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Harris, Rodrigues receive FIBA Coaching License

March 18, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Head Coach of Guyana’s Senior Men’s Basketball Team that defeated Bermuda in aFIBA Coaches three-game International Series last week, Darcel Harris and his Assistant, Marlon Rodrigues have received FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Coaching License.
Guyanabasketball.com announced yesterday that it registered Harris (License N°: 2015502993) and Rodrigues (License N°: 2015502996) “under the FIBA umbrella”. The website “has paved the way” for eight coaches to receive the FIBA Coaching License, it said.
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Coaching Association (GABCA) extended congratulations to Harris and Rodrigues on becoming registered FIBA Coaches. “You have both done your country proud on the recent success,” the GABCA said in a press release.
The association extended gratitude to Guyanabasketball.com on ensuring that Guyana has FIBA License Coaches. This is especially important as the country continues to reposition the sport on the regional and international spectrum.
Guyana’s other FIBA licensed coaches are Andrew Hercules (License N°: 2015502917); Mark Agard (License N°: 2014501941); Brian Carter (License N°: 2014501942); Ann Gordon (License N°: 2014501945); Troy Greene (License N°: 2014501944); Kevin Joseph (License N°: 2014501943); Robert Cadogan (License N°: 2007019160); Bernard Daniels (License N°: 2007019163) and Sydwell Glasgow (License N°: 20090221).

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Crowning moment for Guyana’s basketball

March 16, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

- Sweeps Bermuda in International Series

By Edison Jefford
Through many trials, Guyana’s basketball seemingly reached its crowning moment when a near capacity crowd at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall rose to their feet to celebrate the dismantling of a higher ranked Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) team.

Guyana’s National Senior Men’s Basketball Team in celebratory mode with models and Guyana flags at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall following their historic International Series win. Coach, Darcel Harris stands at right.

Guyana’s National Senior Men’s Basketball Team in celebratory mode with models and Guyana flags at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall following their historic International Series win. Coach, Darcel Harris stands at right.

Many witnessed history Saturday night when the Guyanese overcame a 14-point first half deficit to beat Bermuda 59-56, sweeping them 3-0 in Guyana’s Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) International Series. Of the 22 CBC teams, Bermuda is ranked among the top six, while Guyana does not have a top 10 ranking.
Ryan Gullen, who earned the right to be called ‘Mr. Big Shot’, rescued Guyana again in crunch-time with a four-point play. Gullen top scored for Guyana with 13 points while guards, Shelroy Thomas and Travis Burnett scored 12 and nine points respectively.
Jonathan Lowe led the Bermudians with 12 points while sibling, Jason Lowe and Chris Crumpler both had 11 points. Sullivan Phillips, clearly the leader of the Bermudian basketball team, netted seven points in a quiet performance in the final of the three games.
The Guyanese had trailed 19-32 following an abysmal first half. However, owed to its defensive press, the hosts outscored Bermuda 19-13 to go into the final quarter down only 38-45; following an offensive exchange, Gullen drilled a huge three-point jumper, even though he was fowled, to send the crowd into a frenzy.
Guyana equalised 51-51 with five minutes left in regulation time as Thomas nailed a dagger from ‘downtown’ to officially rally the crowd behind them. Screams of ‘Guyana… Guyana…’ in a coordinated crescendo almost drowned out the referees’ whistle.
Jason Squires created further mayhem among fans and supporters when he drilled yet another three-point shot to give Guyana their first lead, 54-53 with just under three minutes left in the historic game. Guyana’s run continued with a lay-up from Thomas.
The Guyanese smothered Phillips and the Bermudians with intense press and man-defence that forced high percentage shots. Bermuda just could not convert on possession as the Guyana side made it clear that their intention was to wear the big Bermudians down.
However, Dean Jones quieted the crowd when he pulled Bermuda within one, 55-56, scoring a crucial layup with 1:15 left. But the series Most Valuable Player, Burnett initiated pandemonium with an offensive weapon that he is not known to possess.
With 59 seconds left in the game, Burnett pulled up at the top of the key and drained a huge three point jumper that forced the crowd to its feet with a sea of Guyana’s flag. Guyana’s defence and excellent clock management ensured the creation of history.

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GOA hosts Guyana, Bermuda basketball delegations at luncheon

March 15, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) on Friday hosted a luncheon at Olympic

GOA President, K.A Juman Yassin hands over the GABF plaque to BBA President, Greg Todd with GABF President, Nigel Hinds (centre) observing the moment with the players of both teams and other officials.

GOA President, K.A Juman Yassin hands over the GABF plaque to BBA President, Greg Todd with GABF President, Nigel Hinds (centre) observing the moment with the players of both teams and other officials.

House for the Guyana and Bermuda basketball delegations which wrapped up a three-game International Series last night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) presented the Bermudian men’s basketball team with a plaque in a show of appreciation for their tour to Guyana. Bermuda is ranked higher than Guyana in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation.
Olympic Association President, K.A Juman Yassin, who presented the token to the Bermudians, was pleased with the camaraderie shown between the tourists and the Guyanese, while the GABF President, Nigel Hinds thanked Bermuda for their participation.
Hinds believed that Bermuda ranked among the top six teams in the Caribbean, while Guyana is outside of the top 10 of 22 teams, assisted tremendously in improving Guyana’s basketball level to the point that the host country can receive better rankings.
Bermuda Basketball Association (BBA) President and team manager, Greg Todd thanked Hinds and the GABF for the invitation. Todd also expressed gratitude for the hospitality shown to them throughout the tour and at Olympic House on Friday. (Edison Jefford)

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Guyana beat Bermuda in humdinger

March 13, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Edison Jefford
The pieces of Guyana’s basketball came together Wednesday night in a beautiful

Guyana’s Shelroy Thomas goes up and under against three Bermudian defenders Wednesday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Guyana’s Shelroy Thomas goes up and under against three Bermudian defenders Wednesday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

collage at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to create what could be the epitome of success for the all-local senior male team currently embroiled in a three-game series against Bermuda.
The Guyanese men displayed a rare presence of psychological fortitude in the dying moments of an action-packed encounter, to basically upset the Bermudians 76-73 in game one of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation’s (GABF) International Series.
Trailing 71-73 with 22 seconds left in regulation time, the successful portrait of Guyana’s senior men’s basketball team came together when forward, Ryan Gullen landed a huge three-point shot, which sent the sizeable crowd into an immediate frenzy.
Gullen’s dagger came off the last of guard, Travis Burnett’s seven assists. It sent a quite crowd at the Sports Hall crazy. With everyone on their feet as Guyana rose into the lead, albeit a one-point advantage, Dave Causway completed the beautiful image.
Causway forced a midcourt steal and conversion that further pushed Guyana into what would be the final score-line. Burnett, who waited a long time for his senior national debut, ended with

Travis Burnett (airborne, with ball), making his national senior debut, mesmerises defenders in the paint on his way to finishing a left-handed lay-up.

Travis Burnett (airborne, with ball), making his national senior debut, mesmerises defenders in the paint on his way to finishing a left-handed lay-up.

17 points and seven steals while guard, Shelroy Thomas had 14 points.
Akeem Kanhai scored 11 points, completed four steals and ‘dished’ seven assists while Causway and Gullen finished with 10 points each for Guyana that was wrapped up in game two at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall up to Kaieteur Sport press time last night.
Bermudian forward, Sullivan Phillips scored 18 points while Deon Jones had 17 points. Captain, Chris Crumpler finished with 11 points as Jeron Haley supported with nine points. The Bermuda basketball team came into the encounter as favourites given their obvious size advantage and the higher placing in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation.
Guyana trailed Bermuda 51-57 at the end of the third quarter, setting up the humdinger finish at the indoor venue. The Guyanese drew level 62-62 with 4:53 remaining, before Causway started the 11-5 run with a three-point jumper that restored all hope.
The hosts’ first lead, 71-69, came through a jumper from Gullen, even though it was short-lived as a result of Phillips’ levelling the scores again with 1:09 left on the clock through a smooth one handed layup. Bermuda retook the lead with 40 seconds remaining.
It was the last for the visitors as the Guyanese managed to quell their momentum with a double-team defensive tactic on Phillips that created the necessary openings for Guyana. Phillips shot to send the game into overtime ricocheted off the rim.
Bermuda held Guyana to an 18-16 advantage in the opening quarter; down 10 points, the home team made a late run before halftime that put them down 36-37 at the break. Guyana’s only lead in the game came late in the fourth quarter as they held on for the win.

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GABF International Series continues tonight

March 12, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

International Basketball will continue tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall when Bermuda take on Guyana in the second of three games scheduled in the 2015 Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) International Basketball Series.
The night begins at 7pm when Republic Bank Nets play Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters in the preceding game with the featured Guyana vs. Bermuda clash following from 9pm; the first game was played last night while game three is set for Saturday night.
The International Basketball Series will take a break tomorrow when the Guyana Olympic Association hosts the teams at a luncheon. Comedian Kirk ‘Chow Pow’ Jardine is the nightly host with halftime entertainment scheduled on each night.
The GABF indicated that it has done all within its scope to ensure that an atmosphere of peace is enforced as the Guyana Police Force will be providing security. The Series forms part of Guyana preparation for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship in June.

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International Basketball returns to Guyana tonight

March 11, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Edison Jefford
International Basketball will make its return to Guyana tonight when Bermuda take on Guyana in the first of three games scheduled in the 2015 Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) International

GABF President, Nigel Hinds (centre) addresses the media yesterday in the presence of National Coach, Darcel Harris (on his left), some of the Bermudian players on his right and other officials from Guyana at WindJammer Hotel.

GABF President, Nigel Hinds (centre) addresses the media yesterday in the presence of National Coach, Darcel Harris (on his left), some of the Bermudian players on his right and other officials from Guyana at WindJammer Hotel.

Basketball Series at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The night officially begins at 7pm when Colts United take on Eagles in the preceding game with the featured Guyana vs. Bermuda clash following from 9pm. GABF President, Nigel Hinds, told the media yesterday that he is anticipating an exciting series.
“We look forward to this kind of competition. This is good for Guyana’s basketball; to have you (Bermuda) here with players, who have played in Europe, and all over the world, very good for our basketball,” Hinds told a media conference at WindJammer Hotel.
The GABF President informed that the series is aimed at giving Guyana exposure ahead of their participating in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in June. Hinds is of the view that Guyana are ready for the Bermudians challenge.
“We have prepared under the leadership of Coach, Darcel Harris,” Hinds said, adding that in his view, Bermuda is one of the top teams in Caribbean basketball and Guyana defeating Bermuda “will be a plus for them on the road to CBC 2015”.
Harris concurred with Hinds when he indicated that Guyana will be giving more than 100% to be in a winning position tonight. “The guys are ready and hungry to play some ball,” Harris said, as he urged Guyanese to support the team in their Championship bid.
Bermuda’s Chris Crumpler told the media that it was a pleasure to be in Guyana for the first time and the series will definitely be “some good basketball”. He indicated that the Bermudian team is here to compete, hinting that Guyana’s A-game is expected.
The International Basketball Series continues tomorrow night before a break on Friday when the Guyana Olympic Association hosts the teams at a luncheon. The final of the three-game series is scheduled for Saturday night. Each night features preceding games.
Comedian Kirk ‘Chow Pow’ Jardine is the nightly host with halftime entertainment scheduled on each night. The GABF indicated that it has done all within its scope to ensure that an atmosphere of peace is enforced as the Guyana Police Force will be providing security.

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The opposition saved Guyana millions

March 11, 2015 | By | Filed Under Letters 

Dear Editor,
I am responding to a letter in the (March 9 edition) of the newspaper by Minister Robeson Benn.  Without once pausing to establish that the PPP government was legal in 2011 after an election in which they lost the control of the national assembly, Benn then lists some of what he perceives as major projects which were halted  by the combined opposition.
The opposition was never consulted on any matter even though it held the majority of the seats in the National Assembly. Any sensible government would understand that in such a situation the PPP must have realised that it was no longer in charge and had to consult and compromise with the opposition in order that it could get their projects done. It refused and reaped the whirlwind.
But let’s deal with a few specific projects which Benn, named as indicators of progress and even some which he did not name.
Benn alleges that we stopped the University of Guyana scholarship fund? Actually on February 13, 2015 the Guyana Times, a known PPP mouthpiece, reported the following “Opposition Leader David Granger said that if State funds to the University of Guyana (UG) are not significantly improved, the kind of changes that are needed at the institution will not be possible”. This does not sound like an opposition which wants less money to flow to the university.
He alleges that the opposition blocked the Amerindian Development Fund. Yes they did, and analyst Chris Ram told the Kaiteur News on April 24, 2014 that “the $1.1B that the parliamentary opposition did not approve, was said to be used under the Amerindian Development Fund. (It) was exposed as money for uncontrolled vote-buying in the Amerindian communities.
The money had nothing to do with capital expenditure. Ram also indicated that” “Not surprisingly, none of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Ministers seemed in the least bit embarrassed at being caught red-handed, even as they abused some bemused Amerindians to picket the National Assembly.
“In Parliament during the debates, opposition shadow Finance Greenidge said, “We are not against AmerindianDevelopment, but we are opposed to misappropriation. When we examine the details, $798M of the money allocated was to be provided for a monthly stipend to youths. But reports from throughout the hinterland show that the money was not being spent for its intended purpose (career development) but rather used to introduce politics into the community.”
Benn then alleges that the opposition blocked the money for the CJIA development project. The opposition did use its majority to stop allocations to the Airport project since 2012 because it was not properly consulted as to the source of the money, it is encapsulated in this article “CJIA Manager Ghir has revealed that a total of $366.9 million was spent on the airport expansion project, despite the combined parliamentary opposition disapproving funds during the consideration of the 2013 – 2014 budget estimates.
“However, when quizzed by the media on Friday, January 16 on the source of the money and whether it was from the same funds that were disapproved, Public Works Minister Robeson Benn became seemingly enraged and refused to answer the question bluntly” this man vex that we are asking him where he get this money from and he is breaking the law to do so.
So notwithstanding that the funds were disapproved by the national assembly according to a recent judgement by the chief Justice, Benn continued to spend this money in violation of the national assembly’s wishes representing the majority of the tax payers in this country. He should be writing his letter from jail.
He then says that the opposition was retarding the Amaila Hydro project in fact when the site global representatives met with the opposition to explain how electricity rates will drop. Carl Greenidge’s reaction was “that the APNU party’s major concern is the cost to the consumer after Amaila comes on stream.
The government keeps purporting that the tariff will be reduced “but that has been proven not to be so.”
The opposition was right to stop this project they have nothing to apologise for, and we saved the nation’s taxpayers US$ 840 million. It would have made the Skeldon US$200 million expansion a joke by comparison. I say thanks guys.
I normally write only on sugar and broadcasting, sometimes on the law when I have had the privilege to speak to Fenton Ramsahoye, but this is election time and I will keep my promise to attack anyone who is benning  up the facts with lies.
The PPP inherited an economy which was growing at 7.7% in 1992, it never grew at that rate since, thanks to the amateurs the PPP put in place to run this country. Very shortly I will start a commentary until elections on channel 9.
Tony Vieira

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AN ACT OF AGGRESSION AGAINST A SOVEREIGN STATE

March 10, 2015 | By | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Peeping Tom 

Yesterday’s decision by the United States to declare Venezuela as a national security threat, represents one of the most wicked and devious acts in modern day political history. But it is an action that is consistent with the history of US actions in Latin America in which the hand of imperialism is most conspicuous.
Venezuela poses no national security threat to the United States. The United States could not be serious by designating Guyana’s western neighbour as a threat to the greatest power on Earth.
Guyana has its problems at the moment with Venezuela over that country’s protest over exploration in what Guyana considers its Exclusive Economic Zone. Venezuela contests the marine boundaries and this has placed the two countries at loggerheads over this issue and this issue alone.
There are provocateurs inside and outside of Guyana who would like to set the two countries at loggerheads on other issues. But Guyana has under both President Jagdeo and President Ramotar enjoyed what can only be deemed excellent relations with Venezuela.
The Bolivarian Revolution represents no threat to Guyana. It never has. But it does raise fears in Washington because of the alternative that Revolution represents and the fears that Venezuela can cut off oil supplies to the United States.
The United States wants to see the end of the Bolivarian Revolution because of the inspiration any such model represents to other countries keen on removing the yoke of imperialism from the Region. The Americans have been indicted before it plans to topple the Chavez government and in stirring unrest in that country.
The unrest has simmered in recent months and yesterday’s decision by the United States is a barefaced attempt to stir further unrest in that country. It is intended to reignite political unrest in Venezuela and possibly topple the Maduro government.
Guyana must not allow the present dispute it has with Venezuela to stand in the way of taking a principled position on what amounts to an act of aggression against the Venezuelan people.
There is going to be a Regional response to this act of aggression by the Obama administration and Guyana must stand with the rest of its colleagues in the various Regional groupings to condemn the United States and take whatever action is necessary to let the Americans understand that this Region is no longer their backyard and countries will not stand for their diktat.
This action by the Obama administration comes as he faces snubbing within his own country. Obama has found himself in an embarrassing situation in which a foreign leader, without his consent, has addressed the Congress. And Obama faces further humiliation by seeing the Congress usurp the province of his government to set foreign policy, by its decision to write to the Iranian government.
Faced with these acts of public humiliation and embarrassment, the Obama administration has decided to create a diversion. And where else to commit this eye pass than in a Region which the US foreign policy, under the Monroe Doctrine, one considered its backyard.
The declaration of Venezuela as threat to the national security of the United States can only stir instability and unrest in Venezuela. This is not healthy for Guyana which must take a stand against this form of tyranny from the world’s greatest power.

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CFU Club Championship 2015-2016…Alpha United to host Group 1; GDF to play Group 11 in T&T

March 8, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Guyana’s leading Club side, Alpha United has been selected by the Caribbean Football Union as one of four clubs that will host preliminary round (group) matches in the 2015 CFU Club Championship, which is the official qualifying tournament for the 2015/2016 CONCACAF Champions League.
The second club from Guyana contesting the championship, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has been drawn in Group 11 that will be hosted by T&T side DirectTV W Connection.
The CFU, through General Secretary Damien Hughes informed the clubs of the selection to host matches and the official groupings.
A total of fifteen (15) amateur and professional Clubs from across the CFU will participate in the tournament which is anticipated to be highly competitive.
According to the CFU, as a reflection of the rich diversity of the CFU, the host Clubs, and by extension, the host countries, are a microcosm of the different languages, cultures and peoples that make up the CFU.
The following Clubs and cities have been confirmed by the CFU Executive as hosts for the Preliminary Round of the 2015 CFU Club Championship:
Group 1 – Alpha United FC, Georgetown, Guyana
Group 2 – DirectTV W Connection, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
Group 3 – America Football Club, Cayes, Haiti
Group 4 – Don Basco, Petion Ville, Haiti
The Four Groups in the Preliminary Round will be played simultaneously from 13 – 20 April 2015, while the Final Round will be played 20 – 25 May 2015 in a straight Knock-Out Format in order to crown a Champion for the 2015 CFU Club Championship and also secure the three Caribbean berths to the CONCACAF Champions League.
GROUP I TEAMS – Alpha United FC (GUY), Central FC (TRI), Inter Moengotapoe (SUR).
GROUP II TEAMS – DirectTV W Connection FC (TRI), SAP FC (ATG), Guyana Defence Force (GUY), Waterhouse FC (JAM).
GROUP III TEAMS – America FC (HAI), Montego Bay United FC (JAM), SV Excelsior (SUR), Club Sportif (GLP).
GROUP IV TEAMS – Don Bosco FC de Petion Ville (HAI), Helenites Sporting Club (VIR), Unite Sainte Rose (GLP), Lyford Cay FC (BAH).
The respective Group winners will advance to the Final Phase.

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Mecca to Mackenzie II: Linden has home-court advantage tonight

March 6, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

- Trophy Stall, Antarctic Maintenance and Repairs assist
Linden-based clubs will have home-court advantage tonight when the Road to Mecca Basketball Championship journeys to the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Hard Court, for the second edition of the Mecca to

Flashback! Lindeners came out in their numbers last year to support the inaugural edition of the Mecca to Mackenzie II Basketball Playoffs. The Linden teams will need similar support tonight as Georgetown invades Linden for the second edition.

Flashback! Lindeners came out in their numbers last year to support the inaugural edition of the Mecca to Mackenzie II Basketball Playoffs. The Linden teams will need similar support tonight as Georgetown invades Linden for the second edition.

Mackenzie Basketball Playoffs in Linden.
The event is scheduled to begin at 7pm when Amelia’s Ward Jets take on Plaisance Guardians in the first of three games. Guardians had beaten Jets in Georgetown but the big question is whether the East Coast-based team can go 2-0 against the Linden side.
Jets will depend heavily on the Webster brothers, Alister, Allistair and Joel to bring them victory in this rematch. Plaisance has improved its roster, adding forward, Mark Richards and others and they have gotten the necessary results with Nikkoloi Smith back in the fold.
In the second game tonight, Retrieve Raiders from Linden plays Georgetown’s Colts United that also beat them in the City. Raiders leaned primarily on Neil Marks and Louis James without the due support from other players. It cost them heavily against the raging Colts, which has a quality group of guards.
Guards, Dave Causway and others will be coming to Linden to play ‘ball’ and it is up to Raiders to prevent them from going two-up as well. After all, the Linden teams will have the home-court advantage tonight in this return fixture that was the biggest basketball rivalry in Linden last year and which promises to continue that tradition.
The third encounter brings together new National Champions, Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters and Victory Valley Royals for a mega clash. Pacesetters will be bringing their band of players to avenge their loss to Royals last year in part one of this tournament.
Pacesetters’ forward, Randy Richardson, Royston Siland, guards, Stephon Gillis, Travis Burnett will be invading Linden to challenge Chris Williams, Marlon Pollydore, and forward Harold Adams among others.
Last year, Linden reigned supreme, but can Linden beat Georgetown twice in Linden? Tonight is to decide whether that’s possible. Linden won last year with rain interrupting the Ravens/Raiders showdown. Georgetown is breathing revenge tonight.
Comedian, Kirk ‘Chow Pow’ Jardine will be the MC with DJs Akelo and Winston providing the entertainment on what is expected to be an action-filled night of quality basketball, featuring the ‘best of the best’ among teams in Georgetown and Linden.
Antarctic Maintenance and Repairs, Insurance Brokers Guyana Limited (IBGL), Bernard Variety Store, Broad Money Spare Parts, The Trophy Stall, YK Investment Pawn Shop and Mackeson Stout are sponsors; the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has also offered support for this event.

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King of Sprint takes King of Distance title, the Queen of distance cops 7 gold

March 4, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Mashramani Long Course Swim Meet 2015 concluded

Soroya Simmons

Soroya Simmons

at the National Aquatic Centre Liliendaal on Monday afternoon with the daunting 1500m Freestyle.
Swimming in the Boys 15-17 category, Hannibal Gaskin came out victorious once again to show that he is not only the Speed King but also the distance star as he copped gold in the 1500m Freestyle while Omar Adams took silver and Joseph de Nobrega had to settle for the bronze.
On Sunday, Soroya Simmons added four more gold medals to the three she won on Saturday in the Girls 18 and over to make it 7 in two days.
Simmons got gold in the 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800m Freestyle along with 50m and 100m Backstroke. It was a great day for Simmons, Queen of Distance. In the Boys 15-17 Breaststroke, Satyanand Ramlagan of Dorado Speed Swim Club came out to prove that he is ready to take on all in his age group with a splendid performance which earned gold on Saturday when he defeated Omari Dunn in the 50m and on Sunday doing the same in the 100m.
In the Girls 9-10, congratulations are in order for Amber De Goeas of the Orca Speed Swim Club as she just caught Riley Nurse at the finish to take gold in a thrilling finish in the 50m Backstroke.
In the Boys 11-12 Breaststroke, Nikhil Ramnarine showed all of his friends and family who were at the pool that he has progressed with the coaching that he is receiving at the swim Academy Sea Otters by taking the gold medal. Javed Khan took silver and Reagan Evans bronze.

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Pacesetters tame Colts to win National Basketball Championship

March 3, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Edison Jefford
Point guard Travis Burnett reminded of his magic Sunday night at the

Mackeson Brand Manager, Jamaal Douglas (third, left, front row) hands over the Championship Trophy to Pacesetters’ guard Travis Burnett and his team as GABF Vice-President (Operations), Michael Singh also upholds the hardware.

Mackeson Brand Manager, Jamaal Douglas (third, left, front row) hands over the Championship Trophy to Pacesetters’ guard Travis Burnett and his team as GABF Vice-President (Operations), Michael Singh also upholds the hardware.

Cliff Anderson Sports Hall when he took over in the final period to lead Trinity Grid Holding (TGH) Pacesetters to a maiden National Basketball Championship title.
Burnett’s dominance helped tame Colts United 85-76 in Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) ‘Road to Mecca’ National Club Championship, impressively contributing 16 points in the last quarter that brought patrons to their feet.
Burnett scored eight straight points at the beginning of the decision period that gave his team the lead 65-61 with 7:43 remaining on the clock. The offensive exchange continued between both of the contenders before Burnett let loose again in paint.
Back-up guard, Ruel Ritch also came of age for Pacesetters, landing what would become a huge baseline three-point dagger to continue the team’s surge toward the title. Dave Causway and his side-kick, Shelroy Thomas helped Colts to 71-70 with 3:40 remaining, but that run turned out to be the last from the Colts.
Pacesetters went on to outscore them 15-4 as Colts squandered its chances from the free-throw line when they missed five crunch-time shots. On the contrary, Pacesetters ensured that it made all its free-throws under pressure, which helped them secure the win.

Pacesetters’ Point Guard, Travis Burnett (airborne with ball) skilfully evades Shelroy Thomas at the rim on his way to completing one of his jaw-dropping plays.

Pacesetters’ Point Guard, Travis Burnett (airborne with ball) skilfully evades Shelroy Thomas at the rim on his way to completing one of his jaw-dropping plays.

Burnett scored a game-high 28 points with shooting guard, Stephon Gillis, who was a part of the team’s early offensive plot adding 19 points. Ritch had nine points while Randy Richardson and Jermaine Hamilton scored seven points each.
Thomas and Causway finished with 19 and 17 points respectively while Haslym Hooper scored a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Nicko Fraser shot his way to 10 points and seven rebounds, before being overwhelmed down the stretch.
Former champions, Dyna’s Ravens settled for third place after they beat the team they played in the final last year, Linden’s Retrieve Raiders 72-51; Jermaine Slater led Ravens with a double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Marlon Rodrigues had 10 points while Darian Lewis supported Slater with nine points.
Keon Cameron led the Linden side with a game high 19 points while Stephan Tappin was a huge defensive presence in the paint, scoring 12 points, enforcing eight block shots and nine rebounds.  Sheldon Noel scored nine points for Raiders, which finished fourth.

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GASA Mash Long Course Meet…Outstanding performances by Blue Ribbon Queens Grant, Sanmoogan, George and Nurse

March 2, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Mashramani Long Course Meet continued yesterday (Day 2) at the National Aquatic Centre Lilendaal with great performances from the girls.

FINA Vice President Dale Newburger and Amy Grant.

FINA Vice President Dale Newburger and Amy Grant.

Sprint Queen Amy Grant captured six gold medals from as many events which started on Saturday where she swam away with top spots in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle in the Girls 13-14 age group.
The talented Grant followed the same glory yesterday, day two as she swam to victory in the 200m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and closed with the Blue Ribbon Event of swimming the 50m Freestyle leaving Kenita Mahaica to settle for silver and Judea Crandon, bronze.
Another Queen came along in Jamila Sanmoogan in the Girls 15-17 50m Freestyle sprint when she just touched off Onika George who got silver, Accalia Khan took bronze. Both Sanmoogan and George achieved the CARIFTA qualifying times.
Danielle George swam the race of her life in the Girls 11-12 50m Freestyle to defeat her twin sister Jadyn in a hard fought battle which saw Ashley Inniss placing third. The Girls 9-10 group saw Riley Nurse coming back from a long time off to take Gold in the 50m sprint. Amber De Goeas had to settle for silver and Anika Dunn bronze.
Aleka Persaud also took 50m Freestyle sprint gold as she swam away from Patrice Mahaica who came in second and Antonia Day, third. Vice President of FINA, Dale Newburger and President of GASA, Ivan Persaud were in attendance and assisted with the presentation of medals.
The championship will end today with the 1500m for boys only starting at 17:00hrs. girls

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GASA Mash Long Course Meet Gold medals for Gaskin, Fowler, Scott and George

March 1, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) 2015 season swam off yesterday with PAGE 72the staging of the Mashramani Long Course Swim Meet at the National Aquatic Centre, Lilendaal.
This meet which is also being used as Time Trials for the CARIFTA 2015 Swimming Championship which will be held in Barbados in early April. It was opened with presentations by the President of CONSONAT Mr. Juan Carlos, Vice President of FINA Mr. Dale Newburger and GASA President Mr. Ivan Persaud.
In the pool, Hannibal Gaskin of the Dorado Swim Club (DSC) captured his first gold of the day in the Boys 15-17 age group taking the 50m Butterfly. Gaskin followed that up with wins in the 400m Freestyle, and made it a triple by taking the 100m Freestlyle.
Andrew Fowler, swimming for the Dolphin Speed Swim Club in the Boys 18 and Over category took Gold in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle. Daniel Scott, another Dorado member had a glorious day as he swam to triple gold medals.
Competing in the Boys 13-14 age group, Scott took gold in the 200 IM, 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. He had to settle for silver in the 100m Freestyle losing the Gold to Antonio Hussein.
Onika George, representing Silver Sharks was golden in the Girls 15-17 age group topping the field in the 50m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle and the 100m Freestyle events. Other winners on day one yesterday were Satyanand Ramlagan (DSC) who captured gold in the 50m Breaststroke in the Boys 15-17 age group.
Soroya Simmons (DSC) grabbed Gold in the 100m, 400m and 800m Freestyle competing in the Girls 18 and Over category; Dolphin’s Kenita Mahaica Gold in the Girls 13-14 50m Breaststroke; Dorado’s Riley Nurse won double gold in the Girls 9-10 in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. Today is the final day, warm up starts at 10:00hrs with competition time at 11:00hrs.

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Warm-up Pool a necessary requirement for International competition…

February 28, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Says President Ramotar at Commissioning of Pool

President Donald Ramotar yesterday morning commissioned the warm-up

From left - President of Consonat Juan Carkos, Sports Minister Dr Frank Anthony, President Donald Ramotar, President of GASA Ivan Persuad & VP of FINA Dale Neuburger at yesterday’s Commissioning of Warm-up Pool.

From left – President of Consonat Juan Carkos, Sports Minister Dr Frank Anthony, President Donald Ramotar, President of GASA Ivan Persuad & VP of FINA Dale Neuburger at yesterday’s Commissioning of Warm-up Pool.

pool at the National Aquatic Centre and told the gathering, which included Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr Frank Anthony, President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Ivan Persaud, as well as FINA Vice-President Dale Neuburger, South America Swimming Confederation President, Juan Carlos Ortheila, Director of Sport Neil Kumar, that the Warm-up Pool was a necessary requirement for International competitions to be staged in Guyana.
The Guyanese Head-of-State disclosed at the official Commissioning Ceremony that the Government has invested in two world class sporting facilities in the Providence Stadium and now the National Aquatic Centre, while the Athletics track in West Demerara is nearing completion.
Construction of the 25-metre long warm-up pool began in September 2013 and now complements the 50 meter Olympic-size pool which was commissioned in 2011 by former President Bharrat Jagdeo.
Kumar in his remarks said that President Ramotar made good on the promise made by Jagdeo to ensure International competition here.

The Warm up Pool at the National Aquatic Centre.

The Warm up Pool at the National Aquatic Centre.

Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Alfred King, in his review of the project pointed out that the addition to the facility is testament to the government’s commitment towards developing sports in Guyana.
King said that there were many challenges with the underground work to this pool becoming a reality which caused a six-month delay and an increase in cost.
The warm-up pool is 21 metres wide and has a shallow end and a deep end ranging between 1.175m and 1.82m. The foundation for the pool was done by D & S Construction at a cost of $37.3M, while the pre-fabricated pool was sourced from, and installed by Myrtha Pools, the same company that supplied the pre-fabricated structure for the initial 50m pool.
With the warm-up pool now completed it still require a few other amenities such as an

National School of Dance perform at the Commissioning of the Warm-up pool.

National School of Dance perform at the Commissioning of the Warm-up pool.

electronic timing system, before the facility can meet the ultimate criteria for an International standard-approved facility.
Dr Anthony stressed the importance of exercise and said this facility will now fulfill dreams of Guyana winning an Olympic gold in swimming in the not too distant future since the new facility should encourage improved performances.
He also disclosed that he has written the University of Guyana and the CPC in addition to all schools in the area encouraging them to utilize the facility. Members of the public can also use the pool once they do so in a structured manner.
Yesterday’s ceremony included interfaith prayers from the three major religious groups in the Guyana, (Muslims, Hindus and Christians), a cultural display, with steel pan music from the National Steel Orchestra, mixed African and Indian drumming, a dance by the  National dance troupe, an Aquatic display from some of the national swimmers.

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GASA Mashramani Long Course Meet swims off today at NAC

February 28, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The nation’s swimmers will be locked in battle from today when the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association

Hannibal Gaskin

Hannibal Gaskin

(GASA) commences the 2015 season with the staging of its first Long Course Swim Meet at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal.
The Mashramani Meet which ends tomorrow will also be used as Time Trials for this year’s CARIFTA Swim Meet which will be held in Barbados in April. Stephanie Fraser, who is an iconic figure when it comes to coaching swimmers in Guyana, will be in charge of a group of young and strong swimmers in the different age groups hoping to qualify for the CARIFTA Swim Meet.
Fraser has coached two Olympians in Brittany van Lange and Niles Roberts who swam at the 2012 Olympics in London and today she will be by the poolside cheering her junior boys and girls on hoping that they will swim the times needed to qualify for the CARIFTA Meet.
The junior boys that will be representing Fraser’s club, Dorado Swim Club (DSC) are Hannibal Gaskin, Omar Adams and Joseph de Nobrega swimming in the 15-17 age group. Daniel Scott and Antonio Hussein will compete in the 13-14 group that is anticipated to produce close and competitive battles from start to finish.
Action time today is from 10:30hrs.

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Dorado Swim Club training programme facilitated by FINA’s Powers

February 27, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Swimmers of the Dorado Swim Club (DSC) are now benefitting from an eight-day training programme which

Rick Powers

Rick Powers

is being run by United States based Level Five Coach and FINA lecturer Rick Powers.
The clinic started on Saturday last at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara. Twelve students ranging from ages 14-18, both male and females and coaches are undergoing various lessons in the sport including stroke technique, conditioning, sprint training, aerobic and test sets to evaluate the progress of the swimmers.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday at the Centre, Coach Powers said he is impressed with the interest shown by the athletes. “The attendance is great, the performance has been good, the swimmers have the right attitude and have shown a lot of improvement,” he added.
He pointed out that the purpose of the camp which is free of cost is to improve the knowledge and skills of the coaches and swimmers and to give moral support and make them feel someone cares about them.
However, the coach who is on his fourth visit to Guyana, expressed disappointment with the treatment meted out to swimmers of the club by the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA).
“I want to make a contribution to the sport here, but I am pretty upset with the direction swimming is going in Guyana and the DSC is suffering because of path GASA is heading. So I came to work with the DSC so the swimmers can benefit,” he stated.
Powers explained that these swimmers are not being fully exposed. “They are

Coach Rick Powers (standing centre) makes a point to the swimmers during yesterday’s session in the presence of DSC coaches Shyka Gonsalves (left) and Stephanie Fraser.

Coach Rick Powers (standing centre) makes a point to the swimmers during yesterday’s session in the presence of DSC coaches Shyka Gonsalves (left) and Stephanie Fraser.

not being given a reasonable opportunity to showcase their talent because of poor decision making by GASA. For example, swimmers are not getting an opportunity to compete in their favourite events because those events are not being included on the GASA programme (upcoming Mash Meet) which is standard events in competitions.
He said that there is talent, but one can only do so much because the next step is with GASA who have to ensure that they get the right competitions. “They must care about the success of the swimmers and I hope that these athletes will be given an equal opportunity to showcase their talent,” Powers lamented.
The coach indicated that the genetic makeup of athletes must be taken into consideration. “One has to take into account the genetic makeup of the swimmers, but this is being ignored by GASA.
The coach stated that in 2012 and 2013 he conducted FINA Level One and Two certified courses here, but to date those coaches have not received their certificates even though they paid for it through GASA.
Powers informed that GASA maintain their power by votes of the clubs so they are not accepting new clubs. “Sea Otters applied for membership in June 2014 and are still waiting on a response. Water Polo is another such club,” he said. The course concludes tomorrow.

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GASA Mashramani Long Course Meet looms

February 21, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The best swimmers in the land are set to match strides when the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) commences its 2015 season with the hosting of the Mashramani Long Course Meet on Saturday February 28 at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal.
This Meet will also be used as Time Trials for the 2015 CARIFTA Swim Meet which will be held in Barbados in April this year.
They are two junior girls in the 13-14 age group who will be the talking point of the day when the action begins and that will be Amy Grant and Kenita Mahaica who were both swimming very well last year and will push each other all the way to the finish.
The last thing any swimmer wants to encounter before one of the biggest swim meet of the year is a virus, but that is what Amy Grant is facing as the trials to the CARIFTA Meet approaches.
Grant has contracted a bug that kept her out of the water last week and when she returned Monday she made it worse and now she is suffering from a relapse.
After visiting the doctor Thursday morning last, Grant was instructed to stay out of the water until the course of the medication is finished and she has stopped coughing. She is expected to be back in the pool by the 25th of February, three days before the meet.
The older junior girls swimming in the 15-17 group the likes of Onika George and Accalia Khan will be hoping to set a record time which will see them through this time trial for CARIFTA 2015.
But it won’t be easy to swim the qualifying times set for CARIFTA in each event so the girls might have to select their best events and try their utmost to compete at this level.
Brittany van Lange is also enduring a set back as she has been faced with one illness after another. She has returned three weeks ago and it is hoped that she is fit enough to swim her key events.

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NGOs called on to submit entries

February 21, 2015 | By | Filed Under News 

-   As film festival deadline nears
The organizers of the Loyola Documentary Film Festival are hoping for further success and improved participation, particularly from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as the deadline for this year’s festival

One of last year’s participants as she accepted an award from Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Frank Anthony.

One of last year’s participants as she accepted an award from Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Frank Anthony.

draws nearer.
This is according to Coordinator Samanthani Singh who further told this newspaper that the organizers are hoping for more submissions this year.
This year’s festival was launched in July 2014 and Singh said that to date there had been no submissions. She explained that this was because it was still early. She said entrants would usually wait until the deadline was very close before making their submissions.
Singh said too, that a year was given to allow the entrants adequate time to research, film and edit their work.
For the 2014 festival, Singh said there were only a handful of submissions. She added that the figure was slightly lower than the judges would have wanted, but the quality of the works had been very impressive.
“Last year there were about 6 entries. We were hoping for at least 10 but what really mattered to us was that those ones were very well done,” Singh said. Five of the submissions had been in the amateur category while only one (1) had been submitted as professional work.
She expressed hope that this year’s festival will see the participation of some NGOs in sticking with the festival’s mandate to highlight social, economic and political issues which affect the Guyanese society. Further, she called on schools to become involved in the festival.
Singh also said that the organizers are providing services and advice to persons in the amateur category in terms of editing and composition.
Last year, some students from the University of Guyana made an impressive submission and Singh hopes that this year will see more work of a high caliber.
“The entry from UG was in the amateur category but it was very professionally done, so this year if they enter again it will be in the professional category,” she said.
Meanwhile, the judges for this year’s festival are yet to be selected. Last year, submissions were judged by a panel of multi-talented, well-known Guyanese: Francis Quamina Farrier, Margaret Lawrence and Kojo McPherson.
According to Singh, hundreds of thousands of dollars are up for grabs; in both the amateur and professional categories, the first place winner will be awarded $200,000 along with an award and a certificate. Second place winners will earn $100,000 and an award with a certificate while third place winners will be given awards and certificates.
Producers are considered amateur if they have some idea of film productions but had never made a production for public airing on television. Professionals, she said, must have at least a year experience in film or television production. Further, a submission may be done as an individual, an independent group or a corporate group.
The registration fee for amateur producers and professional producers are $5,000 and $7,000 respectively with a $2,000 late fee in each category. The official deadline is June 15, while the late deadline is June 30, Singh added.
The 2014 festival saw the Catholic Media Group partnering with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Singh explained that the ministry came onboard and promised to set aside $1M each year to support the festival’s continuance.

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Packed schedule planned for powerlifters

February 17, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Pan Am and Commonwealth C/ships on GAPF radar

By Franklin Wilson
The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) has released a packed schedule of activities for the next two years with numerous local and international competitions targeted to keep lifters in pristine condition

Tia Telford

Tia Telford

and shape.
Activities have already commenced with the hosting of a successful Novice and Junior Championship which attracted 39 lifters including six (6) females.
And while there would be adequate competition for athletes both local and international, the GAPF will be equally focused on training in the other departments to ensure the holistic development of the sport which has brought glory to the Land of Many Waters.
Shortly the federation will commence a series of Coaches and Referee courses aimed at widening and strengthening the pool of officials at the local and International levels.
Sessions reviewing the constitution so that Gyms can become au fait with the rules are also being planned by the governing body, while Anti Doping seminars to continue the ongoing education of athletes and coaches will continue with assistance from the Ministry of Sport.
The federation has commenced a rigorous programme to introduce the Differently Able (Blind and Visually Impaired) to the sport and this programme which takes place every Saturday at

Shellon Nicholas

Shellon Nicholas

the National Gymnasium, Mandella Avenue, and has attracted eight (8) athletes so far has been going very well according to GAPF President, Peter Green.
A new addition to the powerlifting calendar will be the Best of the Best championships set for April 26, 2015 where the top three national lifters in each weight category would be invited to compete including those from the just concluded Novices who have shown the ability to achieve exceptional totals on par with some of the senior athletes.
The federation has stated that invitations will be sent out shortly to the lifters concerned with spaces being made available to the next best ranked lifter should the higher ranked decline. Lucrative prizes will be at stake.
Green notes that in terms of international competition, the Caribbean Championships which were originally set for this March in Guyana will now be held during the same month in 2016. This is so since the NAPF will be focusing on its premier tournament, the Regionals.
When questioned if Guyana will be participating, Green responded: “Guyana is not allowed to participate in NAPF Regionals as we are listed in the FESUPO South American block, we can only lift in the Caribbean (NAPF).
Local lifters will focus their attention on the Pan American Championships set for Brazil in September as well as the Commonwealth Championships in Canada in December this year.
Zooming on the just concluded Novice and Junior Championships; Green said that it was a success from a participatory stand point having attracted 39 lifters including 6 females and 24 males in the novices, while there were 7 males in the junior competition.
Orin Alleyne (83kg class) of Upper Demerara Barbel Club won the overall Novice category with Rudolph Blackman copping the junior title while teenager Britney Mack upstaged her challengers to take the female title.
Green admitted that the running of the two separate categories continues to pose a challenge at the administrative level. The weigh-in commenced at 07:00hrs and the championships concluded after 20:00hrs, a long and arduous day for all.
“What also contributed to a long and physically taxing day was the non implementation of entrance rules introduced by the GAPF to prevent late entries as dictated by International standards.”
The adherence to the entry deadline is necessary to allow the championship scorer to input all the data of entries in a timely manner. Green stated that there will be no more compromising of the entry requirements at future competitions. “No late entries will be tolerated.”
There were also issues with the certified computer scorer whose absence forced other table officials to operate the system manually which took twice the time normally taken to insert the relevant information.
To address the issue of not having long days at competition, Green said that they will return to hoisting the novices only in January next year, while the National Juniors will be run alongside the National Seniors in October this year.

2015 CALENDAR
Month                 Date                Activity                                          Venue
March                         22nd                           AGM                                           National Resource Center

April                            26th                 Champion of Champions
Junior/Open C/ships                              Georgetown

May                             24th             Berbice Power Bash – Push and Pull (classic)   Rosignol

24th                 Bench Press (classic)                                 Rosignol

June                           28th                 Intermediate C/ships                                Georgetown
28th                 Masters (Cat. 1 – 4) C/ships                       Georgetown

28th        Blind and Visually Impaired competition      Georgetown

August                      9th        Summer Power Bash – Push & Pull (raw)     East Bank Demerara

October                   4th                   National Raw Classic C/ships                       Georgetown

National Seniors/Junior C/ships                     Georgetown

Blind/Visually Impaired Open Championships                Georgetown

November            1st         End of year Power Bash (Bench Press) Raw and Equipped   Georgetown

2016 CALENDAR

February          7th                   AGM                                                                  National Resource Center
March              TBA                NAPF/IPF Caribbean C/ships                      Princess Hotel EBD
Blind & Visually Impaired C/ships                                   Berbice
April                24th                 Novices                                                                                   Berbice

May                 29th                 Linden Power Bash – Push & Pull (classic)               Linden

29th                 Bench Press (classic)                                                           Linden

June                26th                 Intermediate Championships                                     Georgetown

26th                 Masters (Cat. 1 – 4)        C/ships                                 Georgetown

August            14th                 Summer Power Bash Push and Pull (Raw)          East Bank Demerara

28th (TBC)      South American Championships                                 Princess Hotel

October           23rd                 National Raw Classic C/ships                                          Georgetown

National Open C/ships                                             Georgetown

Blind/Visually Impaired Open C/ships                          Georgetown

November       1st          End of year Power Bash (bench press) raw and Equipped     Georgetown

December   4th                   National Junior /Senior C/ships                                           Georgetown

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National Basketball Championships begin tonight

February 15, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

-Four Linden vs G/town battles on the cards
The National Basketball Championships: The Road to Mecca II begins tonight at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with four Linden teams taking on four teams from Georgetown in the knockout event from 5pm at the indoor

FLASHBACK! Pacesetters’ forward, Jermaine Hamilton (#12) goes off the glass with a jumper in the paint in the National Championships last year against a Linden team. The 2015 National Championships begin tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

FLASHBACK! Pacesetters’ forward, Jermaine Hamilton (#12) goes off the glass with a jumper in the paint in the National Championships last year against a Linden team. The 2015 National Championships begin tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

venue.
The number six ranked team nationally from the National Championships last year, Pepsi Sonics begin proceedings against the number 11 ranked Half Mile Bulls from Linden before the seventh ranked Kings take on the 10th ranked Georgetown Masters.
Kings come in with a good chance to make the Super Eight against the Georgetown Masters, who will feature most of its players from yesteryear. The Masters team, however, has been competing consistently with former national point guard and Caribbean All-Star, Lugard Mohan leading the team.
Mohan was among the top scorers in the tournament in the Phillip George Legacy event that was held in Georgetown late last year. Linden’s Kings have an excellent chance of making the Super Eight against the Masters but Mohan and Aubrey Younge will be a handful for the Bulls line-up.
Kings will feature the likes of Omally Sampson and Orin Rose.
The third game brings together 2014 semi-finalist, Amelia’s Ward Jets against the 13th ranked Plaisance Guardians in a game that favours the Jets. The Webster brothers will be a formidable presence in the paint for Jets against youthful Guardians.
The fifth ranked, Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters take on 12th ranked Wismar Pistons in the feature game Sunday night. This will be a good litmus test for the Georgetown-based team that failed to reach the semi-finals last year.
Based on the match-ups tonight, it is fair to say that two Linden teams are expected in the next round with two Georgetown teams. However, the outcome of most competitive sports is usually not known until the game ends. Tonight will be no different.
Four teams will advance to the quarterfinals. Another four teams will move forward when the Round-of-16 continues on Wednesday and Thursday nights before the Super-Eight on February 27 start ‘The Basketball Championships Weekend’.
The preliminary rounds will attract an entrance fee of $500 with $1000 being the entrance fee from the Super Eight round. Comedian, Chow Pow will be the nightly host with all the effects of entertainment, including sound system, DJs, and VIP Lounge in place. The VIP tickets will cost $3000 inclusive of food and drinks.
In addition, three couples will win dinners at exclusive diners in Georgetown while there will be lots of giveaways each night to get patrons involved. The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has indicated that the tournament is all preparation for Guyana as the country gets ready to host Bermuda next month.

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I defy any reasonable Guyanese to establish PPP/C policies and practices that diminish the status of the GDF

February 14, 2015 | By | Filed Under Letters 

DEAR EDITOR,
I currently hold the PPP/C sole appointment since 1992 of Secretary to the Defence Board of Guyana.
I have served under five (5) Executive Presidents/Commanders-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and five (5) Chiefs-of-Staff of the GDF since October 1992.
I disclose those credentials to support my unique perspective into Guyana’s Civilian-Military relationships and its development.
Your writer Mr. Branch, like so many others, is selective as a historian and sadly lacking in his appreciation of sociological norms.
To merely describe the years of the PNC’s party paramountcy as a “horrible wound” panders to impressions of denial.
Sociologically, to expect the history of that era to be easily vitiated by current interventions is without foundation and precedence.
What the goodly writer has missed is the PPP/C’s careful cultivation of civilian-military relationships over the past twenty-three (23) years, promoting the very healing to which he apparently subscribes.
I contend that a regime that was committed to divisiveness and entrenching ethnic insecurity would have kept the military bogey man alive, quite the opposite to what the PPP/C Administration had done and is doing.
I defy any reasonable Guyanese knowledgeable in matters concerning the military and the PPP/C civilian-military relationship to establish PPP/C policies and practices that diminish the status of the GDF.
As an amateur sociologist, I lament and repeat the disappointment I personally felt by my friend, Brigadier ret’d David Granger’s design to lead a political party that is attracting openly managerial support from other retired military servicemen and women and assumedly from active ones too. He too disregarded sound sociological principles that, I fear has the potential of negatively impacting on citizens’ confidence in their military.
Roger Luncheon

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Boxers rounding off training for Jamaican Invasion Boxing Card

February 13, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Fly Jamaica Airlines to support

By Michael Benjamin
After several weeks of intense training the boxers that comprise the card organized by the Guyana Boxing

Clive Atwell

Clive Atwell

Board of Control (GBBC) and scheduled for Saturday February 21 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) are in the pink of condition and rounding off their training.
While the boxers are engaged in preparations, the organizers are also working assiduously to ensure that all systems are in place towards the card’s success. And so it is that this morning the organizers will convene at the Avenue of the Republic office of Abdool and Abdools Insurance Brokers where an executive of Fly Jamaica Airlines will hand over an airline ticket to President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool.
This gift will be put up as a door prize and a lucky patron attending the card could win this prize following a draw of ticket stubs. Fly Jamaica Airlines services several routes including Jamaica, New York and Canada and the lucky patron will have the opportunity to choose which of these destinations he/she prefers.
Further, the airline has donated another ticket, this time to facilitate a judge, Jamaican, Keith Brown, who will be arriving in Guyana to officiate in the Mullings/Atwell bout. Meanwhile, the various gyms have been transformed into a hive of activity as the boxers whip themselves into shape.
Atwell is rounding off nicely and last Wednesday afternoon looked impressive as he pounded away at the heavy bag. Under the tutelage of Lennox ‘Cappel’ Daniels, the world rated fighter and multiple champion worked tirelessly on techniques and conditioning and according to him, is nearing his peak.
Mullis’ reputation precedes him and he will be brimming with confidence after taking care of the best out of

Mark Austin

Mark Austin

Guyana. The Jamaican has so far defeated Winston Pompey, Revlon Lake, Dereck Richmond and Howard Eastman and has signaled his intention to replicate those feats against Atwell.
Atwell has different ideas and pronounced that he would be the one carting off the spoils. He said that he has already suffered his projected quota of losses and could not possibly see himself at the losing end after the (Mullings) fight is over.
Quizzed on his mental state following back to back losses on the international scene Atwell responded, “I am not convinced that I have lost my last two fights; they were prematurely terminated by the referee and I remain adamant that had the fight been allowed to continue the decisions would have been different.”
The Keeve Allicock/Quincy Gomes 6 rounds catchweight affair seems to have caught the imagination of the pundits and those fighters are also working hard to attain top condition. Both are at the working out at the Andrew Lewis Boxing gym with Gomes being the more experienced.
This might not mean much since Allicock is one of the top amateur pugilists and is expected to give a good account of himself. Nevertheless, Gomes has proven his worth against opponents of vast experience, noted in his last fight against local super/bantamweight champion, Richard Williamson, just one fight before the latter individual clinched that accolade.
Gomes was really scheduled to fight Caribbean Boxing Federation Bantamweight champion, Dexter Marques but that fight was aborted after the organizers felt that the bout was uneven and Gomes was biting off more than he could chew.

Dereck Richmond

Dereck Richmond

His clinical victory over Williamson has set him among the top fighters but he will have to be at the top of his game if he is to defeat Allicock who has proven in the past that he could take care of himself. His transformation into the professional ranks will be ascertained nine days from now.
The Mark Austin/Dexter Gonsalves matchup should be a thriller. Austin commenced his career on a positive note after winning several fights but fell away somewhat after suffering a crunching KO defeat to Revlon Lake. He has also dropped an earlier decision to Gonsalves after the latter fighter forced the referee to call a halt to their bout in the 10th round.
At the signing ceremony, Austin had cited insufficient time to prepare as the reason for the loss. He said that this time around he is well prepared and will take the fight to his man. Gonsalves is an unassuming fighter with deadly and deceptive power.
His clinical approach has methodically cut his opponents down to size yet he is a man of few words. Asked for a prediction he simply said, “I will repeat my performance of the last fight and also take this verdict.
There are several other supporting bouts including the return of CABOFE middleweight champion, Lindener, Edmond Declou, after sustaining a broken jaw in a fight against Dereck Richmond in October 2013.
He will be out to avenge the loss when the two clash in an 8 rounds middleweight return bout. Declou will be out to prove that he has recovered sufficiently from the mishap to avenge the loss.
Another Lindener, Sharon Ward, will also grace the ring after a prolonged absence when she tackles Lorissa Rivas, an American of Trinidadian parentage, in a 6 rounds super/middleweight bout.
The card’s opener will feature another debutant, Travis Fraser, up against his Barbados based countryman, Charwyn Eswick over 4 rounds.

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Mecca II bounces off with Linden vs. Georgetown showdown

February 13, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Georgetown and Linden will immediately renew their basketball rivalry with four such clashes bouncing off Guyana’s National Basketball Championships this Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Mecca IIbeginning at 5pm.
The number six ranked team nationally from the last National Championships last year, Pepsi Sonics begin proceedings against the number 11 ranked Half Mile Bulls from Linden from 5pm, before seventh ranked Kings take on the 10th ranked Georgetown Masters.
The third game features 2014 semi-finalist, Amelia’s Ward Jets against the 13th ranked Plaisance Guardians. The fifth ranked, Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters take on 12th ranked Wismar Pistons in the feature game Sunday night.
Four teams will advance to the quarterfinals. Another four teams will move forward when the  Round-of-16 continue on February 18 and 19 before the Super Eight (quarterfinals) start what is being called ‘The Basketball Championships Weekend’ from February 27; Semi-Finals continue the next day on February 28 with the title being decided on March 1 in three days of the best of local basketball.
The preliminary rounds will attract an entrance fee of $500 with $1000 being the entrance fee from the Super Eight round. Comedian, Chow Pow will be the nightly host with all the effects of entertainment, including sound system, DJs, and VIP Lounge in place. The VIP tickets will cost $3000 inclusive of food and drinks.
In addition, three couples will win dinners at exclusive diners in Georgetown while there will be lots of giveaways each night to get patrons involved. The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has indicated that the tournament is all preparation for Guyana as the country gets ready to host Bermuda next month.

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Giftland supports National Basketball Championships

February 11, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Giftland OfficeMax yesterday continued its fine tradition of support for local sports

Marketing Assistant at Giftland OfficeMax, Breeanka West (right) hands over the official game ball and other items to GABF VP, Michael Singh.

Marketing Assistant at Giftland OfficeMax, Breeanka West (right) hands over the official game ball and other items to GABF VP, Michael Singh.

when it made a significant contribution to the technical administration of the second edition of the upcoming National Basketball Championships, dubbed The Road to Mecca II.
Giftland handed over balls and other paraphernalia that will be used to run the completion that will begin on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the Mecca of local basketball. Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Vice-President (Operations), Michael Singh, collected the items from the mega store, stating that the event could not be possible without the corporate support of companies like Giftland.
Marketing Assistant at Giftland OfficeMax, Breeanka West said that the company has an unrivalled track record in support for local sport and giving to the National Basketball Championships continues that tradition.

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