ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): World number one West Indies will face host nation India, along with Australia, in the warm-up round of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, which bowls off in March. The ICC recently unveiled the pre-tournament fixtures, showing the Windies matches – both to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match against India will be on March 10, while the contest against the Aussies will be on March 13. No other official fixtures have been listed, leaving these matches key to the team’s preparation for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage of the T20 World Cup and will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Group Two will comprise India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Australia and a qualifier advancing from the first round.
A recent statement issued by the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry (MoIPA) was centered on the National Toshaos Council (NTC) and its executive. It has been described by former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai as a vicious and blatant attack on the Council and toshaos across the country.Having read the statement, Sukhai said, she is under the impression there seemingly is a disconnect between the MoIPA and the NTC. The former minister said she finds it to be a strange development, especially since the minister sits on the NTC as an ex-officio member.Former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai“It’s actually like they can’t cooperate, and I don’t think the Government should seek to be indifferent to the NTC…that press statement of accusing the NTC executive is different from what they should be doing. They should be working together, and have full engagement with each other to further the development of Indigenous people in this country,” Sukhai told Guyana Times. Government on Wednesday accused the NTC of disrespecting President David Granger, and launched a scathing attack on several vocal Indigenous representatives who were not toeing the line, but exposing serious malpractices of the current A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration.The MoIPA has accused the NTC and its Vice Chairman, Lenox Shuman, of being confrontational, demanding, and disrespectful in their writings to President Granger. The MoIPA said it has also observed a trend of public posturing by NTC executives, and has stated that the NTC has so far not distanced itself from what the MoIPA described as rather divisive, disingenuous, and sometimes incoherent statements being made by these officials.But while Government has taken umbrage at the writings of these officials to the President, Sukhai has said the NTC has the right to raise concerns affecting its people.“The NTC, as an elected body with Indigenous leaders will, from time to time, be seeking and negotiating with Government on many issues. And that is how it should be. If the NTC has a priority and they feel strongly that the priority is not being addressed by Government, then it’s within their authority to advance representation,” she added.The MoIPA, in its statement, pointed to Shuman and said it has taken note of his issuing call for mass public protest against the Government by the Indigenous citizenry. The Ministry said it would allow the Guyanese public to judge Shuman’s intentions.Further to that, the Ministry said it is aware of countless complaints of alleged disrespectful treatment of residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission by Shuman.When contacted for a comment on Wednesday, Shuman said he was in his village, and could not comment on the matter unless he reads the statement in its entirety.The NTC Vice Chairman said he would also like to be given some time to ‘digest’ what was written about him. He could not be reached on Thursday.
… as 32 road deaths recorded for 1st quarterPedal cyclist Mohan Ramkellawan of South Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara died on Friday at about 19:30h in an accident involving a motorcar on Dennis Street, Sophia, Georgetown.The 72-year-old Ramkellawan and the driver of motorcar HC 7724 were reportedly both proceeding west along Denis Street, Sophia when the accident occurred. The driver, a 52-year-old resident of Sophia, reportedly told investigators that the cyclist swerved into his path and he was not able to apply his brakes in time.Rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, Ramkellawan was pronounced dead on arrival, while the driver was taken into custody.Ramkellawan’s body is at the GPHC mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force has reported that there have been 32 deaths on the country’s roadways so far for 2018.On Friday, Commissioner of Police (ag.) David Ramnarine along with Assistant Commissioners’ N.Hoppie, and M. Graham DSM, Senior Superintendent E. Watts and Traffic Chief R. Ashram met at Police Divisional Traffic Heads to discuss the traffic situation in the counrty.Among the issues discussed was a review the current traffic situation, particularly regarding road traffic fatalities and contributing factors.“This is as a result of the current unacceptable situation where from 1st January to 15th April, 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, indicates pellucidly that the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department must immediately enhance the education of road users and enforcement of the Traffic Laws,” a release from the force stated.A total of 259 accidents were recorded for this year.