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Miss France keeps crown
after photo controversy
PARIS (Reuters) Miss France 2008 has kept her
crown, contest organizers said Friday, after a row over
suggestive photl graphs that saw members of parlia-
ment, a bishop and the minister for overseas territo-
ries spring to her defense;
However she will not be able to compete in the Miss
World or Miss Universe contests, where she will be re-
placed by Miss New Caledonia.
Valerie Begue, 22; from Reunion, won the beauty pag-
eant, which is taken more seriously in France than in many
other countries, in a televised ceremony on December 8.
But her reign threatened to be short-lived after a magazine pub-
lished a risque series of photographs in which she was seen lying
in a crucifixion-like pose while wearing a bikini or licking condensed
milk in a suggestive manner.
The rules of the contest forbid participants from appearing in
nude or provocative photographs; and the head of the Miss France
contest, Genevieve de Fontenay, called for Begue to renounce her
title when the pictures emerged.
Begue refused, saying the photographs, taken three years ago,
had been published without her consent and in the face of wide
public support, the organizers relented.'
"We felt that, as she had been elected in front of 9 million tele-
vision viewers, faced with this public that had never seen the pho-
tographs, we couldn't take the title from her," de Fontenay told a
news conference in Paris.
The affair stirred a major controversy in Reunion, the French
Indian Ocean department (region) that Begue comes from, and
several members of parliament and local politicians spoke out in
The bishop of Saint-Denis de La Reunion said that while
the photograph of Begue lying on a cross like Christ insulted
Christians, it was a "youthful error" and he refused to be
used as an ally by those seeking to strip her of her title.
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acknowledges impact of
global factors on prices
farmers not seriously
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GOVERNMENT has granted
approval for teachers and
members of the Disciplined
Services to receive a five per-
cent salary increase effective
January 1, 2008. This in-
crease for 2008 is in addition
to the nine percent that was
granted for 2007, and in the
case of teachers, is being paid
pursuant to the multi-year
agreement concluded by Gov-
ernment and the Guyana
Teachers Union (GTU) in
Minister of Finance Dr.
Ashni Singh has instructed that
this increase is incorporated
into the January salaries of the
In October 2006 a land-
mark five-year agreement was
signed between the GTU and
the Government that provides a
multiplicity of benefits for ap-
proximately 10,000 persons
currently in the profession.
Duty-free concessions, perfor-
mance incentives, loan schemes
and clothing allowances for
teachers are included in the
package. The agreement catered
for several incentives, including:
A five percent per annum
across-the-board increase for all
categories of teachers;
A one percent of the wage
bill as a performance-based'in-
crement per annum for eligible
Increased remuneration for
teachers who have improved
An annual clothing allow-
ance of $6,000 per teacher;
One-off duty free conces-
sions for vehicles for 100 head
teachers per year;
A housing revolving fund
of $40M per year for 2006-
2010, that is, $200M by 2010
to facilitate construction of
houses for teachers; and
sored scholarships per year for
teachers at the University of
Besides salary increases,
teachers receive a number of
benefits, including seven days
per year special leave for head
teachers, 28 days departmental
leave, and one month's Whitley
Council leave after a term of
four years. They also receive a
vacation allowance, equivalent
to one month's salary.
Teachers in training are given
time-off to attend the Cyril Pot-
ter College of Education
(CPCE), while in service
teachers are given time-off to
attend the University of
Guyana with full salary, as
well as 13 weeks vacation
time per year with pay. A
monthly stipend is also given
to those attending CPCE for
Teachers' children writing
the Caribbean Examinations
Council (CXC) Examinations
are given subsidies, while Gov-
ernment has ensured over the
years that there are improve-
ments in the teaching environ-
ment. New schools have been
built, school equipment pro-
vided and allowances for teach-
ers who gain additional qualifi-
Government has ensured
that teachers are continuously
trained and more in-service
training centres were extended
to Rose Hall, Vreed-en-Hoop,
Anna Regina and New
continues to allocate and ex-
pend much needed resources
in the education sector to en-
sure that students have the
prerequisites to excel. This
year, the expenditure in edu-
cation was budgeted at $15.6
billion, of which $7.6 billion
was spent in the first half of
2007 as compared to $6.6 bil-
lion in 2006 for the corre-
This increased spending in
education was related to the
payment of salary increases and
other benefits (uniform allow-
ance at $6,000 per teacher and
payment of upgraded qualifica-
tion increments ranging from
$4,500 to $20,000) to teachers
in the last quarter of 2006, aug-
mented by the payment of 2007
teachers' salary increase from
January 1, 2007.
In addition, there continues
to be a strong focus on func-
tional literacy and numeracy.
Some of the initiatives under-
taken in this regard include the
completion of the annual literacy
programme in Georgetown and
the regions, the production and
delivery of the Interactive Ra-
dio Instruction (IRI)
programme, the production and
broadcasting of TV series on
English and Mathematics for
CXC, and English and Math-
ematics for Forms One to
In addition, 48 school wel-
fare officer positions of varying
grades were created and filled
and the officers employed were
assigned to the 10 administra-
tive regions. The school welfare
officers are mandated to address,
through prescribed policies, is-
sues such as absenteeism,
school violence and student
Construction, extension and
rehabilitation of schools were
heightened to ensure increased
access for thousands of students
across the country. Some main-
tenance works were delayed due
to inclement weather in the first
half, but are expected to accel-
erate over the third and fourth
In keeping with
Government's commitment to
reducing poverty and equipping
all Guyanese with the necessary
skills and expertise to aid in de-
velopment, the announcement of
the final draft of the Education
Act is expected shortly.
The provision of quality;
education to the population
throughout the country is
Government's policy to en-
sure that Guyana's children
are well equipped to deal with
the challenges and changes
in today's society. To achieve
this, Government is working
to ensure that teachers re-
ceive adequate benefits and
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FINANCE Minister Dr. Ashni Singh, second from right, with Private Sector Commission members.
call to lower VAT rate
acknowledges impact of global factors on prices
In addition. Minister Singh
has in the past emphasized that
Government has lero-rateld. for
the purpose of VAT. a number
of01 basic goods and services. in-
cluoding hasic food items which
attract no VAT. Some of ithe
zero-rated items are:- plain
bread made with white or \\ hole
wheat flour. tennis rolls. raw\
\ white or brown rice. raw' brown
si;uIr. cooking oil. co\ a' milk
and 'nl1k powdIer. Looik; g ,salt.
fresh 'iuils. ilut not including
apples. grapes. dates. prunes.
peaches. plums and strawbei-
ries, fresh vegetables. including
onions., garlic, potatoes billt not
including olives, carrots. rad-
ishes. broccoli and cauliflo\\er.
dried splil-peas. uncooked fresh.
chilled or frozen chicken, locally
produced uncooked fresh. chilled
or frozen pork, beef, shrimp.
mutton, fish and salted fish. but
not including canned products.
highlighting the price
increase situation in relation
to the commodities which
ha e attracted the increases,
pointed out that there are a
number of other commodities
which are zero-rated and
Which have attracted price
During the meeting \with
Minisctr Singh. the PSC also
called or increased efforts in the
monitoring ol VA\T Io ensure
compliance wih tilhe VAT and
Excise tax systems. and for
stronger emphasis to be placed
on the curbing of smuggling. es-
pecially along Gu\ ana's bor-
Meanwhile, the PSC
committed itself to working
closely with the Government
in this regard, and to do its
part to build the trust and
confidence which are neces-
sary for an effective partner-
AS part of Government's on-
going engagement with the
private sector, Minister of Fi-
nance Dr. Ashni Singh met
members of the Private Sec-
tor Commission (PSC) on
Wednesday last. At that meet-
ing, Minister Singh and the
Commission discussed a
number of matters of shared
interest, including the 2007
Mid-Year Report on the
Economy, and the updated
outlook for the remainder of
During these discussions,
and in a press release issued af-
ter the meeting, the Commis-
sion rejected calls for the reduc-
tion of the 16 percent Value
Added Tax (VAT) rate, and
urged instead that Government
use the surplus revenue to start
the process of reforming the re-
mainder of the tax system, es-
pecially income and corporate
taxes. The Commission also ex-
pressed satisfaction with the
level of growth observed in the
economy this year, and shared
recommendations to sustain and
.stimulate further growth.
In this regard, the meeting
noted that detailed studies are
soon to be undertaken within the
framework of the National
Competitiveness Strategy to
which the PSC is committed.
In addition to these matters.
the meeting discussed the im-
pact of global factors on prices
in the domestic and in regional
markets. It was pointed out that
price increases are not only af-
fecting Guyana, and other coun-
tries in the Caribbean Region are
grappling with this i ssue. Heads
of Government of the Carib-
bean Community (CARICOM)
met in Guyana on December 7
to discuss this issue, when sev-
eral measures were agreed upon
as a means of containing price
increases in the Region. The
Heads convened for the 12th
Special Meeting of Heads of
Government to discuss escalat-
ing food prices and trade.
The factors influencing
food prices include persis-
tently high and rising prices
in the global economy that
are impacting negatively on
the open economies of coun-
tries within the Region.
These factors are fuelled by
unprecedented high and ris-
ing oil prices; climate
change, which has disrupted
food supplies from the main
producer countries that have
suffered droughts and other
natural disasters; increasing
demand by some emerging
economies as a result of mas-
sive urbanisation and
industrialisation: the shift in
agricultural production from
food to bio fuels: increased
cost in ocean freight result-
ing from higher oil prices;
and more recently the depre-
ciation of the US dollar.
With the escalation of fuel
prices on the international mar-
ket, Government has been
steadily reducing the excise tax
to ensure that consumers do not
pay huge increases for com-
modities. Government adjusted
the excise tax on gasoline and
diesel from the standard rate of
50 percent to 17 percent and 10
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Bhutto party accuses government
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -
Benazir Bhutto's party chal-
lenged the Pakistani
government's version of the
opposition leader's assassina-
tion as fresh violence on Sat-
urday stoked fears that Janu-
ary 8 elections could be put
Al Qaeda-linked militants
denied being behind the killing
of the 54-year-old former Prime
Minister although the govern-
ment of nuclear-armed Pakistan.
a key U.S. ally in fighting ter-
rorism. had said on Friday it
had proof of their involvement.
Bhutto's party dismissed
the government account. saying
there was no hard evidence and
President Pervez Musharraf's
embattled administration was
trying to cover up its failure to
In renewed violence, three
Bhutto supporters were shot
dead bringing the death toll to
42 since her assassination in a
gun and bomb attack on Thurs-
A close aide who prepared
Bhutto's body for burial dis-
missed as "ludicrous" a govern-
ment theory that she died after
hitting her head on a sunroof
during the suicide attack.
Sherry Rehman., a spokes-
woman for Bhutto's Pakistan
People's Party (PPP). said
Bhutto was shot in the head.
But the government stuck to its
version, saying Bhutto's party
was welcome to exhume her
corpse to check.
Pakistanis remained on edge
on Saturday after protesters
torched shops, lorries, welfare
centre and ambulances over-
"There's a lot of rioting go-
ing on in my neighbourhood,
Clifton. Everything has been
burned up. Shops have been
looted." Ali Khan, 36. country
manager for Audi Pakistan. told
Reuters as he stood outside his
Audi garage in Karachi's busi-
Masked gunmen in the city
shot dead a 27-year-old man
wearing a tunic made from the
PPP flag on Saturday. He had
just shouted "Bhutto is great"
while returning from the mauso-
leum where Bhutto was buried
on Friday. police said.
Security forces shot dead
two others among 400 PPP ac-
tivists trying to break into an
oilfield facility near Hyderabad.
Late on Friday, Interior
Ministry spokesman Javed lqbal
Cheema told a news conference:
"We have intelligence intercepts
indicating that al Qaeda leader
Baitullah Mehsud is behind
However, a spokesman for
Mehsud denied the claim.
"I strongly deny it. Tribal
people have their own customs.
We don't strike women,"
Maulvi Omar said by telephone
from an undisclosed location.
A PPP spokesman said the
government must show hard evi-
"The government is ner-
vous." he said. "They are try-
ing to cover up their failure" to
provide adequate security.
Tens of thousands of
Bhutto's supporters wept and
beat their heads as she was laid
to rest on Friday. Troops were
called out to quell protests in her
home province of Sindh, where
she had huge support, particu-
larly among the rural poor.
A protester holds a picture of slain Pakistani opposition
leader Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi December 29, 2007.
Iraq gains are
BAGHDAD (Reuters) U.S.
and Iraqi commanders said
on Saturday there had been
a remarkable improvement in
the country's security over
the past year, but the top
American general also
warned that the gains could
"Success will emerge slowly
and fitfully with reverses as
well as advances. Inevitably
there will be tough fighting.
more tough days and more tough
weeks, but fewer of them.
inshallah (God willing)," Gen-
eral David Petraeus said in a
year-end briefing to journalists.
In a message to his troops.
he wrote: "A year ago, Iraq was
racked by horrific violence and
on the brink of civil war.
"Now. levels of violence
and civilian and military ca-
sualties are significantly re-
duced and hope has been re-
kindled in Iraqi communities.
To be sure. the progress is
reversible and there is much
more to be done."
Petraeus said the number of
attacks in Iraq had fallen by 60
percent since June and the num-
ber of civilian deaths had fallen
by 75 percent since a yea' ago.
The number of U.S. military
deaths' was also sharply lower.
But figures supplied at
Petraeus's briefing also
showed a slight rise in sui-
cide car and vest bombs since
October. At least 33 people
were killed by two suicide
bombs on Christmas Day.
and 10 people died in a
Baghdad car bomb on Friday.
December is on track to be
the least deadly month for U.S.-
led forces in Iraq.
At his own end-year brief-
ing, Iraqi Interior Ministry
Abdul-Karim Khalaf issued
another series of optimistic
An opposition supporter holds an election poster of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
candidate Raila Odinga during a protest in Mathare slum in Nairobi December 29, 2007.
Odinga's lead sharply narrowed over President Mwai Kibaki to just 38,000 votes on Saturday,
latest official election figures showed. The Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) gave
Odinga 3.88 million votes to Kibaki's 3.84 million with 86 percent of votes tallied. But as the
race went down to the wire, the ECK head was interrupted reading other constituency
results that would have put Kibaki in the lead. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
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murder in Jamaica
JAMAICA OBSERVER THE four policemen implicated
in the controversial shooting death of 18-year-old Grant's
Pen resident, Andre Thomas, in September were Friday
charged with murder.
The cops Noel Bryan, Phillip Dunstan, Clayton Fearon
and Omar Miller who are all assigned to the Constant Spring
Police Station, appeared in the Half-Way-Tree Resident
Magistrate's Court where the court was told of the ruling made
by the director of public prosecutions.
When they first appeared in court on October 8, the four
cops were charged with perverting the course of justice after
being accused of effecting changes to the police service vehicle
they used to transport Thomas to hospital after he was alleg-
edly shot and injured by police on September 28. On that charge
they were each granted $200,000 bail and ordered to report once
per week to the Police Commissioner's Office on Old Hope
Road, and to surrender their travel documents to the commis-
When the four appeared in court yesterday to answer to
the murder charge, the bail amount was raised to $1 million each.
It was not immediately clear if the initial bail conditions were
The men are scheduled to return to court on January 8.
Thomas' death sparked much public outcry, especially among
local human rights watchdog Jamaicans for Justice who had
claimed that Thomas' death was considered a 'cold-blooded mur-
der' by his family and members of the Grants Pen community.
'The police have, however, denied this account of Tho-
mas' death, saying that he was fatally shot during a shoot-
out -with the police.
Elcion as wllcaled- arbdo P
NATION NEWS Prime
Minister Owen Arthur has
explained why he chose
Tuesday, January 15, as the
date for the general election.
Speaking to reporters at
Barbados Labour Party's (BLP)
headquarters in Roebuck Street,
where all the BLP candidates
met, Arthur said: "The term is
up in May and people seem not
to recognize there are certain
things about the Barbados cal-
endar of national matters that
influence when the elections can
He added: "There has to be
a parliament in March because
[of] our national Budget, Esti-
mates of Expenditure .... There
must be prior authorisation for
expenditure in Barbados. Unlike
other countries, we can't have
a carry-on Budget, so there has
to be Parliament functioning in
March to approve the Budget,
"For the Estimates to be
prepared, there has to be a
Government constituted in Feb-
ruary and for those Estimates
also to be prepared, people have
to be presiding over them in
"You can't have an election
in February or March and be-
yond a certain time in January
it is not a practical matter. To
go beyond March into April and
then elections have to be called
in May, puts you in a situation
where you could not be abso-
lutely sure as to what may be
the environment that you're
facing. So you have clearly to do
that which is judicious and,
therefore. balancing every con-
sideration, I thought that this
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The Prime Minister also
said that Opposition Leader
David Thompson "called for me
to call the elections. He kept
calling for me and I thought he
was reflecting the national con-
sensus; he wanted the elections
to be called".
Arthur continued: "He him-
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fore I did, so I don't know now
why timing could be an issue.
This election has been well-
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It is the second time
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VENEZUELAN Presiaent Hugo unavez wipes his race as
he talks to the media at Santo Domingo's Airport
December 28, 2007. Chavez sent helicopters into
Colombia on Friday to pick up three hostages, including a
boy born in captivity and held for years by Marxist rebels
in jungle camps. (REUTERS/Carlos Galviz)
Hintermann, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross
in Colombia, which is involved in the mission.
Chavez is also trying to get the location from the rebels but
said on Friday that poor communications from FARC jungle terri-
tory and bad weather were holding up the mission.
He had said earlier that Consuelo Gonzalez, Clara Rojas
and her son Emmanuel could be free within hours of the ar-
rival of the helicopters. Emmanuel, whose father is a guer-
rilla fighter, was born in a rebel camp and is thought to be 4
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VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (Reuters) Venezuelan helicop-
ter rescue teams waited at the edge of a Colombian wilder-
ness on Saturday for the go-ahead from Marxist rebels to pick
up three hostages held for years in secret jungle camps.
After weeks of promising to release two former politicians and
the young son born to one of them in captivity, the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has still not revealed their
Hugo Chavez, leftist firebrand President of neighboring Ven-
ezuela, sent two helicopters into Colombia on Friday. But they re-
mained grounded in the flat, hot and humid town of Villavicencio at
the foot of the Andes mountains.
Although wary of Chavez and his goal of uniting South America
under socialism, Colombia's conservative government let him fly
Venezuelan aircraft painted with the colours of the Red Cross deep
into its territory to collect the hostages.
"We still do not have information (about the location of the
hostages). Once we receive it we will have to coordinate safety guar-
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To a better life
TOMORROW WE bid farewell to 2007 that has been
marked with horrendous human and natural tragedies
in various parts of the world, while our own small Car-
ibbean region continues to be plagued with terrifying
rates of murder and criminal violence, including armed
robberies and kidnapping.
As we prepare to usher in 2008, hopes and prayers
would, therefore, naturally reflect a deep desire for a bet-
ter life in general; for peace not conflict; for harmonious
relations in communities and villages of citizens of di-
verse ethnicities, cultures and political affinities.
Guyana shares with partners in the Caribbean
Community many of the social and political ills
that continue to impact on the livelihood of the region's
people: as well as sharing their hopes for initiatives and
development programmes that could, in 2008, bring
them the improvement in their standard of living that
eluded them in 2007.
Each government in our Community has the moral
obligation tc ensure that the problems that affect the
people dur ng one year, through no faults of their own,
are minimised if not resolved in the following year.
The start of a new year is also when Heads of Gov-.
ernment take the opportunity to announce new policies
and programmes as part of a 'New Year Message'. Or,
as often happens, to indicate cabinet changes.
There are reasons to think that a cabinet reshuffle by
President Bharrat Jagdeo is imminent; changes that
could point to new directions and/or emphases in the
government's domestic, regional and international poli-
Some old, familiar faces will be gone and a few new
. ones introduced to his cabinet. The changes are ex-
pected to include foreign and legal affairs.
Whatever the nature or extent of the reshuffle, its sig-
riificance may also reside in the fact that 2008 would
mark the second year of the second and final full five-
year term for President Jagdeo.
While in 2007 Guyanese were caught up in the ex-
citement of Cricket World Cup that resulted in further im-
pressive changes in the social infrastructure, for 2008
there is the optimism being nurtured for successful oil
exploration that could influence very positive economic
changes for the benefit of this nation.
Whatever our social or political differences, it is un-
doubtedly the hope of all sections of the Guyanese so-
ciety that 2008 will bring with it a better life.
We, therefore, take this opportunity to extend a
'Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year' to all read-
ers and the Guyanese people at large.
Thanks to all of you
Well it has been quite a year for us here in Guyana. It's been
quite a busy year also for me, especially in these very columns.
Though I've had my fair share of say and allotted space in the
three daily newspapers and the weekly Catholic Standard, I
have one more letter for 2007. It's been over seven years that
I've been writing to the press on a wide array of issues: poli-
tics, religion, health, morality, education, complaints, revela-
tions, etc. I wish to thank my editors: Mr. Anand Persaud of
the Stabroek News; Mr. Adam Harris of the Kaieteur News;
Mr. Sharief Khan of the Guyana Chronicle and Mr. Colin
Smith of the Catholic Standard. Best wishes to you and your
newspapers, not forgetting your families, at this special time
of the year! I have submitted-to date-some one hundred let-
ters to the press in 2007.
The hundred does not include the numerous letters I sent from
persons who come to me with their problems and situations that
they wish for to be highlighted in these columns. And I wish to make
it clear and at the same time inform several persons who've been
asking me if I receive remuneration from the newspapers. I don't.
So for the New Year 2008 I wish to declare some 'New Rules'.
They must be implemented as soon as the New Year begins. Here
New Rule: Choose better fictitious names when writing letters
to the Editor: names like 'Pinky Parina' (VAT lover) and 'June Jupi-
ter' scream "I do not exist!" and "I'm a fake writer!" Combining
people's names like Faizal Bedessie Deroop, Mustapha Jaffarally
and Christopher A. Carmichael, too, give away the unreal nature of
New Rule: If you gotta ask the question, then ask: Dr
Veerasammy Ramyya (I just admire your courage and your con-
cern for Berbicians) says, "But the question is"; but the thing is,
there is never a question. Please, doc, if you got to ask the question,
then don't even let the 'bird- shooters' and 'hot kitchens' stop you.
At the same time, give the man an award for openly and bravely
airing his concerns for Berbicians on the airwaves. Keep on fighting
in 2008 doc.
New Rule: A ban in place for 24- hour-a-day TV greetings: you
cannot air Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day greetings all day and all
night and moving in to the next day. What ever happened to nice
Mothers and Fathers' Day call- in programmes, movies, music, etc?
I just want to see the greeting that I paid for, and not have to wait
for hundreds of other greetings aired before I can see mine. I don't
have all day to sit and watch the TV just to see my 2- minute greet-
New Rule: High school children cannot anchor the news: If I
want to watch teenagers make mockery of themselves on the TV, I-
will watch MTV or VH 1 or some savvy reality show.
New Rule: No more silly, acronyms! First there was VAT; now
exactly one year later there is TIN. What next? CUP? MUG? VAT
was touted as something so positive exactly one year ago, but look
at the rave reviews this tax has gotten in the Guyanese society this
New Rule: No Christmas in September! I've heard of Christmas
in July but not Christmas in September. I saw the very first Christ-
mas advertisement soliciting ads for the season in September here in
Berbice. Well why not make Christmas an all-year-round thing? Don't
New Rule: Just don't say it-ok, say it! Numerous Christian
groups outside Catholicism usually quote the Holy Bible, saying,
"taken from the Gospel of Saint Paul, Saint John", etc. Well? Ca-
tholicism was responsible for making those men saints. So you are,
indirectly, accepting the teachings of Catholicism by saying those
words, and by even preaching from the Bible-a Catholic book! But
hey, Catholics give you permission to use their book to proclaim
the Word; it's a God- given mission to us all.
New Rule: There must be 'utility logic': which means that if I
use my appliances less this month or there were frequent power
blackouts, then my light bill must reflect a lesser consumption, hence
I have to pay less money-not more!!
New Rule: Don't use 'Old English' while reading Death An-
nouncements: persons who 'voice' death announcements on TV can-
not say, "The Lord Giveth and The Lord Taketh", in the middle of
the announcement, either on TV or radio._That actually happened
some months ago on a Berbice television station during a death an-
nouncement. Hello? Are we announcing a death here or something
else? Please let us know if the preparation and airing of these an-
nouncements underwent some sort of evolution or reform over the
New Rule: Catch- phrase or slogans must mean what they say:
"Non- stop entertainment?" "Non- stop service?" So what do you
make of all the 'blank screens', blackout sequences, and just idling
times on the television air? So much for 'non-stop'.
New -Rule: Learn to turn the volume of your television sets
down! Are you telling me that years after Live TV was invented in
Guyana that some people still cannot break the habit of not extend-
ing common courtesy to the viewers to turn down the volume of
their TV sets? Hit Record on the VCR if you want to listen to your-
self on TV. We need to get rid of the annoying habits of Live TV
hosts encouraging viewers to turn down the volume, not to mention
the irritating feedback which some Live TV hosts tolerate to a high
extent instead of just taking them off the air.
New Rule: Bring on the columnists: I think Kaieteur News has
scored points over the past years by featuring the daily and
weekly columnists. They offer varying views on numerous is-
sues affecting the Guyanese society. or do they? One thing theN
need to do is stop writing to one another or a fellow columnist
Please stick to the issues affecting Guyanese and stop your irrel
evant writing especially replying to a fellow columnist and spend-
ing day after day in your column doing so. You are the voice ol
Guyana : and we depend on you to be such.
New Rule: I will not listen to someone on a roof top telling
me about telephone company offers. It's downright ridiculous not
to mention that it sends subliminal messages to people to com-
mit suicide. Similarly, New Rule: I do not need you to interrupt
my favourite programmes on TV at the top of every hour from
7pm-10pm with that little box that tells me the time. Hello? Find
some other way to tell viewers the time, and not during another
New Rule: If we're going to have Santa Clauses in every nook
and cranny around the country, then they must actually look like
Santas! Some weeks ago in New York there were training ses-
sions for hundreds of persons who would've been this year's
Santa Claus in that area. An ideal Santa begins with actually look-
ing like the real guy up at the North Pole-not someone in an
unrealistic costume that would easily give themselves away to
the little ones. Let's make it real for them. And New Rule: There
are no blue Santas! Santa wears red-not blue, so where in Sam
hill did the blue and white Santas come from? As we're on the
subject of Santa- New Rule: Santa does not "randomly select
100 kids (10 children from each Administrative Region) who sent
him letters to fulfill their Christmas wishes" (newspaper ad). Santa
loves all children so I suggest whoever started this promotion
not to bring it back next year. What a disappointment it will be
for the little ones who wrote Santa but did not get anything. That
is a real insensitive thing to allow our children to endure.
New Rule: The pungent smells emitting from a septic tank
system in a store is not safe for customers shopping in that store.
There is this awful smell in one of the largest clothing stores in
New Amsterdam. Shoppers and customers, as well as employ-
ees, shop and work in this environment which I believe is a health
hazard especially to the nervous and respiratory systems. The
septic tank smell is evident in the entire store and yet customers
shop comfortably there.
New Rule: It's 'second' and not 'sackand'; it's 'maintain' and
not maintain' ; it's 'celebrate' and not 'salabrate'; it's 'develop-
ment' and not 'divelupment'; it's 'satisfy' and not 'sateefy'. Who
really did the PPP/C put to be their spokesmen in Berbice?
New Rule: Close this New Amsterdam eatery down! This
restaurant cannot serve food to their patrons who wish.to eat in
the restaurant in Styrofoam boxes with sanitary spoons; sell stale
fried chicken (reheated); display empty pastry trays in their glass-
cases; don't have half of the displayed items on their menu and
is just a plain and sorry excuse for a restaurant. I am appealing to
the management in Georgetown to please put them out of their
misery and lock the place down!
New Rule: Let there be silence! What ever happened to si-
lence and peace and tranquility in our surroundings these days?
Almost every home, especially in the country-areas, has a set of
amplifiers and huge speaker boxes that create havoc in these ar-
eas, especially on weekends and holidays. There are times that
two and three places are playing these 'sets' all at once in a par-
ticular area, it makes you think that the whole area is going mad
or something. Sometimes you cannot hear your own voice in your
own home. The noise nuisances are getting to be more problem-
atic and the authorities seem to be lending a deaf ear, pun in-.
tended, to this matter.
Quite a lot has happened this year in Guyana: as they say-
another year of mixed blessings. There were the highs: a favourable
ruling for Guyana in the border dispute with Suriname, the start
of construction of the long-awaited Berbice River Bridge the
overdue commissioning of the Skeldon Factory Modernisation
Project, successful hosting of Cricket World Cup 2007 at Provi-
dence and the Rio Group Summit here, first successful heart-by-
pass surgery, etc.
The lows: the still not yet constructed tower for the not-
yet-arrived Doppler Radar for the Meteorological Office in
Timehri, Value Added Tax, rising cost of living and food prices,
dozens of persons were killed on the roadways, rise in crime, the
withdrawal of advertisements from the State by the Government
Information Agency (GINA) from the Stabroek News, still no
private radio stations, numerous fires that gutted several impor-
tant buildings, the dilly-dallying with the Corporal Punishment
bill in Parliament, and trigger-happy Minister of the government
who has tarnished the image of the Government of Guyana, etc.
The mixed, which mean I don't really know if they are highs
or lows, include: the traffic lights in Georgetown and the earth
tremor that gave a good rocking to the Guyana coastline the other
In some respects there are those things that we-the ordi-
nary Guyanese-are sure that will happen in the New Year: more
blackouts, a higher cost of living, more discrimination, more empty
promises-and oh yes, the rich will continue on their way 'up-
ward' and the poor-you know where.
I trust that 2008 will be a year that we all shall be proud
of next year end. A very happy New Year to all!
Leon Jameson Suseran
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SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 23, 2007 7
Revelation 13:17, "And that no man might buy or sell, save
he that 'had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the num-
ber of his name."
Could the taxpayer's identification number (TIN) be the mark
of the beast? No! Just pulling the Bible-literalist's legs. But jokes
aside, TIN is shaping up to becoming something just as beastly as
The other day I went to the GRA office in NA to uplift my
TIN, which I had applied for since Apr. 2007, and I was told that
the GRA office in GT has not sent my TIN as yet. What will hap-
pen next year when my employer UG has to deduct my PAYE
to be sent to the GRA and my NIS to be sent to the NIS? (My,
lots of abbreviations). Would I be able to trade?
A year ago we were given a big VAT. Now we.are getting a
little TIN with which to fill the big VAT. It just might be the
mark of something bestial. We're fast becoming i country with
all sorts of receptacle-sounding acronyms.
M. XIU QUAN-BALGOBIND-HACKETT
No honour too
great for Cheddi
No Honour or Award can ever be too great.to6be bestowed in
recognition of the massive and significant contributions made
by the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan to Guyana and its people. He
won a seat in the Legislative Council in 1947, winning the
votes of a wide cross section of the people who at that time
enjoyed only. a limited franchise, based on property and in-
He introduced a new dimension in representations in the Coun-
cil, in that, as he said, he took the Council to the street comer and
the street comer into the Council; he reported regularly to the people
at public meetings and also took their interests; concerns and views
into the Council seeking improvements in the lives of the popu-
However, he realized that his efforts as a lone individual were
not as effective as an organized mass-based political party would
be, which, in collaboration with others, he set about forming and
so launched the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural People's Progressive
Party in 1950, of which he was the leader, and Forbes Burnham,
the Chairman. This party won the first national elections under adult
suffrage, where all adults could vote without income and property
qualifications, which was one of the things that Cheddi Jagan had
strenuously fought for, winning eighteen out of twenty-four seats
The developments and history of the country since then are
well-known and have been well documented.
We know that Dr. Jagan and the PPP were cheated, -but not
defeated out of office following the 1964 general elections, and
that they were then kept out of legitimate office by Forbes Burnham
and the PNC for decades, through massively rigged elections, also
well-documented locally and internationally, until when free and fair
elections were restored in 1992 following intense local and interna-
tional pressure, which the PPP/Civic won and Dr. Cheddi Jagan
became "the first democratically elected Executive President of
Although kept out of office through rigged elections for so long,
he put Guyana first as a true nationalist and patriot, and refrained
from any violent confrontations, although he took every opportu-
nity to bring our situation to the attention of foreign governments
and international agencies, that could have destroyed our country,
and created racial bitterness and strife, for, as he said, time and
history are on our side" and so avoided what several other coun-
tries have or are now suffering today.
Cheddi Jagan supported and gave meaning to our National
Motto One People, One Nation, One Destiny. He well and
truly deserves the unique National Award of the Order of the
Liberator, and is among the outstanding leaders and states-
men of the world.
THE celebration of the New Year is considered to be the old-
est of all the holidays. It was first celebrated in ancient
Babylon about 4000 years ago to mark the beginning of the
first day of spring. The most popular New Year resolution
made by the Babylonians was to return borrowed farm equip-
The song 'Auld Lang Syne' written by the Scottish poet Rob-
ert Bums is traditionally sung by us at the dawning of the New,
Year. But in Scotland it is sung for different occasions, including
the last song of a dance. In Taiwan it is sung at graduations and
funerals. In Japan some restaurants play it to let customers know
they are closing for the day.
I think it was fitting for the Babylonians to choose the begin-
ning of spring to celebrate the New Year and I also think it is fit-
ting that the New Year song is played at funerals and graduations.
What do the two have in common?
The beginning of spring marked the beginning of the harvest
for the Babylonians. It meant that. their hard work of tilling the
ground and planting seeds were finally realized in the harvests of
the grain, grapes, and olives. At funerals and graduations it meant
a new beginning.
As we reflect on the past year with mixed emotions, let us
bury the past- bitterness, resentment, hatred. unforgiveness and
selfishness. Let us cherish the good memories and learn from the
bad ones. I
Instead, as we continue to plant seeds of love and well-doing,
may. our hopes, dreams, and aspirations bloom even more in the
New Year, especially for the Nation. However, it starts with'the
individual. The power of one can make a difference, for good or
My prayer for Guyana is that 2008 will be the year of New
Beginnings. Let us owe our neighbour nothing but love!
PASTOR DANIEL SINGH
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The climate threat
to Japanese rice
By Chris Hogg
(BBC News)-Tokyo In Ja-
pan government scientists
are trying to find ways to
reduce the impact of global
warming on the country's
There are fears that the ex-
tremes of temperature that
some researchers are predict-
ing could affect both the yield
and the quality of rice, a staple-
of the Japanese diet.
Flowering grain crops like
maize, wheat and rice are par-
ticularly vulnerable to changes
Rice is believed to have
been cultivated in Japan for
more than 2,500 years.
Although people are eat-
ing less than they used to, on
average each person here still
eats more 'than a kilogramme
Japan is getting warmer. In
the last decade or so the
country's annual average tem-
perature has been between 0.2
and one degree higher than the
average recorded in the last 30
years of the 20th Century.
Research being carried out
by Japanese. government sci-
entists suggests that if this
trend continues, rice yields
and quality could suffer.
"Global warming can af-
fect rice in many ways." says
Toshihiro Hasagawa, a senior
researcher at the National In-
Sciences near Tokyo.
"The plant itself can be very
sensitive to temperature at any
time of the growth stages. But the
most devastating effect can be
seen in the- late stage of the rice
The pollination stage for rice
can last as little as an hour. That
is why extremes of heat can do
Experiments carried out in
controlled conditions in laborato-
ries suggest that if it is warmer
than 36C pollitiation fails.
In reality out in a rice paddy
there are other factors such as
wind speed and direction or alti-
tude which affect the process.
So it is difficult for scientists
to be precise about how soon we
might start to see this .kind of
problem, and how damaging the
effects might be.
So far, they say,'the main ef-
fect of global warming on the rice
crops has been changes to the
appearance of some grains af-
fected by very hot weather.
But they fear that if Japan
continues to heat up people
might start to notice a change in
the taste of the rice too unless
new methods can be employed to
protect the plants from the sun's
"It would be a shame if
high quality Japanese rice
was to lose its good taste
due to the effects of global
warming," says Junji Mori,
a commuter making his way
home at Tokyo's Shinbashi
"Some rice you get here is
imported and you can tell im-
mediately from its taste that it
is not Japanese."
Susumu Matsumoto, agrees.
"I'm worried that Japanese rice
might not taste as good," he
Mr Hasagawa and his col-
leagues at the Institute are less
"Yes this is a really impor-
tant problem," he says, "but
Japan has more than a thou-
sand varieties of rice and dif-
ferent strains of each one."
he scientists are now look-
ing at which varieties would be
most resistant to high tempera-
They are examining
whether different strains which
flower at different times of day
when the temperatures are
likely to be lower could be the
Mr Hasagawa is optimis-
tic that a solution to the prob-
lem can be found. But others
are not so sure.
"How do they know how
much time they have?" asks
Prof Stephen Hesse from Chuo
"We don't.really have any
idea, except in general terms of
how fast and how high tem-
peratures wiJl rise."
Professor Hesse says he
welcomes the fact that the
Japanese government is look-
ing at the problem now, "but we
don't know whether they have a
five year window or a 25 year
window to find a solution" he
The scientists at the Institute
have set up a research site in a
field to.try to create the -effect of
an increase in greenhouse gases.
Carbon dioxide (C02) is
sprayed'over the area, the mul-
tiple pumps reacting to gusts of
winds to ensure the greater lev-
els of C02 remain constant.
The rice growing underneath
is compared to, that growing a
few metres away under normal
Scientists are also looking
ways to reduce the amount of
methane that builds up in paddy
The carbon 'in 'soil when
trapped under water used to ir-
rigate the rice paddies is not con-
verted to C02 but to methane,
said to have more than twenty
times the greenhouse gas effect of
About a quarter of all meth-
ane produced in Japan comes
from rice fields and the country
needs to cut emissions.
"Many other industries have
been aware of the need to con-
trol emissions in the past," says
"In agriculture there was
more focus on environmental
concerns. But scientists can
help farmers to change their
behaviour. We need to take
12/29/2007 9'34 PM
SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 30, 2007
Tomorrow's nomination of
candidates for Jan. 15 poll
ANS will move one day closer
to that journey that voters of
Jamaica and Trinidad and To-
bago took within the past
four months for scheduled
It would be Nomination
Day for a January 15 poll that
is being profiled by politicians
and commentators in local me-
dia as Barbados' "mother of all
elections" since Independence
41 years ago.
Having surprised the nation
with his voting date announce-
ment on Decemnber 20, amid
frenzied Christmas shopping,
current third-term Prime Minis-
* ter Owen Arthur has fixed Old
Year's day for nomination of
candidates .for the 30-member
House of Assembly.
The 58-year-old economist,
leader of the incumbent Barba-
dos Labour Party (BLP), who
currently holds lead responsibil-
ity' for readiness-arrangements
for CARIGOM's Single Market
and Economy (CSME), is hop-
ing to create local history with
an anticipated and unprec-
edented fourth consecutive term
of state power.
That is a hope his archrival
for power, David Thompson,
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the 46-year-old lawyer and
leader of the opposition Demo-
cratic Labour Party (DLP)-
known for his platform elo-
quence and waspish
tongue against opponents-has
been offering trademark invec-
tives like: "Arthur's shelf-life
has long expired....timp for
For his part, Arthur, pas-
sionate with warlike rhetoric
when he thinks he has had
enough of the politicking of op-
ponents, had a chilling warning
at his recent nomination to re-
main representative for the St.
"I am motivated in a special
way", he told his constituents,
"by the determination never to
see the DLP hold the reins of
office again in this country..."
The mood, therefore, seems
set for a battle royal for which
of the two dominant parties
should be entrusted to conduct
the affairs of Barbados for the
next five years.
Traditionally, there has been
a two-term syndrome for both
parties, with the first exception
of three terms for the DLP tak-
* ing place under the leadership of
the late Errol Barrow, father of
independence", and currently
the BLP's expiring third term.
Question is whether the
Prime Minister's vow of never
wanting.to see the DLP's return
to power-after being in
opposition since 1994-was a
display of political bravado or
an unintended betrayal of ner-
vousnessover a likely change in
government against the back-
drop of recent opinion polls?
Those polls have pointed
to a close race with national
swings _of approximately five
to seven percentt in favour of
the DLP; but with Arthur's
personal popularity rating at
a whopping 26 percent higher
Strategists and campaign
managers for both parties have
been doing what their counter-
parts in ot er electoral democ-
racies in the region have done
earlier this year, including Ja-
maica and Trinidad and To-
bago-interpreting poll results
to confirm to their own expec-
Consequently, the DLP's
Generhl Secretary, Chris
Sinckler, who has been heading
the Bdrbados-based regional
Caribbean Policy Development
Centre (CPDC), was bold
enough to openly boast a week
ago Woday that it was
"deceptive'' of pollsters to
speak of a "close race" for the
January 15 election
For himi the DLP is now
heading, after a year of intense
work in the constituencies, for
a "landslide victory" with 20 of
the 30 parliamentary seats.
By contrast, Deputy Prime
Minister Mia Mottley, regarded
as one of the most crafty poli-
ticians :of the governing party,
and one of it$ more' ferocious
platform speakers, hqs jeeringly
retorted that,'the DLP simply
cannot overcome thp fact that
its leader (Thompsoq) was "sig-
nificantly trailing" the BLP's
leader and Primei Minister
in national popularity rating.
The two-week campaign
that follows tomorrow's nomi-
nation of candidates, with
both of the traditional competi-
tors for state power fielding a
full slate, would be the shortest
and possibly the most in-
tensely bitter and bruising of
election campaigns in this popu-
lar tourist resort in the Eastern
On Boxing Day, while
Barbadians at large were con-
tinuing their post-Christmas
festivities, the strategists of
the BLP and DLP were locked
in preparatory meetings for
the official kick-off of the
election campaign, with the
completion of nomination of
They both have in place
their propaganda machinery
that, respectively, includes
former well-known local jour-
nalists, and publication materi-
als to influence hearts and
For the ruling BLP, the elec-
tion publication would include.
highlights of the policies and
programmes that have. placed
Barbados at the apex of the hu-
man development index in this
hemisphere as a comparatively
well managed economy, with
impressive examples in social
and economic gains.
By comparison. and consis-
tent with multi-party parlia-
mentary politics, the opposition
DLP's focus would be on re-
minding voters about the real
and perceived shortcomings of
the three-term BLP administra-
tions; and why it. does not de-
serve another five years in of-
Accusing fingers are busy
pointing to lack of transparency
in fiscal management; nepotism,
failures in sectors of health
and housing, as well as com-
plaints heard in other jurisdic-
tions about crime and rising cost
of food prices and general cost
Prime Minister Arthur has
boastfully retorted about "feel-
ing no pressures from the
DLP...I am calm...composed and
confident (of victory)", he told
a media briefing on Wednesday
at which he also claimed to have
"the best team of cabinet min-
isters in the Caribbean.." His
counterparts in CARICOM
should know that Arthur said
that without A smile!
Meanwhile, the Electoral
and Boundaries Commission
(EBC) has reported its readi-
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BENAZIR BHUTTO -
VICTIM OF U.S.
Pakistan's former Prime
Minister and Leader of Paki-
stan People's Party, Benazir
Bhutto, was assassinated in
Rawalpindi after an election
rally on December 27, 2007.
Pakistan's Interior Ministry
reported that she fractured
her skull on the sunroof of
the SUV in which she was a
passenger. This report would
seem to suggest that the Pa-
kistan Government now has
fully solved the mystery over
Bhutto's death in a mere 24
And this report came only
hours after a doctor at the hos-
pital at which she was admitted,
had confirmed that Ms. Bhutto"
died of gunshot wounds.
Bhutto's senior Attorney-at-law
Farooq Naik responded to the
Interior Ministry's explanation
as: "It is baseless. It is a pack
of lies. Two bullets hit her, one
in the abdomen and one in the
Predictably, the U.S. Ad-
ministration is calling for a full
investigation into the circum-
stances surrounding her killing;
and so they should do, as they
covertly encouraged her to re-
turn to Pakistan, knowing full
well the clear and present dan-
The U.S Administration
since '9/11' has pumped bil-
lions of dollars in military aid to
Pakistan to fight al-Qaeda and
the Taliban network. But for
some time now, the U.S. Ad-
ministration has felt uneasy
with Pakistan's unpopular
President Pervez Musharraf's
performance in delivering the
goods; coupled with problems
of transparency and account-
And so the U.S. hatched a
plan to have both Bhutto and
Musharraf work together in
America's national security in-
terests, especially as Musharraf
was fast becoming a liability.
We need to note that the
U.S. has serious concerns
with al-Qaeda and the
Taliban elements which it
claims totally control the
northwest mountain areas of
Pakistan; and Pakistan's
nuclear arsenal represents
another concern for the U.S.,
as security arrangements for
Pakistan's 70 nuclear weap-
ons are not safe and sound.
The U.S. rationale was that
Musharraf and Bhutto in some
strange power-sharing arrange-
ment would save the day, a sig-
nificant component of the Bush
strategy in the war against ter-
rorism. Bhutto was to be the
woman in Pakistan to'protect
America's vested interests for
Bhutto was a populist fig-
ure; Bhutto was charismatic;
Bhutto was committed to fight
religious extremists; Bhutto es-
poused secular views; Bhutto
was a moderate; Bhutto cham-
pioned the institution of democ-
racy and the rule of law; Bhutto
Musharraf declared a state of
emergency and purged the judi-
ciary; appropriate U.S. influ-
ence, however, ended the state
of emergency and enabled
Musharraf to step down as head
of the military forces. But
Bhutto's assassination now has
The U.S. rationale was that Musharraf and
Bhutto, in some strange power-sharing
arrangement, would save the day, a
significant component of the Bush strategy
in the war against terrorism. Bhutto was to
be the woman in Pakistan to protect
America's vested interests for powerful
was a queen and a loved one;
Bhutto was twice Prime Min-
ister; Bhutto was a politician of
international stature. Bhutto
more than fitted the bill for the
U.S. grand but failing foreign
policy design on Pakistan, and
indeed, the entire Middle East.
Bhutto genuinely believed
in democracy for Pakistan, but
knew that external assistance
was prerequisite for reaching
that goal; and so Bhutto became
a victim of U.S. manipulative
However, the Musharraf-
Bhutto power-sharing arrange-
ment was part of the U.S. plan;
but the plan backfired a bit
when a few weeks ago,
thrown the entire plan into dis-
array, and has left a gaping
wound in the Bush strategy to
fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
We should remind our-
selves that Bush, after '9/11',
told the world that Osama bin
Laden and the al-Qaeda net-
work can run but can't hide;
and so Bush first directed his
military strategy toward Af-
ghanistan where the elusive
Osama bin Laden was not
found; Bush then redirected
his strategy toward Iraq, but
then holding a mixed-bag
strategy Osama bin Laden
and weapons of mass destruc-
In making the case for mili-
tary action against Iraq, Presi-
dent Bush claimed that Iraq had
chemical and biological weap-
ons. The President was wrong.
And in this U.S. War on Iraq,
Saddam Hussein was a mere
humbug in the U.S. pursuit of
controlling this Middle East
Clearly, the U.S. War on Iraq
carried enormous falsehood. And
now we have the Iraq Study
Group Report which the Chi-
cago Tribune describes as 'one of
the darkest and gloomiest, public
documents ever written'.
Very few Americans today
support the U.S. War on Iraq
and many would not dispute
the view that their government's
foreign policy has failed the na-
tion and that the President used
false statements to bolster his
and the ultra-conservatives'
over-zealousness toward mili-
tary adventurism in Iraq. In fact,
President Bush misled the
American people and placed his
own and the ultra-conserva-
tives' interests over those of the
After Afghanistan and Iraq,
Bush's military strategy inten-
sified toward Pakistan. And
now this tragedy!
But U.S. military strategy
and aid toward Pakistan have
been consistent throughout
Pakistan's 60 years in existence.
The U.S. always had a foreign
policy that propped up military
governments in the 160 million-
populated Pakistan. Former
aide to Bhutto and currently
Professor at Boston University
in a testimony to the U.S. House
Armed Services Committee,
said: "Since 1954 almost $21
billion had been given to Paki-
stan in aid...Of this, $17.7 bil-
lion were given under military
rule, and only $3.4 billion was
given to Pakistan and the civil-
ian government." -
As I have said before, the
U.S. has an impressive track
record of interventions in other
countries. Wolfe pointed out
that from 1789 to the start of
World War II, U.S. troops were
dispatched to foreign countries
145 times without authorisation
There are about 500,000
U.S. troops on 737 military
bases, dispersed around the
globe in about 130 countries.
Johnson in Nemesis, notes that
these bases are intended to sus-
tain American hegemony over
the world; policing the globe to
guarantee that no nation can face
up to America militarily, thus
However, in many cases,
these interventions create un-
democratic governments and are
responsible for considerable
chaos globally. Then, what kind
of democracy is the U.S. cur-
rently championing for Paki-
stan, and in whose interests?
These questions need answers.
The interventions really
are the politically biased
mindset of an elite group of
American power holders. Un-
fortunately, the end point is
that many are hurt by these
interventions. The war on
Iraq is a case in point. And
now Pakistan has become
the hotbed of covert U.S. in-
tervention and grand design.
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As another year comes to a
close and a new one throws
open its door, many of us
might be reflecting on
whether 2007 was a good
year. We may also be ponder-
ing on the possibilities that
might be awaiting us in the
As we pause and look back
over the last 12 months, how do
we feel? How do we feel deep
within our souls about our lives
and our living in this region of
I ask these questions be-
cause I sense in the conversa-
tions with people across the re-
gion and through e-mails that
something very precious has
gone missing from our lives.
We seem to be on the veige
of becoming a broken people.
It's like the pizzazz and the
oomph our Caribbeanness to
joke and laugh and be light-
hearted and back-slapping is
slowly seeping out of us.
So what has brought us to
this hapless state of affairs?
Many people across the
Caribbean with whom I'm in
contact and various Carib-
bean blog sites and interest
groups all lament rising crime
in their countries from the
murder capitals of Kingston
and Port-of-Spain to St
John's, Castries, Bridgetown
Crime, food prices
under the microscope
Even Trinidad's sister isle
Tobago, which up to recent
years used to record a couple
murders annually. are now see-
ing a doubling and tripling of
In Trinidad. the figure up to
the time of writing yesterday
reached 382. surpassing last
year's.total by eleven. The mur-
der count in Jamaica is now
pa-si 1500 while the eastern
Caribbean i lamnd are rcponing
a rise in iunrder and gc:, I
Earlier this week I received
a mail from an Antiguan. con-
cerned about the rising levels of
crime in St John's, who pointed
out that for a third consecutive
year, crime is down in New
York city and was in fact at an
all time low since the violent
days of the 1960s.
Murder, robbery and rape
went down, although felony had
I expect but more in the
hope as I have been for the
last few years- that our Carib-
bean leaders would make crime
their number one issue not in
words but in deeds and action
- and really go after the crimi-
nals in 2008 to take back our
lands from further bloodshed
As a member of the Carib-
bean society. it bothers me that
our leaders, guided by their top
security officials. seem to know
what should be done.
Th' haLve already identi-
fied the iop cause of crime as
the illegal drug trade that
has spawned some of the
most violent criminal gangs,
ruling their roost with their
illegal guns and cutting down
other gang members and in-
nocent victims alike.
So why are we not hearing
more about the arrest and im-
prisonment of South American
drug traffickers on the Carib-
bean seas or the arrest of their
local drug trafficking agents who
are responsible for getting the il-
legal drugs shipped off to North
America and Europe.
There have been a few ma-
jor confiscations of illegal drugs
and arrests but the vast major-
ity of drug related cases that I
read and heard about are those
drug mules intercepted at our
airports before they get a chance
to deposit the illegal substances
in other countries.
B'ut those drug mules are
working for some big drug lords.,
so why don't the police and the
DFP collaborate in breaking up
anolheir level in the illegal trans-
shipment activities and putting
drug lords behind bars.
At the same time. contro-
versial as it sounds, govern-
ments across the region may
want to first clean up their po-
lice and other protective services
by getting rid of those officers
who have been aiding and abet-
ting criminal elements in the so-
It's well known that guns
belonging to the police and
the army have ended up in
the hands of criminals in
some of our countries. Offic-
ers including those in the
prison' service have also been
fingered in assisting in jail
breaks or leaving open jail
cells in police stations.
It was recently reported in
Trinidad that a police officer
was even renting out his service
pistol to criminals in exchange
Before New York became a
safer place, the New York Po-
lice Department began investi-
gating their own, with many of-
ficers charged with. various
crimes, including accepting
bribes. The police cleaned up
their act and their image and
then proceeded to deal head-on
with the mafia and criminal
gangs which terrorisced the city
So, when next our leaders
have one of their Crime
Summits, cleaning up the po-
lice and other protective agen-
cies should be a major part of
the action plan in the fight
against crime. Perhaps then
we will really begin to see
national crime plans really
It is also instructive that
governments probe their own
activities and actions to ensure
that they too are not accused of
aiding and abetting criminal
gangs by handing out lucrative
state 'contracts to them to built
houses or roads.
The next big worry for us
in the Caribbean is the sky-
rocketing food prices and its
impact on cost of living and in-
Earlier this month, heads of
government at their 12th special
meeting in Georgetown issued a
sombre statement about the
region's poverty and the rising
cost of living as a result of the
persistently high and rising
prices in the global economy.
One of the main reasons for
.the high levels of cost of living
and inching inflation in our
countries is the increasing price
to import food.
The Caribbean already
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A death foretold: a
(The writer is a business executive and former Caribbean
Dusk has fallen on 2007 leaving a more perilous world than
mankind has collectively known in recent time.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan just days before a
general election at which she was expected to be elected Prime Min-
Her assassination has left Pakistan sitting on a powder keg.
If it explodes, as it is expected to, the damage will not be con-
tained within its boundaries.
Pro-Taliban militants and extremists sympathetic to al-Qaeda
had indicated before Benazir's return to Pakistan from exile that
they would target her with suicide attacks because of her pro-western
The US administration of George W Bush had brokered her re-
turn in September on the basis that she would become Prime Min-
ister under the Presidency of Perez Musharraf.
Hers was a death foretold.
President Musharraf, in condemning her assassination, blamed
"those terrorists with whom we are fighting." He said: "The big-
gest threat to Pakistan and this nation is from these terrorists. We
will not sit and rest until we get rid of these terrorists, root them
Musharraf's statement may play well with the US administra-
tion with whom he has aligned himself in the so-called 'war on ter-
ror' and from whom his government has received billions of dollars
in assistance to "fight these terrorists", but he was not spared from
suspicion at home.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, who is not be-
ing allowed to contest the upcoming general election, said on the
BBC: "There has been a serious lapse in security. The government
should have ensured the protection of Benazir Bhutto."
Now, there are bound to be reprisals from her most ardent
supporters. And the reprisals will be directed as much at Presi-
dent Musharraf as at extremist groups.
Nawaz Sharif has actually called for revenge saying: "Benazir
Bhutto was also my sister, and I will be with you to take the re-
venge for her death."
Russia also recognized the danger of a wave of terror in
Pakistan. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Losyukov, told
the Tass News Agency that the killing could trigger a wave of ter-
ror in the country.
From page 10
imports over US$3 billion annually in food.
With the rising cost of global food prices, the cost of prod-
ucts are further inflated by the time they land on the shelves
of the supermarkets and of course far away from the reach of
a significant part of our population.
So, what about the Caribbean's plans of revitalising agriculture
to help stem the import of food and contain the exorbitant annual
What's the latest on the Jagdeo Initiative 'Strengthening Agri-
culture for Sustainable Development' from Guyanese President
Bharrat Jagdeo a comprehensive plan to alleviate some of the con-
straints to the development of the agriculture sector and creating
the environment to encourage a resurgence of investment in agricul-
ture to facilitate the transformation process?
The agricultural sector in the Caribbean in recent years was an
important contributor to GDP, employment and exports, and was
critical to poverty alleviation and food security. Now it's overall
contribution in the future is seen as being even more critical.
What too has happened since the agriculture donor conference
that took place in Trinidad last June where leaders met with bilat-
eral, multilateral and regional donors and partners to discuss finan-
cial and technical funding for approved projects which would ex-
pand and diversify the shrinking agriculture sector?
Are we even near to beginning the move towards bringing back
agriculture into a significant part of our economic landscape?
So on the cusp of a new year, these are the two issues crime
and agriculture that should be given priority attention by our leaders
if we are to deal with the major critical issues facing the region.
And please don't let another year pass us by and leave us still
waiting and hoping.
To all readers, a safe and sane 2008.
A civil war with its attendant bloodbath threatens Pakistan, and
the first few days of 2008 will set the stage for an international
drama that will engulf the entire world.
It is a drama in which we can expect the government of the
United States to seek to play a prominent role to try to bring about
some stability to the country.
The US National Security Council with the sympathetic con-
cern of European Union countries, Russia and India would be
extremely concerned about the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal
and the danger of it falling into hostile hands.
But, if the US is to play a role in Pakistan, we must hope that
it will do so under the umbrella of the United Nations Security Coun-
cil and with the advice, support and participation of Europe and
Pakistan's neighboring states, including the Arab countries.
The stakes in this particular game are too high for fur-
ther "pre-emptive strikes" and unilateral action. The prob-
lem that Pakistan now poses is global in nature, and it re-
quires a global response.
Muslims worldwide should also recognize that Benazir Bhutto's
assassination has wounded their community as a whole. Muslims
have turned on Muslims contrary to the teachings of Islam.
The global Muslim community should join in ending this saga
of bloodletting that has marred
their fundamental beliefs and tra-
ditions and made them targets
The UN Security Council is
the body to which the world will
look for sensible arrangements to -
diffuse the anger that now suf-
fuses Pakistan, to stave off at-
tempts by insurgent groups to
plunge the country into catastro- -.
phe, to return the state to nor- .| i
malcy, and to avoid the spread
of its instability to other parts
of the world.
But, neither the Security
Council alone nor the US alone
will do it.
Real maturity is required by
all those who are concerned about extinguishing the fuse that has
been lit in Pakistan by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Such maturity demands setting aside notions of national inter-
est and superior power; resorting to those notions will only fan the
flames of resentment and resistance even more.
The UN Security Council must involve Pakistan's neighboring
states and the Arab countries, including those that are accused of
harbouring and promoting 'terrorism'.
Oil prices now hover at $100 a barrel with already harmful ef-
fects on the global economy, particularly on the cost of food.
In short order, events in Pakistan will help to push the price
to $150 unless oil producing Arab states sit at the table that
seeks a solution to the heady mix of religion, international
politics and war that Pakistan now represents.
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Benazir Bhutto did five years of hard time in prison, much
of it in solitary confinement, after her father, Prime Min-
ister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was overthrown and hanged by
the worst of Pakistan's military dictators, General
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. But she was a woman who liked
her privileges and her luxuries, and she was never a very
I got to know Benazir Bhutto a bit in the mid-1970s, when
she had finished her degree at Harvard and was doing graduate
work at Oxford University. She actually spent much of her time
in London, in a grand flat she kept just off Hyde Park.
If you knew a lot of people in town who took an interest
in Middle Eastern and sub-continental affairs (I had been study-
ing at the School of Oriental and African Studies), and you
weren't too old or too boring, you were likely to end up at her
flat once in a while, at what some would call a salon but I would
call a party.
A fairly decorous party as those things went in 70s Lon-
don, to be sure, with everybody showing off their sophisticated
knowledge of the region's politics and nobody getting out of
hand, but definitely a party.
The hostess was well informed and quite clever, and she
obviously had money coming out of her ears. We knew her dad
had been Prime Minister of Pakistan before Zia overthrew him,
of course, but she was neither a serious scholar nor a budding
She seemed more American than Pakistani in her style and
attitudes, but beneath the Radcliffe and Harvard veneer she also
seemed like thousands of other young upper-class women from
Pakistan and India who were floating around London at the time.
They called one another by girlish nicknames like "Bubbles,"
they didn't take anything very seriously (including their stud-
ies), and they seemed destined for a life of idle privilege.
Then Benazir Bhutto went back to Pakistan in 1977, just
about the time that Zia had her father sentenced to death in a
rigged trial. He was hanged in 1979, and Benazir was thrown
into jail for five years. But when she came out after Zia died,
she was already the head of the party her father had founded,
the Pakistan People's Party, and by 1988 she was Prime Min-
ister. She was only 35.
She was Prime Minister twice, from 1988-90 and 1993-
96, and was removed from power both times on corruption
charges. The charges have never been proved in court, but
the evidence of kickbacks and commissions, especially to
her husband Asif Zardari, whom she foolishly made invest-
ment minister, is pretty overwhelming. But that was not
the real problem.
The problem was that she never seemed to have any goal
in politics, apart from vindicating her father by leading his party
back to power. At the start she was hugely popular, but she
wasted her opportunity to make real changes in Pakistan be-
cause she had no notion (beyond the usual rhetoric) of what a
better Pakistan would look like. Pakistan is already pretty good
for her sort of people, so it should not surprise us that there
was almost nothing to show for her years in office.
If she had become Prime Minister again, which was a quite
likely outcome of the current
crisis, there is no reason to
believe that she would have '
done any better this time.
Her assassination just makes
it harder to solve the crisis at
party, the PPP, has no al- .. w' "'
ternative leader with na-
tional visibility. The other t .4( *
major opposition party
leader, Nawaz Sharif, is
equally compromised by ..
his past failures, and is '
currently planning to boy- .
cott the elections sched- ',
uled for 8 January. Ex-gen-
eral Pervez Musharraf,
who had himself 're-elected' President in October and im-
posed emergency rule in order to dismiss the supreme
court judges who would have ruled his 'election' illegal, is
totally discredited and unlikely to last much longer.
The most probable outcome is a new period of military rule
under a different ruler, simply for lack of a good alternative. It
is pathetic that a country the size of Pakistan. should have so
few inspiring or even promising candidates for high political of-
The vast majority of Pakistan's politicians, and of the people
who run pretty well everything else in the country apart from
the armed forces, are drawn from the three or four percent of
the population who constitute the country's traditional elite. It
is a very shallow pool of talent, made up of people who have a
big stake in the stratus quo and a huge sense of entitlement.
Look east to India, west to Iran, or north to China, and
by comparison Pakistan's political demography is abso-
lutely feudal. So long as that remains the case, it is ab-
surd to imagine that democracy will solve Pakistan's prob-
lems. I admired Benazir Bhutto's courage and I am very
sorry that she was killed, but she could never have been
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Amerindian Affairs Ministry
achieved its mandate for 2007
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The Ministry of Amerindian
Affairs, during the year, has
made significant contribu-
tions to the development of
Yesterday Minister of
Amerindian Affairs Carolyn
Rodrigues. told the media that
the Ministry has achieved its
2007 mandate through building
the capacity of Amerindian lead-
ers and further developing their
Minister Rodrigues said
that one of the most important
achievements was the National
Toshaos' Conference on Octo-
ber 22 to 26. under the theme
'Building Capacity for Good
Governance' and hosted by the
Ministry al the Gi Iana Inter-
nationial Coif'erclLc Centre.
She notedC that tihe nomitin;a-
Ion ,l lhe iliece 1inoIher' Io the
Indigenous People's Commis-
sion (1PC) is a significant
achievement for Amerindians.
The IPC will address all aspects
of Amerindian development.
"We are hoping that it will
come into being in the near fu-
ture. In fact the Parliamentary
Committee of Appointment is
looking at it at the moment and
it will be completed in the near
future", Minister Rodrigues
To further enhance the de-
velopment of Amerindian com-
munities. 20 Toshaos were
unaninious\ elected to the Na-
tional Toshaoos' Council (NTC)
b\ their tello TToshlos.
.The NTIC will serve in vari-
1 1s capaclitls to IrpICSCI'nt aInd
ensurt all a Aicrit iani ',;I coImoiI-
cities are further developed.
The Council has already
met once since its formation
and has begun working on its
The Amerindian Affairs
Minister said Ilt Toshaos were
sworn-in as Justices of the
Peace and Rural Constables, an-
other success for the Ministry.
These Toshaos are mandated
with the responsibility of pro-
tecting the interest of
Amerindians in the country and
will give support Ito the Coun-
"We have Also hadl the for-
1mulation oI the drafl rule s it the
elleclin ltlt llt .' the To) theI s li\c
stalled to lootik.ail the o'ne, thi l
are applienable it their colliili-
nities". Minister Rdlnw uci
The Ministry was also able
to make significant progress in
the issuance of birth certificates
for the year. a collaborative ef-
fort between the Ministries of
Amerindian Affairs and Home
It was noted that this pro-
cess has become much more im-
portant now since house-to-
house registration will be taking
place shortly. However. there
are some persons who did not
register in Regions One. Seven.
Eight and Nine. There will be
another round of the registration
process in the communities by
the Community Development
Officers (CDOs) so that per-
sons can receive their birth cer-
noted that more than 13, 000
birth certificates were issued
for the past two to three
years despite the challenges
THE Guyana Marketing Cor-
poration (GMC) is renewing
its call for farmers in the
non-traditional crops sector
to establish associations,
thereby creating a mecha-
nism that would enhance ef-
ficiency and strengthen their
ability to effectively negotiate
with, and meet the require-
ments of exporters and agro-
General Manager of GMC,
Nizam Hassan, during a recent
interview, indicated that current
trends clearly show exports in
this sector will continue to in-
crease in 2008, since there is
greater demand both regionally
and extra-regionally for non-tra-
ditional agro-produce. This, he
said, will require that farmers
maximize their output, improve
product standards and maintain
or associations play an impor-
tant role in marketing agricul-
tural crops. A cooperative struc-
ture serves to provide agricul-
tural producers with the oppor-
tunity to process and market
their crops efficiently and effec-
In this regard, GMC's Mar-
keting Officers hace been sitn-
ing farming communiltnes coun-
trywide in an effort to facilitate
the establishment of Farmers'
Associations. With the formu-
lation of such entities. uniform
preparation of a commodity for
a buyer can be achieved, as well
as minimizing the number of
farmers with whom a commod-
ity purchaser must do business.
This has its obvious advantages
since no buyer would prefer do-.
ing business with twenty farm-
ers separately, in comparison to
one organized entity.
Nevertheless, some degree
of distrust seems to exist among
farmers, creating a barrier to
genuine cooperation, and pro-
viding an incentive for the 'ev-
ery man for himself' approach.
This culture. Hassan noted,
must be altered if meaningful
progress is to be made in the
growth and development of the
"In this -new era of
globalisation and free trade,
no exporter or buyer is will-
ing to waste valuable time
and money negotiating -with
several farmers who may all
be selling at different prices
and whose products may be
of .aryin-g quality. The ex-
porter may well decide to
source the produce from an-
other country where there's
uniformity and consistency in
price and quality."
Continued organization of
farmers into clusters will also
facilitate increased production of
specific commodities targeting
the .xport market.
in addition to working with
farmers to establish such
groups. GMC also facilitates
the processing of produce for
the export market at its Central
Packaging Facility at;Sophia, in
an effort to improve quality and
maintain internationally accept-
Fully operational pack
houses at Parika, Charity and
Number 43 Village Corentyne
are also expected to come on
stream in 2008.
The Guyana Marketing
Corporation, Hassan reiter-
ated, will continue to play a
major role in facilitating and
supporting the formulation of
organized groups among
farmers in an effort to fur-
ther propel the non-tradi-
tional crops sector (A GMC
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According to a police
statement, Kazim and a 19-
year-old man, also of
Mahaicony Creek, left on
December 27 in a dug-out ca-
noe powered by a small en-
gine to catch birds. It was re-
ported that on their way back
home, the canoe was hit by
a-boat travelling in the oppo-
site direction, causing it to
capsize. The nineteen-year-
old managed to get to safety
but Kazim could not be
A report was made to the
police at Mora Point Outpost,
and a search party later found
Kazim's body, with a wound to
Contrary to reports carried
yesterday in certain sections of
the media, his feet were not
man is in police custody as-
sisting with investigations,
while the body of Kazim is at
the Lyken Funeral Home
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THE police are investigating
a river mishap that occurred
about 15:30 h on Friday in
the vicinity of Crab Crop,
Mahaicony Creek, which re-
sulted in the death of Kazim
called "Pirate", 37 years of
One of five NOC
POLICE on Friday captured one of the six inmates of the
New Opportunity Corps (NOC), Essequibo, who escaped
while among a group of other inmates on a farm behind
According to a police press release, the prisoner was re-
captured around 12:30h at the Adventure Ferry Stelling,during
a search conducted by the police.
The search continues for the other five.
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Camp & Charlotte Sts. & Kwality Mall Regent & Camp Streets.
S OU TOYS
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Taxidermy, the art of preserv-
ing, stuffing and mounting
dead animals for public dis-
play, such as those in the
Guyana National Museum, is
a technique which the Min-
istry of Culture, Youth and
Sport intends to perpetuate.
The Guyana Government
has made this possible through
a bilateral arrangement with
Cuba for a Cuban taxidermy
specialist to train staff of the
museum in Georgetown.
The specialist from the In-
stitute of Ecology, Sciences and
Geography of Cuba, Marco
Cordero, made his first visit to
the museum Friday with a do-
nation of his collection of sea
shells and two books about
birds, amphibians and reptiles of
Minister of Culture, Youth
and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony,
accompanied by Administrator
(ag) of the Museum, Tamika
Boatswain, received the dona-
"A large part of the
Museum's assets is animals aind
one of the things we need to do
with this collection is to have a
taxidermy staff, that is people
.with the taxidermy knowledge
to maintain this collection,"
Minister Anthony said.
Cordero will be working in
Guyana for the next year, sup-
porting staff of the Museum
and assisting in the expansion of
the current collection of taxi-
dermy items in the Museum.
"We are very pleased to
have him here and I am sure that
the good work he will be doing
at the museum would help us to
expand our collection. His do-
nation of shells would of course
enhance our collection," Minis-
ter Anthony said.
Efforts to promote the taxi-
dermy programme in Guyana
were highlighted with the host-
ing of a taxidermy children's
camp in August as part of the
Ministry's vacation activities.
Scores of children who partici-
pated, received certificates.
The programme, hosted for
the first time this year, will be
an ongoing feature of the Min-
istry. It also serves as a moti-
vation for youths to become in-
tegrally involved in science and
create more opportunities for
their involvement at the Mu-
The Ministry also intends
to provide youths with training
in archaeology since it coincides
with promoting preservation.
Minister Anthony recently
noted that this can be accom-
plished through a collaborative
effort with the Walter Roth
"We need young people to
aspire to become archaeolo-
gists and become active in
museums. These are impor-
tant arenas where knowledge
can be stored. People must
also be capable "f going out
Reward offered for
traffic lights vandals
In light of recent vandalism
of traffic lights in
Georgetown, the Ministry of
Public Works and Communi-
cations, is offering a mon-
etary reward of up to $500,
000 for information leading
to the arrest and prosecution
of persons responsible for
In some instances, ihe hai-
teries and parts of the control
boxes were stolen, while some
Minister of Transport and
Hydraulics Robeson Benn, yes-
terday inspected several of the
damaged lights and urged that
individuals desist from such ac-
He pointed out that removal
of the batteries has temporarily
degraded the modern traffic
lights since it is ultimately im-
possible to rely on the solar or
electric power from the Guyana.
Power and Light Company
(GPL) to operate the lights,
particularly at night and early
morning, and during power fail-
The Police and staff of the
Public Works Ministry have
been alerted and are on the look-
out to deal with the vandalism
activities. Citizens are also be-
ing urged to give their support
to these two agencies and to re-
port any such acts that they
The traffic lights installed
earlier this year are intended to
improve traffic management in
the City and its environs, and
ensure that drivers take more
precaution to prevent accidents.
Over US$2M was spent to
install approximately 50 traffic
lights at critical junctions in the
city, under a project undertaken
by the Government, with sup-
port from India.
Previously, the Ministry ini-
dicated its position to deal with
reckless drivers and road users
whose behaviour results in se-
vere damage to public property,
such as the new traffic lights.
Several guilty persons were
taken before the Court and
were required to pay the cost of
repairs and replacements of the
into the field and finding our
history," Minister Anthony
farmers not seriously
affected by floods
By Tajeram Mohabir
Robert Persaud said his min-
istry will hire a pontoon to
transport residents of Joe
Hook and Grass Hook who are
willing to relocate from the
Mahaica' Creek to Hope, East
Persaud made the promise
yesterday during an inspection
visit to assess the impact the re-
cent floods has had on crops and
livestock in the upper reaches of
the Mahaica/Mahaicony! areas.
The minister explained the
pontoon will transport the resi-
dents consisting of not more
than 12 families and their belong-
ings out of the creek. From there
they will be responsible for
transporting their belongings to
Persaud said he will negoti-
ate with the Hope Estate Gen-
eral Manager for the relocated
persons to have an acre of land
for them to plant.
In the meantime, the minis-
try will solicit the support of
several agencies such as the
Guyana Relief Council anl Food
for the Poor to assist.
The residents who remain,
he noted, will farm at their own
Meanwhile, rice farmers at a
meeting at Karmat in the
Mahaicony Creek told the
Guyana Chronicle that while
they did not suffer losses of live-
stock, their rice fields were seri-
Mohamed Khan, a resident
of Bara Bara in the Mahaicony
Creek, told this newspaper that
he lost some 20 acres of rice, val-
ued at close to $240,000.
Deo Karamat of Mora Point
said he suffered similar losses.
According to another farmer,
Narine Datt, of Pine Ground,
also in the Mahaicony Creek, the
constant flooding of the creek has
prevented him from harvesting
his 60 acre field for the past two
Minister Persaud, after lis-
tening to the plight of the farm-
ers, promised an excavator will
be deployed at Pine Ground to
assist farmers there and in other
affected communities as well.
The minister, briefing the
media after the inspection, con-
tended that the flooding in up-
per reaches of the Mahaica/
Mahaicony areas did not seri-
ously affect rice farmers. This
newspaper also observed that
the water had receded signifi-
cantly in those two areas.
Persaud explained most of
the farmers are familiar with the
situation and did not sow. Those
who did, he said, may have suf-
fered minor losses but this will
not affect the ministry's projec-
tions for the first crop next year.
Persaud posited that based
on trends and system in place,
the first crop of 2008 is esti-
mated to be larger than the sec-
The minister said before the
flooding, excavators had been
December 30, 2007 15
empoldering dams in the
Mahaica / Mahaicony aras.
'He added next year a pump
will be installed at Governor's
Light, old tubes will be replaced,
and as soon as the raips end,
parallel canals will be built along
the Mahaica/ Mahaicony Rivers
from Hyde Path to Guyana
Grove area to ease the pressure
of the rivers.
Meanwhile, after the Janu-
ary 2005/2006 flood the Ven-
ezuelan government 'had prom-
ised to dredge the mo'ut is of the
R ahaica/Mahaiconyj and Abary
Rivers to alleviate flooding in
vulnerable areas in Region Five.
Persaud said 0o dat the Ven-
ezuelans have cm'leled a hy-
drological survey 6f the rivers
and Guyana is awaiting word
from Caracas on when they will
commence the exercise.
In the meantime, he said the
:1National Drainage and Irrigation
Authority (NDIA) are under-
taking precautionary work such
'as dredging of outfalls and main-
Itenance of sluices to keep the
! situation under control.
Persaud noted that gov-
ernment has released $ 40 M
to buttress ongoing efforts to
minimize flooding during the
current rainy season.
He said his ministry is con-
sidering using, part of this
amount to purchase a pontoon
to assist in th4 dredging of
outfalls along the east coast and
east bank of lemerara, the
Corentyne, an'id Pomeroon,
Among other area~ with high silt-
Persaud also pointed out
that no water hasi been released
from the East Demerara Water
Conservancy into the Mahaica
or Mahaicony creeks. In fact, he
said, an offer wAs made to em-
ploy two farmers to guard the
structures to ensure the water is
not released. !
X The ministry, since the
flooding, has deployed veteri-
flarians and crop specialists to
t Assist farmers in the two areas.
NDIA officials are also monitor-
ihg the situation around the clock
there and in other riverain com-
Government this year has
procured some 40 excavators to
improve drainage and irrigation
re deployed in regions 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, and 10.
i In addition, 60 mobile
pumps have been installed
across the country. In all some
$ 2.2 billion was expended on
(BBC News) She was hailed as
one of the Muslim world's
first democratically elected
female leaders, and, at 35, one
of the youngest ever prime
I will remember many faces
of the Benazir Bhutto I saw over
20 years of following her turbu-
lent political career: a charismatic
populist who could hold forth
for hours in her native Urdu
language to huge, often frenzied
crowds; a prime minister who
would stride, head held high,
through the corridors of power
nodding "asalamaleikhum" to ev-
eryone on the way; a woman
who could be downright silly; a
mother who doted on her three
Over the years we have dis-
cussed everything from the na-
ture of democracy to her latest
diet, persistent allegations of
corruption against her and her
husband Asif Ali Zardari, and
the unrelenting demands of her
very political life.
She disappointed many
during her two terms as prime
minister. But whatever her
flaws, she had courage.
The political game was in
her blood. And, there was that
deeply held belief she would
deny that as a Bhutto she was
"bom to rule," that her destiny
and Pakistan's was one and the
I have watched her closely
since her momentous return
from eight years in exile in Oc-
In our last meeting outside
Islamabad in November she
spoke with glee of returning to
her homes in Pakistan and find-
ing her bright now congealed -
nail polishes and the shalwar
kameezes that no longer fitted
and were out of fashion.
Then we shifted to the tough
political questions in a recorded
controversial decisions she felt
she had to take to have corrup-
tion charges dropped in order to
women and men of her Pakistan
People's Party who linked their
fate to hers. '
This was vintage Benazir
- the same huge political pro-
cessions we had reported on
for years, that showered her
with rose petals and the
chants of Jeay Bhutto! (Long
1 could not see how she
would have it any other way. It
cost her her life.
It puzzled me when I first
went to Pakistan in 1988 that,
in this conservative Islamic coun-
try, so many would vote for her.
Wh n I asked why, many
Pakistanis told me they were re-
ally voting for her charismatic
father Ali Zulfikar Bhutto.
He (as hanged in 1979 by
the then military ruler General
Zia ul Haq.
She was her father's daugh-
ter, th9 heir to his legacy.
Slhe could be imperious,
the scion, after all, of a dynas-
tic feudal family.
She did not always make
the wi est choices on everything
from policy to some of the
people around her.
She was BB to her friends,
and '"Pinky" to her closest.
In recent years even some of
her dearest companions accused
her of betraying their political
But she was still adored by
countless followers who sup-
ported her with a blind unswerv-
However, she sometimes
vented her frustration that her
life was not her own.
During her first term, she
also earned the distinction of be-
ing the first prime minister to
give birth in office.
And she withstood the
barbs of politicians who said
there was no provision for a
prime minister to take mater-
And then for years after, a
woman with a weakness for
sweets had to withstand ques-
tions from' the press about her
One of my colleagues once
asked her if she was pregnant
again and she turned on him
with a sharp retort: "No, I am
not pregnant. I am fat. And, as
the prime minister, its my right
to be fat if I want to."
"Silk and stq'l," was how,
she described the late Indian
leader Indira Gandhi in her mem-
This was Benazir too a
steely determination matched
by very human vulnerability.
BENAZIR Bhutto could work the crowds fqr hours on end.
But with perhaps one
question too many on the con-
troversial deal she had done
with General Musharraf, and
an interview she felt had now
gone on too long, she suddenly
I saw, for a flash, a woman
still overwhelmed by the emotion
of a tumultuous return scarred by
violence, and the pressures of
Her eyes, began to well with
tears. But she also collected her-
self, in a flash.
And then hurried off to an-
other round of meetings.
There was no doubting her
energy and palpable happiness
as she travelled across Pakistan
again, with her trademark white
"dupatta" or headscarf, always
flanked by the same loyal
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(BBC News) Cuba's ailing
President, Fidel Castro, has
for the second time this
month alluded publicly to the
possibility of retiring from
In a letter read out to
Cuba's National Assembly, he
said in the past he had been a
person who "clung" to power,
but that life had changed his
Mr Castro also urged
people to support his brother,
acting leader Raul Castro.
Last week, the 81-year-old
communist leader wrote that he
had a duty not to obstruct the
rise of younger people.
"My basic duty is not to
cling to office, and even less
to obstruct the path of
younger people, but to pass
on the experiences and ideas
whose modest worth stems
from the exceptional era in
which I have lived," last
Tuesday's message said.
Mr Castro has ruled Cuba
since leading a communist revo-
lution in 1959.
He handed temporary
power to his 76-year-old
brother in July 2006 after un-
dergoing emergency intestinal
surgery, and has not been seen
in public since.
Cuba's acting leader, Raul
Castro, sat next to the empty
chair of his ailing brother at the
final session of the National As-
sembly before next year's par-
In a letter read out before
the day's business got under-
way, Fidel Castro said that in the
past he had been a "utopian so-
It was a phase, he said,
when le believed he knew what
we had to do and wanted the
power to do it.
"What the foreign press in
Cuba have most reported in re-
cent days. has been the phrase
where I expressed... that I am
not a person who clings to
power. I could add that I was
once, for the excesses of youth
and lack of conscience," he said.
"What changed me? Life it-
self, through the deepening of
the thoughts of [Cuban inde-
pendence leader Jose] Marti and
the classics of Socialism," he
Mr Castro also urged
people to support his brother,
saying he had read in advance a
speech Raul made earlier this
week in which he said Cuba
needed to become more demo-
cratic, at least by allowing more
open debate about economic and
"It is necessary to continue
marching without stopping for
even a minute. I will raise my
hand next to yours to support
him," he added in the letter
dated 27 December.
The BBC's Michael Voss in
Havana says that although the
remarks were the first time that
Mr Castro has publicly backed
his brother's attempts at re-
forms, there is no talk of any
political changes in the one-
Mr Castro's two mes-
sages come before elections
on 20 January to elect the
National Assembly, which
then selects the Council of
State, which he has headed
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Question: I am employed and have not yet received my TIN.
Would my salaries or taxes be affected by this'?
Answer: YES. Not being in position of a Taxpayer
Identification Number means that your employer cannot remit on
your behalf the taxes deducted from your salary. As much as you
may receive your salary it is therefore advisable that a TIN be
obtained on or before December 31, 2007.
However, since you are employed, the GRA would encourage you to
apply through your employer so that your applicati-ni .m'id those of
your colleagues can be processed in a bulk and returned to your place
(If you have questions on the Taxpayer Identification Numbelr,
kindly contact the Registry, GPO Building, Robb Street,
Georgetown, Telephone, 225 5587 or 2277310 ext 222 or 221.)
(BBC News) Gordon Brown has used his New Year message to say 2008 will be a year of
"real and serious changes" in the UK.
The prime minister said combating the threat posed by terrorism was crucial and there would
be "measurable changes in public services" over the next year.
The government would see through reforms in vital areas such as secure energy, pensions and
health, he said.
He also said tackling the global credit problem was an immediatee priority" and a challenge
for every economy.
Mr Brown became prime minister in June after Tony Blair stepped down.
He also took over from his predecessor as Labour Party leader after he emerged as the only
candidate for the post.
Giving his first New Year message, Mr Brown said: "With important.legislation making long-
term changes in energy, climate change, health, pensions, planning, housing, education and trans-
pollrt, 2008 will be a year of measurable changes in public services.
"A year for stepping tip major long-term reform to meet challenges ranging from
globalisation and global warming tothe great unfinished business of social reform in our
The prime minister also said the government would "continue to work with our international
partners to counter the ongoing threat of global terrorism". "We will not shirk but see through
changes and reforms in the vital areas for our future secure energy, pensions, transport, welfare,
education, health and national security," he Naid.
Since taking over as prime minister, Mr Brown's fortunes have fluctuated.
- He enjoyed initial success in the opinion polls after dealing v. i th a number of high-profile
issues, ranging from a foot-and-mouth outbreak to an attempted terror attack.
But his popularity has fahrered-id recent mornh<.
He was widely criticised fior appearing indecli'.e about calling a general election and his gov-
ernment has been hit in recent months by revelations of alleged impropriety in Labour party
funding, as well as the loss of discs containitng:the personal details of 25 million people.
In his message, Mr Brown said his policies in the new year would "reflect our shared vision
of a new Britain rooted in enduring traditions -aid '. ,lue;." to ensure the nation was "strong, pros-
perous and fair".
"We will only achieve this .through hard, persistent effort and by continuing to reach
out to all who want to see a better Britain not the old politics, but new policies equal to
the demands of a new time," he said. -
SUDA CROICEDeemer30 20
;,--_L I,."-: 2
(BBC News) An operation by Venezuelan helicopters to col-
lect three hostages due to be released in Colombia by the
Farc rebel group has been delayed a second day.
The International Red Cross and Venezuelan officials said
guerrillas had not yet given the coordinates for the handover in
the Colombian jungle.
The operation could not be canied out after dark, officials said.
The rebels have promised to release the hostages as a hu-
manitarian gesture to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
A diplomat in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, told the AFP
news agency on Saturday: "The hostages will not be released
today for a very simple reason. It gets dark at 1800."
The captives two Colombian women and a young boy
born to one of them in captivity are among more than 40 high-
profile detainees held by the Fare.
Two military helicopters carrying Red Cross insignia landed
in the central Colombian town of Villavicencio on Friday.
The Colombian government has said Venezuela has until
2359 GMT on Sunday to carry out the mission, although Mr
Chavez has said he is not aware of any time limit.
The Venezuelan leader's efforts to negotiate a wider hos-
tage exchange were rejected by the Colombian government.
Mr Chavez was involved in negotiations between Fare and
Colombia for months until Bogota said he had overstepped his
In response, Mr Chavez said he would freeze Venezuela's
bilateral ties with its neighbour and close trading partner.
The hostages due to be freed are Clara Rojas, an aide to ex-
presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, with whom she was
kidnapped in 2002, and Ms Rojas's son Emmanuel, said to have
been fathered by one of her captors.
The other captive is former congresswoman Consuelo
Gonzalez de Perdomo, who was kidnapped in 2001.
SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 30, 2007 17
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By Michael Bristow
BBC News, Beijing
China's former communist
leader and revolutionary hero
Mao Zedong amassed a for-
tune from book royalties.
Mao persecuted thousands
of writers, along with other art-
isis and intellectuals, for their
Western, capitalist ideas.
But at the same time he had
a steady income from his own
writing a sum now believed to
be more than 130 million yuan
A recently-published article
in a Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) magazine has reignited a
debate about \\hli should inherit
Millions of books contain-
n111 aLano > :, :. pocm.s :'IId
thoughts have been published
around the world.
Perhaps the best known
publication is Quotations from
Chairman Mao Zedong. also
known as the Little Red Book.
As the title suggests. the
book is a collection of com-
ments from Mao. on subjects
such as class struggle and serv-
ing the people.
Nearly one billion copies
were printed in the Cultural
Revolution. a chaotic period in
which Mao sought to transform
and soldiers were all re-
quired to study the book,
whose wisdom was thought to
be useful in almost any situ-
lhe L.itik Red Book land
(BBC News) The countdown to February's Oscars has be-
gun after ballot papers were posted to the Academy Awards'
The first round of voting, which ends on 12 January, will
decide which films and actors will be nominated.
Another round of voting will then take place to determine
who will pick up the prestigious golden-statuettes at the cer-
emony in Los Angeles on 24 February.
The award field is thought to be wide open. with Atone-
THE Oscar nominations will be announced on January
ment and Into the Wild among the possible contenders.
Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men is also
one of the early favourites but there is no clear frontrunner.
There is also uncertainty over what form the ceremony will
take if the current Hollywood writers' strike carries on.
There could be no script for host Jon Stewart and the star
presenters, and the strike could also affect the event's big-name
If writers picket the event, few A-list actors would want to
be seen crossing the picket line.
Members of the Writers Guild of America have been on
strike for seven weeks, but there are another two months until
the Academy Awards take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hol-
The nominees and winners are decided by members of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which includes
actors, directors and the cream of professionals from across the
The ballots were sent on 26 December by auditing firm
PricewaterhouseCoopers, who will also count the returned pa-
pers under strict security.
The initial votes must be returned by 1700 Los Ange-
les time on 12 January, with the nominations made public
10 days later.
other publications continue to
produce royalties lor Mao's es-
late more than 30 years after his
An article published in the
magazine Literary World ofl
Party History laid out just how
much Mao has earned from his
should inherit this vast sum
Jiang Qing. Mao's fourth
wife and loyal supporter during
the Cultural Revolution. appar-
ently asked for the money on
five occasions before her death
Jiang. also known as
with Madam Mao's. was re-
This issue came up again in
2003 follow ing the publication
of a new edition of Mao's col-
lected works. according to the
It arose because party
leaders were apparently un-
sure whether or not Mao's
royalties should be taxed and
so asked the country's cabi-
net for advice.
It decided to uphold an ear-
lier decision not to give the
money to Mao's relatives be-
cause his writings were not his
own. but the crystallisationn of
the party's collective wisdom".
Over the last few weeks
there has been debate in China's
media about the legality, as well
as th.e morialil\. of his \ iecw-
ShIouildi M Lo', ,
!lari'alu UnI ersiit Prolt
Rodei tclk Maclarquhlar, w xho1
has written extensively about
Mao. makes another point the
chairman's conflict of interest.
"The real issue is that the
CCP made it possible for Mao
to earn royalties in enormous
quantities b\ projecting his cult
and prescribing his works," he
told the BBC.
"Since Mao was chairman
of the party, it could be sug-
gested that there was a conflict
But many Chinese people
see no inherent contradiction in
a radical. left-wing revolutionary
earning millions of dollars in
They point out that Mao
supposedly gave away much of
this money to loyal friends,
those who worked with him
and the poor.
Liu Tieying. a 55-year-old
former journalist. speaks for
nian' of his generation when he
.a s 'Mao did1 nol become a
leader to make niney.
"iao \\ I'. a genluin e leader,
nti !ike tliose in charge tloday,"
"He sent his own son to
die in the Korean War. He
gave up everything for the
MAO Zedong is still highly respected by many Chinese
It said that in 1967 he was
worth 5.7 million yuan
($780,000, 400,000) from
books printed in Chinese. En-
glish, Russian, French, Spanish
But that figure, including
interest, had risen to 130 million
yuan ($17.6m, 8.8m) by 2001.
The article did not say how
much the estate is worth now.
There has long been a
debate within the higher ech-
elons of the party about who
Madam Mao, even brought the
subject up with China's former
leader before he died in 1976.
If he was in a good mood,
Mao promised he would leave
her some money, according to
If he was in a bad mood.
Mao would accuse her of want-
ing him to die early so she could
get her hands on his cash.
Two of Mao's children also
asked for the money to be given
to them. Their request, along
12/29/2007, 9:30 PM
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suitable qualified persons to fill the
following vacancies with a leading
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Industrial experience will be an
Please address applications to the
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Wishes to inform our Valued Customers
that we will be closed for business from
January 1-13, 2008.
We will reopen for usual business on
January 14, 2008
Management regrets any inconvenience
this may cause.
We would like to take this opportunity to
Thank You for your patronage
throughout this year
and look forward to better serving you
in the New Year.
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18 SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 30, 2007
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DRESSMAKING HEALTH MASSAGE
INDRA'S Beauty Salon,
122 Oronoque Street, for cold
wave, straightening, facial,
manicure, scalp treatment and
design on nails. Also Beauty
Culture available. Tel. 227-
WORK from home for
USS$$$$ weekly. Information?
Send stamped envelope to Nicola
',\Vcher PO Box 1215.
CONTROL cLr income
S.v;-kina from home filling 100
envelopess for USS500 or morel
(weekly For information, send
stamped self-addressed envelope
to Nathaniel Williams. PO Box
12154 Georgetown. Guyana.
COMPUTER Repairs, Sales &
Services Call Kersting's Computer
Repairs & Sales Centre @ 227-
8361, 618-8283. Home & Office
Services available. 24 hrs.
Register now. Call # 226-9448,
HOME private tutor -
reading, phonics and other
subjects. Children all ages.
Calr 651-7662 anytime.
CHRISTMAS is a time for
sharing, give a gift that last a
life time from Nayelli School
of Cosmetology. 3 mths
cosmetology course which
begins on the 21s' Jan., 2008.
Also evening classes in
Barbering acrylic nail and air
brush. 211 New Market St.,
North Cummingsburg. Tel.
57 Upper Robb Street, Bourdo
and Albert Sts.)
Tel: 225-1540 or 622-8308
Earn local or Canadian
R.K's Creating Masters n
Driving since 1979. Students
need security and comfort to
learn. Students must know who
they deal with. Driving is serious
business, not a fly by night
business. R.K's Institute of
Motoring, 125. Regent Road,
Indera Sinrgh Massage. If
you need a balance massage
trV nmy their npeuiic massage
combined Wi reflexolo X ',1
Cell 6 15-6665.
C .I '- -' 1 --- -
PLAQUES for all occasions
Trophy Stall, Bourda Market.
Tel. # 225-9230. 225-1498.
NANKUMAR Gopal 30 years
old male seeking female
friends. Call 686-8878.
MAGAZINE of Worldwide
Pen Friend. Information?
Send stamped envelope
CFI, PO Box 12154
GET A FRIEND! Get
educated! Get Married!
Migrate!...through the CFI.
Telephone Friendship Link. Call
TRUE Love: Pen Pals and
Phone Pals Service. Are you
looking for true friends and
true love? We are here to help
you. Please call 629-4605 or
IMMEDIATE LINK. Junior/
Senior/Singles Dating Service,
18 80 yrs. Tel. 223-8237, 648-
6098, M F 8.30 am 5 pm,
Sat. 10 am 4 pm (both phones
RAJA yoga, physical yoga,
Hindi protection tabee, planet
reading, other spiritual areas,
spiritual lecture Contact Buddy
- 225-0677, 638-0730.
PRINTING T-Shirts & Polo
Printing. Trophy Stall,
Bourda Market. Tel. # 225-
Computerized Accounting I
Microsoft Office, Webpage BUY ANYTHING ON
Design/Graphics THE INTERNET OR
Caregiver/Patient Care, AS SEEN
IELTS English 5. N TEE
Classroom Instruction and ON TV
Home Study E SHOP,
FOR NTAl! DELIVER.
75 ACRES- of land at .
Parika available for agriculture
purposes (Lease). (i bull and
3 milking heifers with calves
for sale. Call 227-8876 227-
8881 evenings or 698-3819
- daytime.HAB INTERHATIOiAL
1 PASSPORT from 1 PUBUC ROAD ECCLES, EBB.
Republic of India, belonging CALL 233-2495-6
to Ravinder Singh. Passport
No. F7516616. Lost in the Or visit: www.hahint.et
vicinity of Crane WCD. If found
please Call 642-6640 or 682-
GET rid of all your health
problems with the latest
medical treatments combined
with naturopathic therapies,
including hydrotherapy, diet
therapy, sp inal manipulations,
etc. Also home visits for bed
ridden patients. Contact Dr T.
Rahat, fully registered and
licensed Medical Practitioner,
at 79 Collingswood Avenue,
Nandy Park, EBD, (Enter
Republic Park, go straight at
the first junction, follow the
road to Lot 79). Tel. 233-5944
or cell 624-1181, Mon. Sat..
9 am to 5 pm.
Need Refrigerator Repairs
for the best rates, reliable,
and prompt service? Call
Omar 641-0943, 683-8734.
ENGRAVING on pens,
phone, gift items, etc. Trophy
Stall, Bourda Market. Tel. #
ROXIE'S Royal Hair
Fashion, City Mall, Regent
and Camp Streets. We give
you what you deserve. Call:
Household furniture, office
furniture, vehicles, etc. Tel.
694-7796, 276-3652, 276-
for appJar .e-airs -
washers, ers -icrowaves,
stoves. d-i fers ec Call
699-83L' 2 23-05 1
HAVE oui :s sc,es and
ovens service fa- the
Christmas holi ca.s Both
industrial and domestic. Call
Lawrence # 646-7400. 627-
PERSONS available to do
general construction e.g.
carpentry, free estimate, etc.
Credit terms available. Call
FOR all your construction
repairs, renovations, as well
as masonry, varnishing,
plumbing and painting.
Contact Mohamed on 233-
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Recover It fat/ntfs file sys.
Sata/eide and flash drive up
to 500g. Call Ackeim 218-
FOR repairs and services to
washing machines, refrigerators,
clothes dryers, gas stoves, micro
wave ovens, etc. Call Home
Solutions on Telephone 227-
CANADA AND USA
Bnlwant Persouil & Associates
Certified Immiigroaion Consultants
'ir lw th- *ho rry a l'or vt. to
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Cc . .. -, un,-, .
Visitors. Work Permits. Refugees.
Family Sponsorships. Appeals for
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Deal with only on Authorized
Ask to see credentials
For aconsultationt Fal
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(anode: 416-431-8845 or 647-284-0375
Email: lifwinipersaud yalsogo.a
Operator, log truck driver 653-
VACANCY exist for
experienced hair Stylist.
Contact Expressions Full
Service Salon. Tel. 226-
ONE female Massage
Therapist (age 20 25). Also
Cosmetologist and Nail
Specialist. Tel. 646-3535.
ONE experienced Cook
for hotel environment.
Gourmet, creole and various
dishes. Tel. Supervisor 658-
TRUCK Driver from ECD
starting salary $17 000 weekly.
Contact P. Ramroop & Sons at
1 C Orange Walk, Bourda. Tel.
VACANCY for Porters
apply to Alabama Trading
with hand written application
and police clearance at
Georgetown Ferry Stelling
Stabroek. Tel. # 623-1615.
TWO workers with
computer knowledge and
experience, preferable those
who live around town, good
salary. Apply with application to
the Manager Petes Video Club.
Lot 2 George Street. W/Rust,
I SERVICES I
VACANCIES exist for
teachers (age 25 yrs and
over) at IPE Grove EBD and
Pouderoyen WBD branches.
Tel. # 220-0538, 629-5300.
ONE (1) Female Office
Assistant Must have
knowledge of Payroll, NIS,
Filing and must be computer
literate Must be between the
ages of 25 and 30 years old.
Must ha.,e knowledge of
Maths & Enar and at least
two (2i .'ears working
expoiie pce Lpply in person
with a .'.' ; opi:cation and
two 2 'e-'- r es to: Len's,
13 l Fouri thSts., C;
v i li -c 2 :7 2 4 8 6 .
exists for Accounts Executive,
Accounts Supervisor. General
Clerks, Store/Inventory Clerk,
Security Guards, General
Workers and handyman. Send
written application stating
experience and expected salary
to Case Timbers Limited, 279
Forshaw Street, Queenstown,
Georgetown, Guyana. Phone
(592) 227-4703, (592) 225-
7335, Fax: (592) 225-7351.
ACCOUNTS CLERK, WITH
KNOWLEDGE OF PAYE, NIS &
VAT. MUST POSSESS CAT
LEVEL III OR HIGHER, MUST
BE ABLE TO USE EXCEL,
WORD & QUICKBOOKS,
APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A
AND GOOD COMMUNICATION
SKILLS. APPLY IN PERSON
WITH WRITTEN APPLICATION
TO: THE SECRETARY, TWINS
30 INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
MONDAY FRIDAY, 9 AM 1
48 ACRES Essequibo River.
Ideal for resort. Call 612-8944.
HOUSELOT for sale at
Blankenburg, WCD. Contact
24.000 SQ FT land in
Durban Backlands $20M.
Phone 55198, 52626,53068.
PRIME house lot for sale,
excellent location, 10 000
square feet, Earls Court LBI.
Call 222-2617, 663-2218.
TUSCHEN New Housing
Scheme land 50 x 100, in
front. Asking $2M. Call 225-
HOUSE lot 100 x 50, 20
minutes from city in new
suburban location US$16
000. OBO. No agent 680-1055.
PRIME fenced double
RESIDENTIAL LOT, New Road
$2.450. Tel. 276-3826, 609-
KURU Kururu 1 house lot -
200-ft. x 100-ft. 1 /2 acres farm
land access to water and light.
Call 261-5500, 643-1861.
COMMERCIAL piece of
land located between
Cummings & Charlotte Streets.
Call 623-1003, 218-1469 size
(120' x 40').
LBI, Ogle, Le Ressouvenir,
Canje, Parika. DeFreitas
Associates Tel. 225-5782,
Diamond, Chateau Margot,
Parika 13 acre, Vreed-en-Hoop,
Supply EBD, Bella Dam, La
Grange WBD, Tuschen EBE.
Tel. 693-3513, 629-8253.
GREIA EBD Herstelling
$3M, Coven Garden $3M,
Supply Riverside land $16M,
Meadow bank $4M, Diamond
$3M, $2M, ECD Ogle $5M,
LBI $3M, Triumph $2M,
$3M, Lusignan $3M, WBD
Vreed-en-Hoop $4M, $5M.
Tel. 225-4398, 225-3737.
GREIA Diamond $1M,
$1.5M, Triumph/Mon Repos -
$2M, $3M, Herstelling S3M,
Covent Garden $3M.
Meadow Bank $4M. LBI -
$3M, Lusignan S3M. Vreed-
en-Hoop $4M. Prashad Nagar
- 2 lots S15M. Tel. 225-4398,
FIVE acres transported land
located at Farm, East Bank
Essequibo, easy access to
public road. Ideal for housing
and farming. Tel. 225-1346.
ONE (1) BEDROOM
APARTMENT. TEL. # 225-0249.
HOUSE to rent at 107
Sect. 'M' C/ville. Call 669-
OFFICE or . , ir-ers
in G/town. Cal!
overseas visitors Phone 227-
ONE 3 bedroom upper
flat with all facilities. Call 222-
4819 or 611-1922.
SINGLE working girl or
student to rent room at Public
Road Kitty. Call 622-5589.
Busy junction business spot located
at Cummings &S Middle Sis Albertown
with 3 large rooms, full size kitchen,!
large verandah, large Hall way.
Prime 4 corner junction
on Camp St. G/T, just above
popular store,Guyana Store &
Nut Centre. Both places vacant
possession, move in Friday
ONE two bedroom
furnished top flat. Bel Air Park.
225-8153 or 227-8643.
BUSINESS space in G/
town centrally located. Call
226-5718, 621-2601, 686-
REGENT Street two flat
building for business. Call
624-6432 or 234-0481 at
ROOM (furnished) for
decent single working
female. Tel. 226-5035
(08:00 hrs 17:00 hrs).
1 FULLY 1 bedroom apt.
for out of town or overseas
guests in Kitty. Tel. 227-2466
building 75 feet x 30 feet.
25 B Lyng and Princes Sts.,
facing Princes St. Available
from February. Tel. 226-1757,
LARGE spacious ground
floor for any business.
Alexander Street, Kitty. $80
000. Tel, electricity. Call 225-
OGLE 3-bedroom upper
flat unfurnished, Nandy Park -
2-bedroom lower flat,
furnished. 684-4411.___w fa
APARTMENTS $20 000,
$30 000, $25 000, $45 000,
$50 000,- $60 000 fully
furnished house $120 000,
$180 000. Call 231-4589.
3 BEDROOM house
US$1500 neg, 2 bedrooms
furnished apt. $65000. Others
GREIA Subryanville two-
bedroom furnished apartment
with garage parking US$500,
business place in Camp Street
- G$150 000 00. Tel. 225-
4398, 225-3737. 651-7078.
GREIA South Road for
business two floors- $150
000 each, Diamond large
three-storey concrete building
- US$1 000, furnished five-
room building in Prashad
Nagar US$1 000. Tel. 225-
4398, 225-3737, 651-7078.
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SHOP space for grocery
and haberdashery at Werk-en-
Rust. Rental reasonable. 685-
APT to rent. Grilled, fully
furnished, security services, for
overseas guests. Call # 226-
to rent in Seafield. Sophia.
behind UG S30 000.
Contact 218-1014 or 644-
1 NEW .-sorey building
with self- cont:i';n I rooms.
pressure prum" Tel
685-243 23' -45t9
unfurnished ap irtnment and
rooms at 331 Cuinmmngs &
Sixth Streets. Contact
Julian on 225-4709
bedroom apt. Ideal for
couple single person
US$400 US$25 daily.
Call 227-3546, 609-4129.
BUSINESS place $80
000, office space $50 000,
Bond space $50 000,
internet cafe $80 000.
styled apts. Suitable for a
couple or single person
$4 000/$5 000 per
day. Call 622-5776.
furnished 1 & 3 bedroom
apartment. AC, hot and
cold, parking, etc. For
overseas visitors, short term.
APT. with AC for 1
month US$600. Top flat
unfurnished G$75 000,
house by itself US$700
and executive house.
Phone Tony Reid's Realty
55198, 62626, 231-
1 2 BEDROOM
apartment to rent. Suitable
for a mature couple or a
bachelor at 33 Garnett St., C/
ville $25 000 monthly. Tel.
225-9064 between the hours
4 pm 6:30 pm.
L U X U RIO U S
apartment for overseas
visitors, close to Sheriff
St. Fully furnished with
AC, hot & cold bath, etc.
Call 226-8990, 226-2543.
ONE 3 bedroom upper
flat at LBI ECD with access
to electricity, water and
flushing toilet. Price $25
000 monthly also lower flat
$20 000 monthly. Tel.
BUSINESS RENTALS -
2 flats for offices, etc.
Charlotte St. BOTTOM FLAT
Kitty $150 000 mth.'2
HUGE BONDS Festival
City. TEL. 226-8148, 625-
FULLY equipped bar.
Middle and topfloor business/
- residence, furnished top and
bottom flats, furnished one
and two- room apartments,
Associates Tel. 225-5782,
One 2-flat property in
Roraima Trust Housing
Scheme, Versailles, West
Bank Demerara consisting of
3 bedrooms, 2 toilet and
bath with 1 bath tub, home
office, pressure pump with
2 black tanks, facility for hot
and cold shower, grilled, 2
telephones, furnished. 20
minutes away from
Georgetown. Call Saadia:
Tel: 618-2260 or 661-3561.
ONE large and
elegant American built
house, semi furnished
and including six
bedrooms, four complete
baths, large sitting roomI
maid's quarters, two car
garage, whole house
water purification system
modern automatic pow-er
plant and much moi
located at 217 21
Atlantic Gardens EC;
For enquirer please c,-
270-4369 ur 629-16
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furnished four bedroom
executive building with all
Convenience. KS. RAGHUBIR
PRASHAD Nagar large
four bedroom executive
concrete building, no
repair, vacant possession.
1 3-BEDROOM property
at North Ruimveldt. Price
$7M. Contact 648-3067 or
Dream Resort. DeFreitas
Associates Tel. 225-5782,
1 BLOCK road side
property on Essequibo Coast,
6 house lots and 6 acres of
rice land. Call 254-0245,
KITTY $17M $10M,
Queenstown $34M $65M,
East Bank $1.5M $7.5M -
$12.5M and many more. Call
ONE Great Republic
concrete property value
$28M. Reduced to $19M.
Vacant. Phone 225-2626/
FUTURE Homes Realty
has houses to sell. Prices -
$3.9M to US$1.2M. Call -
227-4040, 669-7070, 628-
1 3-BEDROOM property
at Lot 99 Mon Repos South,
contains an off-licensed
Liquor Shop. Contact Nazir
NO Agent. Call Hubert
227-1633 to view 6
bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2
kitchens, suits 2 families.
Reduced price, concrete
KITTY $17M $10M,
East Bank $1.5M $9M -
$16M $34M $65M and
many more call Diana
Georgetown, Republic Park,
Associates Tel. 225-5782,
STATION Street Kitty,
Shell Road Kitty, Vreed-en-
Hoop, La Penitance, Goed
Fortuin Public Road, De
Kenderen WCD, Grove/
Diamond, South Ruimveldt
Park. Tel. 693-3513, 629-
ONE large two-storey
building on transported land
- 82' x 368'. Located
between public road and
beach, cast iron water tanks
- 15 000 gals, bearing fruit
trees. Located at 182 Parika,
East Bank Essequibo. 225-
FIND your dream house
at the best price at Tony
Reid's Realty Bel Air Park
$4M, $22M, P/Nagar from
$27M, Sec. 'K' from $14.M.
Phone 225-5198, 225-2626,
ANNANDALE North newly
house and land size 50 x
100. Asking $4.9M. Tel. 225-
CRAIG newly remodeled
two-storey house and land
size 30 x 144. Asking $7.5M.
Call 225-5591, 619-5505.
house upstairs washroom
toilet and bath $9M,
Blankenburg, WCD. 627-0234,
- $12M, $16M, Alberttown
$18M, $30M, D'Urban St. -
$12M, $20M, ECD -
Montrose $8M, Strasphey
- $4M, Success $12M,
Mon Repos $12M,
Triumph $12M, $10M,
$7M, Kitty Newtown -
$8M, $9M, De Abreu St. -
$9M, Eccles $8M, Le
Ressouvenir large concrete -
$35M. Tel. 225-4398, 225-
SALE Campbellville -
$12.5M, Republic Park -
$14M, Princes Street -
$8.8M, close to Mandela
Ave. Property in
Cummings Street drop
from $17M to $13.5M,
Hadfield Street $8M.
Phone 225-2626, 225-
ONE STALL AT
STABROEK MARKET. CALL
H 0 U S E H 0 L D
FURNITURE FOR SALE.
CARDBOARD 14 X 8.5
$5.25, 11 X 8.5 $5. CALL
CARPETS, one music set.
Interested person please call
Tel. # 227-6093.
For information call
3" INCHES swimming
ool tablets. Phone 233-
608 (8am 4pm) Mon to
1 LISTER Generator
10,000 watts. $700,000
neg. Call Peters at 227-
1198 after 7pm.
1 DELL computer, 1
inverter charger (Nippon).
Contact 218-4507, 681-
PURE breed German
Shephard, 7 months old,
fully vaccinated and
dewormed. Call 645-6259.
WIDE variety industrial
spares. Blow-out prices. Tel.
225-0502, 233-5711, 609-
1 PAIR pure breed
Rottweilers, 2 pure breed pit
bulls. Contact Suzie 266-
1272 or 266-1287, 693-7660.
DELL Dimension 2300, 2
GHz, 17-inch monitor, original
XP, works, Word, CDs G$130
000 neg. 680-1055. Come with
PLAYSTATION 2 on sale,
multiple controls, memory card,
2 WWE games (2006 and
2007). Contact 220-6927.
2 INDUSTRIAL floor
machines (brand Clarke &
Silver Dine) buffer and cutter
(12 inches), 3 months old only.
MASSEY Ferguson tractors
from England. Just arrived.
Models 185 & 188. Call 218-
STALL for sale, Bourda
Market. Contact Elizabeth -
227-6330 after 4 pm or 617-
BEAUTIFUL puppies for
sale. Mixed .with German
Shepherd $5000 each. Call
226-2883 or 233-3122.
ONE DOUBLE stall inside
La Penitence Market, front row.
Owner migrating. Contact 225-
4549 or 621-9400.
SHOCK treatment for
swimming pools also
Phone 233-0608 (8 am -
4 pm) Mon to Fri.
1 25 CUBIC ft
Kenmore double door
fridge $100 000, 1 14
cubic ft freezer $70 000.
Call 612-8944 or 662-
NOW in Stock for the
first time in Guyana
Prepaid Direct TV. For
more information, Call 227-
ONE 52-ft. drift seine boat
with 1 Yamaha 48 engine, also
complete package. Price
negotiable. Call Bibi Chan.
Tel. # 220-4375, 613-0478.
CD DISK, amplifiers, CD
changers, all brands names at
reasonable prices. Also parts for
big bikes. Tel. No. 685-1680,
PARTS for Dryers/
pumps, motors, belts,
valves, knobs, etc.
Technician available. Call
1 MALE pompek $15
000, manual thread mill -
$20 000, Gameboy advance
$15 000, dining table -
$5000. Tel. 227-2126, 681-
QUEEN size bed G$25
000 neg. Sharp 20-inch TV -
G$ 25 000 neg. Tel. 680-1055.
1 40 HP YAMANA
outboard and 1 18 ft
wooden boat in excellent
condition. Serious calls onl .
Tel. 260-4459, cell 653-
FREON gas 11, 12, 22,
502, 134A, 404A & 141 also
Helium for balloons and
argon gas Phone 233-0608
(8am 4 pm) Mon to Fri.
LOCAL AND FOREIGN
POOL TABLES IN ALL
ACCESSORIES. Tel. 220-
4298, 609-3311, 616-3399.
German Shepherd puppies -
eight weeks old, dewormed
and vaccinated. Tel. # 223-
0754, 227-4872, 621-1652.
alvanise pipes, various size,
4 volts DC lamps. Wire
looms, copper pipes 5/8 size
hydraulic hoses in 3/8 size.
OXYGEN and Acetylene
gases fast and efficient
service 10 11 Mc Doom
Public Road, EBD. Phone
338-2221 & 338-2335 (8 am -
4 pm) Mon. to Fri. (Sat 8 12).
and appliances fridges,
microwave, stoves dining table
and chairs, wardrobe, TV, beds,
washing machine, occasional
table, stereo set. Call: 624-
digital cameras, camcorders,
Ipod's, MP3 Players, power
amps, desktop computers,
and portable DVD pla ers,
speakers, etc. Call 671- 302.
MBtodroa, Razrv Moe s:-
17,6, V3i, Krazr -
Peble, Slver & fil|
iphine (wave) ;,y:
Also: Leather( Cases, Crystal
Body/Cases, Silicone Body
& Plastic Body. Chargers,
Batteries, Earpiece for all the
latest models of phones.
STORE & NUT CENTRE
Ba Stfielt, la tm
8 Camp & Dutan Streels, Werk-en-Rust
Tel: 227-1228, 225-4831,228-4333
ONE 21" JVC colour TV
beautiful colour very
reasonably priced. One gents
JH 100 cc motor cycle in
excellent working condition CE
series, priced easy. Call 222-
40 FT Banga Mary boat,
complete with 350 Ibs seine, 40
Yamaha $800 000 neg, 50 ft
cruiser 1400 lbs/6 inch new
seine, 48 Yamaha outboard -
$2.5M neg. Owner leaving.
Contact Sean on 611-9902,
SELLING out a quantity of
OMC new outboard space parts
for Johnson & Evinrude engine
9.9, 15, 45, 55 and 25 Hp.
Carburator, propeller, coil,
gasket, engine head, mounts,
foot, crank shaft, piston, stop
switch and many more. 641-
SALE for one month only.
Black & coloured leotards &
tights. Also in stock dancing
shoes, ballet skits, costume,
swim suits, gym wear, school
uniforms and much much more.
Visit Roxie's Fashion,
Merriman's Mall, Bourda. Call:
HONDA generators 3000
new Honda Pressure washers
3000 new, Honda water
pump 2&3", Lister generator,
incoln welders 225 Amp
compressor new 35 HP
evindrued outboard with all
remote and string. Tel. Cell
CAUSTIC Soda 55 lbs -
$5 000 alum 55 Ibs $5 800
Soda Ash 55 Ibs $7500,
sulphuric acid 45 gals $52
200, granular chlorine &
chlorine gas all prices are
VAT inclusive. 233-0608 (8
am 4 pm) Mon to Fri.
MOTOR CYCLE 2002
Honda CBR 954 RR $1.3M,
2001 Yamaha R6 YZF $1.1M,
9 with Legal registration) new
out board engine Yamaha
200 Hp VMAX, Yamaha 115
Hp four stroke, Yamaha 50Hp
four stroke, Yamaha 25 Hp four
stroke, Evirude 175Hp fuel
injection 2 stroke. Contact 644-
NOW in stock at Ram
Auto Spares, 114 Light St.
Telephone 226-6325, 227-
1454, 624-1909. all model
forklift, 48 ster, caterpillars,
TCM and Nissan, generator
from and 3 KVA to 800 KVA,
Perking generator 4 & 6
cylinder, Dorman, Deutz,
Isuzu, Ford, Lister/Petter,
Kobota one complete fuel
pump injection pump work
shop in container mobile.
Now in stock for
the first time in
7 (U) U
1 large radiator for 6 8
cylinder engine $50 000, 1
large Milwakee drill press 110
- 240v on stand $85 000, 1
commercial and industrial
vacuum cleaner for carpet 110
v $20 000, 100 new truck tyre
liner size 20 Good Year $400
00 each, 1 personal driving set
with Harris two bottles, face
mass completed $40 000 good
for resort, swimming pool, 1
small welding set to do
refrigeration work complete
hose torch, 1 acetlyn, 1 oxygen,
and small trolley, gauges $25
000, 1 swimming pool relax
bed chair adjustable PVC -_
$15 000, 1 double cab Toyota
Hilux gear box 4x4 $75 000.
Bicycle child carrier
made USA $10 000, 1 ruff'n
tumble ball pit game indoor
and outdoor, inflated. Size
% cm x 89 cm x 102 cm -
100 authentic balls
including games for children
- $15 000, 1 new 2 1 inch
water pump on steel frame,
volt 240, 380, 460, 50/60 Hz
with 5Hp motor. Could be
used for wash bay, poultry or
animal pens $100 000, 2
new electric motors
industrial 50/60Hz 240,
380, 460 volts, 5 Hp $60
000/7.5Hp $75 000 new, 1
25 Kva transformer $75
000, 1 large industrial
stabliser $100 000, weight
1 ton, 1 edge sander 110 -
220v, 1 Hp motor use flat
disc on metal frame from
England $30 000, 1
hammer Mill 110v, Brazil
made $75 000 on metal
frame, Tel: 641-2284.
1 TOYOTA SURF. PRICE
$1.7M NEG. CALL 622-7303.
ONE Prado 97 Model.
Manual transmission. Call
2 LONG base minibuses
BJJ and BHH series. Call
226-4548 or 611-2117.
. 1 212 fully powered
immaculate condition. Call
ONE RZ Long Base
minibus. Contact Tessa
Francois. Tel. # 218-1749.
1 AT 192 Carina, PJJ
Series. 1 Toyota pick-up
(manual) 4 x 4 Single Cab,
22R engine. Tel. 641-1127.
1 AT 150 TOYOTA Carina
(Private) manual, magrims.
rice $475 000. Contact Rocky
- 621-5902 or 225-1400. .
ONE Ford car 4 doors,
air-condition, PKK Series,
excellent condition & low
mileage. Call -260-2358.
1- Honda CRV, fully
powered, hardly used. Price
62.4M. Contact Rocky: 225-
1400 or 621-5902.
1 Toyota Previa mini-van,
7-seater, automatic, fully
powered, a/c, mag rims, side
door, CD player, cruise control,
low mileage (came in brand
new). $1.9M. Contact Rocky -
il2001Fl rd F ,l Eia (Cab wh ermlosed hna ,
automatic, with 2 extra doors, A/C,
extra tab. Excellent condition. Just lof wharf,
(not registered, will register free for buyerr.
. l '.
2100 Ford i'L L Iiupr i hn isat 1h. US1 I..
outorotic, A/C,with tray covo, ser re enlosd.
Exceilleto (oioitoo reostersd GKK9463.
1 TOYOTA Hilux Surf -
automatic, fully powered, AC,
mags, crash bar $1.9M (4x4).
Contact Rocky 225-1400
LIKE new Nissan Pulsar
four-door car. Fully loaded,
Silver, low mileage. Asking -
$1.5M. Call 225-5591, 619-
1 TOYOTA Hilux Extra Cab
4 x 4 pick up diesel, Turbo, AC,
CD, mags. Price $2.7M *neg.
Tel. 625-2150, 641-0724.
TOYOTA Hiace Super
Custom minibus. Diesel,
automatic, 4 WD, off the wharf.
Tel. 612-5293, 275-0395.
ONE AT 192 Carina
Excellent condition, mags, AC,
never work hire. Price neg. Call
Tony 231-5443, 627-0588.
190 E Mercedes Benz fully
skirted,custom interior work,for
absolute show car,need minor engine
work. sold as is
160 INCH LINCOLN STRETCH LINOUSINE
Must see ai .
Fully powered,full Leather interior
4 Screen, DVD/fV,Sound System,
Best offer accepted all call
1 LAND Rover defender
110 series Turbo Diesel
winch & snorkel tray has
hard cover. Call 623-1003,
1 MITSUBISHI Lancer
1997 model excellent
condition, female driver. Owner
migrating. Call 226-0746 or
1 TK BEDFORD truck,-
5 ton GFF 944 good
working condition. Tel
266-0841 or 622-0514.
1 TOYOTA Minibus, RZ,
Long Base EFI, BHH Series.
$1.7M neg. Call 622-6673/
5 NEW cars. NZE Corolla,
212 & 192 carina also long
base minibuses, BKK, BJJ &
BHH series. Call 610-7053.
1 AT 192 fully powered,
rims, music, AC, clean
condition. Going reasonable.
Contact 648-9708 or 226-
1-AE 91 Toyota Corolla
mags,(clean). Price $650,000.
Contact Rocky 225-1400 or
1 TOYOTA Single cab
pick up (solid def). manual,
4x4 mags. Price $1.4m.
Contact Rocky 621-5902 or
1 AT 150 Toyota Corona
(Private), automatic, fully
power, mags. Price $550
00. Contact Rocky 621-
5902 or 225-1400.
1 TOYOTA Tacoma
Extra Cab (4- cylinder),
automatic, a/c (4 x 4), GJJ
Series. Price $2.4M.
Contact Rocky 621-5902 or
AT 192, AT 170
SV 30,8V 40
AEOO, G-TOURING WAGON
RZ BUSES, TOYOTA STARLET
4 TOYOTA TUIORAS
3 TACOMA, 2- 4X4 PICK UP
3 CANTERS, ETC
233-2336 or 0600-660000
AE 100 Sprinter -
(private), automatic fully
powered, AC, mag rims, CD
player, music set $1 150
00a. Contact Rocky 225-
1 AT 192 Toyota Carina,
automatic fully powered, AC,
CD palyer (PJJ series) price
$1.4m. Contact Rocky 621-
5902 or 225-1400.
1- EP82 Starlet (4-door),
Automatic, mag. Excellent
condition. Price $850,000.
Contact Rocky 225-1400 or
1 TOYOTA Camry,
manual, back wheel drive,
very good condition. Price
$270 000 ne g. Contact
Clarence 225-8088 or 644-
TOYOTA Tundra GKK.
Fully loaded dodge grand
caravan, Nissan Extra cab
4x4 Puck up. 226-4177,
2005 FORD MONDEO WAGON
Multiple Air Bag, 17"
Mag Wheels, CD/DVD
player only 17000
like new S3.8 Million or
best offer accepted
BMW 3251 CONVERTIBLE
Low miles fully skirt kit (spoilers)
very nice, 16" Mug wheels
$1.5 Million CASH
ONE (1) model SV 32
Toyota Camry 1998c.
owner driven. In excellent
condition PGG 7066 -
$1.8M, neg. Call 643-4271
1 RZ mini-bus,
automatic. 1 RZ mini-
bus, stick gear. 1 AT 170
Carina, EFI. All in
Phone: 268-3953 or 612-
CANTER truck, 17 feet
tray, 4D 35 diesel, 6peed
gear box, 3 tons, 16 tyres,
AC, fully powered, never
registered, 74 Sheriff St.
1 TOYOTA Extra cab
(4x4) manual, (diesel engine)
mags, crash bar, AC & CD
price $2.3M. Contact Rocky
- 225-1400 or 621-5902.
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1 TOYOTA Marino, AC,
mags, spoiler, musiK, PEE
Series, very good condition.
Tel. # 654-5680.
TOYOTA Mark 11, GX 100,
Year'2000. Owner leaving.
Price' $3M. Call 643-3982,
1AE 100 Ceres (Private),
automatic, fully powered, AC,
magsL CD player. Price $1 150.
Contact Rocky 621-5902 or
1i TOYOTA AA6Q Carina
(back wheel drive), !manual,
ully powered, tape, mag rims.
Price $500 000. Contact
Rocky 621-59i02. or 225-
IT SUZUKI Katana 600,
1998: Red's'Black motor cycle,
CF series. Just registered with
insurance and fitness. Price to
go. Contact 622:4275, 255-
TOYOTA RAV 4 (2002
new model), automatics, fully
poweredA/C, A/C, CD, Crystal
lights,-Mags. Price $5.4M.
Contact Rocky 225-1400 or
1 TOYOTA 1HILUX Surf
SDiesel engine) 2L-TE,
automatic, fully powered, A/C,
mags, CD player, sidebars.
Price $3M. Hardly used.
Contact Rocky 225-1400 or
TOYOTA 4-Runner (4-
wheel drive) enclosed (5-door),
automatic, fully powered, AC,
-mag rims, CD players, crash
bar, sun roof, alarm, side bars
V6 engine). Price $2.2M.
Contact Rocky 225-1400,
AA 60 CARINA, very good
condition mags, music $490
000. Nissan Atlas canter $690
000, AT 170 Corona, full light
- $850 000. Raj 275-0208,
TOYOTA Corolla AE 91
EFl, Carina AT 170, parts for
Morris Minor, Oxford, Carina AA
60, KT 147 Corona. Contact
City Taxi Service 226-7150.
: OWNER leaving country. 1
Tdyota 7-seater mini van. Fully
powered CD, AC, mags, roof
rack cruise control, etc. $1.6M.
Cbntact 643-5431, 670-2264,
1 RZ minibus BHH price
- $1 200 000 (neg-, 1 RZ mini
bus BHH price $1 075 000
(peg), 1 RZ mini bus BGG
price $975 000 (neg) Phone
3 D4 E bulldozer in
excellent condition, angle
blades, Bedford and Cat
parts available. Tel. possible'
rade for D-6 or excavator
642-2542 or 333-2644.
AT 212 192 CARINA,
Mitsubishi Pejro JR,
Mitsubishi Lancer EP 82
Starlet, AE 110 Corolla &
Ceres Honda Civic Accord.
1.TIMBER Jack 450 c log
skidder 1996 hydraulic
winch, Cummins power and
clark transmission. I
Caterpillar 518 cable log
skidder has hydraulic winch.
Call 623-1003, 218-1469.
NEW Carina AT 192 AT
212, AE 110, Hilux 4x4, RZ
buses $1M down payment
also $400 000 -'$600 000
dawn payment. Call 231-
HURRY HURRY HURRY
Christmas-give-away- 1 RAV-4
- fully loaded special offer,
mags $2 650 000 neg., new
model 212 $1 750 000 and
many more. Call Tel. # 672-
1 BOB cat 763 skid steer
machine, 1 Cummings 855-
350 Hp marine engine
couple up to a 8x10 high
pressure water pump and
one Caterpillar 3406 engine
for truck 325 Hp. Call 623-
2 TOYOTA 4 runner, 2
diesel pick up, 1 back wheel
drive wagon, 1 Mercedes
Benz, 1 two ton canter, 3 AT
170, 2 AT 212, 2 AE 100, 2
AT 192, 4 RZ minibuses.
225-9700, 623-9972. Behind
Brickdam Police Station.
1 CANTER Nissan 6
cylinder diesel, 3 ton, open
back, steel tray. double back
wheel, GOD series $1.1m,
1 Mazda pick up single cab
long tray 4x4, 82.600cc
brought in new PFF series -
$1.2m excellent condition.
Credit could be arranged. All
vehicles in driving condition.
Owner migrating Tel: 223-
1 TOYOTA RAV-4 with
10-inch DVD music system,
18" rims, roof rack, alarm,
etc., 1 Toyota Prado Land
Cruiser, 2L diesel engine in
immaculate conditions. Call
681-1730 or 222-2459.
Nissan Extrao (ab ricK-up
5 speed excellent condition,
GKK 8568. $1.5M CASH
Ford F1 50 Single Cab
SVT engine (fast engine)
Mag Wheels, CD Player
GKK 8569. $2.4 CAS I
'1 TOYOTA K.T. 147
Wagon private used stick
gear $350 000, 1 Toyota
land Cruiser FJ 80, 4,500cc.
Fully powered PJJ series
$6.5m. Excellent condition.
Must see, 1.English made
Morris Marina never
registered, automatic '5
seater $525 000 registered,
1 small Vanette minibus
needs minor body work
driving condition $325 000,
NEW SHIPMENT Toyota
Corolla NZE 121 leather
interior, CD changer, rims,
new model. Mitsubishi
lancer 2002 model. (Black)
spoiler full body kit, leather
interior CD changer wood
panel, rims side skirts;
Toyota VIOS 2003 model
leather interior CD
changer wood panel
rims, Toyota Carina 212
old : & new model',
Toyo ta AT 192, L
Touring Wagon, Honda
fit, Toyota Soluna.
Contact R.H. Auto
Sales, 20 Waller De-
Light WCD, Call 269-
NOW IN STOCK.
Toyota Corolla NZE 121,
AE 110, EE 103, Honda
Civic EK3 & ES1, Toyota
Hilux Extra Cab LN 172, LN
170, RZN 174, Toyota Hilux
Double Cab- YN 107. LN 107,
LN 165, 4 x 4, RZN 167,
RZN 169, Toyota Hilux
Single Cab LN 106, Toyota
Hilux Surf- RZN'185 YN 130,
KZN 185, Toyota Carina -AT
192, AT 212. Toyota Marino
AE 100. Toyota Vista AZV
50. Honda CRV R01.
Toyota RAV 4, ZCA 26, ACA
21, SXA 11, Toyota Mark
IPSUM SXM 15, Toyota Mark 2
GX 100. Lancer CK 2A,
Toyota Corona Premio AT
210, Toyota Hiace Diesel
KZH110, Mitsubishi Cadia
Lancer SC2A. Toyota Corolla
G-Touring Wagon AE 100.
Contact Rose Ramdehol
Auto Sales, 226 South
Georgetown. Tel. 22.6-
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ket Board Development Of-
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h's side as he left the field.
hen Collymore's XI had
hed 143 for seven.
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led out for 196 and Smith's
raced to 132 without loss
"I was very shocked,"
wne said as he prepared fb
e the ground for home.
"I hope to do my best and
in the team. I am batting
ty good but I just need to
centrate a bit longer. My
ket-keeping is up. to
itch and everything
uld' go well."
WICB Corporate secretary
y Deyal said from his office
ntigua that West Indies team
manager Clive Lloyd had re-
quested a back-up 'keeper to
Denqsh Ramdin because of the
hectic schedule of the tour
which includes three Tests, five
One-Day Internationals and two
Twenty20 matches, and runs
'until February 3.
Deyal said Browne was ex-
pected to leave for South Africa
as early as Friday but no later
"We are trying to get him in
South Africa as quickly as we
It is an early birthday
gift for Browne, who turns
26, .co-incidentally on.
Since making his first-class
debut in 2001, Browne has
played'444natches including 19
for Barbados. He has scored 1
623 runs at an average of 22.23
with a highest of 83, while tak-
ing 92 catches and bringing off
Browne has been a regu-
lak member of the West
Indies 'A' team in recent
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twvo strikers who had carried
the team during.the year,
Norris Carter and Quincy
Hemerding, along with
Under-23 striker Calvin
Shepherd, make them
capable of getting past Alpha
In the Linden clash Topp
XX would be highly favoured to
make it into their eighth final.
and when reached for a com-
ment captain Kayode
McKinnon was brimming with
Looking at his team,
,McKinnon said that the -
'Hitman' Hercules, who
is back to his best form,
will combine with young
Kevin Beaton and
Trinidad & Tobago
When asked about Topp
XX not being able to beat Win-
ners Connection in recent
memory, McKinnon said "foot-
ball is on the night when it is
Senior member of Winners
Connection, Wayne Bethune,
sees the fortunes going in his
team's favour, saying they have
beaten Topp XX over a period
Another team official,
Rawle Gill, feels Winners
Connection with the upcom-
ing youth national striker
Renee Gibbons, who is joint
leading scorer in this compe-
tition, Rawle 'Boney' Gittens
and Sean Brewley will hawv
a goad attack.
12/29/2007. 8.34 PM
e called up
A tour as
' SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 23, 2007
Australia's Gilchrist savours
By Greg Stutchbury
(Reuters) Adam Gilchrist's
decision to move states and
stay behind the stumps 13
years ago was rewarded yes-
terday when he replaced Ian
Healy as Australia's most
successful Test wicketkeeper.
Gilchrist, who took four
catches in the first innings of the
opening Test against India, took
another four in the second to
overtake Healy's mark for the
most dismissals by an Austra-
The pair had been tied on
395 before Gilchrist caught
Wasim Jaffer off Brett Lee to
take sole possession of top
His four victims in the sec-
ond innings of the 377-run vic-
tory yesterday took him to 399
dismissals, just behind South
Africa's Mark Boucher, who
holds the world record with 406.
Adam Gilchrist acknowledges the crowd's applause after
he broke Ian Healy's Australian Test wicket-keeping record
at the MCG ground. (Yahoo Sport)
The 36-year-old will un-
doubtedly join Boucher as the
only members of the 400-club
when the second Test of the
four-match series begins in
Sydney on January 2.
No other active player
has more than 200 wickets.
"I'm just thrilled, really
thrilled," Gilchrist told re-
porters. "It's not something-
I thought would happen.
"You don't naturally feel
your name sits alongside those
of (Rod) Marsh (355 dismiss-
als) and Healy."
"To have done it in 93
Tests is a testament to the qual-
ity of fast bowling and spin
bowling that I've had.
"I've had both bases cov-
ered there with the world's
best," he added in reference
to the retired Glenn
McGrath and Shane Warne.
Gilchrist, however, may
never have got the opportunity
had he not made a key decision
in 1994. He was considered the
second-best wicketkeeper in his
native New South Wales and
pondered giving up the gloves
A move to Western Aus-
tralia gave him an opportu-
nity to concentrate on his
glovework and allowed him
to blossom into a player that
has changed the
"I had to move states in
pursuit of a game for Austra-
In loving memories of our dear and beloved brother
S and uncle PETER MASLAMONY of 66 Sandy_
Babb Street, Kitty, who died on January 2, 2003.
A day we will never forget
A million times we miss vou
A million times we cry
STo have, to love and then to part
Is the greatest sorrow of one's heart
The memories we have front ay to day
No length of time can take away
There is no day that passes
We do not call your name
In tears we saw you sinking
We watch you fJde awa'y
ou fought so hard to stay -
Our hearts were broken as we watch you fade away
You were such a wonderful person N
You were so much a part of our life .
Your death has not separated us
But has only served to bring us closer. /
For from that day on you lived in our hearts
and there you will remain ,
Thanks for all that we sh'i, ,d ,'ril,'r :. .
good and bad, your litk hiill ,h'inii,. I, ,
May your soul rt-s ill p;:i. .f
Sadly missed his ; i si-.tle C.rriier Sirqh brothers Jerry. Dan and Jadoo.
Drother-in-a','. F' rili S nil' , -iz: r-.i,-a.. laureen and others nieces Arinta,
Priya and others, r- i- .,: i i.th .io' o andi olher. al-.o Lucill launty /,
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lia, which you never think you're
going to do." he said.
"You grow up in a spot and
call that home and that's
where you think you'll always
be, so that's a pretty big deci-
"I was also wondering
whether to continue wicket-keep-,
ing at that time as well, I sug-
gested to Rod Marsh perhaps I
should stay in New South Wales
and just play as a batsman and
he just laughed me off and said
"Many others would say I
should have taken my own advice
and just given up the gloves but
that's what I've loved and
wanted to do.
"We all go through those
little waves of rolling emo-
tions and hopefully, if you'
deal with it well, you'll come
out on top."
Gebrselassie aims to beat
own world marathon record
By John Mehaffey
LONDON, England (Reuters) World marathon record
holder Haile Gebrselassie believes he can lower his mark
still further when he takes part in the Dubai marathon
on January 18.
The twice Olympic 10
000-metre champion, who
will be running his final race
over 42.195 km before the r
Beijing Olympics, clocked
two hours four minutes 26
seconds in Berlin last Sep-
"He and I are sure that
he can do under 2:04," his
Dutch manager Jos
Hermens told Reuters by
telephone. "But he's 34 HAILE GEBRSELASSIE
and this might be his last
Hermens said Gebrtelassie. w ho has been training in his
native Ethiopia. had run a 15-kmi race ihs month.
"His preparation is going well," Hermens said. "He's
in great shape."
Gebrselassie, who has set 26 w orld records, will be paced
b) former uorld half-marathon champion Fabiano Joseph of
Tanzania and the dinner of the 2002 Boston and New York
marathons Rodgers Rop of Kenya.
The prize pot for Dubai is $1 million with a' record
$250 000 for the winners of the men's and women's races.
If Gebrselassie does break the world record he w ill earn a
bonus of $1 million.
returned as president
of Albion Cricket Club
LLOYD Kanden was returned unopposed as president of the Albion Community Centre
Cricket Club when that entity held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently at the
Albion Community Centre main pavilion.
Kanden, a pastor at the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church, located in Albion, has
held the top position since 2003 and will have as his deputy long-serving vice-president Imtiaz
Bacchus, who was also re-elected unopposed.
Vishal Punsammy is the Club's new secretary replacing Vickey Bharosay while Ramcoomar
Dudnauth, who served as assistant secretary/treasurer last year, takes over the treasurer's position
from Orvin Mangru, who migrated a few months ago.
Sewnarine Mohabir is the new assistant secretary/treasurer with the committee members being
Permaul Mangali, Peter Sangster, Totaram Harricharran, Sewnarine Chattergoon and Ramnarine
The newly elected executives are expected to meet shortly to appoint the various sub-
committees of the club, along with captain and vice-captain of the respective teams, among
other appointments. (Vemen Walter)
dies after collapsing
land (Reuters) Motherwell
midfielder Phil O'Donnell
died after collapsing on the
pitch during the Scottish
Premier League match
against Dundee United yes-
terday, the *club confirmed.
The 35-year-old was taken
off the pitch on a stretcher 12
lninutes from the end of the
match, which Motherwell won 5-
"Phil was rushed to Wishaw
General Hospital by ambulance
after collapsing during today's
game," the club said in a state-
ment on its Web site
"Motherwell Football Club
and Dundee United medical
staff believe he suffered a sei-
zure and efforts were made to
revive him en route to hos-
"Despite the efforts of the,
two club's medical staff aind
medical staff at .the hospital
Phil did not regain conscious-
ness and was pronounced dead
at 1718 (GMT)."
Motherwell owner John
Boyle added: "This is an un-
speakable tragedy for Phil's
family. At this stage we do not
know the exact cause of
death but the club is obvi-
ously liaising with the medi-
cal staff at Wishaw General.
"Everyone at Motherwell
is shocked to the core and we
are sure that everyone involved
in Scottish football will feel the
same. Phil was not only an in-
spirational player for
Motherwell and club captain,
but was an inspirational per-
O'Donnell's nephew David
Clarkson, who also plays for
Motherwell and had scored two
goals in the match, was substi-
tuted shortly after O'Donnell
O'Donnell had also
played for Celtic and
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SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 23, 2007 23
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By Mitch Phillips
(Reuters) Arsenal ended
the year back on top of the
Premier League as a 4-1 win
at in-form Everton lifted
them above Manchester
United after the champions
lost 2-1 at West Ham United
Arsenal top the table on
47 points, two ahead of
United and six clear of
Chelsea, who beat Newcastle
United 2-1 with a controver-
sial late goal from Salomon
Kalou at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool, fourth on 36
points and fifth-placed
Manchester City (35) meet at
Eastlands today while Everton
remain sixth on 33.
Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger's policy of resting sev-
eral first-choice players looked
to have backfired as Everton
deservedly led with a 19th-
minute Tim Cahill goal and
seemed on course for a third
successive home league win
over the Gunners.
However, the Frenchman's
-faith in striker Eduardo da Silva
was rewarded when the Brazil-
ian-born Croatian international
levelled in the 47th minute and
made it 2-1 11 minutes later.
The Nicklas Bendtner ex-
periment was less successful
as the young Danish forward
was sent off in the 74th
But poor defending allowed
Togo striker Emmanuel
Adebayor to extend Arsenal's
lead soon after and fellow sub-
stitute Tomas Rosicky drove in
Arsenal's fourth in injury-time.
Everton were also down to
10 men by that stage, after an
84th minute red card for Span-
ish midfielder Mikel Arteta.
"To be 1-0 down away
against a team like Everton
and to win 4-1 shows an out-
standing desire and hunger in
the team," Wenger told
On his decision to rest
Adebayor and Rosicky, he said: "It
was a slight gamble as they are two
important players but I thought
they needed a breather and Eduardo
and Nicklaus had the quality to
Everton manager David
Moyes said: "I think the better
team lost today. It was Arsenal
who scored with long balls up
the pitch and Everton playing
the football. But we paid for our
The result capped a bad day for
Manchester United, who had high
hopes of stretching their overnight
lead to four points when Cristiano
Ronaldo put them ahead after 14
The Portuguese winger then
missed a 66th-minute penalty
In cherished and loving
memories of our beloved wife,
mother, grandmother i
DIAWATTIE JITLALL of 81 3
St, Success, ECD, who left us
peacefully on 30-12-06.
One year have passed since that sad day
When our precious mom was called away
A disciplinarian in all respect
She was someone who would always
be there to give us help and confidence
And to share our joy and sorrow
She was that special person that makes life more worth while
Indeed it's a special blessing for us to
have had a person like her in our life
She will always remain in our hearts with the sweet memories,
good advice and the good times we shared together
May Lord Shiva grant her eternal rest
Sadly missed by her devoted husband
Jillall, children Sham. Camia, Peppie.
Pam. Lully and Dayv, daughter-in-law V,
y -Jas, Babie and 11 grand children, i
I sisters, otherss and relatives
and West Ham equalised.with a
77th-minute header by Anton
Ferdinand, before winning it eight
minutes from the end through
"I think our team struggled
today, West Ham were very
competitive and aggressive, we
can't complain. I think they were
the better team," United manager
Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.
Chelsea, without a host of
first-choice players through in-
jury and suspension, also
struggled against Newcastle
despite Michael Essien putting
them ahead after 29 minutes.
Nicky Butt scrambled a 56th-
)-Our beloved husband, o
o father and father-in-
) law JOSEPH OUDIT '
0 KUMAR aka JOE of
A Lot D Middleton
S who died on
December 28, 2000.
Sad are the hearts that Iove'Jyou
Softly our tears still fall
But living life without you is the saddest part of all
You were so very special, we loved you until the end
And even more in death we lost that special person
Our one and only friend seven years passe so quickly
It seems like yesterday
December is a month of joy and
happiness but for us it's a month
We II never forget.
Sadly gone but never forgotten
We love you dad
Sadly missed by his loving wife Ameena (Barbara),
two caring children Bibi & Abdool, son-in-law Faiaad
- and other relatives and friends. '49
In memory of
who passed away
on January 2, 1998.
Don't gnccc t(or me -
For noF I'm tfrcc
I'mn following the path
God laid for me
I took God's hand when I heard the call
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
(iod wanted me, God set me free
Sadly miss by father, brother,
sister Gaitree, niece, nephew,
sister-in-law. brother-in-Lh. t.
minute equaliser but Kalou
snatched the winner three
minutes from the end.
"It was a clear, clear
offside by two or three yards;
you don't know why the as-
sistant referee cannot see that
player in that position and
not put his flag up," said
Newcastle manager Sam
The game of the day was at
White Hart Lane where Bulgar-
ian striker Dimitar Berbatov
scored four as Tottenham
Hotspur beat Reading 6-4 with
seven goals coming in a crazy
20-minute second-half spell.
In loving and cherished memory of
our beloved father, husband and
brother MR. RABINDRANAUTH
BUDHOO a.k.a. IVAN of Lot 22
Hogwood, Enmore, ECD, who died
on December 26, 1999.
December comes with deep regret
A month we will never forget
The memories we have from day to day .
No length of time can take away Am
No verse, no flowers, no tears can say
How much we miss you everyday
'Sunshine:fades, shadows fall
But sweet remembrance outlasts all
Life goes on we know that is true, but not the same without you
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But we will never forget you daddy '
Mvlay your soul rest in peace
Always missed by his loving children
Shivanie and Hamraj Budhoo, wife
Nanda, sister Suroj, grandmother
Bramdai and other relatives and friends.
In memory of our dear father, brother,
father-in-law, uncle MR. LOAKNARINE
JAINARAIN ex Army.SGT a.k.a.
SHILLING, BETTAGE of 23 Garden of
Eden who died on December 24, 2006.
The 24' December has come with deep regret
One year has passed since you have gone
Your death was so sudden
You were the best, we would have done anything
Just to have you with us again
But again God has proven to us only takes the best
The memories we have from day to day
No length of time could take away
You were involved in every activities, every celebration
You were so much apart ,of our life
Your death has not separated us.
But has only served to bring us closer
From that day on you live in our hearts
And there you will remain "-
Thanks for all we have shared together good and bad
Your light will shine forever
We praise Lord Shiva for the gift of your life to us
May your soul rest in peace
Sadly missed by his loving
children Porter. Sandra. Sharmila,
daughter-in-law Kim, son-in-law
Money Rennie, grandchildren
Nalin, Kevin Malini Mala. Melissa
^ -<- and Vinod, brothers and sisters.
12/29/2007, 9.26 PM
to regain top spot
I m z W-1I
24 SUNDAY CHRONICLE-December 30, 2007
Aussies romp to massive
337-run victory over India
By Greg Stutchbury
(Reuters) A dominant Aus-
tralia eased to a comprehen-
sive 337-run first Test victory
over India yesterday when they
dismissed the visitors for 161
in the final session of the
The Australians, who have
won 15 successive Tests, ex-
ploited a wearing pitch to restrict
the scoring while they chipped
away at India's vaunted batting
line-up, capturing the 10 wick-
ets needed for victory with more
than a day to spare.
"We played excellent
cricket all the way through,"
Australia captain Ricky
Pointing told reporters.
"To walk off the field at the
end of day four with a 337-run
win against a very good Indian
team is obviously very satisfy-
Vangipurappu Laxman top-
scored for India with 42 and
Sourav Gangly added 40 but the
tourists never looked like getting
anywhere near the 499 runs
needed for victory.
All Australia's bowlers con-
tributed to their victory with
Mitchell Johnson taking 3-21 off
15 overs, while Stuart Clark took
two wickets, bowled nine maid-
ens and conceded just 20 runs
off his 15 overs.
"I wish I knew what went
wrong," India captain Anil
"It was important that we
batted sessions (on Saturday)
and our batting didn't stand up.
"It was a difficult wicket to
bat on but once you got in it was
difficult to get out as well so it
was important that we hung in
"It was a matter of adjust-
ing, which we didn't do enough.
Credit to the way Australia
bowled and the pressure they
The Australians, who were
Australia wrapped up the first Test after Mitchell Johnson bowled RP Singh for two at
the MCG, yesterday. (Yahoo Sport)
outstanding with the ball and
in the field, blasted through
any semblance of Indian resis-
tance after tea with the cap-
ture of three wickets in four
balls highlighting their domi-
Mahendra Dhoni was
the first wicket to fall
after the break when
he was caught by
Gilchrist off Mitchell
Johnson for 11 before
Kumble was dismissed in
the same fashion for eight,
while Harbhajan Singh was
then run-out, without facing a
ball, on the first ball of the
next over from Brad Hogg
when Ganguly sent him back.
Ganguly, who had sought
medical treatment during the
middle session because of the
sweltering heat, was trapped in
front by Hogg two balls later to
leave the Indians on 157-9.
Johnson ended the match
when he clean-bowled Rudra
Pratap Singh for two shortly
All of the top-order bats-
men, apart from Laxman and
Ganguly were unable to push
on after making starts and
AUSTRALIA first innings 343 all out
India lirst innings 196 all out
Australia second innings 351.7
INDIA second innings (o/n 6-0)
W. Jatfer c Gilchrist b Lee 15
R. Dravid Ibw Symonds 16
V Laxman c Clarke b Clark 42
S. Tendulkar c Gilchrist b Lee 15
S. Ganguly c Pointing b Hogg 40
Y. Singh lbw Hogg 5
M. Dhoni c Gilchrist b Johnson 11
they were strangled by the
Australians from the outset
yesterday with their total
not reaching 50 until the
The next match in the
four-Test series, where
the Australians will be
seeking a world record-
equalling 16th successive
victory, begins on January
2 in Sydney.
A. Kumble c Gilchris b Johnson 8
H. Singh run-out 0
Z. Khan not out 0
RP. Singh b Johnson 2
Extras: b-1, .nb-61 7
Total: (all out. 74 overs) 161
Fall ol wickels: 1-26. 2-54, 3-77. 4-
Bowling: B Lee 14 3-43-2. M.
Johnson 15-6-21-3,S. Clark 15-9-20-
1, B. Hogg 17-3-51-2, A. Symonds
By Greg Stutchbury
(Reuters) India were right to
move Rahul Dravid up to open-
ing batsman against Austra-
lia, to make room for Yuvraj
Singh in the middle order,
captain Anil Kumble said af-
ter his team lost the first Test
India, chasing an improbable
499 for victory, were bowled
out for 161 late on the fourth
day and lost the match by 337
Dravid struggled against the
new ball on a low and slow
wicket, making five and 16,
while Yuvraj made a duck and
five in his two appearances.
"I think it was the right
decision," said Kumble, who
was forced to defend the se-
lection several times at a
media conference after the
"You go with form and the
team composition and looking
at the series against Pakistan,
going by form this was the
best combination going into
this Test match.
"'It's difficult when Yuvraj
is playing so well and we don't
pick him; you say: 'Why not'?"
"Then when we put
Rahul up the order and then
make way for Yuvraj, you
say: 'No, you shouldn't have
"There are always ifs and
buts ... but for me personally
I need to look at the team dy-
namics and who is batting well.
"If you look at our bat-
ting order then all seven of
them are batting well and the
other two openers, who could
have possibly taken someone
else's place, weren't really
Kumble said no decisions about
the composition of the team for the
second Test in Sydney, and whether
to bring in aggressive opener
Virender Sehwag or Dinesh Karthik,
would be made until the team had
inspected the pitch.
The leg-spinner, however,
added he was confident that
Dravid, who has amassed 9 704
Test runs, would rediscover his
form, no matter where he batted
in the rest of the series.
"He is too good a player to
worry about his batting," said
"He just needs to go out
there and enjoy his batting. I'm
positive that he can do that.
"He has played more
than 100 Test matches and
scored more than 9 000 runs
.... I am really confident he
will be able to come out and
bat the way he does."
Windies seal historic ...
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Edwards made amends for his indifferent performance in
the first innings, bowling with unsettling pace and hostil-
ity to have the home side faltering at 20 for three.
He returned later in the day to claim the prized scalp of
Jacques Kallis for the top score of 85 albeit via a generous
slice of luck and effectively put the seal on the tourists' vic-
But his haul of three for 37 was not singular in propelling
the West Indies to victory for Jerome Taylor (3-66) also made
a significant impact, as did the other member of the pace trio,
Daren Powell, who consigned Herschelle Gibbs to the second
'pair' of his Test career.
All of the bowlers used on the day claimed at least one
wicket, with Marlon Samuels, who was later named Man-of-
the-Match for his innings of 94 and 40, having the satisfaction
of formalising the win with the wicket of Makhaya Ntini, caught
by Powell at mid-off attempting a typically wild slog 15 nun-
utes before the scheduled close.
For four members of the team Dwayne Bravo, Denesh
Ramdin, Runako Morton and Darren Sammy it was the first
time they were playing in a winning Test team, with Bravo's
run of 23 matches without success since his debut at Lord's in
2004 making him the player with the third highest number of
matches played before enjoying a Test victory m the history of
The result also ended the West Indies' winless Test streak
at 20 matches, equalling their previous longest barren period
from 1969 to 1973.
Whether or not they uere? weighed down by those onerous
statistics, Chris Gayle's men did not show it on what proved
to be the final day at a venue where the South Africans have
found success hard to come by in recent times.
Beaten at St George's Park a year earlier by India before
rebounding to take the series with victory in the remaining two
Tests, the Proteas knew they were up against it once more af-
ter the tourists added a further 29 runs on the fourth morning
before they were dismissed.
Left-arm spinner Paul Harris wrapped up the innings with
the wickets of Powell and Taylor to finish with the best figures
of four for 35.
A target of 389, even with the amount of time available,
was always going to be unlikely. By the lunch interval, the ques-
tion being asked was whether they would survive until tea as
Powell and Edwards combined to reduce the South Africans to
45 for three at the breaKl
Gibbs fell victim to Powell for the second time in the match,
palpably lbw when he offered no shot to a delivery that jagged
ack into the right-hander. Edwards then had Hashim Amla
caught behind for eight and followed that success up by work-
ing over Graeme Smith.
The opening batsman and captain was forced to fend off a
couple brutish deliveries, but had no answer to a third. His at-
tempt at self-preservation resulted in a lobbed catch that was
claimed by Ganga diving onto the pitch from short-leg.
Taylor joined in with the wicket of Ashwell Prince, caught
by Gayle at first slip, in the tir[ i o er upon the resumption.
Yet any expectations of the South Africans rolling over with-
out a fight were stalled by the resistance of Kallis and AB de
Villiers. The pair put on 112 runs for the fifth wicket without
too many difficulties with Kallis as commandingly resolute as
ever and his younger partner keen to follow his lead.
Kallis started cautiously but exploded to stroke nine fours
from 126 balls in 188 minutes while de Villiers cracked 60 with
six fours, his innings needing 132 balls and spanning 200 min-
But Kallis' pursuit of an eighth Test century against the
West Indies and first ever at Port Elizabeth ended when an at-
tempted hook off Edwards was taken down the leg-side by
wicketkeeper Ramdin and umpire Russell Tiffin upheld the con-
certed appeal for a catch at the wicket.
Television replays showed, however, that the ball had struck
only the batsman's shoulder, so his obvious disappointment at
the Zimbabwean official's verdict was understandable.
With that considerable stumbling block removed, the West
Indies attacked with renewed vigour. Mark Boucher, who passed
4 000 Test runs during his innings, dragged an attempted pull
off Taylor onto his stumps to depart for 13 while Hams played
on to Bravo to give the all-rounder his 50th Test wicket.
de Villiers completed his second half-century of the match,
but when he drove Taylor into the lap of Samuels at mid-on to
make the score 192 for eight, the West Indian players were al-
ready in full-fledged celebration mode.
That jubilation was quelled by a boisterous ninth-wicket
stand of 67 between Dale Steyn and Andre Nel, the pair reach-
ing their Test best scores in hoisting boundaries aplenty to the
delight of the home crowd, who finally had something to cheer
about on the day.
But Gayle summoned Sammy, who responded by hav-
ing Nel caught behind for 34 from 37 balls, and when Ntini
held out to Powell, leaving Steyn unbeaten on 33 from 26
balls, the improbable had become reality.
WEST INDIES Ist innings 408
South Africa 1st innings 195
VJEST INDIES 2nd nn.ng1 loin 1 16-i3)
C Gayle c wkpr Boucher b Nrini 29
D. Ganga run-out iGibbsi 45
R Morton Ibw b Kallis 5
M. Samuels b Steyn 40
S. Chanderpaul c Kallis b Steyn 8
D. Bravo c Gibbs b Harris 10
D. Ramdin c Gibbs b Steyn 0
D. Sammy lbw b Harris 3
J. Taylor c Nel b Harris 22
D. Powell b Harris 6
F Edwards not out 0
Extras: (b-1, w-1, nb-5) 7
Total: (all out) 175
Fall of wickets: 1-32. 2-57. 3-122.4-
Bowling: Steyn 17-3-67-3. Ntini 11-3-
35-1. Nel 7-1-21-0, Kallis 7-1-16-1.
I Harris 15.4-5-35-4.
SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings
H Gibbs Ibw b Powell 0
G. Smith c Ganga b Edwards 11
H. Amla c wkpr Ramdin
b Edwards 8
J. Kallis c wkpr Ramdin
b Edwards 85
A. Prince c Gayle b Taylor 10
AB de Villiers c Samuels
b Taylor 60
M. Boucher b Taylor 13
P. Harris b Bravo 0
A. Nel c wkpr Ramdin b Sammy 34
D. Steyn not out 33
M. Ntini c Powell b Samuels 1
Extras: (lb-4, w-1) 5
Total: (all out, 74.5 overs) 260
Fall of wickets: 1-4. 2-17, 3-20,4-45,
Bowling- Powell 14-2-47-1, Edwards
13-3-37-3, Taylor 18-1-66-3, Bravo
16-2-63-1. Sammy 7-0-29-1, Samuels
Kumble says Indian team
composition was correct
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Ponting praises bowlers
for adapting to conditions
By Greg Stutchbury
(Reuters) Australia cap-
tain Ricky Pouting was de-
lighted with the way his
bowlers responded to condi-
tions more suited to India's
style of play in the home
side's 337-run first-Test vic-
Chasing an improbable
499 for victory, India were
bowled out for 161 in the fi-
nal session of the fourth day
to give Australia their 15th
successive Test win in the
opener of the four-match se-
Australia's bowlers ex-
ploited the low and slow
wicket at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground to the maxi-
mum, producing such a tight
line that India were 31-2 in the
22nd over of their first innings
and needed 32 overs to amass 50
runs in the second.
"It's a very pleasing win,
because the wicket we played
on was more suited to the sub-
continental style of play and
we've adapted really well,"
Ponting told reporters.
"The way we started with
the ball early on day two, the
scoreboard was just not going
anywhere, the Indian batsmen
were right under pressure and
we set the tone very early on
in this game."
Ponting added the batsmen
had also adapted well to the
conditions and the 135-run
opening stand between Mat-
thew Hayden and Phil Jaques on
the first day had been a high-
It was the highest part-
nership of the Test.
"Looking back to the first
day our opening partnership
was tremendous. We were none
for 135 and that was one of the
biggest partnerships in the
"I thought the discipline we
have showed with the bat to
grind out the runs ... was really
Pointing added while he
never thought his side would
lose the match when he de-
clared late on Friday, he was
mindful of India's talented
"I expected it to be really
"I felt thinking about it
last night that (Rahul)
Laxman and those sorts of
guys have been known to
bat for long periods of
time and particularly on
wickets like this one. so I
felt it might have been a
tough day for us.
"But the way we bowled
and fielded was outstanding
and we took nearly every
chance that came our way."
India to focus on batting for next few days
By Greg Stutchbury
MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) India's focus for the
next few days ahead of the second Test against Australia
will be on their batting,
captain Anil Kumble said
after they lost the first Test
by 377 runs yesterday.
India failed to score 200
... in both of their innings, with
only one batsman passing 50
N. Sachin Tendulkar scored
62 in the first innings as
Australia's bowlers exploited
S..: "- a slow and low Melbourne
Cricket Ground pitch.
I -. "The wicket was slow
and it was not easy to play
SACHIN TENDULKAR your shots," Kumble told
reporters after his side
were bowled out for 161 late in the final session yester-
"At the same time, you really needed just to put your head
down and just bat. It was a matter of adjusting. which we didn't
"It was a collective failure on the batting ... and it's
not just about one person getting 100, it's about the team
getting to 350-400 regularly." Kumble said his free-scor-
ing top five which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul
Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Vangipurappu Laxman, who
have scored almost 33 000 Test runs between them, had
been bogged down by Australia's bowlers and produced a
run rate that barely peaked above two throughout the
"If you are looking to win Test matches you need a posi-
tive and healthy run rate." he said.
"Obviously the conditions ... the way the Aussies bowled
and losing wickets at regular intervals did not help.
"(But) whenever we had a partnership we were scoring at
a healthy rate so it just needed one batter going on to get a big
"I'm sure the run rate will pick up and we have the
batting to do that."
The leg-spinner added their rain-affected preparations may
have also contributed to their poor batting. India faced just 48
overs in their only tour match before the Test.
"It was not enough (preparation), but I don't like to
give excuses. Having said that, we require more
"Batsmen are a bit finicky about certain things.
"It's not easy. As a bowler you can say it doesn't matter that
you haven't had time to adjust because you do that on the field
but as a batter to go out there freely and play their natural game,
which we didn't do here, is something we will discuss."
By Gennady Fyodorov
(Reuters) Russians like
their heroes homegrown but
this New Year's Eve soccer
fans will be toasting two
Guus Hiddink led Russia
to the Euro 2008 finals while
fellow Dutchman Dick
Advocaat steered Zenit St Pe-
tersburg to the national title for
the first time in nearly a quar-
ter of a century.
He is the first foreign
manager to win such an honour
The two men's impact on
the game in Russia, however,
goes well beyond the playing
Hiddink, 61, the first
foreigner to coach Russia's
national team. not only has
transformed an often under-
achieving side into a formi-
dable force, he has brought a
European flavour inside the
old Iron Curtain.
The charming Dutchman also
became an instant media darling,
adored for his openness and
straightforward approach as well
as his sense of humour.
"It was like a breath of fresh
air," said Igor Rabiner, leading
soccer columnist at the newspa-
"And we all needed that
after a long procession of ster-
ile personalities who were in
charge of the national team
for the past decade," he said in
reference to former Russian
"In some ways. Hiddink has
revolutionised Russian football,"
said Grant Kasyan, sports editor
of the business daily
Kommersant. echoing that
Hiddink has even set a fash-
ion trend in Russia.
After he guided Russia into
Euro 2008 against seemingly
improbable odds, many fans be-
gan celebrating the historic
achievement not with the cus-
tomary shots of vodka but with
Hiddink's favourite drink, a cup
of Italian cappuccino.
Unlike Hiddink, Advocaat,
who replaced wildly popular
Czech Vlastimil Petrzela mid-
way through the 2006 season,
struggled at first to win the
support of Zenit fans.
But that all changed this
year when he took them to their
first league crown since 1984,
going one better than his prede-
cessor. who led Zenit to the
runners-up spot in his first sea-
son in St Petersburg in 2003.
Petrzela was almost a cult
figure in St Petersburg, loved by
the Zenit media and fans for an
attractive if not adventurous
brand of football as well as his
Advocaat said all he wanted
was to build a winning team.
"I've never cared much
for having a popularity con-
test. It just doesn't interest
me," he told Reuters in an in-
terview shortly after replac-
"I just want to achieve re-
sults and win trophies. That
would be the best legacy I could
have of myself here."
Gradually, he was able to
turn things around, instilling
order and discipline into
Zenit's often impetuous
Dravid: The meddle
and the muddle
By Mukul Kesavan
IN a perverse way, it was a pleasure to be beaten by the
Australians. It was a reality check conducted by a first-
rate professional team.
Amongst the many good things about the Australian demo
lition job. one stood out: Ricky Ponting's handling of Brad
Hogg. Despite the rough treatment he suffered at the hands o'
Sachin Tendulkar and Soura'
Ganguly, Ponting kept him oi
..:.' and by the end of the Test, ir
stead of being a marginal man
he was looking like an asset t1
the Australian team, going int,
It was a fine piece o
Rahul Dravid in the kind
opener, he's a blight.
man-management, an invest
ment of faith that will likely
pay off later in the series
Which brings us to the wa:
the Indian tour selector-
managed their players, par-
of form he's in, isn't just a bad
In both innings in this MCG Test, but most particularly in
the first innings when there was everything to play for after a
decent bowling performance by Anil Kumble and Co., Dravid's
example killed such momentum as the Indian bowlers had gen-
erated and demoralised his fellows.
He's a great batsman, completely out of sorts, who
should be playing at No.6 so
that he doesn't have the re- .
sponsibility of giving the
Indian innings a start.. .
He was forced to open .
because the people who
picked the team for the ... 4
Melbourne Test wanted to
have their cake and eat it:
shoehorn Yuvraj Singh into the
side without making difficult
choices. Well, it didn't work.
Dravid was clearly un-
happy doing an opener's
job despite his press state- YUVRAJ SINGH
ments. And he has a right
to be: to mess about with India's best and most consistent
middle-order batsman since Tendulkar's glory days, espe-
cially when he's going through a lean period, is stupid and
To watch the hero of India's last Australian tour batting
like an oppressed bank clerk was awful. In the seventies and
eighties when public sector unions in India were stronger than
they are now, they would 'work to rule', i.e. they would sleep-
walk through their jobs in slow motion, doing the barest mini-
mum required by the law.
Unlike those time-servers Dravid, as always, gave his
all, but the end result was the same: an agonised crawl.
What makes the decision to coerce Dravid into opening even
more infuriating is that it was done to make room for a pre-
tender. Yuvraj doesn't belong in Test cricket. He's a wonderful
limited-overs player who, unfortunately for India's Test fans,
scores the occasional century on the sub-continent's dead wick-
ets to stay in contention.
If you're playing a side with one dysfunctional fast
bowler, a defensive spinner and a bunch of middling me-
dium pacers on a flat track, then Yuvraj is the bully you
In any other circumstance, he ought to be India's first pick
for 12th man. In the first innings of this Test Yuvraj mimed
elaborate dissatisfaction when he was given a bad decision.
Given that he had just been let off when he nicked one off Hogg
that wasn't given, you have to marvel that he had the gall to
To top that, in the second innings when Hogg had him
lbw with a flipper that was going to hit middle, he still
managed to look injured in that hard-done-by way that he's
patented. (Yahoo Sport)
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Gayle hails team effort in
amazing Windies Test win
PORT ELIZABETH. South
Africa (CMC) In the midst
of effusive praise of his cap-
taincy in- the ,aftermath of
the West Indies' shock 128-
run victory over South Africa
in the first Test at St
George's Park, Chris Gayle
has emphasised the value of
every member of the squad
playing his part for the cause
of the team.
"Leadership is important,
but you also have to give every
player a chance to prove him-
self," said Gayle just minutes
after the tourists completed the
upset win yesterday.
"Sometimes too much is ex-
pected of them too soon. You
have to give them time to de-
velop as persons and as crick-
eters as well."
that captaining the team has
been relatively easy, the 28-
year-old Jamaican identified
his manner of dealing with
other people as a possible con-
tributor to success.
"It's just the way I am." nhe
stated simply. "I'll tell )ou like
it is. I'm not going to lie or any-
thing like that. It's not for you
to take what I say personally.
whatever the situation, but to
understand and look into your-
self to see where improvements
can be made."
Admitting that he did not
think it would have taken
more than seven years for the
West Indies to defeat repu-
table Test opponents away
from home after the innings
win over England in Birming-
ham in June, 2000, Gayle
emphasised that it was truly
"We've worked hard for it.
A lot of people have said a lot
of things about the West Indies,"
"But the work doesn't stop
just because of this win. We
still have a lot of work to do
to try and improve on this per-
in light of the seemingly
endless series of disappointing
results and the comprehensive
victory here, the new captain
agreed with the suggestion this
was probably the most satisfy-
ing victory of his Test career.
"Beating South Africa on
their home soil is tremendous,"
he asserted. "I think this is re-
ally the best one so far, espe-
cially because we have so many
young, inexperienced guys as
"It was really pleasing to
see how we operated under
pressure. We just have to try
and keep on improving and
maintaining the discipline."
Gayle acknowledged that
the victory now puts the West
Indies in an unusual posi-
"'This is a different chal-
lJngei We usually win Test
latches at the end of the se-
rics when it's already lost. he
"Now, we are one-up at the
start of a series so we'll see how
we cope with it for the next
couple of days. We know what
we're here for so we're not go-
ing to be complacent.
"Cape Town is always a
good wicket so hopefully we
can put up an even better
performance there than we
did in this game."
In that context, the attack-
ing opening batsman is expect-
ing a South African backlash in
tl'e second Test.
"I'm sure they'll be back
strong and hard at us as well,
but we'll be prepared for it,"
he countered. "We're look-
ing for the fight. Challenges
are what we expect, so we'll
try to cope with it."
Celebration time for Fidel Edwards as South Africa captain
Graeme Smith falls. (Yahoo Sport)
Samuels hopes to earn regular place in Test team
PORT ELIZABETH, South
Africa (CMC) Marion
Samuels hopes his perfor-
mances in the first Test
against South Africa will
earn him a regular place in
the West Indies team and al-
low him to fully develop as a
"Test cricket is very diffi-
cult, and I would love to get a
chance to play more Test
matches back-to-back instead of
being in and then out of the side
Marion Samuels accepts his man-of-the-match award
after West Indies won the first Test against South Africa
in Port Elizabeth. (Yahoo Sport)
so often," said the 26-year-old
"It will give me the chance
of getting better scores more
regularly, being more consis-
Samuels was speaking
after being named Man-of-
the-Match for his innings of
94 and 40 in the West Indies'
shock 128-run victory at St
George's Park. .
At age 19. Samuels made an
immediate impression as an
emergency replacement for the
injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul
on the 2000/01 tour of Austra-
However inconsistency, in-
jury and even the occasional con-
troversy has resulted in a stop-start
career in which he averaged just
27.30 from 24 Tests going into this
opening match of the three-Test
He was almost desperate
to add to his lone Test cen-
tury, but put that near-miss
in a different perspective
"I said earlier that I was
very disappointed that I didn't
get the century, but if I could
score 94 and the West Indies go
on to win every time, I'll be
satisfied," he stated, adding
that background information
ifromn to weeks ago encouraged
him to approach his batting
"1 had spoken to the
groundsman here during the
Twenty20 match and he told
me that not a lot of runs are
scored here in first-class
So I made up my mind
from then to put my head
down and get what I wanted
from this match ... and it actu-
ally turned out how I wanted
Samuels was full of praise
for the leadership skills of new
captain Chris Gayle.
"Whenever you have
good leader who motivates
people and doesn't discour-
age them, that person to me
is a true leader and will al-
ways get support," he noted.
"When Chris talks to
you, it is in a way that you
take the positive from it."
Stage set for grand showdown
oames while Navin Samaroo got
Mannirain 'Packer' Shew of
International Six went down
In Friday's encounter, Ca-
nal started in a blaze of glory,
rushing to 44 games in the first
three sittings but faltered badly
in the next three when they
managed a mere 16.
At the end of the pulsating
leg, International Six came out
tops with 73 games leaving
Wild Bunch on 61 and Canal on
Harry maintained his
consistency, marking 14
games for the winners while
Michael Brown also made 14
for Wild Bunch.
The lovebirds were Jack-
son and Junior Ramchurejee of
Wild Bunch, K.N. Seepaul of
Canal and Edmund Sammy of
International Six. The latter
however had the distinction of
sharing a double love in the
The tournament is being
sponsored by Ramesh Sunich's
Trophy Stall. The winning and
first runner-up team will re-
Prizes will also be
awarded to the three top play-
ers on the winning team, the
two top players in the first
runner-up team and the best
player in the third team.
the player sharing the first
love will also receive a prize.
THE Ftage is set for a grand
showdown when the
Frederick 'Ginger' Halley
three-way aggregate domi-
noes tournament climaxes to-
day at Canal Number One.
At the end of the second leg.
played at the Lighthouse Bar.
Kingston, on Friday night, the
three teams Wild Bunch, in-
ternational Six and Canal were
locked in a tight struggle with
the scores reading 143. 142 and
140 games respectively.
The scores reflected a bril-
liant fightback by International
Six who trailed front-runners
Wild Bunch by 13 games and
Canal by 11 at the end of the
first leg, played at the Guyana
National Newspapers Limited
(GNNL) Sports Club on Thurs-
The first round saw Wild
Bunch chalking up 82 games
with Canal just behind with 80
while international Six trailed on
Andrew Mangroo led the
way for the winners with the
maximum 18 games while
Rondel Charles scored 16 and
.Jermain Jackson 15.
For Canal T. Manram also
recorded the maximum 18 games
with R. Sukhi and B. Singh sup-
porting with 15 and 14 respec-
Roderick Harry topscored
for International Six with 16
Frederick Hallev three-way dominoes
Barbados selectors bring
abrupt end to trial match
... chairman points to indiscipline
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) Chairman of the Bar-
bados selectors Roddy Estwick has pointed to 'indiscipline,
a lot of bad shots and disinterest among some. players' as
the reasons behind bringing an abrupt end to a four-day
trial match after just two days, on Friday.
Facing a first innings deficit of 101, Corey Collymore's XI
had limped to 128 for nine in their second innings when stumps
were drawn just after 17:30 h at Briar Hall in the south of the
"I didn't think it was serving the purpose that we set it
out to be," Estwick told the BCA website.
"We set it out for the players to have a serious practice game
and I felt it was going along with a lot of indiscipline, a lot of
bad shots and some people seemed very, very disinterested, so
I felt for the good of the team that we are going to pick in a
couple days time and with first-class cricket coming up only
seven days from now, that we needed to get down to some seri-
"The coaches need to work with the players one on one
with technical aspects and after consulting the captain
(Corey Collymore), coach (Vasbert Drakes) and the other
selectors (Ezra Moseley and Thelston Payne) we felt it was
best that we call an end to this trial game."
Estwick immediately ordered the players from both teams
to a meeting on the field and told them in no uncertain terms
how he felt about the manner in which they were playing.
Asked if he got the full backing from Collymore, the experi-
enced 30-year-old fast bowler, who has played 30 Tests, 84 One-
Day Internationals.and 84 first-class matches including 35 for
Barbados. Estwick responded: "The captain was in full agree-
ment. He felt the same way as I felt."
Estwick, who also recently lashed out at woeful batting
during the Arawak Cement Cup championship which is used
as trials, also explained how hurt he and his selection panel
felt about the standard of batting during the trial match.
"You could see that there was no focus on such a lovely
batting strip. I think that the Maxwell Club has done a wonder-
ful job here, preparing a well manicured outfield, nice pitch and
to see the way the cricket was played, I mean everybody could
see and the standard that was exhibited wasn't worthy of a trial
game where 30 of the best cricketers in Barbados were involved,"
He has also ordered 22 players to report for practice yes-
terday when the squad to start the defence of the Carib Beer
Cup title in a week's time was to be announced.
"We are going to have a practice session tomorrow (to-
day) with a squad of 22 players and we are then going to
announce the team. We have brought that (announcement
of team) forward," Estwick revealed.
Barbados' first match in the Carib Beer Series is against Wind-
ward Islands in St Vincent, starting January 4.
Estwick, a former Barbados and West Indies 'B' team fast
bowler, said players needed to realise the historic significance
of representing a great island like Barbados, which boasts of a
record 20 first-class titles, plus two Challenge trophies since re-
gional toui'naments at this level were sponsored from 1966.
"I think we have to be aggressive in our approach. Once
you are representing Barbados, it is a great honour to rep-
resent this country and I will not tolerate any slackness or
indiscipline," the burly Estwick said. _
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SUNDAY CHRONICLE December 30, 2007 27
2007 was a year for sport Minister Anthony
THE successful hosting of
the International Cricket
Council Cricket World Cup
(CWC) earlier this year,
coupled with numerous
other sporting activities, has
been the highlight of the
Ministry of Culture, Youth
and Sports for 2007.
Minister Dr Frank An-
thony in an end-of-year ad-
dress said that CWC brought
By Ravendra Madholall oned.
ROGER Andrew Harper, a
former West Indies coach,
has acknowledged that the
regional team's fantastic
performance against South
Africa in the first of the
three-Test series at Port
Elizabeth was a tremendous
The former Guyana cap-
tain is of the opinion, that if
they can build on that perfor-
mance, they could win the se-
ries because the hosts will
come back hard at them in the
second Test which gets under
way on January 2 in Cape
Harper, considered one of
the greatest fielders of all-time,
told Chronicle Sport yesterday
that professionalism was
shown by the Caribbean boys
in achieving the feat of winning
their first Test match on South
"It was a tremendous ef-
fort by the guys to win and I
think once the players can
build on that we are definitely
hoping that they remain fo-
cused for the next two games,"
the 44-year-old Harper reck-
West Indies completed the
victory by the end of the fourth
day triumphing by 128 runs and
it will certainly give them a psy-
chological advantage heading to-
wards the next contest. A break
which spans just three days is a
trend now taken by the ICC and
Harper, who played 25 Test
matches and 105 One-day
Internationals, said that consis-
tency is essential.
"You have to maintain that
sort of consistency in both depart-
ments, the batting which scored
in excess of 400 runs and the
bowling was also very penetrative
and once you can take 20 wick-
ets, you are likely to win the
match and that is exactly what
the guys did," the Demerara
Cricket Club off-spinning all-
Despite their determined and
resolute batting effort in the first
innings, West Indies were a little
bit complacent in their second
appearance but Harper felt that
it would not do any harm men-
tally for the second game.
"They batted nicely in the
firsl innings to achieve a verve
formidable total of 408 but in the
second innings, the Windies only
a lot of visitors to Guyana and
helped to further expose the
country's tourism potential.
The five-stage cycle race, the
World Challenge Day celebra-
tions, the Day of Interaction and
the Inter-Guiana Games were
also mentioned as positives by
the minister. Of the lot Dr An-
thony made special mention of
the World Challenge Day and the
Day of Interaction.
The former is important be-
cause it focused on fitness and
the latter because it focused on
Both activities will be
high on the agenda in 2008,
along with a 10K legacy run,
a half-marathon and possibly
a Mountain bike competition
from Lethem to Georgetown.
The ministry will also
create regional sports coun-
managed 175, giving South Af-
rica a challenging target of 388
to win but the bowlers did a fine
job by getting the maximum 20
wickets to seal the deal," Harper
who made his Test debut in
1983 against India declared.
West Indies began their
Africa tour wonderfully by
beating Zimbabwe to win the
one-day series 3-1 before los-
ing to Makhaya Ntini Invita-
tional XI in a three-day
warm-up match. However,
they bounced back emphati-
cally by winning the first In-
ternational Twenty/20 match
against South Africa by four
"We don't want all sporting
activities to be centralised (in
Georgetown)." The minister also
hopes that playfields and other
sporting facilities across the coun-
try will be put into full use once
these councils are activated.
In hoping to challenge the
country to become fitter, a plan in-
stituted since earlier this year, the
minister said that the possibilities
also exist for the building of small
gyms across the country. Work
will also be done with the asso-
ciations and federations to de-
velop sports medicine which
should enhance performances and
"Training these days has
become very scientific," the
minister pointed out. He
said developing scientifically
is the first stage for the
country to adhere to interna-
tional doping laws.
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showdown will determine
which two clubs will have the
honours of representing Lin-
den and Georgetown when
this year's 18th Kashif and
semifinals are contested at
the Mackenzie Sports Club
Regardless of how mundane
the earlier rounds of play may
have looked, how one may de-
cry the standard of play thus
far, when it reaches this point,
the atmosphere of the match-
ups takes the game to a next
level in the championships.
More so, the cream of the
country's best footballers will
parade their talents on the out-
field which has had favourable
On Friday night Alpha
United overcame Western Ti-
gers with a 2-0 win to set up a
clash with Pele. who ended the
run of Amelia's Ward United
with a 2-1 win.
On Wednesday night
Bakewell Topp XX brushed
aside Net Rockers to engage
Winners Connection who beat
Fruta Conquerors to reach the
All of those victories
which have been responsible
for the teams reaching this
far will come to- zero as one
of these four teams will win
the $750 000 first prize, cour-
tesy of the Government of
Alpha United's coach
Dwayne Dover yesterday ex-
pressed confidence that his
team will take care of business
He, however, admitted that
it will be tough, having drawn
their last two matches against
the rival club in the Cellink
League championship in
Georgetown. He said Pele is one
of the better teams, but the fact
that a number of players have
returned to bolster the side, in-
cluding Anthony 'Awo'
Abrams. who is one of the
country's leading strikers; cap-
tain Quincy Madramootoo and
Elton Brown who is gaining in
confidence, will help their
Alexander Best, Pele's
secretary has exuded
confidence in a win. He said
with the return of Guyana's
number one striker, and
Caribbean Digicel Cup top
scorer, Nigel 'Powers'
Codrington the team will be
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NIGEL 'POWERS' CODRINGTON
_Windies seal historic
Iwin over Proteas
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By Fazeer Mohammed
PORT ELIZABETH, South
Africa (CMC) Confounding
the skeptics in maintaining
their discipline and sense of
purpose, the West Indies com-
pleted one of the greatest up-
sets in the recent Test history
yesterday, trouncing South
Africa by 128 runs late on the
fourth day of the first Test of
the three-match series.
Casting aside the disap-
pointment of being dismissed
for just 175 in their second in-
nings, the much-maligned Carib-
bean side earned their first Test
triumph anywhere for two-and-
a-half years and first ever in
South Africa in restricting the
hosts to 260 all out after they
were set a daunting target of
In keeping with the total
team effort that produced this
remarkable result, Fidel
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Sunday Chronicle December 30. 2001
Before we leap
Into the new
year of books
Two thousand and seven was another good year for the Guyanese literary
tradition. The climate for promoting and appreciating literature is hearten-
ing and efforts to sustain this goodwill continue apace.
As in the preceding year, 2007 saw a number of significant additions to the Guyanese
THE FIRST CROSSING Being the Diary of Theophilus Richmond, Ship's Surgeon on
the Hesperus (1837-8) edited by David Dabydeen, Brinsley Samaroo, Amar Wahab &
Brigid Wells, published by the Derek Walcott Press, UK, 2007.
SELECTED POEMS OF EGBERT MARTIN edited by David Dabydeen, Derek Walcott
NOSTALGIA by Godfrey Chin, CKP Publishing, USA, 2007
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Thru' The Principal
Government Technical Institute
Closing date is Wednesday. January 30,2008 at 15:30 h.
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ACT (CAP 19:07)
Pursuant to the provisions of section 3 (1) of the Public
Holidays Act, Chapter 19:07 of the Laws of Guyana, Tuesdby
1st January, 2008 is hereby declared Public Holiday.
New Year's Day : Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Clement Rohee M.P.
Minister of Home Affairs
.Dated: December-03, 2007
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Stock Taking on the following days:
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A HISTORY OF TRADE UNIONISM IN Guyana 1900 to 1961 by Ashton Chase, re-
printed 2006 by Sheik Hassan Productions., Guyana
ARISE AFRICA by Ashton Chase, 2007
THE PEOPLE'S PROGRESSIVE PARTY OF Guyana 1950 1992: AN ORAL HISTORY
compiled by Frank Birbalsingh, Hansib 2007
A DREAM DEFERRED by, Stephen Spencer, Hansib 2007
THE UNDIMINISHED LINK by Victor Waldron, Hansib 2007
*THE BERBICE SLAVE UPRISING 1763 by A.J. McR. Cameron, Dido, UK, 2007
CRICKET AT BOURDA, 2007
SPORTSMEN & SPORTMANSHIP a compilation of articles by, the late Pryor Jonas,
edited by Joyce Jonas, 2007.
THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF GUYANESE CRICKET by Winston McGowan,
BETWEEN BIBLE COLLEGE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY (essays) by Kavita Karran,
Offerings Production, 2007
TIMELINES OF GUYANESE HISTORY: 1498-2006, A Chronology of Over 1500
Key Events (LBA Publications: Toronto, 2007)
A PHOTOJOURNAL of the GUYANESE 'AMERINDIANS (LBA Publications:
ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF GUYANESE AMERINDIANS (LBA Publications;
THE GUYANESE WANDERER by Jan Carew 2007, Sarabande Books
2234 Dundee Road, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40205
THE ARTS JOURNAL Volume 3 Numbers 1 & 2 an abolition double-issue, The Arts
Forum, Georgetown 2007
GOVERNANCE, CONFLICT ANALYSIS & CONFLICT RESOLUTION edited by Cedric
Grant & Mark Kirton.
ENEMY WITHIN by Oliver Hinckson, 2007
ST. STANISLAUS 140th ANNIVERSARY SOUVENIR MAGAZINE edited by Petambel
Persaud, published by AMS,. Guyana, 2007 -
AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES FROM GUYANA edited by Petamber Persaud
DIDO, UK, 2007
THE GUYANA ANNUAL 2007.-2008 edited by Petamber Persaud, Guyenterprise Ltd.
Georgetown, Guyana, 2007
And we must not diminish the value of our journals and magazines filling the gal
between books and newspapers, namely GEM, The Arts Journal, Explore Guyana, an(
The Guyana Annual.
This is not a comprehensive list; additions will be welcome.
Responses to this author: telephone (592) 226-0065 or email:
uni egrz II
If you are widely read in both
old and new international
classics of literature, you can
tell who has influenced or not
influenced the poetry and fic-
tion writers of a developing
nation like Guyana. There is
no escaping influences in
the way we write, so it is best
to be conscious of our influ-
In looking at the poetry of
Guyana from the past to the
present, we cannot help notic-
ing the unbalanced influence of
much worn-out traditional Brit-
ish poetry on it. Of course we
all know this comes from the
legacy of British colonialism
WALT WHITMAN A
here, which developed into an
almost one-dimensional reliance
on British -literary models,
helped by school curriculums;
and this in turn eventually led
to a sort of stunted, predictable
literary formula in local and re-
gional Caribbean creative writ-
ing where language remains a
prisoner of repetitive, often
ready-made topics, ( even if
written in creolese) rather than
the liberation of experience, any
human experience, by language.
Guyanese poetry and prose
comeall know thexist like a barrier tohe
more free, and therefore more
diverse and socially benevolent
local forms of creative litera-
on Britis .literay models
ture? Something is clearly miss-
ing from the creative perspec-
tive of local writing, and what
is missing is the influence of that
OTHER new Anglo/Cosmo-
politan culture of North
America, exemplified by one of
its greatest writers, and one of
the world's most gifted, innova-
tive, and humane poets to
emerge since 1855, namely Walt
Whitman, and his poetic classic
"Leaves of Grass".
Any simplistic, reaction-
ary idea that the USA should
be totally defined by its gov-
ernments, its States, its rac-
ism, its various intrusive and
didactic foreign policies,etc,
can never erase or change
the amazing brilliance and
refreshing originality of an
enormous amount of Ameri-
can novelists, poets, film-
makers, musicians, and other
creative artists. Walt
Whitman's "Leaves of Grajs"
is one cornerstone of this
beautiful American tradition
of creative freedom and sty-
listic innovation. Whitman
changed poetry in English
permanently with his self-
published 1855 first edition
of "Leaves of Grass". Thjs
amazing classic work whose
title must never be equated
with a corrupt comparison of
the word "grass" with mari-
juana ,consists of 12 titled
sections of Whitman's verse,
reflecting his development
from schoolteacher to natural
mystic, or Travelling Soul, as
he referred to himself, a man
observing the world from a
position of love, a man in love
with everything which he saw
as "consciousness", meaning,
everything from an ant to a
human to the sky, etc, repre-
sented the "consciousness" of
an order and wisdom we must
recognize and learn if we feel
a desire to be happy, and
spread happiness. Whitman
was at first a "sweetboy" bo-
hemian, but also a rough
working-class drifter, a be-
nevolent father of "The Beat
Generation", or Beatniks
world-wide, and it is his po-
etic message of personal lib-
eration for all of us in our
day-to-day lives which de-
fines "Leaves of Grass",
rather than Whitman's
gradual "clap-trap" (T.S.
Eliot's phrase) views of him-
self as a prophet which re-
sulted from the stress of his
fame as an exceptional per-
It is from the opening lines
of his first poem in "Leaves of
Grass", the magnificent "Song
of Myself", that Whitman sets
the tone for the personal libera-
tion of each of us via language:
" I celebrate myself,/ and what
I assume you shall assume / for
every atom belonging to me as
good belongs to you" These
lines have gone down in history
as some of the greatest, most
original lines of poetry ever writ-
ten because they established
from the start of the poem a hu-
man equality not based on sec-
ond-hand legislation, laws, po-
litical strategies etc, but on the
deep yet simple fact of each
human's original similarity be-
neath the minor apparitions of
their various diversities.
Whitman picks up the pure
positive energy of "conscious-
ness" and conveys its power to
connect poetry with readers,
and every human being. His
verses go on to suggest that
when we refuse to recognize this
original similarity of "conscious-
ness" we share, we ignore the
source of our lives, go astray,
and end up creating disharmo-
nies. Whitman later delivers
some lines which grasp the fu-
tility of imposed fickle vanities
and social hierarchies: "There
was never anymore inception
than there is now/ nor any more
youth or age than there is now/
and will never be any more per-
fection than there is now."
The poetic lesson
Whitman imparted to all
poets who came after him is
to discover and reveal the
poetry in EVERYTHING,
every fathom of our
"consciousness" and the
world's make-up. Rather
than speak from a divided
"consciousness", which is
manifested by the typical
stubborn rivalries of politics,
ambitions, the rhetoric of
social dreams etc, the new
poetic vision launched by
"Leaves of Grass" reveals and
supports the poetic perfection
of the world, juggling and
balancing its opposites to
clear an underlying path
pacification. The new poetry,
through diverse styles., forms
and topics, observes, feels,
and shows the poetic nature
of the world and life in our
most simple and personal
activities. This is why in
Whitman's verse all the
most ordinary lives, of all
types, from the housewife to
the prostitute, from
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Presidents to stevedores, from
red Indians to black
Americans to any foreigner,
are celebrated in amazing
descriptive lines reeled off in
succession like visual images
in a film. Only when
Whitman looks into himself,
which is quite often in some
of the 12 poems, does his
language become difficult
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Deokinanan murdered 3 in hiah seas robbery 1963
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FORTY-four years ago, a
greedy fisherman named
Deokinanan murdered three
sailors of the launch 'Miss
Carol' on the high seas,
Corentyne River, and en-
riched himself by $12, 000
and 1500 guilders.
He disemboweled them
and anchored their bodies in the
vicinity of Powis Island. The
killer then removed the seacock
from the launch causing it to
take in water arid sink.
From there,he swam to
Powis Island in the Corentyne
River, where he hid the coveted
money under the roots of a
On his return journey to
Deokinanan fabricated a story
to Amerindian villagers, to the
effect that the launch 'Miss
.I. ..I. .
Carol' had sunk after being in-
volved in a collision at sea with
another craft, and that as a re-
sult, it sank. He said he was
unaware of what happened to
the crew members- Motie
Singh, known as Baboon, Heera
Big Corentyne Sawmiller
Raghubar had employed Motie
Singh, paid him $2, 000 and
gave him $10, 000 and 1500
launch 'Miss Carol. During the
trip Deokinanan conceived the
murder robbery plan and com-
mitted the crime.
After the badly mutilated
bodies of the men were found
other men were killed at the
same time while they were
While in custody at New
Amsterdam Prison, the prisoner
sent a message asking his friend
Balchand to visit him at the
prison. There Balchand re-
ported the prisoner's request to
the police and with their knowl-
edge, Balchand was able to see
the prisoner at the prison.
There the prisoner gave him
full instructions and told him
that as he, Balchand, had a boat
with an outboard. engine, he
could go to the island where the
money was and collect same. .
Balchand reported this conver-
guilders to purchase lumber in
the Corentyne River on his be-
half. Deokinanan and the two
others were employed to ac-
company Motie on the buying
expedition up river with the
i files By George Barclay
floating in the Corentyne River,
Deokinanan was held by the
Berbice Police for questioning.
It might have been the per-
fect crime, had it not been for
the fact that while in Police cus-
tody, Deokinanan wanting to
secure the hidden booty, sought
the help of his trusted friend
Balchand whom he told where
the money was hidden and sent
him on a mission to collect it.
Balchand was no longer the
trusted friend of a rogue and
while undertaking the job to use
his motorboat to go in search of
the booty, he informed the po-
lice of the transaction.
The search was carried out
under Police surveillance. The
money was found by Balchand
who was later given a list by
Deokinanan setting out how the
money should be distributed.
Balchand himself was to be
given a tidy sum for the task he
But through arrangements
by the police, Balchand and
Deokinanan met in a single cell,
from where Deokinanan con-
fessed the crime to his friend.
On the basis of the confes-
sion, Deokinanan was arrested
and charged with the high seas
murder. At his first jury trial he
was convicted and sentenced to
death but was freed by the
Court of Appeal on Appeal.
That Court found that the local
Court did not have jurisdiction
to try the matter.
Deokinanan was subjected
to another trial at which the
Prosecution had overcome the
problem of jurisdiction. He was
again sentenced to death. His
appeals to the Guyana Court of
Appeal and the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council
were dismissed. He was sub-
sequently executed by hanging.
At the hearing of the ap-
peal before Chancellor Ken-
neth Stoby and Justices of Ap-
peal, E. V. Luckhoo and P. A.
Cummings, the appellant was
represented by Mr. Fred
Wills, S.C. while Mr. E. A.
Romao, the Ag. Director of
Public Prosecutions, appeared
for the Crown.
The facts of the case dis-
closed that the prisoner was
convicted of murdering Motie
Singh while the two of them and
two other men were out on a
business expedition in the
launch Miss Carol on the
The case for the prosecu-
tion was that the crime was
committed for the purpose of
robbing Motie Singh of a large
sum of money, which the pris-
oner collected and hid on Powis
Island in the River. The two
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S ATFORNEY-AT-LAW MR.
FRED WILL, S.C.
station to the police who ar-
ranged for him to be placed in
the same cell as the prisoner on
a subsequent occasion at Whim
Magistrate's Court. There the
prisoner asked Balchand
whether he had found the money
Balchand answered that the
'.directions previously given to
him by the prisoner were in-
The prisoner than gave
Balchand fuller directions for
finding the money and for its
use, including the suborning
of two potential witnesses.
Balchand then asked him,
"How the money got miss-
ing?" and "How the bodies
got chopped?" The prisoner
then confessed that he had
killed Motie Singh. In accor-
dance with the prisoner's in-
structions the money was duly
found. Overruling an objec-
tion, the trial judge admitted
the confession in evidence.
The incident occurred in the
Corentyne River at a point
where the river was still tidal.
Evidence was given that the
launch was owned by a British
subject resident in British
Guiana, but there was no evi-
dence of its registration. The
incident alleged that the crime
had been committed on the high
seas'within the jurisdiction of
the admiralty of England.
On appeal, it was held by
Chancellor Stoby and Justice of
Appeal Luckhoo that (i)
Balchand was not a person in
authority because :
(a) in the prisoner's mind,
Baichand was a friend who
could carry out his instructions,
not someone who would influ-
ence the course of the prosecu-
tion. but someone who would
help illegally to destroy the evi-
(b) Justice of Appeal had
said that nothing in the second
conversation could be inter-
preted as signifying to the pris-
oner that he would derive some
advantage in relation to the
charge against him if he an-
swered the two questions asked,
or said anything.
(ii) the evidence of the con-
fession was accordingly admis-
(iii) Chancellor Stoby had
said too that there was no ne-
cessity to aver that the crime
was committed in foreign terri-
torial waters. It was enough to
say that it was committed 'on
the'high seas within the jurisdic-
tion of the Admiralty";
(iv) the point on the
Corentyne River where the of-
fence took place was geographi-
cally within the jurisdiction of
(v) According to Justice of
Appeal Cummings (concurring)
the evidence that the launch
was owned by a British subject
was enough to prove that the
launch was a British Ship for
the purpose of Admiralty juris-
Cummings (dissenting) said:
(i) prior to visiting the pris-
oner in the prison Balchand
i effect become a sort of pri-
vate detective being used by the
police and might have been
regarded by the prisoner as
a friend who was in the
strategic position of an ad hoc
policeman. Balchand was
consequently a person in au-
(ii) the confession was
itiade by the prisoner to
to an inducement to help
which was held out by
Balchand. Such inducement was
at least in part in relation to an
advantage to be gained by the
prisoner with respect to the
i (iii) the confession was con-
sequently inadmissible ,
Cummings had said.
However, by a majority de-
cision, the appeal was dis-
missed. By a majority decision
the; conviction and death sen-
tence were affirmed.
It was noted that the appel-
lant was on November 23, 1965
convicted on an indictment
charging him with the murder of
Motie Singh between October
23 and 24, 1963, on the high
seas' within the jurisdiction of
the Admiralty of England, and
was sentenced to death. On his
appeal some attempt was made
to argue that the Supreme Court
had 'no jurisdiction to try the
appellant, despite the averment
in the indictment and the evi-
dence pertaining thereto.
After referring to the Or-
dinance, Justice Luckkhoo
had said, On the evidence,
the jurisdiction of the Admi-
ralty of England was legally
established and by virtue of
the above provisions, it was
within the competence of the
Supreme Court to try the in-
dictment as laid which fell
within and complied with
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Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007 Page V -
There are currently about
260,000 citizens in Guyana
who smoke. Statistics show
about one quarter of all den-
tal patients use tobacco. It is
scientifically recognized that
smoking is among the
nation's leading preventable
health problems and is re-
sponsible for one in every six
deaths. It is common knowl-
edge there is a link between
smoking, lung cancer and
heart disease. Smoking also
contributes to cancer of the
kidney, cervix, pancreas, blad-
der and stomach.
From the standpoint of oral
health, smoking (cigarette, pipe
and cigar) is linked to cancer of
the mouth, pharynx, oesopha-
gus and larynx. Chronic use of
smokeless tobacco has been di-
rectly linked to cancer of the
larynx, mouth, throat and
eosophagus. Chronic smokeless
tobacco users are 50 more times
more likely to develop oral can-
cer than non-users, and the
risks are greatest in intra-oral lo-
cations where the tobacco is
usually stored. Oral cancer is
usually treated with a combina-
tion of radiation therapy, chemo-
therapy and surgery. If it is not
diagnosed early, oral cancer may
require extensive, disfiguring
surgery; or worse, it may be fa-
The overall five-year sur-
vival rate for oral cancer patients
is about 50 percent, with only
23 percent of those with regional
lymph node involvement sur-
Leukoplakia is a soft-tissue
lesion that is characterized by a
white patch or plaque. It is usu-
ally a localized condition that is
related to irritation from a badly
fitting denture, broken teeth, or
tobacco. High- risk sites
include the floor of the mouth
and the underside of the tongue.
Although leukoplakia is not ex-
tensively seen in tobacco users,
it is definitely associated with
both smoking and smokeless to-
bacco use. The tobacco/leuko-
plakia association is related to
If you The Dentist Advises
the frequency, amount, and du-
ration of the tobacco use. It has
been reported that 2 to 6 per-
cent of leuoplakia will become
malignant. Further, the lesions
often heal when tobacco use is
evidence shows periodontal
(gum) disease is more likely
to occur in smokers than non-
smokers, and is usually more
severe (often resulting in
tooth loss). It is interesting to
note that smokers usually
have higher levels of dental
plaque, but the tendency for
their gums to bleed is lower.
The diagnosis and treatment
of periodontal disease for this
group may be delayed be-
cause they don't usually have
The oral effects of smoking
are stains on teeth, tooth resto-
rations, and the tongue; calculus
buildup on the teeth and bad
breath. Smoking dulls a person's
ability to taste and smell; irri-
tates tissues in the mouth; and
delays healing after a tooth has
been extracted (including a dry
socket) or after oral surgery.
Several studies have shown that
smoking is the greatest barrier to
tissue healing after periodontal
therapy, especially when soft
tissue is grafted and/or surgery
is performed. Periodontal
therapy is more likely to fail if
the patient continues to smoke.
There is a positive association
between smokeless tobacco use
and gingival (gum) tissue reces-
sion at the site where the to-
bacco is usually stored in the
mouth. Smoking cessation is
usually associated with a reduc-
tion in the formation of calcu-
The American Dental
Association has launched an
all-out effort to involve
dentists in an organized
intervention program to
services to patients. If we in
Guyana should adopt such a
programme, it would be
especially important for
Dentexes and Community
Dental Therapists to be active
in this, because periodontal
disease, oral cancer, and
wound healing are so closely
linked to cigarette smoking.
Trained oral health
professionals are able to offer
tobacco cessation counseling
with minimal interruptions
in patients' daily routines.
They are the most logical
health professionals to
provide this information to
to page VI
12/28/2007, 4:18 PM
In two days my husband and I will "celebrate" our 25th anniversary. This should be the
happiest time in our lives. We have two beautiful children and a beautiful grandson, but it
is anything but happy.
When he was courting me,
we had deep and meaningful
conversations. He bought me '.-
flowers for no reason, we took
walks, and more. I think you
get my drift. The first few
years were great. But I never
spoke out or rocked the boat in any a,. l\was being the subisiLe N young
lady my father taught me to be.
Fast forward a few years. We meet these wonderful people with the
most wonderful, respectful, and honest marriages I had ever seen. I start
wondering why our marriage is so different, and I got restless and unhappy. I went to the library
one day, found relationship tapes, and brought them home.
We watched and to a large degree things got better. But like always, it did not last for long.
My husband went back to his old behaviors. It has been 15 years now, and it has been a huge
rollercoaster. Many times I wanted to get off, but he always seems to say what I want to hear
and makes promises things will be different.
And they are. For one or two weeks. Then it's back to the same ole same ole. The latest
upset started when we were taking a day trip and our destination was an hour and a half away. As
he drove he told me something about my nephew. When I responded I ended with a question, and
he was nowhere to be found, at least mentally.
I felt rejected and not worth listening to. I didn't want to spend our anniversary with this
garbage hanging over us, so I approached him last evening. He said he didn't remember the inci-
dent. He would have been fine turning over and going to sleep, but I told him our anniversary
would not be meaningful to me if we did not talk this through.
He got angry and stormed out. I am so hopeless things will ever change I am grasping.
Angelica, you weren't yourself when you married your husband. Your dad taught you to be a
submissive wife, and your mom showed you the role. Maybe it was good for her, but that does
not mean it was good for you.
If you put your marriage on a 10 point scale, in your own estimation, your marriage might be a
6. You want your marriage to be a 10, but that is not the marriage you entered. Your husband
even has a good argument. He married a subservient woman, and now she's changed. You, of
course, are thinking, that's not who I ever was.
Change is hard even if you really, really, really want to change. Most New Year's resolutions,
earnestly meant, are broken by February. But when you want someone else to change, there is no
"really, really, really" in them. You cannot make a New Year's resolution for someone else.
Paul Simon's song "The Boxer" contains the line "a man hears what he wants to hear and
disregards the rest." Your husband hears what he wants to hear-she may leave me-and does
only the minimum he must do to keep you. He disregards the rest.
The song continues, "After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. After changes,
we are more or less the same." Your husband is likely to remain who he has always been. And
you? You've been looking for the salve to make him change. You have been looking and hoping
for the salve of change.
There is freedom in knowing the salve does not exist. For years you have been trying to make
him into someone he is not. Now you can stop doing that.
WAYNE & TAMARA
Authors and columnists Wayne and Tamara Mitchell can be reached
Send letters to: Direct Answers, PO Box 964, Springfield, MO 65801 or
email: DirectAnswers@WayneAndTamara.com .
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From page III
and cryptic, as in poetry
being "fabricated"; but this is
because the poet is exploring,
enquiring, and looking at
himself and the world from
all possible viewpoints. The
brilliant difference of
Whitman's poetry from
comes from the fresh
opportunities in human
experiences which living in
the New World of the
Americas bestows on us. For
example, Whitman, living at
a time when the American
Wild West was being
discovered, wrote about a new
sort of marriage he observed.
" I saw the marriage of the
trapper in the open air in the
far West.../ the bride was a
Red girl/ her father and his
friends sat nearby
crosslegged and dumbly
smoking.../ they had
moccasins on their feet and
large thick blankets/ hanging
from their shoulders;/ on a
bank lounged the
Trapper....he was dressed
mostly in skins/ ....his
luxuriant beard and curls
Protected his neck/ one hand
rested on his rifle...the other
hand held firmly the wrist/ of
the Red girl."
Similarly, Whitman's lines
on one of his encounters with a
runaway slave in those crucial
times ,is unforgettable: "The
runaway slave came to my
house and stopped outside.../
through the swung half-door of
the kitchen I saw him limpsey
And went where he sat on
a log and led him in and assured
him.../and gave him a room that
entered from my own.../ and re-
member perfectly well his re-
volving eyes and his awkward-
ness.../ I had him sit next to me
at table...my firelock leaned in
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Not poetry as the rheto-
ric of grand sentiments, but
a poetry of doing, of humane
deeds, of adventure,
Whitman bequeathed to us.
His antidote to the institu-
tion of slavery then is not to
treat the "slave" as a slave,
but to liberate them with
kindness, to contradict the
yoke others have put on
them. One of America's im-
portant contemporary poets,
Charles Simic, an immigrant
from Eastern Europe, in his
book on Poetry wrote: "The
poetry of direct experience
distrusts tradition, both in
philosophy and religion, by
insisting on the perpetual
newness of the .world and the
sanctity of the, individual as
the sole repository of the
authentic...the garden, the
kitchen, and the bedroom are
as good a place as any to de-
termine our original relation-
ship to the universe"
One of the miracles of
Whitman's verse is its close
similarity ith Buddhist-
Hindu wisdom expressed in
"The Bhagavadgita" and
"Upanishads", also The
gospel of Sri Ramakrishna",
which is verified by interna-
tional scholars. Yet Whitman
had never read any of these
works before writing "Leaves
of Grass"; which proves the
very essence of the cosmic
human similarity, he believed
in. Whitman of course was
not as ascetic as those strict
followers of Hindu views, but
by his famous physical sen-
suality was much closer to
Mahayana Buddhism which
believed that the sexual act can
serve as a sacrament between
people. Not surprisingly, the
first artists to respond
favourably to "Leaves of
Grass" were the so-called
Transcendentalists of New
American men of letters and
Thoreau, and William James.
Later in the 20th century
"Leaves of Grass" would ex-
ert a profound influence on
some of its greatest p-oets.
many of whom became Noble
If you don't...
Prize winners, such as T
Eliot, Saint-John Pers
Octavio Paz ; in addition I
was hugely admired and chan
pioned by Latin America
great thinkers and poets, suc
as Jose Marti of Cuba, Rube.
Dario of Nicaragua, Pabh
Neruda of Chile, and man)
poetic achievement in
"Leaves of Grass" be-
queathed a code of hu-
mane personal conduct foi
every human. Its hard in
delible wisdom and trutl
is based on the human(
actions we as individual
must exhibit towards eacl
other in order to enjo:
the world we have beei
born into. It is we as in
dividuals.who must brini
such personal civilise(
values to the govern
ments, organizations, am
institutions we serve, st
as to achieve in this lift
what-skeptics, cynics, am
nihilists say can only bi
achieved in our dreams.
From page V
patients because they already see patients on a regular basis.
Whatever the reason people give for continuing to smoke, the reality is that nicotine, a drug
found in tobacco, is addictive. It is a stimulant that increases the heart rate and blood pressure,
and it acts on the pleasure centres deep within the brain. It causes both physical and emotional
addiction. As smokers develop a tolerance to nicotine they need more to get the same physiologi-
cal/psychological effect. This makes their addiction very difficult to overcome.
The FDA has approved prescriptive agents ( such as nicotine-containing gum and transdermal
patches) to be used in conjunction with tobacco-cessation programs. The American Dental Asso-
ciation (of which this writer is a member) has also recently created a new code for oral health
professionals to use to bill insurance companies for their conselling services.
If you don't smoke, don't start! If you want to stop, here are some techniques listed
in a recent brochure from the ADA:
Make a list of reasons you want to quit
Set a date you will quit, and then do it
Join a formal smoking-cessation support group
Keep your mouth occupied with sugarless gum etc.
Keep your hands occupied with needlepoint, woodworking etc.
Choose a low-stress time such as your vacation to stop smoking
Stop all at once and give yourself a reward if you succeed
Don't let setbacks discourage you keep trying
Use all available resources (audio and video tapes, books, and self help materials).
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Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007
More social investment can
furtherreduce regional poverty
By Odeen Ishmael
The latest report by the Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reveals that the poverty
rate in the region fell by 3.3 percent even though 194 million
of its people remain poor. Of this amount, 71 million are clas-
sified as indigent (or experiencing extreme poverty), accord-
ing to the organisation's latest report, Social Panorama for
'Latin America 2007, released on November 15 last.
The report says that in 2006, 36.5 percent of the region's 550
million citizens were living in poverty, while 13.4 percent of them
were indigent. Compared with the report of the previous year, these
figures indicate that 15 million people were able to get out of pov-
erty and' 10 million being no longer indigent.
This relatively "sharp" decline in the regional poverty rate ap-
parently came as a surprise, and ECLAC's Executive Secretary Jose
Luis Machinea, on presenting the report, admitted, "'Poverty fell a
lot more than we had estimated." Nevertheless, he warned against
complacency because the poverty rate remains "extraordinarily
high." On the other hand, he emphasised that extreme poverty fell
30 percent in the past four years.
Significantly, in all the countries there have been noticeable ad-
vances in the fight against poverty as indicated by a continuation
of a downward trend in the poverty rate registered in 2005. Actu-
ally, this is the first time since 1990 that the number of poor in the
region dropped below 200 million.
The ECLAC report points out that the reduction of poverty in
the region is associated basically with economic growth, which has
generated employment, and to social programmes, which have in-
volved greater social spending. This has been most noticeable in
Argentina which between 2002 and 2006 reduced poverty by 24.4
percent and its level of indigence by 13.7 percent. Venezuela was
in second place, reducing its poverty and indigence level by 18.4
percent and 12.3 percent, respectively.
Following them are Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras and Mexico,
which accumulated a drop in poverty greater than 5 percent be-
tween 2002 and 2006. Brazil followed closely by reducing both
poverty and indigence by 4.2 percent.
A significant drawback in the report is that it concentrates more
on the Latin countries and gives little information about the En-
glish-speaking Caribbean, although the overall analysis points to
the reduction of poverty in this sub-region as well. The Guyana
government has reported that poverty declined substantially in the
past 15 years with the rate now standing at less than 35 percent.
Poverty reduction remains a primary issue in all the countries
of Latin America and the Caribbean. Three years ago, the Food and
Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned that poverty continued to
be very high in rural areas and that without dynamic, sustained and
inclusive economic growth, accompanied by strong social policies,
the rural population would be plunged into a greater poverty cri-
The FAO noted then that while over two-thirds of the region's
poor and more than half of those who lived in extreme poverty
were city dwellers, in relative terms, the incidence of poverty and
extreme poverty was much greater in the countryside. A full 62
percent of the rural population of Latin America and the Caribbean
were living in poverty, with 38 percent facing extreme poverty,
while the corresponding figures for the urban population were 38
percent and 14 percent. Undoubtedly, these figures, according to
ECLAC, have reduced since the FAO issued its report.
While improving rural agriculture can play an essential role in
the alleviation of poverty and economic marginalisation throughout
the region, the greatest obstacle to agricultural sector development
is the difficulty in establishing efficient chains of agro-commerce
and agro-industry. At the same time, it will be necessary for rural
communities to adapt to the changing conditions brought by trade
opening. But according to the FAO, one of the most serious prob-
lems facing Latin America and the Caribbean is that it remains the
developing world region with the smallest proportion of foreign
trade among its own economies.
Certainly, there are other methods which could be implemented
in the anti-poverty war. For instance, the annual report of the In-
ternational Food Policy Research Institute, issued in early Novem-
ber 2007, identifies other initiatives such as basic training in lit-
eracy, numeracy, and other skills required to make use of microcredit,
which has assisted large numbers of poor people but still remains
beyond the reach of the indigent.
Interestingly, even the countries that have made remarkable
progress continue to feel the effects of extreme poverty. For in-
stance, Chile's rural campesino population accounts for only 13.4
percent of the country's 15.5 million inhabitants, but it is among
them that the pockets of the most extreme poverty currently exist.
Actually, Brazil, and Mexico have the region's largest poor popu-
lations. For Mexico itself, the North American Free Trade Agree-
ment (NAFTA) has brought catastrophic effects for corn farmers
who are forced to compete with largt. US agro-industrial compa-
nies. In addition, transportation difficulties and a lack of electrical
power and communications services add to the isolation of many
of these countries' poor rural communities and deny them access
to global technology.
Along with poverty, inequality also presents a serious challenge
for Latin America and the Caribbean which ECLAC describes as
the most unequal region in the world. The countries with the high-
est inequality (in terms of distribution of income, social services,
basic infrastructure, etc.) in the region, as measured with the "Gini
index" in the UN Development Report in 2006, were Bolivia (60.1),
Haiti (59.2), Colombia (58.6), Brazil (58), Paraguay (57.8) and Chile
(57.1), while the countries with the lowest inequality in the region
were Nicaragua (43.1), Guyana (43.2), Ecuador (43.7), Venezuela
(44.1) and Uruguay (44.9). However, a lower Gini index does not
necessarily translate into a lower poverty rate. (For comparison,
the index for the US is 40.8.)
Clearly, the countries of the region continue to face a stiff
struggle to reduce the inequalities and economic disadvantages
facing a substantial proportion of their population. While, the
reduction of the poverty rate is indeed good news, undoubt-
edly, more social investment in their citizens' welfare can pro-
duce additional beneficial results in the year ahead.
Caracas, 26 December 2007
(The writer is Guyana's ambassador to Venezuela
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Page VIII Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007
Tears for Bhutto
mingle with anger
By Faisal Aziz
NAUDERO, Pakistan (Reuters) Sounds of grief filled the
dusty air of a southern Pakistani village on Friday as more
than 100,000 people attended the funeral of slain former prime
minister Benazir Bhutto.
Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, wept as he accompanied the
closed coffin on the 7-km (4-mile) journey to the family mauso-
leum at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, a village set among paddy fields in
the southern province of Sindh.
The two-time premier was gunned down by an assassin who
then blew himself up in an attack that killed a total of 16 people at
the end of an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
Zardari appealed to the crowd massed outside the family home
to give pall bearers room to slide the casket, draped with the green,
red and black tricolor of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, into the
back of the ambulance.
Bhutto's son Bilawal, 19, and daughters Bakhtawar, 17 and
Aseefa, 14, prayed with their father at the tomb.
Their grief was shared by millions of poor Pakistanis, particu-
larly in the rural hinterland of Sindh, the Bhutto family's political
"Bhutto was my sister and Bhutto was like my mother," cried
Imam Baksh, a farmer, among the throng lining the road. "With her
death, the world has ended for us."
Mourners sobbed, some beat their heads and chests, and oth-
ers vented anger with the government of President Pervez
Musharraf, as Bhutto's husband and son lowered her body into
Even political foes were shocked by the death of a woman many
had criticized as a feudal leader who cultivated populist appeal while
enjoying the riches of the family dynasty.
Bhutto, 54, had returned to Pakistan in October from more than
eight years of self-imposed exile after reaching an understanding with
President Pervez Musharraf, in power since a military coup in 1999.
Days after surviving a suicide attack on her homecoming
parade in Karachi on October 19 that killed at least 139,
Bhutto visited Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to pray at the tomb of
her father, buried there after being overthrown and hanged
three decades ago.
Zulfikar. Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's first popularly elected prime
minister, lies alongside his sons Murtaza and Shahnawaz in the
white-domed mausoleum Benazir Bhutto ordered to be built. -
Many had speculated that Bhutto and Musharraf, who quit the
army last month to become a civilian president, could have ended
up sharing power after a January 8 parliamentary election.
Bhutto, whose return to Pakistan was encouraged by the United
States, had spoken out strongly against Islamist violence and had
been threatened by pro-Taliban militants.
Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Bhutto was an articulate cham-
pion of democracy, although enemies say she was corrupt.
Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda are among the suspects,
FORMER Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto leaves
her truck to get into her bullet-proof car after explosions
hit her convoy in Karachi, October 19, 2007.
but many of her supporters blamed Musharraf and the United
States for her death.
Chants of "Shame on the killer Musharraf, shame on the killer
U.S." were heard from the throng lining the road and standing on
Some protesters chanted defiance: "No matter how many
Bhuttos you will kill, a Bhutto will emerge from each house."
Ordinary Pakistanis are filled with cynicism concerning the mili-
tary intelligence agencies, even though Musharraf himself has been
targeted by al Qaeda assassins.
"Agencies have killed Bhutto," said Ali Mohammad, an
aged party supporter. "If it was the work of al Qaeda why is
Musharraf still surviving?"
Two-way radio users/operators
With effect from January 7, 2008 all two-way radio users /
have not renewed their licences by paying the required
fees to the NFMU, and / or
operate their radios on unauthorised radio frequencies,
will be prosecuted with the full extent of the Law. This may
include seizure of the offending two-way radio (wireless
telegraphy apparatus) and institution of criminal proceedings
against the users / operators, in accordance with the Post and
Telegraph Act Cap 47:01.
Applications to establish and operate two-way radios can be
obtained from the National Frequency Management Unit,
68 Hadfield Street, D'Urban Park, Georgetown, or online
(Two-way radios include HF,VHF & UHF radios used by
Miners, Loggers, Taxi Services etc.)
THE GUYANA OIL COMPANY LIMITED
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
GUYOIL intends to construct a new head office building at its
Providence Terminal, East Bank Demerara.
The structure will be:
Twelve Thousand Square Meters
Guyoil is seeking to short list prospective bidders and invites
expressions of interest.
Interested contractors are required to submit the following:
*Statement of gross annual turnover
Technical capability including plant, equipment and personnel
4 Projects of a similar nature executed in the past two (2) years
Deadline for submission of expressions of interest is January 18, 20081
at 4 pm and must be addressed and delivered to:
166 Waterloo Street
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SundA C.hroniclE D7iT
Responses to last week
1. earth orbit
2. drank drug
3. black blank
4. active affect
5. wheat. wheel
Synonyms are words that have the same meaning.
2 cups rice
4 cups water
1 large chopped onion
V2 teaspoon black pepper
V4 cup eschallot
1 large ripe tomato
500g chicken, cut in bite size
125g margarine S
2 chicken cubes ;
250g washed cala u leaves
1. Place the pot on the fire, add margarine and set stove on medium- high.
2. Add tomato, onions, black-pepper, eschallot celery, chicken, pumpkin then
stir and cover pot for five minutes.
3. Add cubes, calalu leaves, rice, water and stir.
4. Cover again for 40 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is cooked.
5. Serve with vegetable salad and a dessert.
1. Two ingredients in the recipe are
(A) lard, celery (B) margarine, cassava (C) chicken, rice
(D) pumpkin, eddo
2. How much water is needed to prepare the dish?
(A) 2 cups (B) 3 cups (C) 4 cups (D) 5 cups
3. The size of spoon used to measure the black-pepper is_____
(A) table (B) pot (C) tea (D).wood
4. The ingredient with the same mass as pumpkin is
(A) chicken (B) rice (C) margarine. (D) calalu leaves
5. Which is the first ingredient to be placed in the pot?
(A) cube (B) margarine (C) onion (D) calalu
6. The cooking time for the recipe is :___ minutes.
(A) 5 (B) 25 (C)40 (D) 45
The festive season is here. Mommy baked cake for the Christmas Vacation.
I hope you have looked to see the steps taken to get the ingredients and mixing
Now, try to write the recipe.
Use a word similar in meaning to the word which is underlined in the sentence.
1. Turtle are abundant at the Shell Beach.
2. They took two five hours-to reach the summit of the mountain.
3. The house has been vacan for some time.
4. Every Sunday Kim lubricates her bicycle.
5. Some tree shed their leaves annually.
Select the word in each sentence to replace the word in capital. Use your dictio-
nary to help you.
1. They should not SQUANDER money,
(a) save (b) waste (c). spend (d) use
2. The story came to a SUDDEN end.
(a) unusual (b) sad (c) abrupt (d) awful
3. Karen was in MELANCHOLY mood.
(a) merry (b) joyful (c) sad (d) thoughtful
4. There was SUFFICIENT food for six people.
(a) scarcely (b) only (c) more (d) enough
5. The lazy boy did the MINIMUM amount of work.
(A) least (b) most (c). greatest (d) worst
6. Daniel went RELUCTANTLY to school.
(a) unwillingly (b) happily (c) early' (d) regularly
Read the recipe carefully and answer the questions.
Delicious Pumpkin Rice
500g pumpkin cut in small squares
Find the words below in the word-search
1/4 cup chopped celery
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Hope you had an enjoyable holiday.
Exercises based on last week lessons.
Study the triangles below then answer the questions.
Can you find the length of a side if the perimeter and the length of the other sides
Let's see how well we can do this.
The Perimeter is 21cm
Total length of two sides = (6+8)cm
1. Acute angled
3. Isosceles angled
5. obtuse angled
6. A plane four sided figure is called ...............
7. All four sides of this figure are equal. It is called a ..............
8. A quadrilateral with it's opposite side parallel is the .........
9 This figure is called
10. Squares, rectangles and rhumbi are all ...............
This week we will move on to Perimeter.
use a piece of string to measure around your exercise book
I record the length of each edge
7 find the total length around the book
E the length around the edge of the book are
9cm, 5cm, 9cm, 5cm
The total length around the book is 28cm
Length of long side
Two long sides
Length of short side
Length of two short sides
= 7 x 2cm
= 2 long sides x 2 short sides
=(2x 7) +( 3 x 2) cm
Let's look at an example.
Find the perimeter of the shape.
Perimeter = 6+3+2+4+7+5
5 cm 4cm
Follow the example and find the perimeter of each shape
(a) 7cm 6cm
Or two times the sum of the long sides plus two times the sum of short sides
= 2 x(7 + 3)cm
= 2 x 10cm
Perimeter = 20cm
To find perimeter:
2 x tL +B)
Observe carefully how to find the perimeter using the formula.
Perimeter: = 2 x (L+B)
= 2 x (6 + 3) cm
Find the perimeter using the formula.
1. 10cm 2. 5cm .
4. Find the perimeter of a rectangular field of length 70m and width/breadth 50m.
5. (a) What is the perimeter of a house lot with length 100m and width 40m?
(b) What is the cost of fencing the house lot if the cost of the fencing material is
$980.00 per metre?
Continue to be good disciplined children. Until next week!!
The distance or
length around any
shape is its Perimeter
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Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007
8cm length of other side = (21-14)cm
Find the length of the side marked x.
1. 20cm 5cm 8cm
2. 24cm 4cm Z x
3. 26cm <5c12m
4. What is the perimeter of a triangle with sides 4cm, 7cm and 5cm?
5. Find the perimeter of a square with sides 7cm long.
6. Sam ran two times around the playfield with length 20m and width
15m. How many metres did he run?
7. Find the cost of fencing an open space with length 40m and width
30m. The cost of the wire is $725.00 per metre.
Perimeter of Rectangle.
From our previous lessons can you remember the properties of the
rectangle? The main one is that the Rectangle has its opposite sides equal.
A rectangle has two long sides and two short sides.
Look carefully at the Rectangle. Let us find the perimeter of it.
Par in A 1nR5
Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007
September 21, 2007 Mr Surendra Samdass, Manager ol our Lelhem
Branch presents a cheque to the Regional Chairman Region # 9 for
Amerndian Heriaqe Day celebrations in the region
November 22, 2007 Presenlabon of book award to Best Graduating
Student of We3s Demerara Secondary School by Mrs Rambha Persaud-
Chandebal, Manager of our Vreed-en-Hoop Branch The Branch also
presented the p[ize to the Best Graduaiing Business Studient ol me
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November 8. 20U7 Performers at the Annual Diwali Cultural Evening
hosted by our Anna Regina Branch
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It's Another New Year...
"Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and
heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a
new year gets under way But the day celebrated
as New Year's Day in m'ndern America was not
always January 1.
ANCIENT NEW YEARS
The celebration of the'new year is the oldest of all holi-
days. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000
years ago: In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian
New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first
visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of
The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new
year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new
crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand,
has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is
The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven
days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebra-
tion, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve
festivities pale in comparison.
The. Romans continued to observe the new year in late
March, but their calendar was continually tampered with
by various emperors so that the calendar soon became
out of synchronization !with the sun.
In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate,
in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the
new year. But tampering con-
tinued until Julius Caesar, in
46 BC, established what has
come to be known as the
Julian Calendar. It again es-
tablished January 1 as the
.new year. But in order to syn-
4 chronize the calendar with the
sun, Caesar had to let the
previous year drag on for 445
STHE CHURCH'S VIEW
OF NEW YEAR CELEBRA-
Although in the first centu-
ries AD the Romans continued celebrating the new year,
the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as
paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread,
the early church began having its own religious obser-
vances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations,
and New Year's Day was no different. New Years is still
observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some
During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed
to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated
as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past
NEW YEAR TRADITIONS
Other traditions of the season include the making of
New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to
the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might
include the promise to lose
weight or quit smoking. The
early Babylonian's most popu-
lar resolution was to return bor-
rowed farm equipment.
*- The Tournament of Roses
'-- B J Parade dates back to 1886.
In that year, members of the
1 Valley Hunt Club decorated
*:'. their carriages with flowers. It
;11; celebrated the ripening of the
,- orange crop in California.
Although the Rose Bowl
football game was first played
as a part of the Tournament
of Roses in 1902, it was replaced by Roman chariot races
the following year. In 1916, the football game returned as
the sports centerpiece of the festival.
The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year
was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradi-
tion at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus,
by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual
for what reason?
rebirth of that god as the
spirit of fertility. Early Egyp-
S I tians also used a baby, as a
-" ., symbol of rebirth.
,.. '"" Although the early Chris-
tians denounced the practice
as pagan, the popularity of
the baby as a symbol of re-
birth forced the Church to re-
--. evaluate its position. The
.i Church finally allowed its
members to celebrate the
new year with a baby, which
was to symbolize the birth of
Hi |the baby Jesus; i
The use of an image of a
Ii J 1 baby with a NewiYea'rs ban-
,I 'i ner as a symbolic rlepresen-
tation of the new year was
brought to early America by
the Germans. They had used
the effigy since the fourteenth century.
FOR LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR
Traditiormally, it was thought that one could affect the
luck they would have throughout the coming year by what
they did or ate on the first day of the year. For tHat rea-
son, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first
few minutes of a brand new year in the company bf fam-
ily and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the
night after the ringing In of a
new year. It was once be-
.. hlieved that the first viMitor on
,t"' New Year's Day would
-. I1 bring either good luck
I,"-- f 1^ or bad luck the'rest of
PJ the year. It'was par-
-"_ -- | ticularly lucky if
-- "i I 6 ,! that visitor hap-
,. '-','& -pened to be a
"-f I, . l tall dark-
... .. haired man.
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foods are also thought to bring I u c k .
Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring
is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle,"
completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch be-
lieve that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by con-
suming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically ac-
companied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas
and other legumes have been considered good luck
in many cultures. The hog, and thus its
meat, is considered lucky be- .
cause it symbolizes pros- .
perity. Cabbage is- .--' --
that is con- "" -
sumed on New ... .i
Year's Day by
leaves are also
sign of prosper- .
ity, being repre- ... -
rency. In some regions, rice
is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
AULD LANG SYNE
The song, "Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of
midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the
world to bring in the new year. At least partially written
by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in
1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were
sung prior to 1700 and inspired Bums to produce the mod-
ern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" liter-
ally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."
ly Chuck Sambar
Tradition has it thatlwith the coming of each New Year, one
accomplishments land future hopes anl dreams. Others m.
tions'or resolve to ~d something special ,for others.
A group of ourl fiends got together the other pight and the c.
Year resolutions. The inost common ones mentioned included the L
reducing stress, exorcising more; helping with chores, and quitting
A few mentionedlsome rather striking and unusual resolution
to dinner and a movie, washing and 'drying the dog of a! shut-in, c
the wife of a soldier stationed abroad were a few of the creative re,
Aside from these common and unusual resolutions, our group o
ing, harding v. orkjri. tax-paying, and socially responsible friends
tive resolutions waiich, in the spirit of the New Year, we are happ
Othe volunteered 'that her resolution is to call on the Glendale s
tice what they preacth when it comes to the dedicated, wonderful
teacliers who mako the Glendale schools the outstanding and disi
seem to believe fhey are.
Our friend's fisolution calls on the school board to exercise mi
the impasse in negotiations for a new contract which has gone
and teachers. Wlhy' is it, she asked, that when the Glendale dist
funds, the board members seem unwilling to put their money v
their, dedicated ahd wonderful teachers with something other th,
have riot had a r al salary increase for the past four years?" she nc
Another on! of opr more astute friends wanted the school bo;
tendent who is killingg "to come face to face with the emerging I
today." He mentioned that our retiring superintendent has done
developing Glendale 2000, a blueprint to deal with the future pi
tion of the Glendale schools.
But he added; since our schools are in dire need of mc
and upgrading, and we seem to be having more gang violence
school proper y destriction, we probably need new, tough h
"willing to r olve to tackle such problems head -on now
wait for the ear 20 0. We need former superintendent Bui
lor type of str;. tight shooter, no sugar-coated and no nonsense
One mother of five who is married to a pediatrician asked
school board should resolve to listen more to volunteers, parents
ers and students. She was very concerned to learn that board n
seem to get filtered, bland, and seemingly rosy and somewhat d
executive communications from the top brass."They listen, smile
what they are told...." she said.
Another concerned parent, a realtor, asked that the board shc
to be more of 4 decision-making body with vision, leadership,
She asked, "why is it that all we hear from school board member
schools they visit and how many meetings they attend." Anothi
wonderful and' fabulous our schools are and how proud and f
recognized at conventions and public meetings."
A wise and experienced politician spoke with self assure
members should resolve to be leaders who ask focused que
and address issues and problems publicly and honestly."
A school administrator asked the group to move on and chan,
bers are sincere, dedicated, hard-working folks who want the best
"What about Clinton, Gingrich, and Dole? When are they gc
get on with the business of the people? Again, our wise and a
comes closer to election time," he said. He cautioned that most p
ticians are famous for making promises and more famous for brea
"Oh yes," a teacher leader proclaimed loudly and emotional
walks and poured their hearts and wallets into electing certain s
promised that they would support fair share. Now that they ai
and refuse to support it."
Our politician friend, speaking from experience, reminded u
tures of broken promises. "Wait till the next election. They'll ii
will break them once elected." So what else is&new, it's just anoth
The evening was getting late and I had an early mon
time to make my New Year's resolution, wish everyone a vei
go to bed. My New Year resolution is to be nice and proper
edge the wonderful and fabulous work of our elected poli
nice, proper, and politically correct that I'll make myself
write the truth and sleep well at night again.
Happy New Year, folks!
:Ie December 30, 2007 XIII
stops to reflect on past.
ake New Years' resolu- A
,nversation turned to Ne,
visual such as losing wei hl. ;'
s. Taking a homeless peron
x giving a free phone c ll to
f eclectic, independent ihirk- -t h
zame up with a few pro, oca- -i-. .
y to report.
schooll board members to prc-
il, fabulous, and hard ,ork in "
:inguished schools that e ernore e .
ich needed leadership and resolve
)n for months between the district
rict has a humongous surplus of -.
here their mouth is and reward
in a token salary increase. "We ''"
ird to resolve to find a new superin-
iroblems facing our schools
an outstanding job of
oblems and direc-
, and doe
since and said that "the school board
stions, demand facts, seek the truth,
ge the subject. "The school board mem-
for our children," he reminded.
iing to resolve their budget impasse and
stute politician friend spoke. "When it
people have a very short memory. "Poli-
king them once elected," he said.
y. "Glendale teachers pounded the side-
;chool board members who purportedly
-c in office, they forgot their promises
s again that elected politicians are crea-
aake resolutions and promises and they
ier New Year or election resolution.
ling golf tee-time with my sons. It's
ry Happy Holiday and New Year, and
at all times, smile a lot, and acknowl-
ticians and school leaders. I'll be so
sick and, in order to get well, I will
Entertainment review of the year
A look back at the most headline-grabbing
entertainment stories of 2007.
The year kicked off with a storm of controversy which was
played out on our television screens.
Another season of Celebrity
Big Brother came ito a head
with a heated dispute between
ex-pig Bi -: hopeful Jade
Goody and Eb.i ......eo star
a-,,'[ Shetty. '
lare than 3,500 cbrplaints
yre .made by viewers who ___a
-. Ir ,- r,', who went on to
wta the show had been the
target of racist abuse.
hamanel 4 was rapped by Ofcom and the 2008 series was
ab BRootir rapperi ov, r.cU (ow
F ebroary heralded the traditional glamour of the .)-,scars. and
' i'a.,n had cause to celebrate as Dame Helen Mirren won
best actress for playing the uuern.
The statuette added tp a haul
the actress i-'-. .1
. h, ,,, h:,,jl. rui e rii awards
season for her acPlaimed role.
The :wes was less -,iglht for
singer ijtbbi,.- V/iilieris who
entered rehbb ijn-th US on his
33rd birthday to tackle an
addiction to r"s. iption
B; itney Spears also sought treatment after publicly shaving
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d. i' if. foi .' ontn~ l~ e .:pear
Blue Peter was forced to say sor-ry in March for faking the
results of a competition, subsequently being fined 50,000
by media watchdog Ofcom.
it was just one incident in a year of TV scandals including I
revelations that callers to some premium rate phone lines i
-had no chance of winning.
The UK's Eurovision bid hit the
headlines when host Sir Terry
Wogan announced the wrong
winner, Tru.e victors Scooch
slumped to last but one place
at the main event: in May.
One or the most offbeat -"
stories of t':l year suitably in fm _- .. i' -
April came from Roiling
Stones legend Keith Richards.
He denied snorting the ashes of his late father Bert during a
drugs binge, and later in tie year asked Swedish papers to
retr.ct: bad concert reviews,
Actor Richard Gere found himself in the news after embracing
Shfipa Shetty at a in the Indian capital New Delhi,
Protests took place against both stars, as shows of public
affec-tinn are '. 1i considered taboo in the country.
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In May, socialite Paris Hilron was sentenced to 45 days in jaii
for violating her probation for a drink driving offence.
But The Simple Life star was n
prison for just 24 days, which r
she called 'a traumatic
The story led a US newscaster
td burn her script on air In
protest at the bulletin ,i,.u
On the small screen, the BBC
Dulled out of a bidding war to
retain the rights to
which will move
Mon hs after (' l,.r r, Bigt
Brother hit the headlines, its ..
regular counterpart created
another storm of protest., ""
Contestant i lly i-'jr was removed from the house after
using a racially .ttrr-rn.; term to a fellow housemate,
The show kicked off with an il f'.iae' house and eventually
crowned Essex 20-year-old Brian Belo the winner.
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The Spice Girls also announced! plans for a reurnin tour in
June, with the return of Girl Power stretching td ihe end of
the year and into 2008. I
.luly saw ti-. H %F embroiled in
a Royal scandal when it was
wrongly r, Fhed that the
Queein had walked out of a
photo session ir a TV
The sequence of events had
been switched, and the
incideist eventually led to the
resignation of BBC One
controller Peter Fincham.
This month also saw JK Rowiingis Harry Potter ser ies draw to
a close and once again fly off th bookshelves.
The author said concluding the stories was a "devastating"
The midst of the festival season in August marked the start
of a troubled 2007 for singer Amy Winehouse.
She cancelled a series of gigrs
after going to hospital and
shelved her entire US tour
amid reports that she had
been treated for drug abuse, .
When she later resumed
touring in Birmingham, fans
booed her off stage.
.But while the adverse
:'i-.:.!i piled up, Winehouse had comiercia! and critical
success with her album Back To Black ani gained six
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prolonged high loads to ensure that thl
* CHECK the power demand on all major appliances to ensure they show no signs of pitting, and that the'
are used in accordance with manufacturers' specifications. firmly when closed.
| INSTALLI additional outlets to prevent the use of drop cords or REMOVE as soon as possible all temr
extension cords. power extensions
\ ATTACH hanging switches & outlets to the wall which were used for the holiday sea
words, broken or
t were exposed to:
y come together
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR EARTH WIRE IS FIRMLY GROUNDED OUTSIDE!
EQUIPMENT, APPLIANCES & FIXTURES USE LESS POWER WHEN THEY ARE NEW OR SERVICED.
Defective ones use more power. -- ... .....
Buy equipment with the ENERGY STAR for greater energy efficiency and ?'- -
lower long term operating costs (60% less in some cases)!
ENERGY CONSERVATION your-thought for-ery- l,
YOUR JANUARY 2008 SCHEDULE
Bring in the electrician to test and service
everything using or carrying electricity:
If your house wiring is more than ten years old,
it should be more carefully tested or replaced
If your fuses were rupturing (blowing) frequently
and were replaced with higher rating fuses with
no change, the problem may be faulty or old
[ If the connection from the pole to your house
has been sparking even af.te attention by GPL,-
the problem may original fl4SIEi the buildings ;.
You need the services of ,aCfiftd electrician to
save your property from fire and to help
your own energy conservation drive
The electrician must check and service ALL
EQUIPMENT & GADGETS.
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uN AIday Chronicle DecemberN30, 2007iPage X
Responses to last week
1. Bartica Triangle 7
2. Port Kaituma 1
4. Cheddi Jagan International Airport 4
5. Kaieteur Falls 8
10 6. Vreed en Hoop. 3
3. About 25% live in small villages on the coast, along river banks and in the
Rural Dwellers are people who live in the country side or rural areas.
4. The forest, waterfalls, and mountains are sparsely populated.
Why do people live in certain places?
Many people live on the coast because of fishing and trading.
Others live on river banks because of trade and land for farming.
In mountains, deserts, jungles, and very cold lands are sparsely populated
severe heat and cold
farming is not easily done.
Roads are hard to build
Conditions are not good for human settlement.
Use these words to complete these sentences.
Migration immigrants internal migration
Identify cities in the following countries
1. People in a country can be counted by taking a __
2. Mr. Jones left Berbice to live in Georgetown this is best described as
3. East Indians came from India to live in Guyana they are known
4. During the winter season birds leave England to spend time in Guyana this
is describe as
5. People who leave Guyana to live in the United States are
Let us now look at the population distribution in Guyana.
You know that population distribution tells us where people live and how many
live in a particular place.
The 2002 Census Report for Guyana has shown that our population was
Look at your atlas and compare this figure with other countries.
Brazil 173 000 000
India 1 025 000 000
China 1 285 000 000
China is the most populated country in the world.
India is the second most populated country in the world
You may notice that Guyana has a very small population when compared with
Population as per the Administrative Regions
Anna Regina 6,195 42,341
Mahdia 20,051 4,485
Linden 17,040 38,641
214,999 759,567 723,673 751,223
Bureau of Statistics Guyana: Population and Housing Census 2002
1. Most of Guyana's people live on the coastland.
2. Our population lives in the five towns and the capital city.
Urban dwellers are persons who live in towns and cities or urban areas.
On your own.
On a blank map shade the heavily and sparsely populated areas in Guyana.
Use a key.
The Resources of our Environment
Guyana's -two main types of-resources are its:
The country human resources are its people- men, women and children.
They use their skills, knowledge, talents and energy to develop their country.
The skills and knowledge are passed on to people in schools, colleges and uni-
The natural resources are those parts of our environment which nature has pro-
vided for use. Guyana's natural resources include sunlight, air, landforms, soil type,
flora, fauna, water and minerals.
Natural resources can further be divided into two groups;
Non renewable resources
When we speak of renewable resources, we refer to those "living resources" such
as plants and animals. These resources can reproduce or replace themselves and
increase in quantity. Examples of renewable resources are soil, sea and forest.
Non renewable Resources
These are those non- living resources such as minerals
These resources do not replace themselves, or do so at a slow rate. It takes thou-
sands of years to be replaced.
Gold and diamond are non- renewable resources.
and foreign companies are developing our resources.
Local Agencies Foreign Agencies
Kayman Sankar Limited Alesie
Mahazarally & Sons Caribbean Resources
Omai Gold Mines Limited
Production of our resources demands overseas markets.
Impoit means to bring into one's country
Export means to send out of one's country
A country imports the products it needs and exports what it produces in ex-
Through Guyana's export we earn foreign exchange for our country.
Guyana established trading Partners
o Caricom Countries
So long until next week .God Bless!
12/28/2007, 4:28 PM
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Responses to last week
2 Incisors ,
6. small intestine
7. large intestine
o Dermis: the dermis is under the epidermis. The dermis contains:
* nerve endings
* blood vessels
* oil glands and
* sweat glands.
Questions on the Respiratory System
1. Define what is respiration?
2. Name the organs in the respiratory system.
3. Discuss the process of respiration
This week we will continue with the Body Systems and today we will examine the Excre-
The Excretory System is the- system of our body that performs the functions of Excre-
tion, the bodily process of discharging wastes. There are several parts of our body that are
responsible for this process. These include the sweat glands, the liver, the lungs and the
Without the Excretory System, the buildup of harmful wastes could damage the body
resulting in very serious consequences.
Blood containing the waste products is carried by the arteries to the kidney
The waste products are filtered from the blood by the small tubes in the kidney.
The waste products are salts and urea.
The urea and water come together to form urine
The urine passed from the kidney to the bladder through two tubes called the ure-
The urine is stored in the bladder and it is passed out at interval from the body.
o Subcutaneous Fat: the third layer is called subcutaneous fat. It is made up of fats
and helps to keep the body warm and absorbs shocks. This layer is where the hair starts to
grow. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny tube in the skin called the follicle.
Health related effects.
Dark skin protects against ultraviolet light, this light causes mutations in skin cells,
which in turn cause skin cancers.
Light skinned persons.have a .greater risk of getting skin cancer in equal .sunlight
Dark skin prevents radiation of ultraviolet rays from destroying the essential folic
acid, which is obtained from vitamin B.
Now we will examine the normal skin as against the dry skin.
The characteristics of the "normal" skin can be summarised as follows:
A clear appearance
An even colour
Feels neither tight nor greasy
Soft and supple to the touch
A high degree of elasticity
The characteristics of the "dry" skin can be summarised as follows:
o Feels tight and irritable
.o Often looks flaky
o Often develops fine lines around the eyes
o Tightens after washing with soap or detergents or prolonged exposure
to low humidity.
Cleanliness is very important, as the lack of it may lead to diseases. The daily practice of
clean habits should form part of the regular routine of our lives.
How to keep clean
* Wash and bathe regularly with soap and water
We drink a lot of water everyday. Our body gets rid of the excess water in the form of
urine. Can you tell of any other way how our body gets rid of excess water? Did you .say
sweat? Then you are correct. Congratulation!!! M
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It covers the entire body.'
Our.skin helps us to remove excess water, mineral salts and a small amount of nitro-
gen waste from our body.
These substances are found in our sweat.
Sweat is produced by a special group of cells in our skin.
It helps to remove excess heat and thus regulate the temperature of our body.
It protects the body from damage, infections and drying out.
Sebaseous (oo G lnd
Diagram of a Cross Section of the Skin
The skin is made up of three layers each with its own important parts.
o Epidermis: the layer on the outside is called the epidermis. It is the part of the skin
you can see. At the bottom of the epidermis new cell are forming. Most of the cells in the
epidermis, 95 percent, work to make new cells. The other 5 percent gives the skin its colour.
Results of uncleanliness.
Pores clogged with fats, dead cells and dirt.
Surface unsightly, unpleasant odour.
Dirt is a breathing place for germs and the spread of infections.
Factors affecting the skin function.
Environment that dehydrates the skin can affect the skin condition and hence it!
functions. eg. Air condition homes and offices
*: Out of doors, sun and wind together may produce severe drying effects, especially
Water and harsh household detergents and cleaning fluids are the most damagin1
factors of all, especially on the hands.
The Cold Sore
A'cold sore is an eruption on the margin of the lips. It is caused by the herpes simplex
which lives in the body and escapes the immune system. Cold sores develop when the skill
is damaged during a cold or after sunbathing. They can be suppressed by anti-viral creams
They.eventually die out without treatment.
1: The outer skin is also called the ......
2.- The.true skin under the epidermis is the ....
3. The sweat glands is found in the ..
(a) dermis (b) epidermis (c),fatty layer (d) follicle
4. the normal body temperature is ...
'(a) 35(c (b) 36"c (c) 37?c (d) 401c
Care your skin. Be disciplined children and continue your good work
See you next week!
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Sunday Chronicle Decemerr 30,-2t2007'
How to Draw Unicorn
Janus is here, read the chalkboard.
A new student, where?
No. no, no.
Must be a jumbie, nothing is here
No, said the teacher, Janus is...
A new video game?
(Christmas still in the air)
No, let me explain.
No, no, no, it is the month of January. I
Long ago in Roman mythology...
Janus was known as the god
of beginnings and endings,
Read each question carefully. Choose the one answer you think is correct.
(A)With two Admit your faults.ooking in opposite directions
(BC Respond to all emails.
the past and thCompliment liberally and truthfully
Multiple Express your love, appropriately.
2. A New Year's resolution to one's God.
(A). Consistent prayer to the Almighty.
B) Seek divine consideration before making decisions. Dip the Apple in the Honey!
C c Allow your walk to coincide with your talk.
(D/ Live with men as if God saw you and speak
to God, as if men heard you.
3. A New Year's resolution to a boss.
(A) Think beyond the given conditions and the present.
(B) Start each day reading good news.
(C) Discuss ideas and concepts, not people.
(D Work hard.
4. A New Year's resolution to a parent.
(A) Participate in the home.
(B Listen to parents.
(C Compliment more often, thereby being less critical.
(D Listen to dad's advice on investment, (esp. spending),
5. A New Year's resolution to one's country.
(A) Enjoy nature, rains, etc.
(B) Being truthful to our National Pledge." I pledge myself to
honor always the flag of Guyana and to be loyal to my country, to
be obedient to the laws of Guyana and to love my fellow citizens and
to dedicate my energies towards the happiness and prosperity of
(C) Express admiration for others.
(D) Donate to charitable organizations.
6. A New Year's resolution to one's self.
(A) Eat healthy and say no to junk foods.
(B) Listen to wholesome music, regularly.
(C) Chat with common sense and honesty.
(D) Be yourself.
The answers to the last set of questions are:
1.-(C), 2.-(A), 3.- (C), 4. (D), 5.- (B), 6.- (B)
12/28/2007, 4:25 PM
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UNIVERSITY OF GUYANA
VACANCIES FORACADEMIC STAFF
Applications are invited from
interested persons to fill a
number ofvacancies for
academic positions of
Lecturer I, Lecturer II, Senior
Lecturer, Reader and
Professor at TURKEYEN
AND BERBICE CAMPUSES.
Persons who are interested in part-time
appointment may also apply
indicating that option.
Applications for the position of
Assistant Lecturer are also invited
from interested persons with good first
degree qualifications in relevant
Preference will be given to holders of
Ph.D and Master's Degrees in
relevant fields plus relevant experience
Preference will be given to applicants
who are qualified to teach at
two (2) specialisations within the
programmes of Faculties, including
post-graduate and higher degree
levels. (Further information could be
obtained from Faculties/Berbice
Campus and the Personnel Division,
FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE &
Agriculture:Agriculture Engineering and
Forestry:- Surveying & Mapping,
Wildlife Management, Forestry
Conservation, Forestry Policy & Law,
Agro-forestry and Rural
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION &
Foundations & Education
Management: Measurement &
Childhood Education, Psychology of
Adolescence, Psychology of Learning
Teaching, Research Methods,
Curriculum Theory; Curriculum and
Instruction: Home Economics: Home
& Issues in Teaching), Science for
Home Economics, Curriculum
& Improvement, Family Life
Management, Foods & Food Science,
of Food, Education Practicum/Research
Study, Primary Practicum/Research
Study, Trends and Issues in Life
Management, Clothing Design
and Selection, Current Trends and
Fashion; English: English Grammar
Comprehension Skills for Teachers,
Children Literature and Story
Social Studies: Social Studies
Teaching/Methods (Primary), Education
Practicum, Primary Social Studies,
Education Research Study;
Teaching Mathematics (Primary);
Study, Agriculture: Education Research
Study; Language & Cultural
Studies: Modern Languages: Latin
American History & Literature,
Literature & Civilization of Spain,
Hispanic Language Studies &
Linguistics (all areas), French
Portuguese Language; English: Use of
English, English Linguistics,
Literature (all areas including Caribbean
(including British, American, West.
Indian), Literary Theory, Oral
Traditions, English as a Foreign
Language, Poetry; Creative Arts:
Arts and Music Textile Design,
Ceramics, Drawing & Painting,
Graphic Design, Music Education, .
Music (Theory & Practice), Materials
Methods, Art, Nature and Meaning,
History of Art, Theory of Art,
Introduction to Art Education, Art
Education and Creative Crafts for
Adolescents, Visual Aesthetics, Art
Education for Nursery & Primary,
Independent Research Project; Social
Studies: Tourism: Introduction to
Tourism Economics, Restaurant
Operations and Management, Tourism
Marketing, Operations Management in
Eco-Tourism; History: Survey of
Guyanese History 1& II, African History,
of History, Historiography, Latin
FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Medical Technology: Haematology,
Immunohaematology and Blood
Chemical Pathology, Histotechnology,
Laboratory Quality Management,
Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular
Biology, Medical Parasitology,
Methodology & Biostatistics;
Pharmacy: Pharmacy Orientation &
Calculations, Introduction to
Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms,
1, 11 & III, Medicinal Organic Chemistry I
& II, Natural Products I &
Applied Pharmaceutical Chemistry I &
II, Clinical Pharmacology I & II,
Biochemical Aspects of Pharmacology
and Forensic Pharmacy; Public
Occupational Health and Safety, Water,
Sewage and Solid Waste
Management, Port Health and Disaster
Management, Legal and Ethical
Introduction to Food Hygiene I & II,
Meat Hygiene, Milk and
Hygiene, Communicable Diseases and
Vector Control, Food Legislation,
Epidemiology, Homeostasis I & II.
FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Biology: Plant Anatomy and Plant
Morphology, Parasitology, Mycology,
Experimental Methods in Biology, Plant
Pathology, Coastal Ecology,
Fisheries Biology and Limnology,
Biometry and Biostatistics,
Chemistry: Physical, Inorganic and
Chemistry; Computer Science:
Computer Architecture and
Micro-computer Graphics, Operating
Systems, Computer Literacy 1/11,
Database Management Systems,
Database Management and
Programming in C,
Linux Systems, Java, Assembly
Language for Microcomputers,;
Physics & Statistics: Mathematical
Methods, Mathematical Analysis,
Mathematics, Topology, Statistical
Inference, Probability and
Theory, Trigonometry, Analytic
Geometry, Advanced Calculus,
Physics, Foundation Physics, Heat and
Optics, Quantum Physics,
Electronics, Solid State Physics,
Medical Physics, Nuclear Physics,
SCHOOL OF EARTH
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: .
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Government and International Affairs:
Public Management: Local,
Municipal Government, Organisational
Analysis, Management Skills
Techniques, Introduction to Public
Introduction to Public Management,
International Relations: Comparative
Political Systems, Introduction to
Caribbean Politics, Evolution of the
International System, Foreign Policy of
Guyana, Global Political
International Finance, International &
Regional Organisations, Ethics &
International Relations, Politics &
Development in the Third World,
in Caribbean Politics Economics:
Planning Techniques and
Economic Theory, Transport
Economics, Environmental Economics,
Economics, Public Finance, Monetary
Economics, International Finance
Industrial Economics, Labour
Economics, Law: Legal Methods,
Contract, Legal Research & Writing,
Law of Torts, Jurisprudence, Public
International Law, Law of Succession,
Employment Law, Family Law,
International Environmental Law, Law
of Corporate Management, Law and
Development, Intellectual Property Law,
Law of Corporate Finance, Trade
Relations Law, Administration of.Trusts
& Estates, Caribbean Human
Law, Law & Legal Systems, Criminal
Law, Constitutional Law, Real
Law in Society, Administrative Law,
Equitable Remedies, Company Law,
Insurance Law, Law of Trusts &
Estates, Alternative Disputes.
Law & Social Systems, Elements of
Law; Business & Management Studies:
for Bankers, International Finance,
International Trade, Banking
Information Systems, Marketing
Cotnedo 6.6 I
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UNIVERSITY OF GUYANA
VACANCIES FOR ACADEMIC STAFF
Management, Consumer Behaviour,
Communication, Accounting for
Bankers, Commercial Banking
Operations I, Commercial Banking
Operations II, Accounting Information
System, Principles of Business
Administration, Retail Management,
Advertising Management, Marketing
Research, International & Export
Policy and Strategy, Business
Management Science, Commercial Law
1, Commercial Law II,
Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Management, Production Management,
Project Management, Public
Sector Accounting, Taxation, Taxation &
Tax Management, Principles of
Auditing, Advanced Auditing, Advanced
Advanced Financial Accounting I,
Accounting Theory, Financial
Organisation and Management,
Sociology and Social Work: Social
Psychology, Elements of Survey
Sampling & Social Statistics,
Statistics for Social Research, Social
Science Methodology, Applied
Sociology, The Sociology of
Punishment & Corrections, Social
the Aging, Social Work in the Medical
Field Graduate School:
Planning for Development, Public
Finance Issues, Quantitative Methods,
Strategies in the Caribbean,
Approaches to Development in Guyana,
Local Government.and Development,
International Finance and Development,
Planning and Analysis, Research
Methods and Analysis in the Social
Sciences, Advanced Political Theory,
International Organisations and
Theories of International Relations.
FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY
Civil Engineering: Highway
Resources/Drainage & Irrigation
Engineering, Sanitation Engineering,
Coastal Engineering, Structural
Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering,
Hydraulic Engineering, Hydrology,
Construction Management, Engineering
Materials, Engineering Surveying, Fluid
Electrical Power. Engineering,
Design & Propagation,
Systems/Machines, Digital Electronics &
Electronics; Mechanical Engineering:
Metallurgy, New & Renewable Energy
Sources, Maintenance Engineering
Management, Mechanic Fluids, Theory
Machines, Strength of Materials,
Machine Design, Applied Mechanics,
Applied Thermodynamics, Alternative
Energy Management, Engineering
& Design; Architecture: Architectural
Design, Construction Technology,
Computer Aided Design, Building
Services and Art; Engineering
Mathematics, Engineering Management.
DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE &
Agriculture: Soil Science, Cytogenetics,.
Population Genetics, Applied
Plant Pathology, Integrated Pest and
Disease Management, Agricultural
Biochemistry; Hydrology, Water
Management or Agricultural
Agriculture Business Management and
DIVISION OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Computer Science: Programming
Languages (Basic, PASCAL, JAVA),
Computing, Systems and Computer
Software Engineering; Mathematics &
Statistics: Statistical Inference, Linear &
Modern Algebra, Boolean
Mathematics, Mathematical Analysis,
Calculus, Trigonometry; Biology:
Biochemistry, Cryptogamic &.
Phenerogamic Botany, Ecology;
General Chemistry (Physical, Organic,
Inorganic); Physics: Modern ana
DIVISION OF EDUCATION AND
Foundations & Education Management:
Issues in. Education
Childhood Education, Psychology of
Teaching and Learning, Measurement
and Evaluation, Research Methods,
Educational Administration, Curriculum
Adolescence Psychology, Management
in Education, Education Technology
Primary Schools, Education Research
Study (Nursery), Learning &
Development, Psychology of Adolescence
& Adult Learning, Language &
Cultural Studies: Use of English,
Technical English, English Grammar,
English Literature (all areas including
Caribbean Literature, Literary
Theory, Oral Traditions), Linguistics (all
areas); Social Studies:
of Guyanese History, Survey of Caribbean
History, Foundations of World
History, Modern World History,
Foundations of the Future Caribbean,
Contemporary Issues in the Caribbean;
Curriculum & Instruction:
and Family, Caribbean Social Structures,
Curriculum and Evaluation,
Curriculum Improvement, History Forms
and Styles of Music in the
Caribbean; Language Education
(Primary), English Grammar and
Comprehension Skills for Teachers,
Language Arts Teaching (Primary),
'Children's Literature and Story Telling,
Creative Arts (Nursery &
Primary); Mathematics Teaching (Primary)
Foundation Biology, Science
Teaching (Primary), Nutrition for Nursery
School Teachers, Community
Nutrition; Curriculum Improvement &
Evaluation, Methods of Teaching,
Philosophy and Issues in Teaching,
Education Research Study.
DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Government & International Affairs:
Introduction to Conflict
Resolution, Strategic Public Sector
Management, Statistics for
& Business; Economics: Introductory
Micro & Macro Economics;
The Study of Society, Introduction to
Sociological Theory, Theory
Practice of Social Work I & II, Social
Policy and Legislation,
Introduction to Social Work Research
Methods; Business & Management:
Financial Accounting I & II, Principles of
Taxation, Computer Studies I & II,
Commercial Law I & II, Mathematics
Statistics, Organizational Theory &
Behaviour, Business Environment and
Salary Scale: Assistant
Lecturer UAI: $84,728 -$127, 086
UA2: $96,022- $141, 208
UA3: $118,617 $169,451
Lecturer UA4: $163,801
UA6: $254,177 $303,598
Appointment level and placement in
appropriate salary scales are
determined by level of qualifications,
SNon-Taxable Allowances and Other
Benefits: Housing (20% of basic
travelling and book allowances;
entertainment and additional travelling
allowance are payable depending on
Study/Sabbatical leave (whichever is
applicable) and leave passage
allowance; contributory medical and
pension schemes and gratuity,
Anyone recruited from overseas will
receive up to four (4) full
airfares (i.e. for self, spouse and two
(2) unmarried children up to
eighteen (18) years of age) from point
of recruitment (as determined by
the University regulations), limited
removal expenses and a settling-in
Applications with curriculum
vitae, THREE (3) COPIES,
full name, date of birth, marital
status, qualifications (with
and overall grades obtained),
work experience (with dates),
and publications (with dates)
full names and addresses of
referees, who can testify to the
academic and/or professional
capabilities of the applicant,
(one of whom must be your
last employer, where applicable)
must reach the Personnel
University of Guyana, P.O.
Box 10-1110, Georgetown, Email:
email@example.com or Fax: .592-
222-4181, or Courier Service,
than Monday, January 7, 2008
(Tel. Nos. 592-222-5271/4181),
12/28/2007. 4:20 PM
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PgXSd hnl b 30.
The nun who
In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Sis-
ter Mary Ignatius Davies ran
the Alpha Boys School in Ja-
maica, instilling into her boys
a love of music and thus play-
ing a vital but unheralded
role in the reggae explosion
of the 1960s
BBC correspondent and
reggae fanatic Jonathan Charles
tells the story of Sister Iggy, her
sound-system dances and the
men she inspired.
As a teenager growing up in
Nottingham in the mid-1970s -
there was a big Afro-Caribbean
community and reggae was ev-
It was fantastically exotic -
against the background of freez-
ing cold winters there was this
sound wafting in from the Car-
ibbean, very different to English
life at the time.
In a way that interest in the
exotic is what led to me want-
ing to travel and eventually to
become a foreign correspondent,
a feeling that there was more life
beyond the United Kingdom.
I was leafing through some
CDs in a record shop about 18
months ago and came across some
stuff released by Trojan Records.
There was a lot of material
from the Alpha Boys School and
I thought it sounded an inte.est-
ing story, so I started doing
some research and found that it
was all about this nun who'd
nurtured reggae by teaching the
guys that were part of my mu-
She was a fantastic woman
because, believe it or not, she
was a DJ who ran a sound sys-
tern with her own decks.
She had hundreds of
records and would run dances on
Every time a new record
came out she'd send one of the
boys off to buy it these boys
were all from the wrong side of
the tracks and she gave them
their love of music.
When the reggae explosion
happened in the 60s it was
mainly fuelled by guys who'd
been through the Alpha Boys
When she died her collec-
tion ended up in a Seattle
museum, such was its impor-
tance as a chronicle of Jamai-
They also found her notes
on mixing and how she would
go from a Prince Buster song to
CO-OPERATIVE REPUBLIC OF GUYANA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH, GUYANA MATERIALS
The Ministry of Health has secured funding for the purchase of the items below and
invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders lforthe supply and delivery or same:
I. MoH 104/2007 Supply and Delivery of Medical Equipment.
2. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures,
specified in the Procurement Act 2003, and is open to all bidders, subject to provisions of Section
IV (Eligible Countries) as defined in the Bidding Documents.
3. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information, clarification, examine and uplift
bid documents (upon presentation of receipt from Ministry of Health- see#5 below) at the
address in #8 below, from Monday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm:
4. Qualifications requirements include: Valid certificates of Compliance from NIS and GRA which
should be submitted for companies with offices registered in Guyana. Additional requirements/
details are provided in the Bidding Documents.
5. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders upon
payment of a non-refundable manager's cheque/ cash feeof$3.000.
6. Bids must be delivered to the address below (#9) at or before 9 am January 8", 2008 for Project #
Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the
presence of the bidders' representatives who choose to attend in person at the address below at 9
am January 8"' 2007 for project #s: Moll 104/07. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid
Security asstatedin the Bidding document.
7. Purchasing of Bid Documents (see #5 also):
Cashier -Accounts Department (Ground Floor)
Ministry ofHealth, Brickdam, Georgetown
8. Further information, clarification, examination and uplifting bid documents (upon
presentation of receipt from Ministry of Health, see#3 above)
SMaterials Management Unit, Ministry of Health
Lot I Mudflat, Kingston. Georgetown
Tel 22 69351, Fax 22 57767, E mail: mm.nn.moh.g.ma.l.comn
9. For Bid Submission and Bid opening (see#6 also)
National Procurement and Tender Administration (North Western Building)
Ministry of Finance
Main and Urquhart Streets.
the Skatalites... in those days in
Jamaica when people couldn't
afford radios or records her Sat-
urday night dances were very
influential in breaking new mu-
And it wasn't just music;
she also taught them boxing,
happily donning gloves to take
on boys that were often twice
her weight and size.
She believed it was her
Christian duty to teach them
skills that would see them
through their lives in a rough
town like Kingston.
HOW DID YOU TRACK
We were very lucky that all
the guys either live here in En-
gland or pass through regularly.
We've spoken to Vin Gor-
don, who actually played trom-
bone on that Althea and Donna
track, and was also with the
Wailers back in the 60s; we spoke
to Hedley Bennett, who played
with the Upsetters and the
Skatalites; we interviewed singer
Owen Gray, Winston Martin,
who also played with the Wailers
and another great called Eddie
'TanTan' Thornton, who played
with all the top reggae groups and
has recently been with the Jools
They're all pensioners now.
All the Skatalites went to
the Alpha school Lester
Sterling, Don Drummond -
they wrote Is This Love the
Bob Marley song... I was in-
terviewing Winston Martin
about it and he just burst into
If you want to get grown
men to cry simply talk to them
These were guys from the
wrong side of the tracks, from
Trenchtown and places like that
where they had no future.
Several said they would be
dead if it wasn't for her and they
want to keep her memory alive.
If you're a Catholic nun,
you're into saving people's
souls and by giving them a mu-
sical love you'll save a lot more
than perhaps pure religion
would have done.
She really did save these
people they would have died
in the gang warfare in
When you ask how influen-
tial she was they all say that the
reggae explosion of the 60s
would not have happened with-
You don't expect a Catho-
lic nun to be responsible for one
of the world's great musical tra-
ditions and I was staggered that
it isn't better known because to
me it seems the most amazing
The thing about this
documentary is that it's not
just the Nun's story, it's what
it says about Jamaican inde-
pendence and about the
people she saved. Even if you
don't like reggae music it's a
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WE CAN BE CONTACTED
4FTER BUSINESS HOURS ONt
f HE FOLLOWING NUMBERS.
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: V-079
The United States Embassy in Georgetown is seeking an individual for the position of
Electrician. Responsibilities include: installations, maintenance and repair of electrical
systems for the Embassy's owned and leased residences and buildings.
Requirements are: Completion of vocational training or apprenticeship recognized as
producing journeyman electrician level skills; three years prior experience at a
journeyman electrician level; good working knowledge of English; the ability to use all
hand tools used by an electrician and the ability to' correct normally encountered
electrical problems; must be able to drive and have a valid driver's license for car and
van. Persons wishing to apply may request an application form on-line at
HROGeorgetownH@state.gov or in person at the Embassy's VIP guard booth on Duke
Street, Monday to Friday, 7.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you choose to submit a resume, it
must contain ALL information contained in the application form. Closing date is January
11, 2008. Completed applications should be e-mailed to the above address or sent via
Human Resources Office
100 Duke Street
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: V-78
REFRIGERATION & A/C MECHANIC
The United States Embassy in Georgetown is seeking an individual for the position of
Refrigeration and A/C Mechanic. Responsibilities include installing, repairing and
maintaining air conditioning and water systems. Requirements are: completion of
secondary school plus a certificate in refrigeration and air conditioning from a recognized
institution; at least twoyears experience working at the journeyman level in refrigeration
and air conditioning; good working knowledge of English; must have complete
understanding of the basics of refrigeration cycle, air flow and BTU loading; must have an
understanding of water pump systems, pressure tanks, pump controls and be able:to.use
all the tools of the air conditioning trade; must be able to drive and have a valid driver's
license for car and van. Persons wishing to apply may request an application form on-line
at HROGeorgetownH(Estate.gov or in person at the Embassy's VIP guard booth on Duke
Street, Monday to Friday, 7.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you choose to submit a resume, it must
contain ALL information contained in the application form. Closing date is Janu4ry 11,
2008. Completed applications should be e-mailed to the above address or sent via mail
Human Resources Office
(Refrigeration &AIC Mechanic)
100 Duke Street
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ARIES -- Mixing up your social circle is good for your social life, so consid,
how you can connect with someone you normally would not spend time wi
today. It doesn't have to be a long, extended date -- just time enough to e
tablish a new familiarity. Sit next to a different person at lunch, or strike ur
conversation with a stranger while standing in line. Exchanging a short rou,
of small talk might be all it takes to remind you of the goodness of people.
TAURUS -- If you are in the midst of a project or venture right now, today
the perfect day to try to wrap it up. Anything brought to completion ri4
now has a good chance for long term success, and perhaps even fame. If y,
are contemplating starting something new today, first make sure you ha
finished other projects. Try not to let things languish in the zone of the i
complete. After all, you can't feel accomplished until you finish the final cha -
GEMINI -- A big personality who is long on talking and short on doing w
frustrate you today. Beware of the people who brag the most, because th
usually have the least to brag about. This person is all talk and no action -
and they are absolutely no threat to you whatsoever. Your best tactic is
keep your head down, embrace modesty and let your actions speak for y(
Making a lot of noise and churning up heaps of hot air has never been yc,
style, so don't start it now!
CANCER -- It's a great day for spending quality time with friends. Pick sor::
thing casual to do, so no one feels the need to host or make a fancy ft.
Schedule a lunch or small day trip to get in some good 'together' time. No '-,.
else can help you think through your latest issues in life as well as they c
and it is always rejuvenating to talk about your hopes and desires with peo e
who understand you so well. Someone's been dying to share their news, I 1
this will be the perfect excuse to celebrate.
LEO -- One or two unexpected issues around your house or home will fc e
you into a not-so-graceful juggling act today, but all the elements in your ;: e
will be fine by the end of the day. This is just a necessary realignment, thi,' s
all. Think of it as a chiropractic appointment for the spine of your organi/ ,-
tion. One quick twist will put things back in a more efficient and pleas, it
combination. Try to leave your schedule as open as possible to accomr,. -
date the reshuffling.
VIRGO -- Any old plans would be good plans for you and a friend toda --
except for a trip to the shopping mall. You need to watch out for impulse b, -
ing right now. And while you are perfectly capable of doing a few laps aroi d
the mall without melting your credit card, why push it? Suggest a movie >r
something else that will keep you occupied for a long period of time. Or y
for an outdoor activity. If the weather is nice, how about taking a long w, :k
and just catching up?
LIBRA -- Social invitations, shameless flirts and amazing travel opportuniL -s
are all wonderful things to encounter in your life. But today, you need to y
to avoid them! Keep away from anything that could lure you away from y ar
primary focus. Whether you are trying to accomplish a work goal, study )r
an important exam, or just work up the courage to ask someone out, yot lo
not need anything to distract you. Isolate yourself from the parties and s :k
to serious subjects.
SCORPIO -- The mists of your memories will do nothing but cloud youi /i-
sion today -- and you will need clarity to make some important decisions .o
try to live in the present moment each step of the way today. Face forv rd
and keep thinking about the next adventure instead of leaving some of 3 ur
heart in the past. Dwelling on past failures -- or past successes -- is notl ng
but a waste of time. Turn away from your memories and toward the oppe tu-
nities that will be coming your way.
SAGITTARIUS -- Have you been feeling a time-crunch lately? If you are look-
ing for more time, first you must decide what you need that extra time for. If
it's a matter of finding more time to spend with loved ones, then the solu ion
is simple -- reschedule business in order to make room for the.personal. B ,t if
you need more time to be by yourself, then that might need to wait a w ile.
Right now, the priority is turning away from solace and toward social. ing
more with the people you care about.
CAPRICORN -- You are about to enter a placid, worry-free time, when fun
and feeling good are the name of the game. The world will suddenly feel 'ike
a giant amusement park, with stimulating sights and thrilling rides at every
turn. This is a great time to begin exploring a new hobby, interest or career
opportunity you have been thinking about. Your brain is open to new ideas
and new ways of doing things. The proverbial old dog is ready to learn some
AQUARIUS -- Mixing up your social circle is good for your social life, so
consider how you can connect with someone you normally would not spend
time with today. It doesn't have to be a long, extended date -- just time enough
to establish a new familiarity. Sit next to a different person at lurich, or strike
up a conversation with a stranger while standing in line. Exchanging a short
round of small talk rnm-'-t be all it takes to remind you of the. goodness of
PISCES -- In a group situation today, some,
idea that might cause the room to fall into an
innovation can make people feel awkward. 1:
something before, they don't know how to re;:.
this idea and have your own thoughts about
right up. Having the courage to respect a neNx
quality in a great leader.
will throw ,out an unusual
>mfortable hush -- because
y have never experie iced
iut if you can identify with
to improve upon it, )el-
and build upon it is key
12/28/2007. 4:16 PM
Page XXH Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007
Ditch that Young Australian
foreign passport? volunteers in Guyana
MOST young people who take a year off after their first year of university tend to chill
Opinions are divided across the Caribbean in the debate over whether people holding, or seek- out and get their head together.
ing, political office, should be allowed to hold dual citizenship. g oge
Clauses in some constitutions are being subjected to various interpretations. Sarah Turnbull raised a fistful of cash, came to Glyana, got herself loaded into the back of an
In some cases politicians serving in their native parliament, and who have acquired citizenship old Bedford truck in the middle of the night .and bounced 20 hours into the wilderness to help
from another country, may not readily volunteer that information, teach the local Amerindian children English and.Maths.
So, exact figures are hard to come by. Sarah Turnbull is a 19-
But some holders of multiple passports have been speaking out in their own defence. year-old strawberry blonde
In Guyana the health minister, Leslie Ramsammy has US citizenship. from Australia who took a
In St Kitts/Nevis the government has been eyeing the foreign passport held by the lone opposition rom Australia who took a
Peoples Action Movement MP, Shawn Richards. break from studying for her
But the National Security Minister, Dwyer Astaphan, has had to admit that he too has dual citi- Bachelor of International
zenship. Studies at Sydney University
In addition to his Kittitian document Mr Astaphan holds a Canadian passport. to do a bit of travel and
One opposition MP in Grenada, Peter David, is fighting the government in court over the m e s vlne w
issue, maybe some volunteer work.
The New National Party administration of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell contends that the Na- The upshot was that last
tional Democratic Congress parliamentarian should be excluded from the House as he still holds a week she returned home af-
foreign passport. ter a two month stint along
The government claims this is proof that Mr David's loyalties are divided. with seven other Austra.
And the controversy has also surfaced in other parts of the Caribbean: in Haiti, in Jamaica, in ians, two Guyane Ausra-
Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere. lians, two Guyanese and
Anguillan lawyer Bernice Lake says she understands why Caribbean nationals "out there trying to one Canadian in the re-
make a living" often end up acquiring citizenship in the country they've migrated to. mote village of Hiawa in '_
"Some recognition has to be given to that dilemma in which we find ourselves," she told south west Guyana.
BBC Caribbean, while conceding that an MP with dual citizenship could raise eyebrows. She helped teach about
100 local children, some of %.F
whom walked two hours to
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME get to school, English and
mathematics. '* -
VACANCY NOTICE The village has no elec- '.. .
Pilot Project Coordinator tricity or running water and
Pilot Pr ect Coordinator the group working for the
-GSI Pilot Project Site lwokrama Rainforest -- volunteer organisation Youth
TERMS OF REFERENCE Challenge International, to -
which Youth Challenge Aus-
1. Background tralia and Youth Challenge
The GSI Phase lilrojec "iEcological and financial sustainable management of the Guiana Sheild tralia and Youth Challenge
Eco-region" aims to promote the sustainable development of the Guiana Shield by means of an Guyana are affiliated, took their own food supplies with them for the two month stay.
integrated eco-regional (policy, institutional, financial) management framework, designed to enable Sarah said if anything, she suffered reverse culture shock, after she returned to the comparative
the six countries (Brazil. Colombia, French Guiana. Guyana. Suriname. Venezuela) and their local luxury of her home.
communities to benefit from their natural resources. She said the Hiawa children were like sponges when it came to soaking up knowledge.
2. Duties and responsibilities "The kids are all so naturally bright. Every day we sat them down they'd soak in everything.
It was amazing. They were just so enthusiastic about learning and about reading."
Overall responsibilities Next year. Sarah's back at university and then she's back travelling.
The Pilot Project Coordinator (PPC) will report directly to the Project Manager and will work in Next year Sarahs back at university and then she's back travelling.
close collaboration with the Iwokrama Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development to But the destination remains unknown. (Reprinted from The Observer)
achieve the objectives of the project as stated above. The PPC will be expected to work within the
framework of the related agreement between the UNDP and Iwokrama and under the technical
direction of the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands.
He or she will be responsible for the day-to-day activities at the site and providing technical.
operationaland oversight supportto the various activities envisaged for the Pilot Project(PP)site. GUYANA RICE DEVELOPMENT BOARD '
Specific tasks and responsibilities
a. Assume operational responsibility of the PP consistent with the project document andd V A C A N C IE S
policiesandprocedures. V L--ML
b. Facilitate the implementation of various studies, & assessments in the PP
c. Provide input on design ofbenefit sharing mechanisms
d. Organize and facilitate the consultation process with all relevant stakeholders Applications are invited to fill the following vacancies at the Burma Rice Research
e. Facilitate the signing ofcontracts with relevant stakeholders Station and Corentyne Sub-Office:
f. Facilitate motoring activities in the PP (ground trnthing") and recommend actions if n an reyne
monitoring results are unsatisfactory
g. Assist in/ contribute to the development of management & business plans, based on the
assessments of ecosystem services BURMA RICE RESEARCH STATION
h. Prepare communication materials for stakeholders, including local communities
i. Promote stakeholder and community involvement in the PP and understanding of the
j. project concepts Farm Manager
Manages he PP resources e.g. officeequipment, furniture and stationery procured under Farm Manager
the project Requirement A Bachelor's Degree plus five (5) years experience in Agriculture.
3. Reporting Research Assistant Plant Breeding Department
Reportstothe Project Manager. PMU.,1UNDPGuyana Requirement A Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Science plus 1 year experience
Prepare and submit monthly progress reports on progress against outputs and milestones
and highlight any budget, method or data management issues, problems and difficulties in
implementation Resident Driver
Requirement Must be able to drive bus, car, van and truck, a sound secondary
4. Timeframe and administrative arrangements education, a valid Driver's Llicence, be mature plus five (5) years experience.
The position ofPPC is for a period of one year. with the ,'. il'ili of renewal for another year. The
b ki c.,nd pd., o,'work will be the lwokrama Field Statlion and (ieorwetown.
5. Recruitment qualifications
A graduate degree in forestry, environment or related field from a recognized university with 3-5 Grading Offic'r
e. ,exlcrici .r an undergraduate dearce in forestry, environment or related field fiom ReuirementDiplom or in.Agriculture with two years experience in
':I..,sd to ., with a minimumm of five years experience. Experience must includeAgriculture with two years experience in
r .. -ii .ued working experience ofat least ltre ..... 1 ir .. -..h:ini-...'i t'ilci mechanisms grading paddy and rice.
for environmental services r in protected areas i.. ii..e.- 1- .)'-. .1r I.' I ihe 1iu-.gi computerses
and office software packages, and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages,
experience in handling of web-based management systems. Excellent communication skills and] Applications with detaile.J resume should be sent on or before January 18, 2008 to:
fluency, in English.
Applications should be addressed to: The Administrative Manager
Resident RepresentativeGuyana Rice Development Board
United Nations Development Programme Guyana Rice Development Board
42 Brickdam.Stabroe 116-117 Cowan Street
l'-rouect Coordinator GSI Pilot project site Iwokrama" should be printed on the envelope. Kingston
()nl% short listed applicants will be contacted. Deadline for the receipt of applications is Georgetown
WVednesdiav .Ianniarv 1 t2lf8 at 1 7Oflth.r
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Sunday Chronicle December 30, 2007
The world of cpe'e bade farewell to its best-known- son in,
September with thle death .F Pavarott at -11i e ageiof 71.
Thousands of ferns pdd tribute ..- .
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Thousands bid Pavarsstti fares.efS,
Davidson exits after- TV gay ca-..
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Watson discharged from hospital
JK Rowling outs Dunbledore as gay
Mills media outburst 'carhartic'
November saw panto star
;:ing of the jungle, while Mel B
was danced into-second place
in the US Strictly. Come
But the-Brits olizted tihe
Emrmys, with sevenmwinners
including Little Britain and
Stephen Fry 5 bipolar
And Mornssev sued.NME over an article focusing on hrs
Actor Biggins crownedjungle kitrr
Momssey brands WME 'm"'eitabiae'
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(BBC News) Sea cucumbers could provide a potent v
weapon to block transmission of the malaria paraw a
The slug-like creature produces a protein, lectin,,which im-
pairs development of the parasites.
An international team genetically engineered mosquitoes -
which carry the malaria parasite to produce the same protein
in their gut when feeding.
The PLoS Pathogens study found the protein disrupted de-
velopment of the parasites inside the insects' stomach.
Malaria causes severe illness in 500 million people world-
wide each year, and kills more than one million.
It is estimated that 40% of the world's population are at
risk of the disease.
To stimulate the mosquitoes to produce lectin, the
researchers fused part of the gene from the sea cu-
cumber which produces the protein with a gene from
The results showed that the technique was effective against
several of the parasites which cause malaria.
Lectin is poisonous to the parasites when they are still in
an early stage of development called an ookinete.
Usually, the ookinetes migrate through the mosquito's stom-
ach wall, and produce thousands of daughter cells which in-
vade the salivary glands, and infect a human when the mos-
quito takes a blood meal.
But when exposed to lectin the ookinetes are killed before
they can start their deadly journey.
Researcher Professor Bob Sinden, from Imperial Col-
lege London, said: "These results are very promising and
show that genetically engineering mosquitoes in this way
has a clear impact on the parasites' ability to multiply in-
side the mosquito host."
However, he said much more work still had to be done be-
fore the technique could be used to curb the spread of malaria.
"Although the sea cucumber protein significantly reduced
the number of parasites in mosquitoes, it did not totally re-
move them from all insects.
"At the current stage of development, the genetically modi-
fied mosquitoes would remain dangerous to humans.
"Ultimately, one aim of our field is to find a way of geneti-
cally engineering mosquitoes so that the malaria parasite can-
not develop inside them."
Professor Sanjeev Krishna, an expert in malaria at St
George's Hospital Medical School, London, said new treatments
for malaria were vital, as there was some sign that the parasites
which cause the disease were developing resistance to the cur-
rent artemisinin drugs.
He said: "This is a very important first step
in developing a potential new way to control this
Dr Ron Behrens, of the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, said the technique showed promise in theory
- but he warned that introducing genetically modified mosqui-
toes could be fraught with practical difficulties. |
"You. would have to get the modified version to become R
the predominant species, and that has never been done in (I
any setting before," he said.
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S( Welcome to the 484t' edition of
S"Champion Cookery Corner", a
weekly feature giving recipes and
tips on cooking in Guyana.
nere are some new nta(1 invenI
2 tablespoons INDI Curiy Powder
4 tablespoons butter
1%'2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons flour
' teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups chicken broth
8 to 9 ounces crushed pineapple with juice
3 cups cooked diced turkey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
hot cooked rice
e ways to use up any leftover hant and turkey (or chickeit)!
In a large skillet. heat INDI Curiy Powder in
butter, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in onions;
continue cooking, stirring frequently, until onions
are softened. Blend in flour and ginger; add
chicken broth and pineapple. Heat to boiling;
simmer. uncovered, 5 minutes.
Stir in turkey. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
longer, or until heated through. Stir in lemon
juice. Serve with hot cooked rice.
Ppcket batter mix or:
300ml / I' pint homemade batter
2 tbsp vegetable oil
350g / 12oz mixture cooked diced Hlam and Turkey
Bunch spring onions, chopped
25g /.loz butter
2 onions, thinly sliced
I tsp brown sugar
2 tsp plain flour
300ml / "/. pint chicken stock
'_ Isp dried thyme
1-2 tsp prepared English mustard
Salt and Chico Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 220c 425F;1 Gas 7.
Make the batter. Pour one tablespoon of the oil
into a 23cmn / 9in sandwich cake tin and heat in
the oven for a few minutes until really hot.
Remove from the oven and quickly pour in the
batter. Scatter the ham, turkey and spring
onions into centre. Bake for25-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the gravy: melt the butter
and remaining oil in a frying pan. .Add onions
and fry for 10 minutes until a rich golden
brown. Stir in sugar and cook for 3 minutes.
Stir in flour and cook until turning golden.
Remove from the heat and.gradually stir in the
stock. Return to heat and cook until slightly
thickened. Stir in thyme and mustard. Season
to taste. Spoon some gravy on to each plate
and place a wedge of the ham and turkey in the
hole on top.
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Batter Recipe for Turkey and Ham in the Hole:
3 eggs, 115g/4oz flour. 275m1l/2 pint milk
Mix together the eggs, flour and a pinch of salt. Add the milk, stirring constantly. until you
have a ninny batter. Leave this to rest. covered, in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours.
PaPe XTX .
By Shaheem Reid and
We've known that Jay-Z will
step down from the top spot
at Def Jam since he made the
announcement on Monday.
The question now is, once
President Carter bows out
from rap's Oval Office ef-
fective Monday, for those
keeping score at home ---
who will Island Def Jam Mu-
sic Group Chairman L.A.
Reid appoint to fill Hov's
shoes, if anyone?
The rumors that either
Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy
"Henchman" Rosemond or
Damon Dash will become the
new CEO/president of Def Jam
have been swirling around al-
most as long as the ones about
Jay-Z leaving his post. But
while the latter rumors have
become a reality, the former
ones haven't come to fruition
JD is already in the same
building as Def Jam, serving as
the president of Island Urban
Music, which is under the Uni-
versal umbrella. In fact, when
the Atlanta producer came
onboard, before his position
was identified, Jay suggested
the two serve as co-presidents
of Def Jam.
Rosemond's name has been
tossed in the executive ring ever
since JD left Virgin Records.
The word was that Rosemond
would replace Dupri at Virgin,.
before rumors put him in the big
chair over at Def Jam.
And perhaps the 'most
talked-about scenario -_- and1
clearly the most controversial
- placed Jay-Z's friend-tmrned-,
foe Dash at the head of thel
house that Russell Sirnmonsl
Here, MTV News pro-!
vides a list of other potential
candidates, along with a few
looooong shots, who could
land the coveted Def Jam
IRV "GOTTI" LORENZO
R6sum6: The head of Mur-
der Inc., he was responsible for
launching Ja Rule's and
Ashanti's careers. Gotti was
also instrumental in the rise of
DMX and Jay-Z at Def Jam.
As a producer, Gotti has been
responsible for hits by artists
ranging from Jennifer Lopez to
I Cred: Gotti got his start in
the music industry with Def
Jam, serving as-an A&R exec
under Lyor Cohen. In fact, there
were rumors he was actually in
line for the Def Jam prez post
before his problems with the
law. At times, he was able to
work wonders with Murder
Inc.'s limited talent pool, so
imagine what he could do with
the wealth of rap heavyweights
Def Jam has, not to mention the
R&B stars over there, including
Rihanna and Ne-Yo.
R6sum6: One of the great
managers in the game, he's
helped guide Ludacris' multime-
'dia onslaught of a career for
roughly a decade now. That's
not to mention the fact that
their Disturbing Tha Peace label
has spawned some pretty de-
,cent hip-hop and R&B pros-
.pects, including Chingy, Bobby
Valentino and, most recently,
,Playaz Circle, who had one of
the biggest street anthems of
ithe year with "Duffle Bag Boy"
(featuring Lil Wayne).
Cred: Like Gotti, Chaka is
also an accomplished Def Jam
alum. The New York native and
Atlanta transplant held a promo
position with the label, working
projects and hitting the road
with the likes of Method Man,
Redman and a number of acts
who are still down with the
team. His limited success in the
R&B world puts him at a slight
disadvantage compared to Gotti.
R6sum6: When you lose a
big name, you should add a big
name. Diddy brings credibility
and worldwide recognition with
him. He obviously knows rap
and R&B, and how to market
both extremely well. And his
most recent album, Press Play;
proved he still knows how to
make a successful, cohesive LP.,
Cred: Diddy has been re-
sponsible for more hits than
Frank Lucas ,and Nicky Barnes
combined. He invented the re-
mix, or so he says. And he's en-
joyed a longtime friendship
with L.A. Reid, dating to when
they both manned labels -
Bad Boy and LaFace, respec-
tively under Clive Davis'
no.w-defunct Arista Records
empire. Diddy is still under
contract with Warner Music
Group for Bad Boy, but the
term may be up in as little as
six months. He told you he
won't stop, so maybe a position
change could be on the horizon
LL COOL J
R6sum6: Def Jam's first of-
ficial signee, LL has been an am-
bassador for the label since he
made his debut more than 20
years ago. The Queens, New
York-bred rapper has been able
to evolve and re-create himself
several times throughout his leg-
endary career: He's gone toe-to-
toe on posse cuts with hungry
labelmates like Method Man,
DMX and recent departee Joe
Budden. And like he once
rapped on his track "111 Bomb":
"Ask Russell Simmons who put
'em up in that skyscraper."
Cred: LL has been Jay-Z's
most vocal critic, saying in in-
terviews that the BK don was
too busy promoting himself to
worry about the artists on the
label. Now LL could have the
chance to put his money where
his mouth is and keep record-
ing for Def Jam, the only label
he's ever been on: The lady-
friendly MC is finalizing what
he had announced would be his
last album on Def Jam, Exit 13.
R6sumn: He pioneered hip-
hop's most historic label almost
from the very beginning. Al-
Jay-Z's Def Jam Successor: Could Diddy,
LL Cool 3 Or Irv Gotti Fill, His Shoes?
Sonam and Ranbir apoor
seeing each other?
The debutants made a cn: I on-screen couple in 'Saawariya'.
Now the star kids Sonam iipoor and Ranbir Kapoor are head-
ing towards an off-screen romance too.
Insiders reveal that Sonanm and Ranbir are seeing each other. Re-
cently Ranbir and Sonam were spotted at a five star hotel walking
in together, holding hands. A source claims "Ranbir and Sonam were
absolutely not conscious of the fact that they were holding hands.
They were completely at ease. It was obvious that they are in love."
The duos families' friendship dates back to a long time.
However, the love-birds built a rapport during the shooting of
SLB's 'Saawariya'. Now-a-days Sonam makes frequent visits
to Kapoor House and has grown quite comfortable with mom
Neetu who admits that the kids go out together often.
A Cleveland judge scolded rapper Yung Joecfor being late ... ; '
to court on Wednesday but allowed him to remain free on S, .) f.
bpnd on a charge of having a gun in his carry-on bag at ---'"
the city's airport, authorities said.
The Atlanta-based Joc, whose real name is Jasiel Robinson, "''
21, was arrested Sunday morning at a security checkpoint at 7 .-
Cleveland's airport with a handgun and armor-piercing ammu-
nition in his luggage.
At the time, Robinson denied knowing about the gun. J
He was freed on $50,000 bond, but Cleveland Municipal k .
Court Judge Michael Ryan issued an arrest warrant for .
Robinson after he missed a scheduled Wednesday morning court. .
appearance, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's .
Robinson's lawyer apologized, saying the performer was ..
out of town because of family obligations. Robinson showed :-
up on Wednesday afternoon.
The judge chided Robinson but set him free on bond, sched-
uling his next court appearance for January 25. -.Y i "'' ...
The concealed weapons charge carries a potential 18-month ,'.
prison term, the prosecutor's office said.
Robinson's debut album "New Joc City" with the
Grammy-nominated hit "It's Goin' Down" has sold more ;..
than a million copies last year. He released
"Hustlenomic$" a few months ago.
(Reporting by Andrew Stern; editing by.Eric Walsh). .
*.age 1 & 24.p65
though Rick Rubin founded Def
Jam, Simmons quickly came
onboard, becoming the heart and
soul of the operation. Under
Simmons' guidance, Def Jam re-
leased records from iconic acts
like Public Enemy, EPMD and
the Beastie Boys. Uncle Russell
made strides in the R&B world,
too, personally signing crooner
Case. After his departure from
the label, his prot6g6s Lyor
Cohen and Kevin Liles ushered
Def Jam into the new millen-
nium with heavyweights Jay-Z,
DMX and Ja Rule.
Cred: He's the living blue-
print of the hip-hop mogul and
entrepreneur. Without Russell,
there's no Diddy, Hov, Dame or
Gotti the list is endless. And,
hey, he built the boat in the first
place; maybe he can steer the
She's been in the music busi-
ness for years, working along-
side some of the greats in the
marketing field. Most recently
she was Diddy's right hand at
Bad Boy before leaving to work
with Jay-Z at Def Jam. Chances
are, however, she follows Hov
to his next post.
He's upset with Jimmy
lovine and Interscope right now,
and jumping ship to the com-
petitor would motivate 50 more
than any SoundScan showdown
could. And imagine his delight to
be Kanye West's boss.
The former manager of
Outkast and Nas is a respected
insider who is known to fight
tenaciously on behalf of his cli-