first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Guyana Jaguars will begin the defence of their WICB first-class Professional Cricket League crown when they face Windward Islands Volcanoes at home on the opening day of the season on November 6.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced the fixtures for the six-team tournament, which comprises ten home-and-away rounds and runs until March 21 next year.However, the championship is to be punctuated by three breaks – following the third, fifth and eighth rounds – with the longest of these a near two-month hiatus from mid-December to mid-February in which time the Regional Super50 will be contested in January.Jaguars ran away with the inaugural four-day title last season, amassing 148 points to be well clear of second-placed Barbados Pride on 117 points.Good recordThe Georgetown-based franchise won eight of their ten games and lost just once – a freakish two-run defeat to Pride in the third round after being set just 69 to win.In the other first-round matches, Pride will host Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval while Leeward Islands Hurricanes welcome Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.Pride and Scorpions – who eventually finished fourth – failed to garner an outright result in either fixture last season, with both games finishing in draws, and will be hoping for better fortunes this time around.Meanwhile, Hurricanes and Red Force will be focussed on much improved campaigns following nightmare runs last season when they each managed just two wins.last_img read more

first_img– after fighting over questionable contractsBy Andrew CarmichaelTwo officials from the Alliance For Change (AFC), who were arrested on Monday, were on Wednesday hauled before Magistrate Alex Moore in New Amsterdam after a fight between the two erupted at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC)AFC Regional Vice Chairman Michell McBeancompound in New Amsterdam, Berbice.The fight was allegedly over contracts for school repairs.AFC Regional Vice Chairman Michell McBean, 60, of Liverpool Village, Corentyne, was charged with unlawfully assaulting Joseph Baichu, 52, of Number 45 Village, Corentyne on Monday last in the vicinity of Republic Road, New Amsterdam.Magistrate Moore also read a counter charge to Baichu stating that on the same date, time and place, he also unlawfully assaulted McBean.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges and told the court that they were friends and did not wish to give evidence against each other.McBean said he wanted the friendship to continue, but Baichu said he no longer wanted to be friends with McBean.Since they had both told the court that they did not wish to give evidence, the Magistrate dismissed the matter.Baichu is the Secretary of the AFC and also an executive member of the party.Both McBean and Baichu had been candidates on the APNU/AFC coalition election list. They are now both contractors executing work for the Region SixAFC Secretary Joseph Baichu(East Berbice-Corentyne) Administration.Reports indicate that Baichu was awarded three contracts to repair schools in Region Six, but he was not capable of fully executing these regional contracts so he sub-contracted the work.The contract for repair work on the Number 59 Nursery School he reportedly sub-contracted to another contractor; while the contract to repair the Mibicuri Primary School and a similar contract to repair the Winifred Gaskin Secondary School Baichu allegedly sub-contracted to McBean.The Mibicuri Primary School contract is worth $1,142,999 and the Winifred Gaskin Secondary School contract is worth $1,707,339.The work has been completed and the cheques were handed over on Monday to Baichu. When payment was made, McBean was at the RDC for his cut.Investigators were told that Baichu refused to go to the bank, resulting in an argument and subsequently a scuffle in the presence of many RDC workers. The matter was reported to the Police and they were both arrested.Meanwhile, works committee members have raised concerns over the quality of work being carried out by some regional contractors.last_img read more