National basketball team tours Suriname next week

April 24, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

– continues preparation for CBC 2015
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has finalised plans for the National Senior Male Basketball team to tour Suriname during May 1-4 for a three-game Basketball Challenge Series at the Anthony Nesty Indoor Stadium.

Nigel Hinds

Nigel Hinds

The 17-man Guyanese contingent will depart for Suriname at 2am on Friday, May 1 and return to Guyana on Monday May 4. Twelve players will be selected on Sunday from the current squad in training under Coach Darcel Harris with the other five members of the touring contingent set to include Coaches, managers and a referee.
“Guyana and Suriname are slotted in the same group for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, other teams in the Group are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, with Bermuda rounding out the five team grouping. The two top teams in the group will qualify for the Final Four,” GABF President, Nigel Hinds said.
“The GABF arranged tour to Suriname is part of the continued preparation of the Guyana teams’ participation in the 2015 CBC Championships, scheduled for Tortola, British Virgin Islands in June,” he continued.
The GABF recently hosted Bermuda Men’s Basketball Team in March; Guyana defeated the higher ranked Bermuda team in all three games with two of the games being decided in the final minutes.
According to Hinds, the federation is currently seeking funding from Government, the Corporate Community and Guyana Olympic Association to assist in funding the Guyana Men and Women National Basketball Teams to the 2015 CBC Championships, which is the pinnacle basketball event for CARICOM territories.

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Green returns for eighth term at Powerlifting helm

April 22, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Credited with guiding the sport of powerlifting to unprecedented heights, Peter Green was returned

Peter Green

Peter Green

to the helm of the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) when that entity held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday last at the Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue. While Green was returned for another year, Dr. Osmand mack replaced Deon Dutt as Treasurer, Denroy Livan was elected Public Relations Officer / Organizing Secretary replacing Paul Adams while the new Committee Members are Karl Marks and Jagdesh Budhram who replaced Erwyn Smith and Wendell Mc Pherson.
The full executive reads: President – Peter Green, Vice President – John Edwards (returned), General Secretary – Edwin Spencer (returned), Treasurer – Osmond Mack, PRO/Organizing Secretary – Emmanuel Livan, Committee Members – Karl Marks, Jagdesh Budhram and Winston Stoby (returned).
In accepting the confidence placed in him by of his members, President Peter Green expressed gratitude to the outgoing members for their voluntary service while he shared his plans for 2015 which will lift off when the federation hosts a Referee / Coaching Clinic Sunday April 26 at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.
Persons interested in attending the Seminar can register with IPF Certified Referees, John Edwards and Gordon Spencer. National Referees and Coaches are invited to attend also.
Meanwhile, the scheduled Clash of Champions is set for Friday May 1st with registration closing this Friday, April 24.
Lifters eligible for competition are asked to register with Denroy Livan the PRO/Organizing Secretary or

Gordon Spencer

Gordon Spencer

Vice President John Edwards. The clash of champions will give lifters the added opportunity of making qualifying marks for the Pan American and Commonwealth championships set for September and December respectively as well as setting new National records.
Intermediate and Masters are set to follow along with Power bashes featuring events in Linden, Berbice and Demerara along with the introduction of visually impaired and Blind Competitions among eight (8) lifters who have been training under the guidance of Andrea and Erwyn Smith. With Paralympics on the radar the lifters have been responding admirably and are expected to make their mark soon.

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GABA ‘King of the Hard Court’ bounces off tonight

April 22, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The inaugural tournament of the newly-elected Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) dubbed ‘King of the Hard Court’ bounces off tonight at Burnham Basketball Court from 6pm with Knights taking on Colts and Trinity Grid Holding (TGH) Pacesetters battling Patriots in the feature game.

GABA President, Junior Hercules (second, left) and a representative of GYNC, Tricia Teekah (third, right) among other GABA executives at yesterday’s launching of the ‘King of the Hard Court’ competition.

GABA President, Junior Hercules (second, left) and a representative of GYNC, Tricia Teekah (third, right) among other GABA executives at yesterday’s launching of the ‘King of the Hard Court’ competition.

The tournament, which was launched yesterday in the Boardroom of Starr Computers, will be played at three venues: Burnham Court, National Gymnasium and Plaisance Basketball Court, in four weeks of basketball.
GABA President, Junior Hercules said that the tournament was initiated to herald an official hard court champion. To that effect, he said that Georgetown teams will be officially seeded following the completion of the tournament, which will have a break during Elections week.
There will be no monetary prize. The tournament will be held using the round-robin format with each team playing at least five games to accumulate points. Hercules said that with support from Ansa McAl, under their Mackeson brand, will be looking to develop the winning club through an assessment of its specific need.
“There will be no monetary prize per say for this tournament, but what we along with Ansa McAl want to do is develop the clubs by giving the winner of this tournament 10 Spalding balls and by looking at specific needs of that club in order to develop them,” Hercules said.
“We want to host three competitions throughout the year and the final one, which will be our League, will have cash incentives,” he added. Matches will be played every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with 12 participating teams.
The other teams confirmed for the tournament include Dyna’s Ravens, University of Guyana, Plaisance Guardians, Starr Computer Eagles, Pepsi Sonics, Republic Bank Nets and one team representing the West Demerara.
In addition, there will also be an Under-23 aspect of the tournament with teams playing at least four games apiece. Giftland OfficeMax and Starr Computers are the other sponsors of the GABA ‘King of the Hard Court’ outdoor basketball competition.
Meanwhile, with the country gearing for the May 11 Regional and General Elections, the GABA teamed up with the Guyana National Youth Council (GNYC) to help in their ‘Vote Like A Boss’ campaign, targeting young and first time voters to educate them on the voting process. (Edison Jefford)

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NY Alumni Association celebrates 40 years of co-ed at QC

April 22, 2015 | By | Filed Under News 

– to honour four distinguished females
The Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc., (QCAANY), yesterday announced

Dawn Holder-Alert

Dawn Holder-Alert

its Weekend of Celebration from April 24th-26th, 2015, saluting 40 years of co-education and enrollment of girls at the 170-year old institution.
The marquee event of the celebration will be a Black-Tie Gala Dinner and Dance to be held on April 25th at Terrace On The Park in Queens, NY, under the patronage of Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Bayney Karran, himself a Queen’s College alumnus.
The special guest and speaker will be Clarence I. Trotz, the Headmaster in 1975 when the first young women entered Queen’s College as students.
The event’s honorees are four women, selected for their scholarly, professional and humanitarian accomplishments and for their exemplary service to Queen’s College and Guyana.
According to a statement from the association, the 2015 honorees are Dr. Michelle Mickle- Foster, Dawn Holder-Alert, Amlata Persaud and Dr. Alissa Trotz.
Dr. Foster is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KISRA, a faith-motivated non-profit organization in West Virginia, US, whose work was recognized in 2012 as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama.  Additionally, she participated in a number of programs aimed at expanding opportunities for QC students.  Among these efforts, she recently led a partnership with West Virginia State University to conduct a college recruitment initiative at QC in February 2015.

Amlata Persaud

Amlata Persaud

She has also spearheaded a multi-faceted needs assessment of the Camp Road school.
Holder-Alert is a former executive of QC’s Old Students Association.  Among other contributions, she single-handedly crafted documentation showcasing the accomplishments of scores of distinguished alumni over the years.
A lawyer by profession, her representation and civic involvement in Guyana have been varied and numerous; she has represented the Guyana Bar Association at the Linden Commission of Inquiry, served as Vice President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation, and is a prominent member of the both Guyana Bar Association and the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers.
Amlata Persaud is a Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, pursuing an Ed.D degree in International Education Development. “Her research is centered on education policy-making and early childhood education in the Caribbean.  Prior to enrolling at Columbia University, Ms. Persaud, Guyana’s first female Rhodes Scholar, was a consultant on Guyana’s national Millennium Development Goals Progress Report, and later served as the Head of the national program for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), with specific responsibility for piloting M&E development in the education and health sectors.”
Dr. Trotz, the association said, is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, and is also Associate Faculty at the Dame Nita Barrow Institute for Gender and

Dr Michelle Foster

Dr Michelle Foster

Development West Indies.
“An eminent scholar and educator, Dr. Trotz was appointed in 2013 to the President’s Teaching Academy, the highest recognition for teaching excellence at the University of Toronto. She is also recipient of the Guyana Cultural Association Award (New York) for Leadership in Education and for the past seven years, she has edited a weekly newspaper column, In the Diaspora, in the Stabroek News. Dr. Trotz has been a member of Red Thread Women’s Organization in Guyana for the past two decades.
Enrollment of girls at Queen’s College occurred in 1975, approximately 141 years after the premier institution first opened its doors as an Anglican Church grammar school providing an elite education for boys. Girls who had excelled at the national Common Entrance examination in 1975 were admitted to 1st Form. Girls were transferred from Bishops’ High School into 2nd, 3rd, 5th and Lower 6th Forms.  Within two years, all forms were fully integrated.
Reflecting on a number of systemic changes at Queen’s College since 1975 – first and most important of these being coeducation – former Headmaster Clarence Trotz noted that once admitted, the girls quickly settled into the ways of the school, “competing fiercely with the boys for supremacy at all levels of academia, playing their full part in the life and activities of the institution.”
This sentiment was echoed by Mr. John Campbell, President of QCAANY, who was a student at the

Dr Alissa Trotz

Dr Alissa Trotz

school during the time that girls first enrolled.
“The breadth and range of accomplishments of QC alumnae were to be expected because QC girls were, and continue to be, among the very best students in Guyana and they continue to perform outstandingly in their chosen professions and endeavors in Guyana and elsewhere.”
This is evident from the number of highly accomplished alumnae from among whom this year’s four honorees were selected.
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, QCAANY is a 501(3) (c) non-profit organization established in August 1991. Its mission includes assuring the stability of Queen’s College and its ongoing contribution to academic excellence in Guyana, contributing financially and materially to the school, and associating with any other non-profit organizations involved in assisting Guyanese in Guyana and elsewhere.

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I call upon the police to take appropriate action

April 21, 2015 | By | Filed Under Letters 

DEAR EDITOR,
It has been brought to my attention by some friends and supporters of the APNU+AFC Coalition that a handful of persons of African descent have been threatening our brothers and sisters of Indian ancestry. They have been visiting certain communities, on the East Bank and the East Coast, in particular, threatening that when the coalition wins on May 11, 2015, they will take revenge against our brothers and sisters.
Upon investigating, these reports, I have discovered that these persons, who are using APNU+ AFC T-shirts, are provocateurs working for the PPP/C; they are neither members nor supporters of the APNU+AFC Coalition.
One was actually at our meeting, Sunday night at the Parade Ground, at the ceremony to observe the 40th day of the death of that Martyr, Brother Courtney Crum-Ewing. Also, two were at the protest at the Marriott. At that activity, they were encouraging the protestors to destroy, loot and burn.
We deprecate this evil action of the PPP/C. It is very sad.
Our brothers and sisters who have been so threatened should report it to the nearest police station. They should identify those scare-mongers and wicked persons; those provocateurs; satanic agents of the devil, who want to steal, kill and destroy. Take their photographs and hand it over to the police. I call upon the police to take appropriate action.
Finally, I encourage all Guyanese to stay focused and strong; avoid distractions, provocation and all other negatives. Use all of your energies to advance the cause for a new Guyana.
Hamilton Green
Mayor of Georgetown

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Guyanese swimmer Sanmoogan lands scholarship in Colombia

April 18, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Eighteen-year old Jamila Sanmoogan of Dolphin Speed Swim Club will depart Guyana this weekend for Colombia where she will begin a three-year scholarship at the University of Sports in Cali.

 Jamila- Jamila Sanmoogan (center) with President Ivan Persaud (left) and other officials of GASA. Jamila mother Debra is second from left.

Jamila- Jamila Sanmoogan (center) with President Ivan Persaud (left) and other officials of GASA. Jamila mother Debra is second from left.

This was made possible through the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) in collaboration with the Colombian Swimming Association.
Sanmoogan will undertake Spanish lessons and commence her swimming course under one of Colombia’s leading coaches Fabo Toro on Monday before pursuing a degree in Physiotherapy.
Speaking at a ceremony held at Herdmonston Lodge Thursday night, president of GASA Ivan Persaud congratulated the athlete and wished her well. He expressed confidence that she will excel and urged her to remain strong. Persaud stated that it is important for parents to support their children in sports adding that success comes after hard work.
“We do not have a high performance centre here so we have to send out swimmers overseas for them to achieve a higher level,” he added.
He urged fellow executive members to work feverishly for the development of the sport. “We have the talent, but we have to prepare our swimmers at home for these opportunities,” he said.
Vice President of the GASA Elke Rodrigues said her achievement will serve to motivate the young swimmers, while Jamila’s mother Debra Sanmoogan expressed confidence her daughter will do her country proud.
Jamila said that she is excited and promised to work feverishly to make Guyana happy. She thanked the GASA and the Guyana Olympic Association for their generous support.
Also present at the ceremony were Leon Smith, Coach Sean Baksh, Leon Seaton, Loren Mahaica of GASA.
Sanmoogan was part of the Guyana Carifta games team which recently returned from Barbados.

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Rose Hall Jammers gain walk over from Hopetown Stealers

April 17, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

NPG B’ball off to bumpy start …

The inaugural NPG Packaging first division Basketball competition got off to a not too enterprising start with Rose Hall Jammers of Corentyne gaining a walkover from Hopetown Stealers in their scheduled first round game which was slated for the Rose Hall Town Basketball Court.
The tournament which is organised by sports enthusiast Vibert Garrett has attracted seven teams who will be placed in two groups with the top two in each group advancing to the semifinals set for June 14th and 21st. The respective winners will clash in the final on June 28th. Prizes are at stake for the top teams and outstanding individual players.
Group A teams are Rose Hall Jammers of Corentyne, Hope Town Stealers of West Berbice and Canje Knights of East Canje while Group B is made up of New Amsterdam Warriors and Smythfield Rockers of New Amsterdam, Fyrish Black Sharks of Corentyne and Ithica Hardliners of West Berbice.
The tournament is expected to continue on Sunday with New Amsterdam Warriors taking on archrivals Smythfield Rockers at the Vryman’s Erven Basketball Court.
Meanwhile, President of The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Nigel Hinds has promised to assist Berbicians in lifting the standard of the game. Hinds made the commitment on Sunday last when he traveled to Berbice to witness the opening game of the competition which unfortunately did not come off.
Hinds met with Coordinator Vibert Garrett at the Area ‘H’ Basketball Court and held healthy discussions on promoting the sport in the Ancient County. The dormancy of The Berbice Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) which was resuscitated in early 2014 was also discussed.
Hinds promised to assist the association in organizing clinics and coaching sessions for officials including scoring and refereeing among other aspects. (Samuel Whyte)

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John Fernandes Ltd. dishes assist to GABF CBC campaign

April 17, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

– Five overseas-based players for women’s team

By Edison Jefford
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) scored some crucial points

Ginelle Ifill

Ginelle Ifill

yesterday when John Fernandes Limited dished an assist that will fund the return of United States-based basketball scholarship recipient, Ginelle Ifill to Guyana to prepare for the upcoming Caribbean Championships.
President of the GABF, Nigel Hinds was extremely grateful for the contribution, stating that they are “the first major donor to the federation”. He underscored the importance of companies giving early financial support to both male and female national teams as they continue to prepare for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships.
“John Fernandes allows for GABF to finance Ifill’s return. It’s important to get an early response from sponsors to ensure our smooth preparation for the Caribbean Championships,” he said. Ifill is on a basketball scholarship at Odessa College in Texas, USA.
The top female player, who was spotted at the 2014 CBC Championships, will arrive in Guyana on May 10 to join the local players. In addition, Hinds disclosed that four other US-based players could arrive in Guyana on May 26 to boost the chances of the women, who are expected to leave on June 6 for Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Miriam McKenzie, who was a standout player for Guyana in Puerto Rico in 2007, will lead those four players touted for the women national team. Cindy Johnson, Shauntelle Nelson, and Brianna Fraser,

Nigel Hinds

Nigel Hinds

are the other players on the national federation’s radar.
“These are all premier players to boost Guyana into the top four at least,” Hinds informed, before he also disclosed that Guyana-born Coach, Chummy Gill, has committed to joining the Coaching Staff of the women’s team. “She is a well-resumed coach,” he said.
According to Hinds, the GABF CBC momentum is all about financing. “We have to get properly funded training sessions so that our players will be comfortable. We just do not turn up and train, we also have to provide transportation, fruits, water etc…” Hinds added.
Overall, it will cost the federation $12M to send both teams to Tortola in June. The sum includes airfare, accommodation, meals and stipends for both contingents that will number approximately 40 individuals (15 players each, Coaching Staff and Management) when combined.
Asked if Guyana stands any chance of winning both titles at CBC 2015, Hinds said: “winning is one thing, but finishing among the top four is more realistic; once we get there, it all depends on the strength of the top four. But the first aim is to get to the final four and we will then fancy our chances of getting to the final”.
The GABF President indicated that their approach, therefore, is to take the tournament one game at a time with the hope of winning both titles given the projected strength of both teams when the overseas-based players are added to both national rosters.

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GAWA receives US$12,000 worth of Weightlifting sets

April 16, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

At a simple presentation ceremony on the lawns of Olympic House on Main

(from left) Pestano, Henry, Tucker, Pilgrim, Yassin, Erskine, Edwards and Nurse admire the ‘weights’ yesterday.

(From left) Pestano, Henry, Tucker, Pilgrim, Yassin, Erskine, Edwards and Nurse admire the ‘weights’ yesterday.

Street yesterday, the Guyana Amateur Weightlifting Association (GAWA) received a donation of six weightlifting sets from the International weightlifting Federation (IWF).
Two of the sets of the Weightlifting equipment are for Children, two for Ladies and two for men and the President of the GAWA Frank Tucker said this donation is a timely one and will assist in the development drive to promote the Sport in Guyana.
Tucker thanked everyone who supports weightlifting locally, adding that the equipment costs US$12,000 and promised to put it into good use adding that the next competition should be held in June.
Also present yesterday presentation were GAWA’s first Vice-President Miss Subrina Pestano, General Secretary Seon Erskine, GOA President K Juman Yassin, GOA Secretary General Hector Edwards, GOA Vice President Karen Pilgrim, GAWA’s Aubrey Henry and Deon Nurse.

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May 30th ‘Boxing after Dark’ card in Linden

April 15, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Austin to fight Dorway for Light Middleweight title

By Sean Devers
Plenty of fistic fury is expected to be unleashed in the Mining town of Linden on Saturday May 30th

Gladwin Dorway

Gladwin Dorway

when the McKenzie Sports Club ground is expected to come alive with the staging of a mouthwatering boxing feast called ‘East versus West in the North’ – Boxing after Dark and admission for Ringside is $1,500 while entry to the Stands will Cost $1,000.
Under the banner of the Pocket Rocket Promotions, the Mark DeFreitas Production will feature the Main bout for the Light Middleweight title of Guyana over 12 rounds between Gladwin Dorway and Mark Austin.
This is a highly anticipated re-match between the two pugilists after they went after each other in April off 2013 at the Princess Hotel when Austin drew first blood.
In February of this year Austin, was rushed to the Georgetown Hospital after he mysteriously collapsed in the dressing room less than fifteen minutes before his scheduled bout against Dexter Gonsalves in an eight-round Junior Welterweight match-up, after he allegedly encountered problems making the required weight one day earlier and swallowed a tablet to assist him in shedding the excessive poundage.
Dorway is no pushover and will be nurturing ambitions of reinstating himself on the local scene after his lopsided loss to Austin the last time they met at the Princess Hotel.
In the main supporting bout Lindeners Sharon ‘Stone’ Ward and Avlon Scotland will go head-to-head over four rounds in a ladies encounter, while Orlon Rogers will battle Dillon Allicock over six rounds and in another rematch Keeve Allicock matches skills with Quincy Gomes over six rounds. In the fifth fight of what promises to be an exciting night, Kelsey George will go toe to toe with Romeo Norville in a six-rounder.
In addition to four Amateur fights involving boxers from Berbice, Linden and Georgetown, the night’s event will also feature a dance off by X-Factor 2 from Linden.

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GABA Season to tip off next week

April 15, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) 2015 Season is scheduled to tip off next week

Andrew Hercules

Andrew Hercules

with an Open First Division and an Under-23 Third Division competition respectively according to the newly elected Executive of the sub-association.
In a circular, the GABA asked clubs to confirm with the association whether or not they have at least a minimum membership of seven players, who are 23 years-old or younger. This was as the result of “the association being in the process of scheduling its first tournament of the year”.
“The tournament will see two categories: (a) Open (commonly referred to as First Division) and (b) Age 23 & Under (commonly referred to as 3rd Division),” the GABA said, adding that both tournaments are expected to run during April 22-May 23 with a break scheduled to accommodate the upcoming Regional and General Elections.
“The above tournament will serve as precursor to (GABA) League, which expected to start Post Caribbean Basketball Championship 2015,” the release continued. The association urged teams to complete their team and player registrations this week.
“Your team and player registrations will determine whether or not your club will participate in this upcoming tournament. If you have already registered your team, then please complete the entire process by submitting the players’ registration list,” the GABA urged.
Newly elected President of the GABA, Junior Andrew Hercules took the opportunity to thank all players and clubs for their cooperation ahead of the new basketball season. Hercules replaced the out-going Michael Singh, who did not seek re-election, earlier this year.

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GABF releases male, female CBC training squads

April 14, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has released its male and female training squads

Neil Marks

Neil Marks

ahead of the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, scheduled for June 6-21 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
GABF President, Nigel Hinds said in a press release that both squads, “Will be boosted during the training sessions with the addition of overseas-based players, who will be coming to Guyana to try-out for selection on the respective Guyana National Basketball Teams”.
Hinds said that among those coming to join the preparation is Ginelle Ifill, who is currently on a basketball scholarship at Odessa College in Texas, USA. Ifill was one of female standouts from CBC Championships last year, who received a scholarship.
Darcel Harris is the Head Coach for the Men Squad and Julian Haynes is the Head Coach for the Women Squad. Practice sessions are ongoing at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-11pm and on Sundays from 8am-12 noon.
The male squad includes: Randy Richardson, Neil Wills, Kevin Emanuel, Denyson Fraser, Akeem Kanhai, Terron Welch, Neil Marks, Aminiki Archibald, Shane Webster, Chris Williams, Harold Adams, Keon Cameron, Stephan Tappin, Dwight McKinnon, Dominic Vincente, Travis Burnett, Ryan Stephney, Nikkoloi Smith, Jason Squires, Rodwell Fortune, Steffon Gillis, Tyrone Hamid, Ryan Gullen, Royston Siland, Jermaine Slater, Rudy James, Kurt Elias, Drumson McCaulley, Fabian Johnson, Dave Causway and Shelroy Thomas.
The female squad includes: Kristy Roberts, Natasha Andrews, Kean Andrews, Timike Joseph – De Rouche,

Kristy Roberts

Kristy Roberts

Lowquantor Gibson, Aleea Caesar, Sheeneeza Atwell, Natoila Primo, Amera Alphonso, Ginelle Ifill, Shenne Subrattie, Renika Prince, Jenessa Waithe, Kemika France, Suripa Swamy, Rhonda Fraser, Althea Mingo, Sonia Rodney, Tamara  Hunter, Latoya Rodney, Necosia Mitchell, Kenesha Lecock, Jenelle Belle, Shanna Chester and Nichola Jacobs.

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Fitness Express / GABBFF Novice C/ships…Chaitram Nagessar crowned new King of the stage; Junica Pluck is top female

April 13, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Franklin Wilson
Berbican Chaitram Nagessar of Tej Mahal Gym was crowned the new Novice bodybuilding of Guyana when the Fitness Express sponsored Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Novices championship was held on Saturday evening at the Theatre Guild Playhouse, Kingston, Georgetown.

From left, 2015 GABBFF Novice King Chaitram Nagessar, Rashleigh Bentick, Jamaal Tinnie, Kris Williams, Julio Sinclair

From left, 2015 GABBFF Novice King Chaitram Nagessar, Rashleigh Bentick, Jamaal Tinnie, Kris Williams, Julio Sinclair

Competing in the Flyweight Under-132lbs category which he won earlier in the night from two other contestants, Nagessar returned for the Overall pose down featuring the other four category winners to outmuscle them on his way to the coveted title and bragging rights for the next year as the best in the land.
Sporting a chiseled and balanced structure, the Berbician was able to gain the nod of the five judges. Second overall was Jamaul Tinnie of Fitness Paradise Gym in the City. Tinnie earned his spot in the final showdown of the night having copped the top spot in the Lightweight 144-154lbs class which also featured three athletes.
The night got off to an exciting start with the Junior Category Under-21 years contest which featured seven contestants. Rashleigh Bentick of Fitness Paradise Gym emerged as the best of the lot after the judges requested further comparisons between the winner, second placed Mahadeo Lakeram (House of Pain Gym), third placed Christopher Phagoo (House of Pain Gym) and fourth placed Tinnie.
Bentick returned again in the Bantamweight Under-143lbs category to win the five-way contest to enjoy a rewarding night.
The Welterweight 155-165lbs division saw a two-way battle between winner, Kris Williams of Buddy’s Gym and gym mate John Bhagwandin. In the clash of the big guys, Julio Sinclair of GMR&SC Gym overpowered his opponents to win easily.
For the first time on stage a GABBFF competition was the Men’s Physique competition which attracted eight competitors. Claiming the number one spot and a place in the history books was Emmerson Campbell of Bodymax Gym.

Junica Pluck

Junica Pluck

Emmerson Campbell

Emmerson Campbell

The lone female competing on the night, Ms. Junica Pluck of Buddy’s Gym won both the Miss Body Fitness and Ms. Bikini competitions. The respective category winners and overall champion were all presented with hampers (various supplements) compliments of Fitness Express.
The other championship sponsors were Cyrex Fitness Gym, Subs and Salads and Al Haaq. Guest posers on the night were 2014 Novice King Sylvester Andrews and winner of Mr. Flex Night 2014, Godfrey Stoby.
Following are the full results:
Junior Category Under-21 years
Place    Name                        Gym    
1st     Rashleigh Bentick        Fitness Paradise
2nd     Mahadeo Lakeram    House of Pain
3rd    Christopher Phagoo    House of Pain
4th     Jamaul Tinnie             Fitness Paradise
Flyweight Under-132lbs
1st     Chaitram Nagessar    Tej Mahal
2nd     Mahadeo Lakeram    House of Pain
3rd     Christopher Phagoo    House of Pain
Bantamweight Under-143lbs
1st     Rashleigh Bentick        Fitness Paradise
2nd     Leon Benjamin             Lifetime Fitness
3rd     Clinton Burnette        Tej Mahal
Lightweight 144-154lbs
1st     Jamaul Tinnie                 Fitness Paradise
2nd     Abraham Lawrence     House of Pain
3rd     Amza Khan                    Dino’s
Welterweight 155-165lbs
1st     Kris Williams                   Buddy’s
2nd     John Bhagwandin         Buddy’s
Heavyweight 177lbs & over
1st     Julio Sinclair                    GMR&SC
2nd     Anferance Amaneki    Total Fitness
3rd     Lerone Phillips             Muscle Pro
4th     Pernell Christian         Muscle Pro
Miss Body Fitness
1st     Junica Pluck        Buddy’s
Miss Bikini
1st     Junica Pluck        Buddy’s
Men’s Physique
1st     Emmerson Campbell    Body Max
2nd     Caerus Cipriani            Fitness Paradise
3rd    Yannick Stephen         Body Max
4th     Chaitram Nagessar    Tej Mahal
Overall Winner
1st     Chaitram Nagessar    Tej Mahal

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Bancroft for overseas medical treatment

April 10, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Former national amateur welterweight boxing champion Eion Bancroft is to travel overseas for urgent medical attention following an eye injury that will force him to have a lengthy absence from the sport.

Eion Bancroft

Eion Bancroft

It was disclosed that Bancroft has a detached retina in the right eye and will be traveling overseas for treatment. President of the Guyana Boxing Association, Steve Ninvalle, informed that Bancroft has approached the Ministry of Health who has acquiesced to assisting.  “We have turned to Ministry of Health for help.  I am pleased to say that the Ministry has responded promptly and is awaiting a few more documents from Mr. Bancroft. We note and understand the urgency,” Ninvalle stated.
According to the GBA head, Bancroft had complained previously of a problem with seeing out of the eye. However it was only earlier this month that the full diagnosis was made.
Ninvalle informed that surgery could be performed in Trinidad. The recovery period is expected to take over six months and makes it impossible for Bancroft to participate in the upcoming Pan American Qualifier set for Mexico in June.
A member of the Guyana Defence Force Gym, Bancroft is one of three boxers who returned home with victories from French Guiana last month.
He held the national welterweight title up until last year before being beaten by Glenroy Smith of the Essequibo Boxing Gym. He won gold at the four-nation Goodwill Championship held here in February 2013 and attended the last South American, and Commonwealth Games where he bowed out in the quarterfinal stage.

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GABBFF Novices C/ship tomorrow at Theatre Guild …Fitness Express on board

April 10, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Long time partner and supporter Fitness Express (Sheriff Street, Campbellville) has continued its commitment to local bodybuilding as the main sponsor of the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Novices championships which will be contested tomorrow evening at the Theatre Guild, Kingston.

Fitness Express Supervisor Ian Rogers (left) hands over cheque to GABBFF’s Organising Secretary, Videsh Sookram.

Fitness Express Supervisor Ian Rogers (left) hands over cheque to GABBFF’s Organising Secretary, Videsh Sookram.

Managing Director/Owner of Fitness Express, Jamie Mc Donald in offering support, said that they have a duty as a corporate entity to continue supporting sports and Guyana’s athletes, so it’s just a matter of maintaining that stance.
“We have always been there for the sport of body building and will keep on in this vein. Fitness Express is of the view that these athletes have been doing us proud and we as a corporate citizen will continue to play our role in aiding their development.”
The majority of the 25 athletes expected to grace the stage tomorrow are from the Ancient county of Berbice, this area has been excelling in the power sports for some years now. That tradition is expected to continue tomorrow evening.
For the first time at this level, the Miss Bikini category will be introduced. There will also be the Miss Body Fitness and Men’s Physique competitions apart from the usual categories: Junior Under-21years, Flyweight (Under-132lbs), Bantamweight (Under-143lbs), Lightweight (144-154lbs), Welterweight (155-166lbs), Light Middleweight (166-176lbs), Heavyweight (177lbs and over).
Patrons will be asked to pay an entrance fee of $1500, muscle flexing will commence at 19:00hrs. Other sponsors on board are Cyrex Fitness Gym, Subs & Salads and Al Haaq.

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Victory Valley Royals launches Schools tournament

April 10, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Victory Valley Royals Basketball Club in Linden launched their Annual Schools’

LABA President, Lawrence Simon (second, left) joins other officials from the Victory Valley Royals Basketball Club as they usher in the 2015 Schools’ Competition.

LABA President, Lawrence Simon (second, left) joins other officials from the Victory Valley Royals Basketball Club as they usher in the 2015 Schools’ Competition.

Basketball Competition on Tuesday with stakeholders, including Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) President, Lawrence Simon, present.
Simon stated that he welcomes the competition under his stewardship of basketball in Linden as it will continue to be the catalyst for the development of youth players. He urged all the players in tournament to uphold high standards amid the rivalry.

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Frank Tucker returns as GAWA President

April 8, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Frank Tucker was returned President of Guyana’s Amateur Weightlifting Association (GAWA) when the

Frank Tucker

Frank Tucker

association held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Election at Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Headquarters.
The other elected members of the GAWA Executive include: Subrina Pestano (First Vice-President), Burtrum Austin (Second Vice-President), Seon Erskine (General Secretary), Sean Cozier (Treasurer), Franklin Wilson (Assistant/Secretary Treasurer), Leeron Brummel (Organising Secretary) and Aubrey Henry (Publicity Secretary).
According to a press release from the association, the long-serving General Secretary, Deion Nurse, did not seek re-election. “Tucker, after thanking the members for their confidence in him, moved a motion that Nurse be declared an honorary life secretary,” the release said.
Pestano seconded the motion that was unanimously carried by the members. Various reports were presented to the members, who adopted them. The GAWA programmes for 2015 were also adopted by the members.
The association’s immediate focus for the first half of the year is its first competition in April, and their attendance at the Pan American Weightlifting Federation Congress and Junior Championship, scheduled for Cali, Columbia in May.

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Guyana’s next marathon: It’s all about the Mission!

April 7, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Leading distance athletes combine to host event at Santa Mission Nov 14
Within a mere 45-minute boat ride across the Demerara River, along the picturesque Kamuni Creek lays an Amerindian village known as the Santa Mission. Tourists from Europe, Asia, North and South Americas stop only

Leading local distance athletes Cleveland Forde (left) and Alika Morgan, flanks lead organizer Sevak Tsaturyan on a practice run during a visit to the Mission.

Leading local distance athletes Cleveland Forde (left) and Alika Morgan, flanks lead organizer Sevak Tsaturyan on a practice run during a visit to the Mission.

to see the crafts sold at the local gift shop at Santa Mission, or to take photographs next to the old tree.  If they are lucky they may get a tour of the Santa Mission Elementary School and say hello to the local children.
What they cannot see or learn about the village in a 15-minute tour is what Guyana’s next Marathon hopes to accomplish.  The mission of Guyana Trail Marathon, Half Marathon &10K, to be held on November 14, 2015, is to bring athletes and amateur runners around the world for a cultural awareness of the Amerindian community and to raise funds for the local Elementary School.  The founders of the race are some of the top long distance athletes locally, which include Cleveland Forde & Alika Morgan, Coach Leslie Black, amateurs like Marc Anthony, and foreign expatriates like Kelly R.
The race is set to start and finish at the Santa Mission, where the participants are invited to stay either at the newly renovated Santa Mission Eco-Lodge, or simply camp with their tents or hang hammocks.  For some visitors staying in town at places ranging from small hotels to the Marriott International is also an option.
The race registration will include transportation from Georgetown to the start line, a race T-shirt, finisher medal, a light meal at the end of the race, and of course like many traditional races, water and snacks along the route.  Pasta dinner as a tradition for most races will also be served the night before, during the orientation.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 will be Guyana’s first ever trail Marathon, a unique race to run in the trails owned and maintained by the local Amerindian village.  What the race hopes to accomplish is to put a highlight on the Mission, to preserve their heritage, culture and education.  As 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the community, all local businesses are invited to participate as sponsors.
However, the race will not be a commercialization effort and is not aimed at boosting revenues or highlighting any specific business.  Because this effort is all about them: it is all about their Mission!
Interested athletes can register at www.guyanamarathon.com.  For all questions please contact the organizers at guyanamarathon@gmail.com.

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Mixed Martial Arts Association host annual championship

April 5, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association held their first annual karate championship on Sunday 29th March, 2015 at the National Gymnasium. The founder and president of the association, Master Lloyd Ramnarine was incharge proceedings which saw 10 clubs taking part.
Among the clubs involved were: Great Diamond karate club, Little Diamond karate club, International Martial Arts Academy, Independent karate club in Middle Dam, Black Cobra karate club in Parfait Harmony West Bank Demerara, Stanlytown Shotokan karate club, National Martial Arts Karate Association, Harpy Eagle Martial Arts Academy, Black Hawks Martial Arts Management Network Association and Guyana Amateur Karate Association.
All the clubs turned in good performances with Black Cobra Karate club emerging the top performers, while Westminster Black Hawks finished second and Harpy Eagle third.
Master Lloyd Ramnarine expressed thanks to all their sponsors; Mr. Jed from Hawks Hollow blocks in Providence, C. Persaud (Anand) from Dental Technician in Peter’s Hall, S. Narine (Andy) in Peter’s Hall back street Dental Technician, from Dr. Lionel Da Silva from optician Vision Care Technician at 316 Middle St. Georgetown, the management of K&VC Company Limited on south road, Neelnarine Sukhram from Prem’s Electrical Store at 177 Alexander ST., Chine man Grocery Store in Great Diamond and the Grocery stall in Stabroek Market among others.
The association is extending the invitation to anyone wanting to join them; they can make contact them on 698-6727, 673-0823 or 681-7062.

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GAPF to host inaugural Clash of Champions on May 1

April 5, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

– AGM set for April 19
Powerlifters in Guyana are currently undergoing intense training ahead of the inaugural Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) Three Lift Equipped Clash of Champions championship which will be held on Friday May 1st, 2015.
This Invitational competition which will see the current top three ranked lifters in each weight class in the Open categories (male and female) along with a fourth lifter in reserve who will also be vying to make the qualifying marks for selection to the Pan American as well as the South American Championships in Ribeirao Brazil in September.
There will also be bonus incentives for lifters who set national records in those age categories listed apart from the Open. Current local and International records are being updated and will be made available at the AGM.
Lifters listed in order of highest totals officially achieved to date along with the best recorded fourth placed in reserve are encouraged to confirm participation by the date of, and or at the GAPF’s AGM at latest in order for a smooth registration and completion of the championships.
Failure to confirm participation will result in wild cards being drawn at the AGM to replace any of the top ranked lifters. Attractive prizes including monetary rewards will be at stake for the top lifters.
Meanwhile, the federation’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Sunday April 19th at the National Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue. Items on the agenda will include elections of office bearers along with Annual reports for the year 2014.  Meeting time is 11:00hrs.
Following is the list of top female and male lifters in the respective categories.
FEMALES:

WGT CL. NAME AND YEAR OF BIRTH CLASSIFICATION BEST TOTAL
47.0 kgs. Britney Mack /99 Open / Sub Juniors 237.5 kgs
47.0 kgs Tacina D’aguiar /96 Open / Sub Juniors 195.0 kgs
57.0 kgs Chloe Hunter /85 Open 312.5 kgs
57.0 kgs Andrea Smith /84 Open 295.0 kgs
63.0 kgs Nadina Taharally /73 Open 255.0 kgs
63.0 kgs Shellon Nicholaus /83 Open / Masters 1 250.0 kgs
84.0 kgs Kimberley Mars – Loncke/78 Open 370.0 kgs
84.0 kgs Tia Telford / Open 272.5 kgs
84.0 kgs Tracy Shamsudeen / 94 Open / Junior 257.5 kgs
84.0+ kgs Dawn Mc Cammon Barker /80 Open 550.0 kgs
84.0+ kgs Natoya Robinson / 91 Open 452.5 kgs

MALES:

WGT CL. NAME AND YEAR OF BIRTH CLASSIFICATION BEST TOTAL
59.0 kgs Kevin Brijlall / 96 Open / Sub junior 500.0 kgs
59.0 kgs Leon Rupertie / 92 Open / Junior 472.5 kgs
59.0 kgs Asad Mahamad / 97 Open / Sub junior 457.5 kgs
59.0 kgs Navendra Tamesar /91 Open (Reserve) 450.0 kgs
66.0 kgs Vijai Rahim / 92 Open / Junior 682.5 kgs
66.0 kgs Tyrone Eusibio / 79 Open 580.0 kgs
66.0kgs Kelvin Lewis / 82 Open 570.0 kgs
66.0 kgs Donnel Perry / 88 Open (Reserve) 537.5 kgs
74.0 kgs Winston Stoby / 59 Open / Masters 2 677.5 kgs
74.0 kgs Osmond Mack /80 Open 652.5 kgs
74.0 kgs Paul Adams / 86 Open 630.0 kgs
83.0 kgs Randolph Morgan / 78 Open 835.0 kgs
83.0 kgs Rudolph Blackmon / 92 Open / Junior 717.5 kgs
83.0 kgs Anis Ade Thomas / 89 Open 702.5 kgs
83.0 kgs Hardat Tarson / 86 Open (Reserve) 700.0 kgs
83.0 kgs Nairanjan Singh / 45 Masters 4 447.5 kgs
93.0 kgs Marino Jeffrey / 84 Open 700.0 kgs
93.0 kgs Nigel Phillips /78 Open 672.5 kgs
93.0 kgs Mervyn Richards /78 Open (Reserve) 670.0 kgs
93.0 kgs Errol Henry /57 Open / Masters 2 640.0 kgs
105.0 kgs Karel Mars / 79 Open 835.0 kgs
105.0 kgs Fazim Abdool /83 Open 722.5 kgs
105.0 kgs Jagdesh Budhram / 75 Open / Masters 1 560.0 kgs
105.0 kgs Frank Tucker / 52 Masters 2 382.5 kgs
120.0 kgs Farouk Abdool /70 Open / Masters 1 812.5 kgs
120.0 kgs John Edwards / 67 Open / Masters 1 805.0 kgs
120.0 kgs Darren Ramoutar /91 Open / Juniors 685.0 kgs
120.0kgs Mathew Levi / 78 Open / Junior (Reserve) 370.0 kgs
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Corruption and the Guyana Police Force (cont’d)

April 5, 2015 | By | Filed Under News 

By Dale Andrews
The excuse when officialdom is confronted with substantiated allegations of police corruption is the timeworn response which refers to a few deviants or “bad apples” as not representative of the majority of police members.
This is no different in Guyana.  However that argument cannot be sustained if the authorities will not outright condemn publicly, the apparent widespread acts of misconduct while pointing to established standards and codes of conduct that are generally complied with. Moreover, the ‘bad apple theory’ of police corruption has, at least as far as official inquiries are concerned, now effectively been discredited.
The 1976 U.S. Knapp Commission found that corruption existed extensively in drugs enforcement, criminal investigation and in uniformed patrol and effectively debunked the “few rotten apples” by advocating that “…A high command unwilling to acknowledge that the problem of corruption is extensive cannot very well argue that drastic changes are necessary to deal with the problem.” (Knapp, 1972:6-7).  Knapp’s conclusion was supported by reform Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy’s view that “… the task of corruption control is to examine the barrel, not just the apples – the organisation, not just the individuals in it – because corrupt police are made, not born.” (quoted in Barker and Carter, 1986: 10)
Furthermore, the situation is certainly not helped by an “us and them” attitude which the Wood Royal Commission in New South Wales found ‘encourages (the) police to adopt an adversarial position to anyone who is not a police officer or who challenges police activity’. (1997a)
In a similar vein, the Mollen Commission of 1994 which was mandated to inter alia determine ways for the New York City Police Department to maximize its ability to identify and deter misconduct and corruption through the introduction of proactive measures at all levels, found that the police culture allowed corruption to ‘flourish’ ‘because of willfully blind supervisors who fear the consequences of a corruption scandal more than corruption itself’, and was one reason for the virtual collapse of the anti-corruption systems (1994:1).
To speak vaguely of force policies without presenting them for public scrutiny is equivalent to a con game.  The current evidence suggests the policies where they exist are failing due to poor dissemination.  Government through its Ministry of Home Affairs needs to take stock of the persistent criticisms, and take steps to counter the weaknesses in the GPF’s implementation of any anti-corruption policy.
Moreover, although it is not unlikely that the GPF might be able to detect examples of corruption, the public is unaware if examples of organised corruption have been found.  This is partly so because the attractiveness of the “bad orange’ notion is supported by the unavoidable visibility of individual cases of corruption.  This is reinforced by the reluctance on the part of many police administrations to admit that corrupt activities are entrenched.
Based upon his review of several factors, including definitions of police corruption and typologies of corrupt practices Newburn (op cit) gives some definitive conclusions including:
(i) police corruption is pervasive, continuing and not bounded by rank;
(ii) any definition of corruption should cover both ‘financial’ and ‘process’ corruption, and should acknowledge the varying means, ends and motives of corrupt activities;
(iii) the boundary between ‘corrupt’ and ‘non-corrupt’ activities is difficult to define, primarily because this is at heart an ethical problem;
(iv) police corruption cannot simply be explained as the product of a few ‘bad apples’;
(v) the ‘causes’ of corruption include: factors that are intrinsic to policing as a job; the nature of police organisations; the nature of ‘police culture’; the opportunities for corruption presented by the ‘political’ and ‘task’ environments; and, the nature and extent of the effort put in to controlling corruption;
(vi) some areas of policing are more prone to corruption than others;
(vii) although there are many barriers to successful corruption control, there is evidence that police agencies can be reformed;
(viii) reform needs to go beyond the immediately identified problem;
(ix) reform must look at the political and task environments as well as the organisation itself;
(x) reform tends not to be durable; and
(xi) continued vigilance and scepticism is vital.
Valuable perceptions when studying police corruption could be gleaned from in-service and former members to determine how members feel about the established rules and standards of conduct with respect to corrupt practices; the various forms of police corruption; how corruption in the organisation should be addressed.
The South African Police Service Code of Conduct is considered the best known example of an attempt to improve professional conduct in the police service and every police force should equip their members with the necessary knowledge related to inter alia the abuse of power and State assets, corruption, and discrimination.
This discussion would be incomplete without outlining some of the measures which have been combined to provide support to police leadership and frontline managers.  These include a code of ethical behaviour, anti-corruption education, targeted recruitment strategies, progressive development, proactive investigation of suspect officers and support to whistleblowers.
Among the list of privative measures produced by Frik and Walek (2001:15) we found:
(i) introduction of stricter recruitment criteria;
(ii) the drafting and introduction of a Police Code of Ethics;
(iii) the introduction of compulsory training to raise the legal awareness of the police;
(iv) the permanent integrity testing of members;
(v) the introduction of a system to routinely inform members about crimes committed by their colleagues.
The two collaborators went on to list a set of repressive measures that could be combined with the preventative including:
(i) the introduction of a stricter punishment regime for corrupt behaviour;
(ii) the introduction of a separate body to combat corruption;
(iii) the introduction of improved methods of supervising police activities;
(iv) the introduction of corrupt behaviour indicators (expensive lifestyle, indebtedness, complaints, etc.) and the creation of an early warning system;
(v) the introduction of an ‘agent provocateur’;
(vi) the introduction of a camera system within the agency;
(vii) the introduction of stronger powers to audit bodies (access to the bank statements of members, and their family members etc.).
For varying reasons, some of these may not be accommodated locally, but for President Ramotar’s 15-point plan presented at the 2015 Officers’ Conference to have any realistic chance of succeeding, the GPF would need to emulate the Association of Chief Police Officers Taskforce on Corruption which – after its formation in 1998, put “in place preventive strategies more robust than those previously introduced.”
Rhetoric will not carry the day, because what members of the public really need to witness is the police administration taking a providing positive symbolic leadership, by being visibly active in tackling police corruption, and putting in place strategies to detect, investigate and eliminate corruption within its ranks.
Punch (1994) posits that the ‘positive symbolic leadership’ must send an unambivalent message to the rest of the organisation and to those outside the organisation.  This form of leadership requires that senior officers “state explicitly and openly that:
(i) the ends never justify the means;
(ii) they are running a ‘clean’ organisation even if this weakens their ostensible effectiveness;
(iii) they will be as open as possible about internal deviance and will co-operate fully with external agencies; and
(iv) they will personally serve as role models for integrity (Punch, 1994:34).
For the Guyana Police Force to be taken seriously, any zero tolerance anti-corruption culture rhetoric must be backed up with a comprehensive policy on corruption prevention.  This is the initial step where the tone of full commitment for a culture of integrity is set at the very top.
The administration should ensure that the anti-corruption policy is clearly disseminated throughout the force.  Moreover, the policy should not be left to languish as a dead document, but must be applied by way of a corruption prevention plan which provides a strategic approach for the GPF to analyse, plan and implement its anti-corruption framework.
The ultimate aim should be improved systems and procedures, change attitudes of ranks, and improve the overall integrity and performance of the force. These offerings are intended to generate wide debate in the hope that citizens could contribute ideas on addressing issues that affect the professional police service delivery.

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Commendable attendance as MCY&S/NSC Easter Swimming Programme launched

March 31, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

More than 80 students converged at the Colgrain Swimming Pool, Camp and Middle Streets, yesterday morning when the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCY&S) in collaboration with the National Sports Commission launched the second edition of the Easter Vocation Swimming Programme.
Several Government officials were in attendance including Sports Minister, Frank Anthony, Permanent Secretary (MCY&S), Alfred King, Director of Youth and Sports, Neil Kumar, Admin Officer (MCY&S), Gervy Harry, Administrative Assistant  of the facility, Desiree Cummings and  President of the of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA), Ivan Persaud.
The programme will be conducted over a 2 weeks period between Mondays to Fridays and will facilitate children 6-11 years old.
However, there will be no activity on Good Friday and Easter Monday. The children will be placed in two categories and would be facilitated by 4 competent coaches, Cuban Isabel Couza Fals, Marcia Rodrigues, Marisa Wray, Oluko Venture and Kwesi Melville. There will be two sessions daily, the first between 09:30hrs-10:30hrs, while the second session gets underway immediately afterwards up to 11:30hrs.

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YBG launches 10th Schools’ Basketball Festival

March 28, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) launched the 10th annual National Schools’ Basketball Festival (NSBF) yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall after seeking and gaining approval from the parent body for basketball in Guyana, The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF).

GABF President, Nigel Hinds (front row, third right) and YBG Director, Chris Bowman (on his right) along with sponsors and schools yesterday usher in the 10th Schools’ Basketball Festival at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

GABF President, Nigel Hinds (front row, third right) and YBG Director, Chris Bowman (on his right) along with sponsors and schools yesterday usher in the 10th Schools’ Basketball Festival at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

YBG Director, Chris Bowman expressed pleasure to launch the 10th edition of the event while thanking all stakeholders, including GABF, Digicel, Beharry Group of Companies, Banks DIH, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and Director of Sport, Neil Kumar, for their support over the years.
Bowman noted that it was extremely gratifying to have the sanction of GABF despite whatever issues might have strained their relationship in the past. Last year, under the new leadership, the GABF had sought to regularise the YBG programme by having them officially sanctioned under the tenants of the federation.
Initially, YBG had refused to comply with the GABF request, forcing the parent body to impose sanctions on their programme. However, after the intervention of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), GABF and YBG arrived at an amicable solution.
President of the GABF, Nigel Hinds observed yesterday that the tournament is one that can help in the developmental thrust of the federation. He challenged YBG to full the stands of the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall as the best basketball-playing schools converge at the venue for the tournament.
The three main sponsors are Digicel, Beharry Group of Companies and Banks DIH. The various regional competitions of the NSBF are set to tip off on April 20 across Guyana.

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Alpha executives confident of successful Caribbean Football Union invasion

March 27, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Appeal for corporate support
President of the Alpha Football Club, Odinga Lumumba, his Vice President, Steve Ninvalle and coach, Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover are very upbeat of the team’s chances as it prepares for national duty in the imminent Caribbean

Odinga Lumumba is flanked by Dover and Ninvalle  (L & R respectively) at the press conference.

Odinga Lumumba is flanked by Dover and Ninvalle (L & R respectively) at the press conference.

Football Union (CFU) Club Champion League tournament and are currently putting the modalities in place to augment the team’s chances. This much was revealed to the media when the trio hosted a press conference at the Waterchris Hotel, Waterloo Street yesterday morning.
Placed in Group One among Trinidadian Central FC and Surinamese side, Inter Moengotapoe, the squad will open its campaign with two matches at the National Stadium, Providence. The first is slated for April 15 against the Surinamese, while the second encounter will be played at the same venue against Trinidad and Tobago four days after the first. Both encounters commence at 16:00hrs.
Mr. Lumumba revealed that the cost of preparing the team is somewhat prohibitive and is pleading with the corporate community to help defray the costs. “We are required to find some 10 million dollars if the team is to compete,” informed the Alpha top man. He said that CONCACAF has committed to offset the expense by 3 million dollars and he will be grateful for any contribution from the business community. “This is almost a ritual where we continue to agitate for support and while the response continues to be lukewarm we will continue to agitate in the hope that some (conscientious) business person will hear our voice,” pronounced Lumumba.
Mr. Dover supported Lumumba’s call and implored the intervention of the corporate community. He said that he is not privy to information of the current Suriname squad but is confident that his boys could mesh up. Dover said that Alpha has faced Suriname on three previous occasions but is cognizant of the possible changes and advancements. “We will approach the game with the same level of seriousness as before,” he assured. He also said that his boys had defeated the Trinidadians in the past and were keen on replicating the feat.
Considered Guyana’s leading Club team, 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. They will be joined by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) which has been drawn in Group 2.
Fifteen amateur and professional clubs from across the CFU will participate in the tournament which is anticipated to be highly competitive. They include Group 1 – Alpha United FC, 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 while the final round will be played 20 – 25 May 2015.

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Strategies and technical approaches might provide answer to boxers’ plight

March 27, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Michael Benjamin
They left Guyana a confident bunch, very upbeat about winning the inaugural Tri Nation Inter Guiana

Dennis Thomas

Dennis Thomas

boxing competition staged in Cayenne, French Guiana March 14 last. However, when the smoke was cleared the French boxers carted off the lion’s share of the titles after those local pugilists selected for national duty failed to make the desired impression and eventually surrendered the championship to the host nation.
Ever since local boxers failed to meet the qualifying criteria of the 2012 London Olympics, the administrators of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) have embarked on a rigid training programme under the tutelage of Cuban Coach, Francisco Hernandez Roldan, with an aim of creating as much international exposure for local pugilists with an eye on improved performances at the imminent 2016 Brazil Olympiad. Those administrators have reasoned that such strategies would support the pivotal objective of enhancing the boxers’ skill level while they (boxers) competed against high quality international opposition.
To this effect, amateur boxers have fought in Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Barbados, Chile and quite recently, French Guiana. Should one examine the returns he/she would be forced to wonder aloud whether Roldon’s input supported by the overseas outings are producing the desired results.
The truth is that while there have been sporadic instances of success a panoramic view reveals a totally contrasting view. While enjoying home advantage in the invitational tournament against St Lucia, local boxers were on top and came away with the lion’s share of the medals on offer. It was also noteworthy that a local team returned to St Lucia shortly afterwards and some of our boxers maintained the

Eon Bancroft (r) ensured that his bout with Cetout left no room for controversy.

Eon Bancroft (r) ensured that his bout with Cetout left no room for controversy.

tempo after securing wins; Delon Charles and Ron Smith both won their bouts in clinical fashion after Charles disposed of Gervais Capron of Martinique in 2:34secs of the third round and Smith closed off St Lucian, Nyran David in 2:13secs of the first stanza of their 69kgs elite affair. Bert Braithwaite won his bout against his St Lucian nemesis, Lynden ‘Russian’ Marcellin, here in Guyana but the St Lucian avenged that loss when those two engaged in a brutal trilogy in the return leg of the tournament in St Lucia.
St Lucia won the championships after amassing 17 points with 3 gold medals, 2 silvers and 4 bronze while Guyana finished in the 2nd place with 8 points after clinching 2 gold medals and one silver. Martinique finished in the cellar with 6 points after winning 2 silvers and a similar number of bronze medals.
Consequently, a team of two officials and a similar number of boxers out of French Guiana visited Guyana just after the President of the Surinam Amateur Boxing Association had departed. Based on discussions and agreement, plans for Guyana’s participation in the Tri-Nation boxing championships were birthed.
Those pugilists selected for national duty in French Guiana were female boxers Taseka Howard (54kgs) and Dwon Thompson (80kgs) while the male team comprised elite boxers Delon Charles (56kgs), Aquincy Harvey (64kgs), Glenroy Smith and Eon Bancroft (69kgs), Dennis Thomas (81kgs) and Trevon King (90kgs). Steel Crawford assisted Roldan in coaching duties, while Germin Craig and Medford Wilson travelled in the capacity of referee/judge with Gordon Nedd as the manager. These officials will be in a better position to speak of the inconsistencies in the judging and referring department.
Two of the local boxers, Bancroft and Thomas were the only ones to win their respective bouts against Axel Cetout and Leonardo Mosquea respectively. Taseka Howard was very unlucky to have had her bout stopped early in the third round of her 54kgs bout against Eliane Abissouana. There was really no justification for the stoppage which reeked of impartiality but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Diwani Lamkin fought his heart out and most of the spectators, excluding the judges, felt that he had won hands down. Boncroft ensured that his bout went his way after a two fisted onslaught that left no room for controversy but there were several discrepancies in relation to his discipline that should be laid before a GBA disciplinary committee for perusal and possible sanctions. Thomas was the most senior boxer and it was delightful to see him turn back the psychological ploys of his opponent at the weigh in and his subsequent approach to the fight against Mosquea, undoubtedly the top dog of the French team. The Frenchman became riled up and out of frustration dealt Thomas a butt which forced the referee to call a halt and awarded the bout to the Guyanese.
The other boxers all turned in dismal performances and it seems obvious that their development must commence from personal introspection. Charles’ loss was a surprise, not because he lost but basically due to his application. He was not the same boxer that I had seen in Guyana and St Lucia against quality opponents.
This writer spoke with several of the boxers just after the curtains were drawn and the similarity of complaints seem to suggest a greater need to support their physical development with philosophical and psychological input. Maybe, Mr. Ninvalle could huddle with his executives and put the modalities in place that will utilize the expertise and knowledge of past stalwarts to bolster the psychological strength of local pugilists. Such a ploy once carefully and meticulously implemented might just be the answer to the revitalization of the qualitative performances of our stalwarts on the international scene.

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