GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions found themselves against the ropes here yesterday after half-centuries from Vishaul Singh and Leon Johnson led a dominant Guyana Jaguars effort, on the penultimate day of their opening-round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions were tottering on nine for two at the close, still requiring an improbable 320 on Monday’s final day to win the contest.They were virtually batted out of the game by Vishaul, who stroked a top score of 71, and captain Johnson, who made 69, as Jaguars, resuming their second innings on 26 without loss, declared on 238 for four.Shimron Hetmyer struck a breezy 47 and opening partner Rajendra Chandrika, 34.Part-time off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood was the best bowler on a difficult day for Scorpions with two for 12.With a lead of 90 on first innings, Hetmyer and Chandrika extended their side’s advantage by pushing their opening partnership to 73 before being separated.Hetymer, the successful West Indies Under-19 captain, faced 72 deliveries and counted seven fours while Test batsman Chandrika struck four fours in an 81-ball innings.Both perished before lunch to leave Jaguars on 109 for two at the break with Johnson on 17 and Vishaul on 11, and the pair dominated the second session to put Scorpions on the back foot.Both left-handers, Johnson faced 172 balls and hit six fours while Vishaul’s knock required 149 balls and included seven fours, as they added 133 for the third wicket.Blackwood accounted for both in the end as they searched for quick runs with the declaration approaching.Any hopes Scorpions had of making an assault on the target were dented when first innings top-scorer John Campbell was bowled by pacer Keon Joseph for one in the second over.And in the day’s penultimate over, Devon Thomas was lbw to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for three, to leave Scorpions with a battle to avoid defeat on the final day.ScoreboardJAGUARS 1st Innings 298SCORPIONS 1st Innings 208JAGUARS 2nd Innings(overnight 26 without loss)R Chandrika run out 3 4S Hetmyer c Miller b Jacobs 47*L Johnson c Dawes b Blackwood 69V Singh c Miller b Blackwood 71Extras (lb6, nb2) 8TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 81 overs) 238Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-89, 3-222, 4-231.Bowling: Mindley 14-1-54-0, Dawes 12-0-35-0, Green 14-2-46-0, Miller 15.3-5-28-0, Jacobs 17-2-43-1, Campbell 6-0-14-0, Blackwood 3-0-12-2.SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 329)J Campbell b Joseph 1T Griffith not out 4D Thomas lbw b Permaul 3J Dawes not out 0TOTAL (2 wkts, 9 overs) 9Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8.Bowling: Hooper 6-1-6-0, Joseph 2-1-1-1, Permaul 2-1-2-1.Position: Scorpions require a further 320 runs for victory with eight wickets intact.
Carpenter Tyrone James of Oronoque, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima/Waini) was on Friday arraigned before a Georgetown Magistrate on a charge alleging that at about 20:52h on July 15th, at the Port Kaituma Waterfront, he hit his reputed wife Evadee Baptiste to her head, causing her to collapse and die.Tyrone JamesThe 36-year-old James had reportedly gone in search of Baptiste on that fateful night, and had allegedly found her imbibing with friends at the Waterfront. When she began dancing with another man, it reportedly enraged him, and he allegedly dealt Baptiste a blow to her head with his hand, causing her to fall to the ground unconscious.Leaving Baptiste lying on the floor unconscious, James visited the Port Kaituma Police Station and reported what had transpired. Accompanied by a group of Policemen, James was taken back to the scene of the incident, where Baptiste was found still lying on the floor. She was picked up and rushed to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.An autopsy conducted on her body gave the cause of her death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma.James has been remanded to prison, and the case will continue on July 23.
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North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson (13) drives the ball around UCLA’s Prince Ali (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)LAS VEGAS — North Carolina trailed for most of its game against UCLA, but with a potentially disastrous trip to Las Vegas looming, the seventh-ranked Tar Heels kept being aggressive offensively — and it paid off.Coby White had 19 points and eight assists, Luke Maye added 16 points and eight rebounds and North Carolina beat No. 17 UCLA 94-78 in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kenny Williams scored 15 points as five Tar Heels reached double figures and North Carolina (6-1) settled for a split in its Las Vegas trip after losing to Texas on Thursday.“We were effective defensively with our intensity,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, whose Tar Heel teams had lost three straight in Las Vegas. “We didn’t have as many turnovers today. We didn’t guard the 3-point line that we wanted to. It was a big game in that we have three teams in the top five or six in our next five games. We played better today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCameron Johnson and Nassir Little each had 14 points for the Tar Heels, who play at No. 9 Michigan next Wednesday.Kris Wilkes led UCLA (4-2) with 22 points as he converted 7 of 10 from the field. Jaylen Hands added 14 points and nine assists, while Cody Riley had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Bruins, who lost both Las Vegas games. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Leaky was huge for us,” Williams said. “Leaky made some big shots. He still needs more time on the court.”UCLA started quick, hitting its first six shots and never trailing in the first half. The Bruins’ largest advantage was 11 with 7:33 left in the half. UCLA finished the half shooting 52 percent from the field and led 46-41 at intermission.“After getting smacked last night, I thought we responded really well,” Alford said. “But when Carolina tightened things up, we didn’t handle that well. We now have four games at home, and we got to learn to get better.”The Bruins host Hawaii next Wednesday.North Carolina now leads the all-time series 9-3 in a game between teams that have combined for 18 national championships.This is the teams’ third meeting in five years. North Carolina defeated UCLA in 2015 at Brooklyn, 89-76, and 2014 in the Bahamas, 75-65.Cameron Johnson went over the 1,000-point mark in the Tar Heels’ loss to Texas on Thursday. He is the 77th Tar Heel to reach the mark. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thanks to 53 percent shooting in the second half, North Carolina took the lead for good, 63-62, on a dunk by Little with 11:58 left in the game.UCLA freshman center Moses Brown fouled out with 7:40 left. He finished with seven points and four rebounds.“He’s got to learn,” said UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose team lost to Michigan State late Thursday. “He’s got to learn and look at this tape. We need him out there for 22 minutes, not eight minutes.”Despite both teams playing two games within 20 hours, both shot well from the field, especially from 3-point range. North Carolina was 30 of 60, including 11 of 23 from 3-point range, while the Bruins were 10 of 22 from 3-point range.White got into trouble committing his fourth foul with 7:10 left, but Leaky Black, who had five points, filled in nicely.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Horford out with sore left knee, Morris starts in his place Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES View comments
Public Debt report– debt to foreigners account for 74.3% of total debtGuyana’s total public debt has been increasing over the last three years; going from $317.7 billion in 2015 to $344.9 billion in 2017. Of this amount, almost 75 per cent is owed to foreigners.This is according to the Public Debt Annual Report of 2017, recently released by the Finance Ministry and made available to Parliament. According to the report, in one-year Guyana saw a 4.4 per cent spike in its debt. At the end of 2016, the total public debt was $330.6 billion. This included $240 billion in external debt and $90.5 billion in domestic debt. As of 2017, external debt was $256.1 billion, while domestic debt dropped to $88.8 billion.While Government has tried to implement debt relief measures, there have been challenges. Government has been trying to negotiate the settlement of its debt with the South-eastern European country of Serbia, through its State entity Yugoimport-SDPR. According to the report, Guyana owes Serbia US$1.3 million, including US$745,359 as penalty interest and US$587,719 as the principal arrears. This loan was contracted since 1976.“However, Yugoimport-SDPR and Guyana were unable to reach a mutually acceptable position on the debt settlement,” the Finance Ministry explained in the report. “We intend to make every effort to continue pursuing a debt settlement agreement with Yugoimport-SDPR.”“Currently, Guyana does not service its debt to Yugoimport-SDPR and any other Non-Paris club creditors that are in arrears, owing to the requirement imposed by the Paris club as a condition for debt relief.”Other non-Paris club members Government continues to engage include Libya, Kuwait, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates. This, according to the report, is being done under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.Guyana had signed a debt relief agreement under the HIPC initiative back in 2005 under the then People’s Progressive Party Administration, with the Organisation Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development.Indebtedness vs servicingEven though Guyana’s indebtedness to external creditors has increased, so has debt servicing (repayments). According to the Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin released earlier this year, repayment of external debt grew by some US$24.3 million to US$85.3 million.This is a rate of 59.1 per cent, when compared to the corresponding period of 2017. This was not the case for domestic debt.“Domestic debt service payments fell by 14.6 per cent to $726 million resulting mainly from a 23.2 per cent reduction in interest payments for Treasury bills. Interest payments for the 182- and 364-day bills fell by 38.7 per cent and 17.6 per cent to GY$36 million and GY$358 million respectively,” the report stated.“This position resulted mainly from competitive bidding primarily amongst the commercial banks compounded with lower interest yields during the review period,” the report outlines, a telling indicator.The report had pegged the total hike in public debt at US$19 million. It divided this debt into external and domestic. External debt increased by 1.5 per cent hike from a December position of US$1.241 billion. The report therefore pegged external debt at US$1.265 billion for the quarter.“The rise in the stock of external debt was on account of higher disbursements by multilateral creditors, specifically, IADB and CDB for financing of social and economic infrastructural projects,” the report states.Domestic debt, on the other hand, increased to $89.5 million, from a December position of $88.8 million. Domestic debt, the report notes, increased because of a hike in treasury bills by 1.3 per cent.“(This) resulted mainly from a 1.5 per cent growth in the stock of the 364-day treasury bills during the first quarter,” the report had added.