As the Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) comes to a climax, the two remaining games in the preliminary round will be held on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.On Saturday, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on the Jamaica Tallawahs at 20:00h and then on Sunday, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will come up against the Trinbago Knight Riders who handed them a convincing defeat on Wednesday evening in Trinidad.Now the Amazon Warriors are expecting to take revenge on Sunday evening. After those two matches, the “Biggest Party in Sport” will continue with the play-off matches. The first play-off matches are set for Tuesday, September 11 and the second on Wednesday, September 12.As of now, the Trinbago Knight Riders are leading the table followed by the Jamaica Tallawah then the Guyana Amazon Warriors and finally in the top four is St Kitts Patriots. After the two games, this weekend, the fixtures for the play-off will be finalised.Nevertheless, Guyanese from all walks of life are ready to party and will undoubtedly flock the Guyana National Stadium to support their favourite teams. Guyanese are known for their tremendous support of the tournament.Tickets are going like hotcakes with some indications that the grass mound and party stands are already gone. Tickets for the Red, Green and Orange stands are also going fast.However, while picking up those tickets, fans are encouraged to purchase their hats, bandanas, jerseys and other items at the merchandise section of the ticketing office. On this note, we are calling all ‘warriors’ to make sure they are ready and waiting to roar as the Guyanese owned team take on the best of the best at the Guyana National Stadium.It’s a time when Guyanese show the rest of the Caribbean, “how we party”.CPL is one competition and six teams vying for supremacy and will run from August 8 to September 16, 2018.
Imran Aleem Beharry, popularly known as “GI”, is a Trinidadian singer who is known for his big hits in recent times. For many who may not know about the talented chutney singer, his singing career began some years ago before his teenage years.In a recent interview with Guyana Times Entertainment, the artiste reflected on his journey. Born on January 8, 1987, Beharry grew up in a single-parent family, which prompted him to turn to music as an escape.With the help and encouragement of his mother, he entered a local competition known as Children of Mastana Bahar and in 1998, he placed second in the Grand Finals.Not giving up, he entered the Mastana Bahar adult competition and in 2003, he placed third in the Grand Finals. In recognition of his talent, esteemed promoter Rafi Mohammed enlisted Beharry to sing in the concert in 2004 at Anchorage.He captivated hearts with his melodious voice and had the crowd in raptures over his wonderful performance. And it was that year Beharry was recruited by the Chutney Soca band “Karma” as band leader Anil Bissambhar sought him out to be one of the frontline vocalists. Beharry’s first official recording was entitled “Badi Door” and it was an instant hit on almost every radio station. From then on, he was labelled as “General Imran” – “GI”. That song won him his first official award as “Best New Recording Artiste 2006”.Beharry would sing with Karma, dominating both local and international shows in North America, South America and Europe. He would then go on to be the first Chutney Soca Artiste to win “Top 20 Stars of Tomorrow”, a prestigious award from the former President of Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. Later that year, Beharry won another coveted award at 103FM’s Music Awards for “Best Collaboration”, with a song entitled “Ek Tera Saath”.After working with “Karma” for almost four years and touring extensively with them, he joined the infamous Chutney/Soca band, Dil E Nadan. He maintained the name “General Imran” and continued to produce excellent work with this band, learning from persons like Raymond Ramnarine and Richard Ramnarine.In 2013, “General Imran” resigned from Dil E Nadan and took a break from music to focus on his family and his business efforts. He continued to produce music for the airwaves, and performed at private events.In 2015, Beharry joined forces with renowned producer Zaheer Khan and with a proper management team focused on marketing, producing and managing him, he re-branded himself “GI”, an acronym for General Imran.“GI” released his first song under his new label, and it was an instant hit. Entitled “Raining Rum” (2015), it crossed over into the urban markets and was being played on most of those radio stations. In February 2016, “GI” entered the esteemed “Chutney Soca Monarch” competition, and with a magnificent performance, placed sixth.With his brand now firmly established, he continued to produce cover versions of Bollywood songs as well as original compositions, collaborating with numerous artistes, including veterans like Rikki Jai. In November 2016, “GI” released three songs for the 2017 Carnival season: “Loner”, “The Chosen One” and “Ho Ja Ram”.He has produced all of his music for the songs that he has sung, as well as for other artistes. “GI” comes from humble beginnings and has remained a humble, fun-loving, charismatic personality. He is very health conscious as he is actively involved in the gym, promoting a healthier balance of life. At all times, in the public sphere, he is mindful of his deportment. His aim is to achieve international recognition and represent Trinidad and Tobago on the Grammy stage.In the next few days, fans of “GI” and WR Reaz can watch out for a new collaboration, titled “Pretty Girls”, which is expected to be released soon. The song was produced by Bigrich from the Pungalungs Factor and was written by Shatta Youth.
…to the Police?The Police Association (PA) – claiming to represent the largest number of police ranks and officers – says the Berbice Chambers of Commerce (BCC) are “ungrateful”.The BCC had criticised Minister of National Security Khemraj Ramjattan on several fronts including refusing to meet them because he was “too busy” with Jubilee preparations. The BCC’s overall concern was the crime-wave in Berbice.The Police Association believes the BCC are “ungrateful” to them and Minister Ramjattan. Now both the Association and Minister are paid from the public purse – into which Berbice puts a whole lot more money than is spent back in their Ancient County. So if anyone should be grateful it’d be the Policemen and the Minister, nuh?But it’s clear the Policemen don’t think paying taxes to pay their wages is sufficient to earn their goodwill. They harrumphed, “over the last five years” unlike other groups in other parts of the country, the BCC haven’t been coughing up for projects organised by the police. Maybe like Police BBQ’s? Well now we know what it takes for the Police not to call you “ungrateful”!!Ramjattan had also consistently berated policemen for using “too much violence” and the BCC suggested he might’ve sent the wrong signal to bandits. Not so!! We now have a kinder gentler force! As for being “ungrateful” to Minister Ramjattan, the PA compared the situation in 2014 when a LAPOP poll showed the police force was “the least trusted organisation in Guyana”. “Today”, the PA trumpeted, “this has all changed in a very positive way and certainly Minister Khemraj Ramjattan’s initiatives have contributed significantly to this current development.”Can you believe this? The Police are supposed to have their ears to the ground and know what’s going on in society, and THIS is what they hear? That the Police is NOT the “least trusted organisation” any longer? So who’s replaced them? The government? This is what the vaunted “intelligence led policing” produced? No wonder bandits launch attacks on businesses next to police stations – like the invasions of Sterling Products and Ramada next to Providence Station! Some intelligence!And what exactly are these “initiatives” of Ramjattan that produced a “turnaround” in the fight against crime? The 2:am curfew? Maybe if the curfew wasn’t on, the “insider” wouldn’t have told the bandits that the attack would be best after that time – since the Casino wouldn’t have too many patrons then. The “dog and pony” unit? We’re still waiting.And whatever happened to “Operation Dragnet” – incidentally introduced by President Granger and not Ramjattan? Wasn’t this supposed to eliminate both “internal and external threats”?Maybe Ramjattan can induce “Operation Cast-net”??…to sugar workersUnlike what we hear about elephants, most people have short memories. Take this PNC-led government – of which President Granger’s leader, as he reminded the nation at the party’s annual meet last week. Back in the seventies they imposed a levy on every ton of sugar shipped out of this country and in this way, drained billions of dollars from the industry. That could’ve gone into refurbishing the already old factories and such like.Rather, the money was frittered away on Hydro in Mazaruni, glass factory, bicycle factory, etc. All of which never saw the light of day. So now sugar’s fallen on hard times, all the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition can do is to tell sugar workers “tough luck”!! On its closure of Wales it couldn’t refurbish for $1.7 billion and save 1700 jobs but could write off $3 billion taxes for a company that uses sugar’s by-product, molasses.Isn’t it ingratitude when the goose that laid the golden egg doesn’t get sauce like the gander?…to Prison CoITrying to speed up the Prison CoI, its Chairman caused Lawyer Lalloo to storm out when his speeches were cut short. And still Pressie’s impatient!The old song says, “If you can’t please everyone, you might as well please yourself”!
…and Basil WilliamsBasil Williams was made the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Guyana in 2015, once the PNC-led coalition slipped into office. And SLIP in it did…by less than 5000 votes!! While he certainly wasn’t in any way, shape or form noted for any legal prowess, he HAD stuck with the PNC through the years.Most would remember his (in)famous conversation with Winston Felix, then Commissioner of Police (and now PNC Minister of Citizenship), wherein they conspired to head off the PPP Minister of Home Affairs, Gail Teixeira, from the trail of those who’d committed the Agricola massacre. The secretly recorded tape revealed real intimate knowledge of the workings of the Buxton gang, right Bannuh?So while he was no legal bright bulb, not much was made about his appointment to what was a POLITICAL office. But when, two years later, Granger went and made him SENIOR COUNSEL, it raised a whole lotta eyebrows. After all, by this time he’d lost so many high-profile cases he was openly criticised for being just a punching bag for his predecessor, Anil Nandlall! The legal fraternity protested that the “SC”, signifier of legal excellence, was being debased like mixing gold with copper!!And even after Granger arranged for an advisory panel of legal “old heads” to steer him in the right direction, he continued with his losing ways. Folks wondered whether the award was intended to boost his sagging ego. But the fella keeps sticking his foot into his mouth, and your Eyewitness wonders whether he’ll be able to overcome his latest faux pas that’s so ridiculous it makes one wonder if Williams is in possession of all his marbles!!Referring to Art 106 (7) of the Constitution, which declares that the Government “shall hold an election within three months” after the passage of a No Confidence motion, Williams announced that the constitutional provision was “erroneous”, since “The Government does not conduct elections.”!!! GECOM does!! Never mind that “holding” elections is explained in Art (61) as setting the “times for elections”, after the dissolution of Parliament, which “the President shall appoint by proclamation”!! So the PNC-coalition Government didn’t do a single thing since 2015, since everything was done by delegated agencies!??!But even more amazing is this: Williams doesn’t understand that a Constitution, the highest law in the land, CANNOT be “erroneous”. Whatever it states IS THE LAW. Williams may disagree with a particular stipulation, but until it’s changed by amendment, procedures that are contained in the Constitution, it remains the law!!Finally the man had the temerity to claim Burnham didn’t know what he was doing. “The framers of the Constitution got it wrong!”…and solutionsSome folks also see the Constitution as “wrong”, but not in Basil Williams’s risible manner. They feel our Constitution doesn’t deal with the “real” problems of Guyana – the “ethnic divisions”. Your Eyewitness, not so respectfully, disagrees. What these folks don’t understand is that the present Constitution already has provisions where it’s unlawful to discriminate against anyone. It enshrines equal opportunity!But the real problem is that some folks don’t want “equality of opportunity”, they want “equality of results”!! And they gloss over that, between “equality of opportunity” and “equality of results”, there’s the need for “equality of abilities” and “equality of effort”. Which just ain’t possible!! On the first fly in the ointment, abilities aren’t distributed equally. Everyone in Guyana, for instance, has an equality of entrance to the same schools – but they don’t all have the same abilities, do they? And so we have different results.Then even though there might statistically be individuals with the same abilities within every group, they don’t all put in the same effort! Hence different results.But everyone wants quick fixes!!…of GuyaneseIn addition to being the fundamental principles meant to govern our society, “constitution” also means “composition” of something – how it’s “constituted”.And we’ll never know peace until all Guyanese are “constituted” by the same narrative.
…is on showAs you dear readers would know, your humble Eyewitness greatly admires the rule of law tradition, which the British bequeathed to us – albeit a tad late in the day after they’d cast aside our ancestors like sucked oranges. The foundation of the rule of law, of course, lies in the British Constitution – which remains the gold standard not just for us in the detritus of the Empire, but the world. No fistfights in the commons, thank you…even though the speaker may sometimes be forced to bellow “Ordah!! Ordah!!” in such stentorian tones, the walls literally quiver!!All of which is made more remarkable since their Constitution is unwritten!! That, of course, reminds us that when we create institutions and enact all these laws then expect our people to follow them, we’re barking up the wrong tree. There can be no real change in people’s behaviour before there’s a change in their moral and cultural consciousness. And that, brings us to the point your Eyewitness wishes to make: the refusal of the bullying PNC-in-power to obey the tenets of our Constitution very much WRITTEN in black and white!!Back in 2014, the AFC had threatened to move a motion of no-confidence in the PPP government. The latter had only 32 seats to the combined 33 of the APNU and AFC – but had captured the Presidency and Executive because of our peculiar plurality system. The No-Confidence Motion had been copied from the British Constitution, where it had been used on several occasions. President Ramotar, however, used his prerogative power in the Constitution – derived also from the British Constitution – to prorogue Parliament and schedule elections by his initiative. He did so within six months rather than the 3 months specified by the NCM.But all hell broke out!! And most interestingly, then UK High Commissioner to Guyana Andrew Ayre criticised the prorogation and called for President Donald Ramotar to reconvene Parliament. He warned that while the Constitution did give the President the power to prorogue Parliament, “it also gave in Article 106 part 6 the right for majority of MPs to dissolve the Parliament essentially and have new elections”. In the eight months since our own NCM was passed, it is more than passing strange that the present quite voluble High Commissioner hasn’t demanded that the PNC government have “new elections” by the same Art 106 (6)!!Now, over in ole Blighty, PM Boris has also prorogued Parliament so as to avoid a No-Confidence Motion on Brexit. Will the HC offer a comment on Boris’ action? If he’s unclear of his unwritten Constitution, maybe he can use ours? The PNC government hasn’t been using it much lately!!…on electoral listsOh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!! The PNC insisted that they wanted new H2H Registration to produce a new voters’ list because they were concerned that the old list was too “bloated”. But now, of course, it’s ok to merge another 350,000 new names to the old list and that won’t be “bloated”??But one has to wonder about this new GECOM Chair running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, under the guise of “giving something to both sides”. Which part of “elections must be held within the shortest time” she doesn’t understand?? Why didn’t she order that the H2H exercise cease IMMEDIATELY?? Why the extra four days?? And then to rub salt into our wounds, she allows the Secretariat to increase the working hours of the field officers to register even more voters!!GECOM has to adhere to the Constitution, as interpreted by the Courts. Singh’s decisions are nothing more than another thumbing of the nose at that Constitution.…for oil extractionThe FPSO, Liza Destiny is here. Well, actually in Exxon’s Stabroek Block, where it’ll be getting ready to start pumping out our light, sweet, crude oil for the world market.Your Eyewitness figures we won’t have elections before first oil!!
Dear Editor,The executive of the Guyana Market Vendors Union (GMVU), which was recently launched, is completely wasting its time and energy and that of its wider membership (the vendors) as it seeks to obtain recognition by and to dialogue with the Town Clerk Royston King, who is just too egotistical to give them the light of day.The President of this union (GMVU), Eon Andrews was once a Councillor with the Georgetown Municipality.At a meeting held recently at City Hall, where he met with more than 40 fruit and vegetable vendors from the Bourda Market area, the Town Clerk sent a clear message to the GMVU of his lack of interest in dealing with them by instructing the vendors to form a representative committee which would meet regularly with the City’s administration for bargaining and evaluation. At that meeting he declared that no one, including a union, could force City Hall to permit vending if it does not allow it. In fact he said, “No union can breach Market By-Laws, no union can breach the agreement we have and I want you to understand that.”Before that, Royston King clearly stated that he was only willing to meet with the newly-formed Guyana Market Vendors Union, after it provides necessary documentation to verify its legitimacy. It is unbelievable that King, of all persons, would make such demands for legitimacy when there are so much unlawful activities occurring daily at City Hall. If that union does not become more proactive and militant, King will no doubt continue to brutalise the vendors as he has been doing to the “Parliament View Mall” occupants, the wholesale vendors on the Merriman’s Mall and the hairdressers, cosmetologists, tattoo artists and barbers that he rounded up and also placed on the Mall in most unhygienic conditions. They can’t beg him for a meeting. They have to take the type of action that will force him to recognise them and be inclined to bargain with them.Sincerely,Jermain Johnson
Dear Editor,I would like to bring attention to a situation that has been happening at the Patentia Primary School, West Band Demerara. There are a few sellers outside of the school but there is one in particular who is in the habit of bulling children to buy from her and calling them names when they do not support her.This situation was reported to the teachers and the Parent Teacher Association of that school. Several parents already went to the head teacher and reported this behaviour but the situation remains the same. This woman has gone as far as calling a child a perverted name. It is upsetting to think that an adult working in an environment with children and using those kind of words. I am highly upset about this situation and would like for something to be done to protect and prevent this from happening to more children.Sincerely,Concerned parent
Amidst heckling and booing during his address at the Labour Day celebrations on Sunday, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee expressed dissatisfaction at the treatment being meted out to Guyanese workers by government, saying Guyanese are embarrassed.General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Clement RoheeRohee stated that despite the many promises made by government before, and even after taking office, Guyanese are yet to see them being implemented.“Our country seems to be at the cross-roads,” he told the hundreds of workers gathered at the National Park, adding that development has been at a standstill.“In the meantime, the working people wait in vain for the good life in the promised land whether these will be fulfilled in heaven or on earth. The country’s economy is at a tailspin. Foreign direct investments have dried up, exports are plummeting, and jobs for young people have become extremely difficult to come by. Guyanese are demanding good governance. They are embarrassed and enraged at the treatment being meted out to them… and treatment by whom? Treatment by the Government of Guyana,” he declared.He related that on the occasion of Labour Day 2016, he has reflected on how far Guyana has come in terms of development. However, it is a somewhat mute celebration since recently a number of troubling developments have arisen:“We are pleased to celebrate with Guyanese and all working people the holiday of workers. The Parliamentary Opposition participates in this May Day parade with mixed feelings.On one hand, we are pleased to be in the midst of the Guyanese working people. Our party representing the parliamentary Opposition does all for the rights of the working people. We have travelled a long way since then, the distance we have travelled is the same distance the nation has travelled. Our past, present and future is inexplicably bound up with the Guyanese working people.On the other hand, we participate in May Day 2016 at a time when the working people – be they in the service sector or productive sector – are confronted with so many troubles, so many worries and distresses, that they are finding it difficult to make ends meet. ‘Woe be unto us’ is the cry from many corners of Guyana.Working families and single-parents have fallen on hard times, they are actually crying out for help.”He urged government to deliver on its manifesto promises of increased salaries for government workers, especially to teachers, nurses and members of the disciplined services, as they are a vital part of the Guyanese work force.He also reminded workers of the plight faced by the sugar workers of Wales and LBI Sugar estates which are scheduled to cease operations.“Reverse the decisions to close Wales and LBI estates and enter immediate negotiations with GAWU [Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union] and its workers,” he urged, adding that it is vital that the economy be restored and revived.
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The Government of Liberia has secured the release of ten Liberian female migrant workers that had been trapped for more than two years in Lebanon and have brought them home.The young girls allegedly faced a life of servitude and humiliation including sexual molestation by some Lebanese agents that “sponsored” their travel to Lebanon.After persistent media reporting about their plight and the refusal of their captors to release the girls, GOL recently dispatched a delegation to Beirut with the necessary travel documents and air tickets to ensure the speedy return of the girls as well as to build a legal case to prosecute the perpetrators. According to Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe Sr., head of the delegation to Beirut, the girls recently touched down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and are being kept under security protection away from the public in order to “protect the image and identity of the alleged rape victims.” “For now we have not reunited them with their families because we want to get statements from them to begin prosecuting the alleged perpetrators.“We are preparing indictments against the accused and can only make a case if we gather testimonies from the victims. We are closely working with the Lebanese ministries of Justice and Labor to enable us to move further with legal action” said Atty. Lighe.“Initially we prepared for seven girls, but when we got to Beirut, the number exceeded what was expected.“Actually, we should have returned with twelve girls but due to their late arrival, we managed to secure ten. The travel documents of the other two had not been processed so their return was not possible at this time, but we hope to bring them back to Liberia soon,” Lighe explained.He disclosed that two of the Lebanese nationals accused of involvement in trafficking the girls to Lebanon have been banned from leaving Liberia and their passports and other travel documents are in the possession of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and will only be released pending a government to government interaction with Beirut regarding their prosecution.Minister Lighe described the delegation’s mission to Beirut as “very successful,” adding that there’s nothing more important than bringing the girls back home to Liberia.The high-power Liberian delegation left Monrovia recently for Beirut in an effort to fast track the return of the Liberian girls whose search for greener pastures in Lebanon resulted to dehumanizing treatment of them by alleged traffickers.The delegation included Jeddi Aman, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, a representative of the Ministry of Justice and Joseph Flomo, 105 Liberia National Police.Meanwhile, Lighe stated that the case is of serious interest to GOL and as such, everything possible would be done to prosecute those who are convicted of crimes against the Liberian girls, causing them hardship and suffering in Lebanon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)