Being a woman in a male-dominated sport can be hard at times. But for Natasha ‘Chiney Dolly’ Chang, nothing brings as much fun and excitement like beating the life out of her male counterparts on the track at Dover Raceway in St Ann.”This race meet, I am definitely going to give them hell. I have a nice surprise for them,” the pencil-framed racing driver told The Gleaner during yesterday’s launch of the Heroes of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Heroes Day, Monday, October 19. The launch took place at the ATL Volkswagen Showroom on Oxford Road, New Kingston.Chang, who is perhaps the first woman in the region to drive a rear-wheel Honda 2.2-litre vehicle in a circuit race event, promises to be her usual fiery self.”My last event was in Trinidad, where I finished second and third, respectively, in two events, competing under wet conditions. The last race meet in Jamaica, I was sick and could not compete. I have recovered since and have been dying to race at Dover,” said Chang, who is hoping to take down big guns David Summerbell Jr and Doug Gore in the Thundersport II Class. She wants to finish the year on a high note.The Jamaica Race Drivers’ Club (JRDC) has dubbed the meet Back in the Good Old Days, as it celebrates 25 years of circuit racing in Jamaica. Based on the line-up, the meet promises to be full of non-stop action.Children freeMonique Gibbs, JRDC’s club secretary said it will be a family setting and children under 12 will be admitted free.Besides Chang, mounting tension between arch-rivals Gore and Summerbell seems to be intensifying. Red represents the latter’s team and blue is the colour of the former.”Over the last couple of weeks, I have been campaigning, requesting of fans not to wear any form of red to Dover on Monday. I feel we are going to have a really good meet, the car is very capable, we saw the big improvement at Jam West, and as long as the conditions are good, I think we can erase the track record,” said a jovial Gore, who drives an Audi and was decked out in a bright blue shirt at yesterday’s launch.He added: “I also understand that Summerbell has done some fantastic stuff to his car, so we are in for an intense battle.”Meantime, Summerbell is not taking anything for granted. At Jam West in August, Gore drew first blood by dominating that meet. Now, Summerbell will be looking to turn the tables at Dover, which is said to be more friendly and accommodating to his Stewart’s Auto/Total Lubricant-sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution 8.”Last weekend, we went down and tested the car. There are still some little things to tighten up, but the car is in good shape I feel very comfortable with where we are now. We are coming to give of our best and the aim is to win all three races in the Thundersport II Class,” said Summerbell.email@example.com
People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Wednesday expressed concern that theOpposition Chief WhipGail TeixeiraGuyana Government may be slipping on its commitments to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in relation to implementing its Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework.“Guyana is slipping on its commitments to FATF as it has no Financial Intelligence Unit [FIU] Director or Deputy Director and no AML/CFT Authority in place. The FIU is headless and therefore many aspects of the AML/CFT Act cannot be put into operation and if it is, it will be in violation of the law,” she noted.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently urged the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration to “promptly” address the deficiencies in its AML/CFT framework to ensure full compliance with FATF recommendations.In December, Attorney General Basil Williams stated that there were still a number of recommendations the country needed to fulfil before it could become fully compliant with FATF and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) requirements.Currently, Government is in the process of employing a Director and Deputy Director for the FIU.Teixeira, who is a member of a parliamentary committee in charge of overseeing this aspect, disclosed that a sizeable number of applications for the position have been received.Thereafter, she said a sub-committee will be established to develop a score system to act as a guidline when reviewing the applications to determine which will appear on the shortlist for interviews.Meanwhile, more amendments to the AML/CFT Bill are slated to be presented at the upcoming sitting of the National Assembly on May 4; however, Teixeira lamented that Government intends once again, to ramrod all three stages during that one sitting.The PPP/C Chief Whip explained that she received a call from the Government Chief Whip Amna Ally who informed her of Government’s intention to present the amendments at the upcoming sitting.“She asked if we will support the amendments to the AML/CFT Amendment Bill with all three stages at one sitting on May 4… and our answer was a resounding ‘no’,” Teixeira stated.She explained that the amendments are large and complex, and therefore, it needs to be reviewed extensively, especially considering that the PPP/C will be entering the parliamentary chambers with no knowledge whatsoever on what to expect.Teixeira further explained that these pieces of legislation need to be reviewed and discussed comprehensively to ensure it is consistent with each other and that there is no contradiction.