
Carnival celebrations with or-
ganisers promising that it would
be even bigger and better than
last year.
Caroni Central MP Dr Glenn
Ramadharsingh beamed with
pride when speaking to reporters
about Carnival celebrations in his
“This area is highly engaged
in Carnival as there tends to be
lots of participation and motiva-
tion for the youth to support this
venture,” he said.
He said in central Trinidad
there was a better sense of his-
tory when it came to mas, adding
that over the years the celebra-
tion had grown now to include a
chutney show and its very own
Chairman of the National Car-
nival Commission Allison Demas
was also on hand at the January
3 Launch.
She said, “The launch of the
Regional Carnivals are a very
important aspect of our Carni-
val and out of the 53 Regional
Carnival celebrations, in central
Trinidad the main feature tends
to be the traditional characters.”
Chaguanas lives in the centre
of Trinidad and Tobago and we
want to decentralise the focus
from Port of Spain.”
Policewoman Charged
With Child Neglect
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Chaguanas A police-
woman charged with two counts of child
neglect has appeared in Court. Acting
Inspector Carol Alexander, 53, was
granted $40,000 bail by Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington.
Alexander is charged with being in
charge of the child (name called) and
that she did neglect the child, causing
unnecessary suffering to the child’s
health on two separate occasions. The
charges arose from an allegation Alex-
ander locked the child out of a house on
two occasions, between December 21
and 22, and December 30, at her Emba-
cadere, San Fernando, home. Alexander
was not called on to enter a plea, as the
charges were laid indictably.
Alexander was represented by at-
torney Cedric Neptune, who asked that
Wellington consider “reasonable bail”.
Neptune said he would like the court
to consider Alexander had been a police
offcer with the San Fernando City Cor-
poration for the past 28 years, which had
been totally uneventful until now. He said
Alexander has now moved to the rank of
acting inspector and is not a fight risk.
Police prosecutor attorney Ramnath
Phillip said he would not object to bail,
but was concerned about the safety of
the alleged victim. He said the child was
now staying at a children’s home in San
Fernando, and offcials of the home had
requested paper documents to ensure
the child’s stay there was legal.
Phillip said once bail was granted, Alex-
ander should be allowed only supervised
visits by way of senior offcials at the home
or in the company of a police offcer.
Magistrate Wellington ordered bail
with a surety be granted on the conditions
that Alexander not be allowed to visit the
virtual complaint while the matter was
before the court and that the child remain
at the home for the time being. The case
was adjourned to January 22.
Looking Forward to 2014
e usually have a “to do”
list that we will put into
action in the new year,
our “New Year Resolutions”. Well
the New Year having since arrived the
time has come to put your plan into
action. Doing so will allow you to start
your year on the right path.
Over the past few weeks we have
looked at many ways for you to save,
reduce and payoff your mortgage fast-
er. Though that may be one of your
biggest savings or expenses, it is just
one facet in your financial success.
Our day to day lives are full of small
expenses that can gradually add up
and make a dent in our finances.
Your first step can be a simple
budget review. Make a list of all your
income and expenses. Do not use a
budget, make one! Look for areas that
you may be overspending and other
areas where you may cut costs. You
can simply take a look at your house-
hold bills such as phone, internet and
cable and evaluate your services. Do
you still require everything you are
paying for? Do some research and
look at what the competitors are offer-
ing then contact your provider to see if
they will match? Hundreds of dollars
are spent on these services a year so
all savings will make a difference.
Another pocket of savings may be your
auto and home insurance. Ask your
provider if they have a loyalty discount
or quote a competitor’s price as they
may be willing to match it to retain
your business. Look at what your pro-
vider offers discounts on, for example
prepayment of the entire year, being
a professional or part of an organiza-
tion. Make sure that if there are dis-
counts available that you qualify for,
that you are redeeming them
Interest rates are changing all the
time. Being aware of how much inter-
est you are paying on your mortgage,
visa or line of credit can save you a
great deal. There are many compari-
son tools online that you can look at
your products and see what is cur-
rently being offered. If you are not at
an advantage point, set up an appoint-
ment with your financial institution
and negotiate a better rate or product
where possible. You should also look
at your bank services received and the
associated fees. When we set up our
accounts we rarely go back and review
what choices we made even though our
situation or needs may have changed.
Though we never know what a new
year will bring, it is nice to start the
year with a vision and plan of where
you want to be. No savings are too
small and no changes are unnecessary,
if it aligns with your life goals. There
is no right or wrong time but definitely
no time like the present to steer your
path to financial success.
*The information in this article is
not intended as specific investment,
financial, accounting, and legal or tax
advice for any individual.
new year has begun but
I can’t help but ref lect
on some of the legisla-
tion passed in 2013. In my
humble opinion, we saw some
antiquated and absurd laws
Speaking of antiquated, how about
Uganda’s anti homosexuality law? In
December 2013, the Ugandan legisla-
ture, in their infinite wisdom, made
it a criminal offence, punishable by
imprisonment to engage in a same-
sex relationship. It was initially
proposed that the penalty for this
offence be death, however, the recent
revision of the law saw a proposal for
life imprisonment instead of death.
Hmmmm, that must have been a big
leap for the legislators. Fortunately,
here in North America, we recognise
that freedom and equality must be
for all persons. To expose a person
to criminal sanctions because of
their sexual orientation is discrimi-
natory. To even consider that such
persons should be put to death is
archaic. In a free and democratic
society, you do not advocate violence
against people because they are dif-
ferent. Ugandans by enacting these
anti- homosexual laws are stepping
back into the dark ages.
Equally antiquated are the anti-
gay laws enacted in Russia in June
of 2013. The Russian anti-gay laws
target gays rights activists and public
discussions of homosexuality to
minors. The laws could see those
who openly discuss homosexuality
and those who advocate gay rights
subjected to fines. Pursuant to the
law, gay pride rallies and parades are
forbidden as are same sex couples
from adopting children.
Of course, this legislation is dis-
criminatory; it singles out a specific
class of people based on their sexual
orientation and it treats them dif-
ferently. Quite frankly, I can see no
good coming from this legislation;
it is grounded in ignorance and can
only lead to contempt.
In the category of absurd is Uru-
guay’s legislation regarding marijua-
na in December. The government le-
galized pot in the hopes of curtailing
trafficking, eradicating the drug lords
and reducing consumption. While
this might sound good in theory, it is
impractical. Some major issues have
yet to be addressed by the govern-
ment. For instance, who would be
able to cultivate the crop? Who would
be allowed to distribute and sell the
pot and for how much? How would
you differentiate between legally
grown pot and illegally grown pot?
What if the drug lords can produce
a better product, after all they have
been in the business longer, would
the laws of supply and demand sug-
gest that people would still buy from
them? Perhaps these are questions
the legislators of Uruguay should
have considered first before deciding
to legalize pot. After all, you as a par-
ent would not want your kids to play
soccer on a busy street and ponder
afterwards how to protect them from
oncoming traffic.
Equally absurd was the State of
Colorado’s legislation of legalizing
marijuana. In December 2013, pot
was made available for purchase in
retail stores in certain cites in Colo-
rado. My question is this; would you
want to take your children to a place
where others are openly smoking
pot? I believe the term being used to
describe consumption is “recreational
use”. I may be too conservative, but
in my mind, recreation signals some-
thing quite different from inhaling or
ingesting a narcotic.
Then what happens when people
start taking this legally purchased pot
and start crossing the borders into
other states? I guess with the advent
of this legislation the term “Rocky
Mountain High Colorado” will take on
a whole new meaning!!!!
Selwyn R. Baboolal is a partner at
Oumarally Baboolal practicing in
the area of litigation for the past
19 years. The foregoing is intended
for information purposes only and
you should consult a lawyer if you
need legal representation or a legal
RRSP Tips – Helpful Information You Should Know
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he RRSP Contribution dead-
line will soon be upon us. In
the interim here are some
useful tips to get you prepared.
When it comes to investing for
your retirement, Registered Retire-
ment Savings Plans (RRSPs) are a
good place to start. The combined
benefits of reducing taxable income
and potential tax-sheltered compound
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reason to make the most of these sav-
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There are a number of tactics you can
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wealth-building potential that these
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few tips on how to make the most of
every dollar you invest.
1. Start as early as you can
You’ve likely seen the numbers before,
but they are worth repeating: to take
full advantage of the taxable benefits
associated with an RRSP, the sooner
you start investing the better. The lon-
ger your savings compound tax free,
the more you can benefit from the
tax-sheltered investment returns that
RRSPs provide.
As a means of comparison, the
growth of the same investment held
within a non-registered account shows
how tax deferral can work to your ad-
vantage over time. The RRSP investor
starts at age 25, contributes $1,000
per year, receives an average five per
cent annual rate of return1 on the
investment, and is subject to a tax rate
of 40 per cent. The final contribution
is made at age 71.
The non-registered investor age
25, also wants to contribute $1,000
but has to pay tax on this amount
first, leaving only $600 to invest
per year, receives the same five per
cent return on the investment, and
is subject to a tax rate of 25 per
cent on the investment earnings.
Again, the final contribution is
made at age 71.
The end result is that by tak-
ing advantage of the tax-deferred
benefits of a registered account,
the value of the RRSP increased to
$187,025 at age 71. This compares
to the non-registered account whose
value is a mere $101,988. The differ-
ence: $85,037.
2. Maximize your contributions
Maximize your contributions each
year to make the most of tax-deferred
compound investment returns. Consider
an RRSP loan if you don’t have the cash,
and then pay it down when you receive
your refund each year.
If you have unused contribution room
available, consider borrowing enough
money to help you catch up. Many f-
nancial institutions offer RRSP loans at
very attractive rates2.
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An old man is walking down the street one afternoon when he sees a woman with
perfect breasts.
He says to her, "Hey miss, would you let me BITE your breasts for $100?"
"Are you nuts?!" she replies, and keeps walking away.
He turns around, runs around the block and gets to the corner before she does.
"Would you let me bite your breasts for $1,000?" he asks again.
"Listen you; I'm not that kind of woman! Got it?"
So the little old man runs around the next block and faces her again, "Would you let
me bite your breasts - just once - for $10,000?!"
She thinks about it for a while and says, "Hmmmmm, $10,000... Ok, just once, but
not here. Let's go to that dark alley over there."
So they go into the alley, where she takes off her blouse to reveal the most perfect
breasts in the world. As soon as he sees them, he grabs them and starts caressing
them, fondling them slowly, kissing them, licking them, burying his face in them - but
not biting them.The woman fnally gets annoyed and asks, 'Well? Are you gonna bite
them or not?' "Nah," says the little old man... "Costs too much!"
A group of people were in a shipwreck and were stranded on an island. The group
consisted of 12 women and 1 man. After a few months, the women grew horny and it
was decided that the man needed to take two women a day and they allowed him to
have Sundays off.
One day on a day off, he was just relaxing when he noticed a boat nearing. He felt
hopeful that maybe they would be rescued, at last. The boat was almost to the
island when the guy noticed it was a man in the boat. As he got out the frst guy said
"Oh my God buddy, am I ever glad to see YOU, To which the second guy responded
"Well alright sweetie! It's been a long time for me too."
The frst man exclaimed "Oh hell, there go my Sundays!
Three couples wanted to be admitted into a new church. One was an elderly couple, one
was a middle-aged couple, and one was a young couple. The priest said, "Well, the only
way you can get into my church is to abstain from having sex for two weeks." "No prob-
lem," said all three couples.
Two weeks later, the three couples returned to the church. "It was a piece of cake," said
the elderly couple. "We didn't have sex or two weeks straight."
The middle-aged couple said, "It was kind of diffcult, but we made it. We didn't have sex
for two weeks straight."
Finally, the young couple said, "Well, we made it through the frst fve days or so, but then,
as my wife was bending over to pick up a can of paint, I just had to give it to her right then
and there."
The priest was stunned. "You do realize that you aren't welcome in this church, don't you?"
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Macaroni Pie
Nothing says “comfort” like home-made
macaroni pie.
• 1 lb box of elbow pasta or desired type
• 1 ½ cups chedder cheese grated
• 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese grated
• 1 can of evaporated milk
• 1 tbs. margarine or butter
• Salt and black pepper to taste
• 1 egg
Boil and drain pasta when soft, but still
frm (Al Dente`)
In the same pot add the margarine, let
it melt
Then add both cheeses, leaving some
back to put on the top of the pie
Add milk, 1 beaten egg, salt and black or
white pepper
Add the pasta and mix well. Coat all the
pasta with the liquid mixture. Taste for
salt and pepper.
Grease a pyrex dish with butter or cook-
ing spray and pour mixture in dish
Sprinkle the balance of both cheeses on
top. Bake uncovered in a 350° oven until
golden brown Bon Apetite!
Split Peas Soup
A hearty, healthy alternative.
• 1 cup yellow split peas
• 1 cup carrots diced
• ½ cup celery diced
• ½ cup onions diced
• 4 cloves garlic chopped
• ½ cup pumpkin diced
• 3 large potatoes cut
• 1 chive chopped
• 3 pimento peppers fnely chopped
• 3 sprigs thyme
• 3 leaves of chadon benni or celantro
• Ham bone, ham skin and/or 1 whole
pigtailcut or 1 cup chicken or beef
• 1 lg or 2 small bouillon cubes
• 1 tbs. butter
• Salt and black pepper to taste
• 1 scotch bonnet pepper
Cornmeal Dumplings
• ¾ cup cornmeal
• ½ cup four
• ½ tsp salt
Add 1 cup of splitpeas in a large pot
with 4 cups water. Add ham bone, pigtail,
onion and galic and continue boiling
until the peas become soft. Add water
as needed making sure that everything
is always covered with water. Then add
carrots, celery, pumpkin, chives, thyme,
chadon benni, pimento peppers,chicken
or beef. Boil until the meat is cooked.
Add bouillon cube, potatoes and scotch
bonnet pepper. To make the dumplins
- in a small bowl add cornmeal, four,
salt and add water to form a ball. Take
small pieces and roll in your hands to
desired shapes, then add to soup. When
the dumplings are cooked , they foat
to the top. Add butter, taste for salt and
black pepper. Remove the scotch bonnet
pepper before it burst. You can boil plan-
tains, sweetpotatoes, yams if desired and
add to soup.Serve hot and enjoy.
uring the holidays most
people eat more than
they should have. The
tempting foods and festive oc-
casions, makes it hard to resist
and restrain ourselves. With
the New Year upon us, many
of us are thinking of eating
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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
an baby’s have cavities?
How do they get cavities?
Taking care of a beautiful smile
begins at infancy. Even though your
baby’s teeth are temporary, they are still
important and require care to keep them
healthy. Healthy teeth ensure proper
eating, speaking and most importantly
proper placement of adult teeth and the
formation of good oral hygiene.
There are many factors that contribute
to decay in baby teeth. The most com-
mon cause is prolonged exposure to sug-
ary drinks such as milk, breast milk, for-
mula, and juices. Decay can occur when
baby’s go to sleep with a bottle or when a
bottle is used in replacement of a pacifer.
This condition is commonly known as
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or BBTD.
During sleep there is a decrease of
saliva production allowing the sugar
in these liquids to surround the child’s
teeth and linger for an extended period
of time. This excessive exposure to the
sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth
and produces an acid that erodes the
child’s teeth.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) most
commonly occurs on the upper and lower
front teeth, however other teeth may be
affected. To combat the effects of BBTD
you should have your infant fnish their
bottle before bedtime or nap time. Try to
avoid flling the bottles with liquids such
as juice, of soft drinks. Encourage the
child to use a “sippy” cup by his/hers frst
birthday. On the other hand, if your child
uses a pacifer, ensure it is clean and do
not dip it in honey or sugar water before
giving it to the child.
When the child’s frst tooth appears
begin by brushing them gently with a
soft toothbrush and water. If you wish to
use toothpaste, there is an array of differ-
ent toothpastes made for children that
are fuoride free. Refrain from using fuo-
ride toothpaste at this age, as children
have a tendency to ingest the paste.
Another factor that may cause decay
in baby teeth is the transfer of cavity
causing bacteria from adult to baby.
Caretakers that have untreated dental
disease will have an overabundance
of cavity causing specifc organisms in
their oral fora that when transferred to
a child can increase the potential risk to
them in developing cavities premature-
ly. Caregivers can prevent the spread of
this bacteria by avoiding shared use of
utensils before, during or after feeding.
Travel with an extra pacifer in the oc-
currence the pacifer cannot be steril-
ized if dropped on the ground.
Caring for your baby’s teeth is just as
important as caring for your own. Regu-
lar brushing will eliminate any build up
of plaque that occurs and enforces good
habits from a young age. Prevention is
key! If you are unsure of how to care for
your newborn be sure to ask your dental
Preventing Joint Injuries with Proper Movement
When lifting, be certain to follow these simple suggestions:
• When lifting anything from the foor, keep the spine straight and lift with the
legs. Do not bend over at the waist and lift with the muscles of the low back.
Your body is more easily injured in this position.
• Keep the object being lifted close to your body.
• Keep your elbows fexed.
• Keep your head up and your neck straight as you lift.
uman joints come in
many shapes and sizes
and allow us to move
and carry out normal activities
of daily living. Without joints,
we would be rigid and immo-
bile. But they are also often
injured, causing pain and dis-
The most commonly injured joints are
the knees, shoulders, ankles and spine.
Approximately 30 million doctor visits
a year are due to knee and shoulder
injuries alone. Some 150 million to 200
million cases of back pain send people
to the doctor every year—and many of
those are related to joint injuries.
How do joints work?
Joints are designed to withstand the
loads placed on them and provide a full
range of motion. Each joint is made up
of at least two surfaces that touch each
other and allow for movement. These
include ball-and-socket joints such as
the hip; hinge joints such as the knee
and elbow; and gliding joints, such as
those in the spine.
The bones that make up the joint al-
low movement, but it is the muscles that
pull the bones that produce the move-
ment. Muscles are attached to bones by
structures called tendons. Tendons must
be both strong to facilitate movement
and compliant to prevent damage to the
muscle tissues. Ligaments, which are
stiff structures that connect bones, help
to prevent excessive movement.
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments
are attached around each joint at very
specifc positions, with joint surfaces
shaped in exact dimensions. Fluid
within most of the joints lubricates the
joint surfaces to reduce friction and al-
low for lifelong use.
How do I keep joints in good
The movements that you perform on
a daily basis are critical to long-term
joint health, as are proper nutrition, a
healthy exercise regimen, and a healthy
lifestyle. Proper lifting is also impor-
tant. (See sidebar below. Moving a joint
through its full range of motion serves
several important purposes. Joints are
not supplied directly with blood as are
other organs within the body, so the
saying “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”
applies to joint function.
Most joints in the body are lined with
cartilage—a frm but pliable tissue that
covers the surfaces of the bones that
make up the joint. Cartilage within a
joint is nourished by synovial fuid,
which is “forced” into the joint cartilage
through a process called imbibition.
The pressure within the joint provid-
ing nourishment to the cartilage occurs
only when joint movement happens.
And this is why movement is criti-
cal to joint health. Grinding of bone on
bone without a cartilage covering leads
to degenerative joint disease, tearing
up the bones and creating cysts, bone
spurs, and excess bone production.
A spinal disc is made up of two parts:
a larger, outermost, more ligament-like
portion called the annulus fbrosus and
an inner gelatinous portion called the
nucleus pulposus. These two structures
are primarily fuid- or water-based and
they also rely on movement and imbibi-
tion for their nourishment. Therefore,
movement in the spine is also critical to
the health of the spinal joints.
Proper diet and nutrition also con-
tribute to joint health by providing the
joints with enough healthy nutrients
for long-term stability and resistance to
wear and tear. A healthy lifestyle, one
that is free from tobacco products and
other toxins, helps to ensure proper
blood supply to tissues surrounding
joints and speeds up healing of joint
injuries when they occur.
How are joints injured?
Most of the injuries to joints occur
because abnormal stresses are placed
on a normal joint. A joint can be injured
acutely from a single traumatic event.
An ankle sprain is a classic example.
The ankle joint is protected by liga-
ments on the inside and outside. When
the ankle moves excessively inward,
the ligaments on the outside of the joint
are torn. The ankle swells, leading to
bruising and pain. In some cases, small
pieces of bone and cartilage may be torn
away. Frank fracture of the tibia and/or
fbula (ankle bones) can also occur.
Other joint injuries are called re-
petitive-stress injuries or cumulative-
trauma disorders. These injuries occur
when relatively small abnormal stresses
are repeatedly placed on normal joints.
The stresses placed on joints by poor
posture, poor joint position during the
performance of a task, and/or poor
workstation ergonomics make these
joints more likely to be injured.
How can I prevent repetitive
stress injuries?
There are three basic principles that are
especially important when considering
the impact of proper joint movement:
1. When lifting an object, be sure
that the largest muscles in the area
perform the task. The larger the muscle
or muscle group utilized for lifting, the
less the stress placed on smaller, more
vulnerable muscles and the joint itself.
2. During any activities, you should be
able to comfortably assume several dif-
ferent postures, to avoid staying in one
posture for extended periods. Muscles
will fatigue and joints are more likely to
be injured when you hold a particular
posture, especially a poor one, such as
staying partially bent forward at the
3. When performing tasks, keep the
joints that are being used either in their
neutral posture or approximately half-
way into the range of motion. Working
with your joints at the extremes of their
ranges of motion for prolonged peri-
ods places abnormal stresses on those
joints and can result in repetitive-stress
Hoping For Beenhaker
rinidad and Tobago Foot-
ball Association (TTFA)
president Raymond Tim
Kee is confdent local football’s
governing body will be able to se-
cure the services of former T&T
coach Leo Beenhakker soon.
Tim Kee revealed that Beenhakker
had turned down several bigger coun-
tries in the CONCACAF regional in
preference to T&T.
He added that Beenhakker’s presence
is only one part of the TTFA’s develop-
ment thrust for this year.
Via a TTFA press release Tim Kee said
2013 was a year of some progress, and
added that 2014 promises continuing
development for football.
In a New Year’s day message to the
public, Tim Kee said there was a lot to
be optimistic about despite the team’s
failure to qualify for FIFA’s signature
event this year.
Tim Kee saw progress, as T&T are
back as the number one ranked team in
the Caribbean and ended 2013 ranked
sixth in CONCACAF, in contrast to being
tenth in the Confederation when he was
elected president in November 2012.
He commended the supporting tech-
nical and administrative staff members,
including TTFA technical director
Anton Corneal, who trained and certi-
fed over 250 coaches here, with special
emphasis on primary school pupils
throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Tim
Kee, though, lamented the lack of sup-
port of corporate Trinidad and Tobago.
The TTFA boss also extended con-
dolences to the family of young Akeem
Adams, who died on December 30.
Tim Kee concluded by saying that the
TTFA didn’t intend to lower expecta-
tions to meet performances.
Gordon Named TNT’s
Athlete Of The Year
Warriors, Argentina
Clash Confrmed
he Trinidad and To-
bago Football As-
sociation will make
an offcial announcement
in due course about the
June 4 friendly international
against World Cup favou-
rites Argentina. Both FAs will
make an announcement when the
venue is confrmed, a January 5
TTFA media release said.
However, Guillermo Tofoni,
whose World Eleven agency orga-
nises all Argentina’s friendlies, told
Reuters they would play their last
warm-up against the Slovenians at
the River Plate stadium in Buenos
Aires on June 7.
He denied Argentina would meet
Cameroon in a friendly before the
Brazil fnals.
Apart from the Slovenia game,
Lionel Messi’s team will play
Trinidad and Tobago, probably
on June 4 at a venue yet to be
settled, in preparation for their
Group F matches against Bosnia,
Iran and Nigeria.
“The Slovenia (match) is con-
frmed and is good for the coach
(Alejandro Sabella) because, like
Bosnia, they’re a country from the
former Yugoslavia,” Tofoni said.
“Trinidad and Tobago is also
already arranged, all that remains
is to fx where it will be played but
they’re a good sparring (partner)
for Argentina.”
Argentina will also meet Romania
in Bucharest on March 5.
orld Championships
400-metre hurdles
champion Jehue Gordon
was undoubtedly the headline act
at the 2013 Annual Awards func-
tion of the National Association of
Athletics Administrations (NAAA)
of Trinidad and Tobago at Capital
Plaza in Port of Spain on January 4.
On an evening which could be
best described as a ‘Night with
the Stars’, Gordon picked up the
“Male Athlete of the Year” and the
“Men Open Track” awards. How-
ever, the 22-year-old Memphis
Pioneers athlete’s night on centre
stage was not quite over as he was
also the recipient of an “Outstand-
ing Performance” award for his
world-leading and national record
47.69 seconds clocking en route to
World Championships honours in
Russia last August.
Rebirth’s shot putter Cleopa-
tra Borel also shared some of the
limelight in collecting the “Female
Athlete of the Year” and “Women
Open Field” awards.
The defending Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean (CAC) Games
champion missed out on a World
Championships fnal berth by a
mere 0.04 metres when she pro-
duced a season’s best 17.84m to be
just outside the top 12.
She did have some measure of
success, however, when she pro-
duced a 17.56m effort to capture
gold at the 2013 Central American
and Caribbean Championships in
Mexico last July.
Carifta double gold medal-
list Mark London picked up the
award for the “Male Junior Ath-
lete of the Year”.
London not only defended his
Boys Under-20 800m title but added
the U-20 1,500m crown to his collec-
tion to see him also claim the NAAA
“Boys U-20 Track” award And Neon
Trackers’ Domonique Williams
emulated London in capturing the
“Female Junior Athlete of the Year”
and “Girls U-20 Track” awards.
Williams missed out on precious
metal at last year’s Carifta Games
with fourth and ffth place fn-
ishes in the Girls U-20 800m and
400m, respectively. She would
however, notch a silver medal
performance behind compatriot
Shawna Fermin over 400m at the
2013 Kuortane Games in Finland
before being selected as a member
of Trinidad and Tobago’s women 4
x 400 metres relay unit that made
it to the semi-fnals at the World
he West Indies will be without
the services of their Test and T20
captain Darren Sammy for the
rest of the One-Day International (ODI)
series against New Zealand.
ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has
confrmed that Sammy has been ruled
out following a hamstring injury which
prevented his participation in the last
ODI at Queenstown.
“It’s a big loss. Darren is out for the
entire series,” Bravo said. “We haven’t
decided on what changes to make yet and
we’ll do so when we look at the pitch.”
West Indies took a one-nil lead in
the fve-match series after an unbeaten
43 in 27 balls from Sammy guided the
tourists to a narrow two-wicket win.
Bravo says the absence of Sammy will
be tough on the team, but he is counting
on newer players to step up.
“We have a couple niggles in the
camp, but with Darren out, he brings
so much to our team, especially in the
depth. His experience and positivity will
be missed,” said Bravo.
“It’s a tough time for us, but our newer
players will have to step up. Our players
have a good work ethic, so I’m conf-
dent in them.” Samuels has returned
to Jamaica for surgery, while Gayle is
recuperating in Australia.
Former Clarendon College goal-
keeper Andre Blake is expected to
be a “high pick” in the MLS Super-
draft scheduled for Philadelphia on
January 16.
The 23-year-old goaltender
paid tribute to his coaches back in
Jamaica for their foundation work,
singling out Clive 'Spider' Wedder-
burn for special praise.
The player's agent, the UK-based
Romel Wallen of Pro Goals Sports
Capital, said Blake’s remarkable re-
cord of performance and accolades
in college football reinforced his
position to negotiate favourably for
the Jamaican international.
Blake's deal with the MLS is said
to be for three years.
“He is highly rated all over the
country... and is expected to be a
high pick in the draft,” said Wallen.
Football insiders think Blake could
be picked as high as number three.
Blake will enter the draft pool as
a Generation Adidas contracted
player, which automatically classifes
a player as a professional, effec-
tively disqualifying him from playing
college soccer.
As a Generation Adidas player,
Blake, who like all other players
under the programme, will also be
guaranteed a scholarship to con-
tinue his college education should
his professional career fall through.
Generation Adidas players do not
measure up to those on the MLS
senior roster, but still earn salaries
above the league's minimum.
Blake, the standout goalkeeper for
University of Connecticut, will be one
of four Generation Adidas players
who have been entered into the draft.
Considered one of, if not the
best goalkeeper to emerge out
of the US college system, Blake
was named an All-American for
the thirdstraight year — 2011,
2012 and 2013. Among his long
list of awards playing in collegiate
football, Blake was named the Big
East Conference Goalkeeper of
the Year as a freshman in 2012;
as a sophomore, he was named
Big East Goalkeeper of the Year
for the second straight season;
All Big-East first team selection;
NSCAA First Team All-American
selection; Soccer America MVP
First Team and College Soccer
News Third Team All-American.
est Indies selectors
have called up three
players to join the team
in New Zealand for the two-
match Twenty20 series. Coach
Ottis Gibson said that leg-spin-
ner Samuel Badree, all-rounder
Andre Russell and wicketkeep-
er-batsman Andre Fletcher are
on their way from the Caribbean
to join their team mates for the
T20 matches.
Gibson confirmed the addition of
the players during a post-match in-
terview following the fourth One Day
International (ODI).
“There are some guys coming in for
the Twenty20s. There are three guys
No Gayle For
Kiwi T20’s
Badree, Fletcher, Russell Called Up For T20’s
Trinidad and Tobago
umpires Peter Nero and
Joel Wilson have been
named among 14 umpires
who will offciate in the
ICC Cricket World Cup
Qualifer 2014, which will
be staged in New Zealand
from 13 January to 1
Yesterday the International
Cricket Council (ICC) an-
nounced the umpire and
match referee appointments
for the warm-up and frst
round matches of the tour-
nament, which includes one
member of the Emirates
Elite Panel of ICC Umpires,
Marais Erasmus. The re-
maining 13 representatives
will be from the Emirates
International Panel of ICC
Umpires and the ICC As-
sociates and Affliates Um-
pires’ Panel.
The other umpires are:
Ahsan Raza, Billy Bowden,
Johan Cloete, Chris Gaf-
faney, Shaun George, Mi-
chael Gough, Vineet Kulkar-
ni, Mick Martell, Enamul
Hoque-Moni, Tim Robinson,
and Ruchira Palliyaguru.
The tournament match
referees will be Jeff Crowe
and Roshan Mahanama,
both from the Emirates Elite
Panel of ICC Match Refer-
ees, and Dev Govindjee,
who is from the ICC Region-
al Referees Panel.
West Indies captain Dwayne
Bravo has brushed aside
speculation that famboyant
opener Chris Gayle will be
back in the side in time for
the two T20 matches to end
their tour of New Zealand.
Coach Ottis Gibson had said
that he was hoping Gayle
would return for the T20s as
he recovers in Sydney from a
hamstring injury
“Chris has a while to go.
There’s a lot of cricket to be
played in 2014 for us and we
don’t want to rush him back too
soon,” said Bravo.
“We have a T20 World Cup
to defend [in March/April] and
he’s going to be a big part of
that tournament along with
[Kieron] Pollard. We’re going
to allow them to take their
time to recover”.
Gayle suffered the ham-
string tear in India in No-
vember and was originally
expected to be sidelined for
about a month.
He raised hopes of a return
for the New Zealand tour last
month when he appeared in
Sydney and was photographed
batting in the nets.
“He’s doing his rehab there
and it’s the right approach. He
few himself over there to en-
sure he got the right treatment
and therapy. He wants to come
back ftter and stronger and
there’s a lot of cricket in 2014,”
said Bravo.
“He’s in the right place, we
keep in contact and he has a
close eye on what is going on
and always wishes us all the
best. As a team we can’t wait to
have him back”.
The tour-ending Twenty20
internationals are scheduled for
Auckland on January 11 and
Wellington on January 15.
coming. Samuel Badree is on his way;
Andre Russell is on his way and Andre
Fletcher,” he said.
“They are coming in for the T20s. We
are down to the bare-bones and we’ll
have to look at integrating them into
this mix-up and see how we go forward
from there. They should be here in two
days’ time.”
West Indies lost the fourth ODI by
58 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis
method to give New Zealand a 2-1 lead
in the fve-match series. They were 134
for fve in the 34th over in reply to the
hosts’ 285 for six off their 50 overs.
West Indies are down to 12 ft play-
ers after seamer Ravi Rampaul suffered
an injured fnger while batting the nets
on January 3. This followed injuries to
Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy
and the withdrawal of Darren Bravo due
to personal reasons.
“Ravi is a tough guy and I think when
we get to Hamilton as long as there is no
pain,” said Gibson. “It’s his left hand so it
would not affect his bowling that much.
Obviously only his felding comes into
play and batting at the end—he bats at 11.”
He said that the team management is
awaiting the results on Sammy but at
the moment he is on the injured list.
“We are still waiting for the results on
Darren Sammy. At the moment he’s still
limping around a bit so we’re not sure
how he’s going to travel but he’s staying
here with us a little longer. So if it gets
down to next week we still have ten days.
At the moment he is on the injured list.”
The fifth and final ODI will be
played in Hamilton on January 8
followed by the two T20 matches on
January 11 and 15.