Two players opt for CLT20 over Test Series

August 30, 2014 4:48 pmCategory: 


Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo

[] – Two West Indies players considered for selection for the first Test against Bangladesh in St Vincent have opted to play in the Champions League T20 in India instead.

The WICB did not reveal who the players were, and said their “decisions will not have any deleterious effect on consideration for future West Indies selection” because the CLT20 had “an ICC approved window on the international schedule.”

The qualifying round of the Champions League begins on September 13, the day the second Test against Bangladesh commences. Apart from players in the Barbados Tridents squad that won the Caribbean Premier League, seven other West Indies players are representing IPL franchises in the Champions League. They are: Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell and Samuel Badree.

Fast bowler Jason Holder, who made his debut in West Indies’ most recent Test – against New Zealand in Barbados in June – was part of the Barbados Tridents squad released by the CLT20, but has been picked for the first Test against Bangladesh.

Narine had not been considered for selection for all three home Tests against New Zealand after opting to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final on June 1. It caused him to miss the start of a West Indies training camp ahead of the first Test starting on June 8. Narine’s absence paved the way for Shane Shillingford and Sulieman Benn to make their return to Test cricket.

Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine

Earlier this summer, Bravo had expressed his desire to return to the Test cricket following recovery from a shoulder injury suffered at the start of this year’s IPL. The West Indies ODI captain has not played Test cricket since 2010


GRA in standoff during efforts to seize vehicles for duty free concession probe

One of the vehicles at the Continental Park residence of the GRA officer.

One of the vehicles at the Continental Park residence of the GRA officer.


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Up to late Friday night, there was a standoff at Continental Park, East Bank Demerara between enforcers of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and one of their colleagues who allegedly refused them access to seize two vehicles that are at the centre of a duty-free concession dispute.
The GRA alleges that although the Lexus vehicles were imported by a couple ,who benefitted from the tax and duty waivers under the re-migrant scheme being managed by the Foreign Ministry, they were not in possession of the beneficiaries in whose names they were registered and the mandatory six-month reporting period was not adhered to.
Instead, the GRA said that the vehicles were in possession of Publisher of Kaieteur News’ publisher, Glenn Lall and his wife.
GRA Commissioner General, Kurshid Sattaur told Demerara Waves Online News that the tax agency had a legitimate right to seize the vehicles because the intended beneficiaries were allegedly not using the vehicles. “If there are any reports about the vehicles not being used by the re-migrants, then those vehicles can be subject to serious reprimand or the re-migrants can be subject processes under the Customs Law, seizure and all of that,” he said.
Sattaur claimed that one of the GRA officers prevented the enforcers from the tax agency from entering his premises at Continental Park where the vehicles were believed to have been located up to late Friday night. Sattaur claimed that the GRA officer told his colleagues that lawyers have advised that the enforcers need a court order to seize property. “My officers cannot be removed from anyone’s premise if they are there officially to conduct their business and I was told that the lawyer advised this person that he can use reasonable force to remove my officer,”  Sattaur said. The Tax Chief said GRA officers receive a Writ of Assistance annually from the Court to execute their duties of searching and seizure.
The GRA Commissioner General planned to take legal action, through Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, against the Kaieteur News publisher for alleged threats and intimidation during the course of the tax agency executing its duties.
Asked whether he would be taking disciplinary action against the GRA officer for alleged obstruction of duties, Sattaur said he was contemplating doing so but would have to rely on the relevant advice.
The Kaieteur News newspaper recently published a photograph of a vehicle in possession of an official of the Chinese logging company, Bai Shan Lin, and stated that millions of dollars in tax concessions had been waived as part of a sweetheart deal with the Guyana government. That newspaper has also reported that the company has received several other tax concessions from the GRA.
Bai Shan Lin’s operations here have in recent weeks been under the spotlight for alleged excessive exports of logs  in breach of local laws and regulations as well as international standards.
However, the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has rejected those claims by providing some statistics and explanation of procedures for logging and log exportation to prove its case.

Ramotar has displayed gross disrespect for the National Assembly – Granger

August 30, 2014, By KNews, Filed Under News, Source - Kaieteur News


President Donald Ramotar

Donald Ramotar


Failure to assent to Bills that were passed by the National Assembly, and ensure the successful establishment of the Tripartite Budget Committee, are among the top reasons which formed the basis for the Leader of the Opposition’s contention that President Donald Ramotar has displayed “gross disrespect for the National Assembly.”


Parliamentarian David Granger made this assertion yesterday during his press conference which focused on looming early general elections and broken promises by the government.


Granger, at the press conference which was held at the Party’s Hadfield Street Headquarters, stated in no uncertain terms, Ramotar must remember his promises and respect the National Assembly. In elaborating on this point, Granger said that when Ramotar was pegged as the Presidential candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), he made a solemn promise in his Party’s election manifesto- Working Together for a Better Tomorrow.


In that manifesto, Ramotar had stated that, “In the area of local government and governance, the next PPPC government will ensure, within one year of the 2011 general elections, that local government elections are held bringing much needed reinvigoration into local government entities.”


The A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) parliamentarian made the point that nearly three years have passed since elections were held and Ramotar has failed to honour his words. Granger deduced that if the President could not keep his promise on this critical issue, then it is logical to question whether he will keep any of his other promises.


He elaborated that President Ramotar has “displayed gross disrespect for the National Assembly by refusing to assent to a Bill that was approved after careful scrutiny and arduous work.”


“He (Ramotar) is aware also that the PPP/C, while he was a member of the National Assembly and that was when his Party enjoyed a majority, repeatedly passed amendments for twelve consecutive years since 1997 to defer the holding of local government elections.”


Granger emphasized the fact that Ramotar refused to assent to the Local Government (Amendment) Bill which had been passed by the National Assembly along with the Municipal and District Councils (Amendment) Bill, the Local Government Commission Bill and the Fiscal Transfers Bill. Ramotar, he said, also ignored the Local Authorities (Elections Amendment) Bill 2013 which states that elections must be held on or before August 1, 2014. He also ignored calls by the international community to hold elections.


The politician stated that Ramotar also allowed his ministers of local government and regional development to destroy numerous local democratic councils, although it was not without resistance.


Granger reminded that residents staged protests at the Corriverton municipality and the Ireng-Sawariwau, Port Kaituma-Arakaka, Mathew’s Ridge and Kwakwani and other communities against government installed interim management committees.


In concluding his opening statements, Granger said that the PPP/C for over two decades, demonstrated its unwillingness to introduce local government reform. He said too that the government has deliberately underfunded municipalities and neighbourhoods, and deliberately destabilized democratically-elected local councils thereby inhibiting their development. He insisted that the A Partnership for National Unity remains committed to local democracy and to providing a good life for all Guyanese.


Strongly supporting his leader on the issue was APNU’s Shadow Minister for Local Government, Ronald Bulkan. The Opposition Parliamentarian expressed through the use of newspaper clippings, how residents are crying out about the deplorable state of some areas of Guyana, yet their plights continue to fall on deaf ears. “We have a rogue administration…There are broken communities, disorder and decay because government has failed to honour promises to hold local government elections.”


When asked by this publication to cite other instances where the President has disrespected the Parliament, Granger said that his Party has advanced a number of proposals which include the Tripartite Budget Committee, and at the last budget debate, the establishment of a high level negotiating team. But the idea of the team was “blown to bits” by the PPP and the Budget committee was never realized. Granger added that some of the humanitarian resolutions were never implemented, particularly those relating to investigations into torture by the Guyana Police Force and trafficking in persons. “But the government has never seen it fit to implement them and so there has been a lot of damage done to the country by the mere governance of the PPP.”


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