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Date: 17 Aug 17 05:13pm
Residents of Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara, were left in shock yesterday after former Region Three Vice Chairman, Ramnauth Bisram, one of the community’s prominent members, was found murdered in his home.Ramnauth Bisram’s homeBisram, 55, of 11 Canal Number Two, North Section, was found lying in a pool of blood in one of his bedrooms shortly after 16:00 hrs.Sources said that Bisram, who lived alone in the four-bedroom home, had been stabbed multiple times in his back, abdomen and other parts of the body.A relative who found the corpse said that a knife, suspected to be the murder weapon, was lying near the body.According to the relative, Bisram’s wedding ring and another ring that he always wore were missing.He said that a suitcase had also been ransacked.It is believed that the killer(s) gained entry through the back door, which was found open.The relative added that the clothes the former regional chairman was wearing indicated that he was preparing for bed when he was attacked.Bisram’s wife and four children migrated to the United States a few years ago.A woman who lived next door to the victim told Kaieteur News that she last saw Bisram around 17:00 hrs on Sunday.At the time, J. R. Richard Astros Jersey, he was cleaning the parapet in front of his home.A relative said that he visited Bisram around 16:00 hrs yesterday after he had heard no word from the former vice-chairman.He said that he suspected something was amiss when he observed that the back door was open. His fears were confirmed when he found Bisram’s lifeless body in one of the bedrooms.The corpse remained at the scene for several hours while ranks from the Police Crime Scene unit scoured the premises.Bisram’s body was eventually removed by undertakers around 20:00 hrs.Bisram’s wife and children have been notified about his death.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 05:13pm
–  Vessel registration leads to empty lot in GuyanaAs local authorities scramble to ascertain whether a multi-million-dollar shipment of gold stolen in a daring heist in Curacao on Friday came from Guyana, there are strong indications that the bulk of it is from Suriname.According to government sources, the vessel, the Summer Bliss, is indeed registered in Guyana to one Deo Shivpaul. The local address on the registration is given as Canal # 2, but checks by local officials found that the location is an empty lot, adding even more mystery to the incident.The Summer Bliss which was robbed of US$11.5M in gold on Friday in Curacao. (AP photo)According to the sources, the vessel would normally be moored at the mouth of the Berbice River, between Guyana and Suriname.Sources have said now that boat never did left from Guyana but from Suriname.On Friday, Cheap Jerseys Supply, gunmen disguised as police officers raided the fishing vessel which was moored at the port in Willemstad, Curacao, an Antillean island located off Venezuela.In what appeared to be a well planned heist, the gunmen using three cars beat the Guyanese captain and held the three crewmen, also from Guyana, at bay with guns. They later escaped with 70 gold bars worth US$11.5M (G$2.3B) that had been on the boat.The boat had left four days before from Guyana, one crewman reportedly told investigators in Curacao.The Guyana government immediately denied knowledge of the gold, saying that it never gave permission for gold to be shipped by any boat.The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) also denied that it members may have been involved.Government yesterday convened an emergency meeting on the issue, warning a zero tolerance on smuggling.Suriname angleKaieteur News was told that from all indications, the bulk of the gold belonged to traders in Suriname and to a Chinese mining outfit.A few ounces also reportedly belonged to a Guyanese.Because Suriname’s royalties and taxes are lower than Guyana, traders have been trekking to the neighbouring country, at great risk of seizures from authorities there and from even robbers.The Guyana government has long admitted that some of its gold is being smuggled and not declared as the law demands.There are a number of licensed traders and even fewer authorized exporters of gold.According to one knowledgeable trader yesterday, government should issue more export licences to help reduce smuggling.President Donald Ramotar recently called for a common regional tax regime which would discourage smuggling.Friday’s incident would worry government because of the taxes that would have been lost if it is indeed ascertained that the gold was being smuggled from Guyana.Last year, gold declarations amounted to over 360, 000 ounces. It is believed that the actual amount produced could more than double that.Guyana’s rough terrain has made it difficult for the regulator, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, to properly monitor miners.LeadsYesterday, the Huffington Post website reported police in Curacao as saying that they have several leads, including the licence plate number of one of three cars used in Friday’s getaway. The police there have been asking for the public’s help in tracking the suspects, police spokesman Reggie Huggins told The Associated Press.“There is information coming in, ” he said. “We are getting reactions from the public, but we still have to sort it out.”Police have said that at least six men were involved, but no one has been arrested in a case that surprised authorities in the Dutch Caribbean Island.Huggins said police are still interviewing the ship’s captain and three crew members, who contacted officials in Curacao about the incoming gold shipment as part of regular security protocol. The gold bars weigh about 216 kilograms (476 pounds).Kaieteur News understands that the gold was heading to a buyer in Curacao.Police declined to say where the gold was being delivered, but one crew member, who identified himself to the AP as Raymond Emmanuel, said they were delivering the gold to an unidentified company in Curacao.Emmanuel said the crew left Guyana on Tuesday and arrived in Curacao early Friday.Officials reportedly said there is no record of the ship, named “Summer Bliss, ” leaving Guyana’s Port Georgetown Harbour, adding that it could have left from a pier at any of the country’s numerous rivers.DisguiseCuracao’s main newspaper, the Amigoe, yesterday, gave the ages of the three Guyanese crew members as 53, 47 and 39 years, with the captain being 51.From the police investigation, a white car, an old model Mitsubishi Lancer, drove up to the Willemstad port early and honked at the gate. The guard thought the driver was a member of the Customs and let the man inside. The suspect parked near the fishing boat.A few seconds later, a red Mitsubishi Lancer and a gray Hyundai Elantra also drove through.Six masked and armed men came out from the three cars. They all wore ‘hoodies’ and had police jacks.The men stormed the fishing vessel and under gunpoint pushed the captain to the ground. One of the crewman was gun-butted after asking why his captain was being handled like that. He received injuries to his head and eye.According to the Amigoe, the robbers apparently knew their way around the ship and went directly to three metal boxes which contained the gold.Zero ToleranceYesterday, government reiterated its zero tolerance for gold smuggling during an emergency meeting with the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and licenced gold and diamond dealers.“The Minister (of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud) stated that the President of Guyana and the government are very concerned and are treating the report with a high level of seriousness. As such, the Government and law enforcement sector will work with concerned international authorities to ascertain the source of the gold.”GGDMA’s President, Patrick Harding, noted that association members have been urged to sell gold to the Guyana Gold Board or authorised dealers.The Ministry has also been seeking to work with Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela to reduce all forms of illegal mineral trade and will continue to work with all stakeholders of the gold industry to ensure that more stringent measures are implemented and enforced to ensure the legal trade of Guyana’s gold is maintained.As such, a special task force, which will include representatives from the GGDMA, law enforcement authorities, Customs and Trade Administration, among other stakeholders, has been put together to review the current regulations so as to prevent the smuggling of gold and other minerals.Guyana has now, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, requested help from Curacao for more information.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 05:12pm
By Nicholas PetersBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, asserted the importance of lowering perceptions ofBritish High Commissioner Andrew Ayrecorruption if countries with a high corruption index are to develop.  “It’s very important that recipients of development assistance clean up their act to the maximum extent as possible, Jon Singleton Astros Jersey, ” said the Commissioner in an interview with this publication.His comments came on the heels of Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index, where Guyana was ranked in the “highly corrupt” category.The index shows Guyana lagging far behind its Caricom peers, placing 124th out of a 175 countries. Meanwhile countries like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago rank much higher. The only Caricom country ranking lower is Haiti at 161.According to the index, this would make Guyana the most corrupt English-speaking country in the region.The countries were evaluated on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), with Guyana receiving a score of 30. Last year the country received a score of 28 to reflect marginal improvement.A key observation that Ayre highlighted was the more corrupt a country, the less is the development within that country.Commissioner Ayre explained that such a ranking can negatively affect foreign investor interest in a country like Guyana.  He said that the cost of doing business is always higher in a country where the perception of corruption is higher, the reason for this being that there is a “risk premium” attached to the nation.The diplomat said that lenders would look at figures such as the Corruption Perception Index, when determining whether it is worth investing in a low ranking country like Guyana.However, there has still been investment from nations like the United Kingdom to developing countries where the perception of corruption is high.The British High Commissioner defended this position as the UK’s strict belief that “development assistance” should be provided to developing countries throughout the world.The UK official detailed that his country has succeeded in contributing upwards of 0.7 percent of Britain’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in development assistance.Despite this position, countries like the UK have received criticism for investing in highly corrupt countries where the value of their investment is likely to decrease.High Commissioner Ayre explained that the 2008 financial crisis has resulted in apprehension among UK citizens to give financial aid to corrupt countries. The people feel that they are not getting what they paid for.“Our citizens do not want to see a scenario where one pound of development assistance becomes 10 pence, ” said the UK representative. “They want to see one pound of development assistance equalling one pound of development.”Therefore, it is very important for countries that want to receive development assistance to “clean up their act” so as to ensure that huge financial investments are solely spent on developing the country’s resources.The High Commissioner explained that international public support is vital towards obtaining funding for developing countries.“To have the public support for such a policy requires that the development assistance is spent on development and not on corruptive ways.”
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Date: 17 Aug 17 05:12pm
– inducted as Patron of Guyana Foundation First Lady, Sandra Granger, has called on the charitable organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and members of wider society to play a greater role in tackling the scourge of suicide.(Bottom; fourth from right): First Lady Sandra Granger is flanked by the Guyana Foundation team.The First Lady issued the statement after she was introduced as the new Patron of the Guyana Foundation (GF) a charitable trust aimed at contributing to meaningful change towards rebuilding Guyana.Mrs. Granger was presented with a specially-made gold pin by GF’s Founder, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, during the cocktail reception held in the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel, on Friday.The event attracted over 200 individuals from representatives of government agencies, business entities, local and international charitable organizations and volunteers. Mrs. Granger noted the need for all sectors in society to get involved in arresting the root causes of suicide.According to the Hon First Lady, “In the context of mental health… it is vitally important that our country addresses urgently, effectively, and in a coherent manner, the alarmingly high incidence of suicide, particularly among our youths.”Pointing to the fact that Guyana, with its comparatively small population, has an alarmingly high rate of suicide, Mrs. Granger said that the nation cannot afford to lose its human capital to suicide. Efforts must be made forthwith to find the causes and provide professional help.Speaking of the foundation’s attempts to help curb this epidemic, Mrs. Granger also noted that the group has already signalled its willingness to participate in a national conversation on suicide prevention and to offer its resources. She praised the Foundation’s work with at-risk groups.First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, being presented with a gold pin by GF’s Founder, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden.“When we educate our children, Edwin Encarnacion Indians Jersey, our women, our citizens with special needs, our seniors, we help vulnerable sectors of our population not only to be positive about themselves; but to recognise their intrinsic value as [individuals and], as members of our society [and reinforce] the belief that they can contribute, ” Mrs. Granger said.The First Lady said that she is pleased to be associated with such a noble organisation. She said it was particularly commendable that The Guyana Foundation has continued to have an expansive reach and offers programmes in communities beyond Georgetown and the Coastland, as it had been doing since its establishment in 2013.“Recognizing that the Guyanese people and their diverse cultures are our greatest wealth, the programme of The Guyana Foundation has focused on the most vulnerable sectors of our population” she said.According information posted on the group’s social media page these vulnerable groups, include those that are poverty-stricken. Women and youths are direct beneficiaries of Foundation projects, aimed at improving mental health, and empowerment through literacy programmes and emotional support through community renewal engagements.Speaking on the NGO’s plan to retake communities and build a stronger nation, the First Lady noted, “An educated population is a tolerant population. It reaches out to help those less fortunate among us. It seeks ways to feed the children who cannot study or learn because their bellies are empty… It does not point an admonitory finger at adolescent mothers, who may have been victims of trafficking or rape or incest, ” the First Lady said.Last October, following a meeting between the First Lady and Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, Mrs. Granger had expressed that there are significant areas of synergy between her work programme and the work of the Foundation.The Foundation is a charitable trust that has as its mandate to contribute meaningfully to the rebuilding of Guyana. Mrs. Singh-Bodden, who adorned the First Lady with a pin to signify her induction as Patron, thanked her for accepting the invitation, even as she pledged to continue the Foundation’s work.The Founder further noted that from its inception the Foundation had attracted individuals; both locally and from across the world, who have stepped forward to share ideas, develop projects, and raise funds, to assist vulnerable populations.The Foundation’s work is propelled by Mrs. Singh-Bodden’s conviction that great change can be made by people who are encouraged and supported. As such, it has conducted large and small-scale projects countrywide in an effort to restore hope and purpose, rebuild lives, and create a better future for all GuyaneseMrs. Singh-Bodden also unveiled several new initiatives that will be launched in 2016.These new projects include the Guyana Foundation Sunrise Centres, the Guyana Heroes Project, collaboration with the Starkey Foundation and a village renewal project in Hague on the West Coast of Demerara.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 05:12pm
…nab 11 underaged patronsReports of under aged girls engaged in prostitution saw ranks of the Guyana Police Force, Welfare Officers and Social Workers, swooping down and sealing off the Platinum Club on First Avenue, Bartica, on Saturday.The authorities started their operation at midnight and lasted for well over an hour. During the search, six boys, all students of the Bartica Secondary School, were identified and told to stand in the corner as the police went about identifying a number of females also said to be under aged.Original reports had suggested that the minors may have been part of a trafficking in persons ring which sparked the attention of the Guyana’s Women Miners’ Organization.President of the organization Simone Broomes told Kaieteur News that she was aware of the police raid and commended the work of the officers in helping to clamp down of the plaguing social issue of human trafficking and the exploitation of young children. The president said upon hearing the news, she contacted the police and learned of the teens’ detention. She also mentioned that investigations into the night spot’s operations had resulted in closure of the establishment although it is unsure for what period of time.Officers only disclosed that they were engaged in an operation after drawing strong criticism from patrons who wanted to leave the establishment.The Police Officers reportedly entered the night spot, asked the DJ to switch off the music and began to make their way to various points, effectively sealing off the establishment. Two male officers even took up their position in the female washroom which saw many females refusing to use the facility.Female patrons said that they were not using the facility as there were reports of females sexually assaulted at knife point by men standing outside and in some instances by men who hid in the washroom. The officers, one female patron said, told her “come right in babes we gon help you. You must not be afraid; we are police officers”. One officer, she said, was sitting on a toilet bowl while the other was lying on the ground.Reports are that the owner of the establishment beefed up security after the alleged sexual assaults. Among the security measures in place were that patrons should produce Identification Cards before they are granted entry. There apparently is some truth in that as a girl identified by the officers as a minor, when questioned said that she was eighteen years old, that she lived in Bartica for the last six years, that she was well aware of the establishment’s policy of producing identification but said she had forgotten her ID card.The said young woman was at the establishment with two other females who were not singled out by the officers.The girl was indeed 14 years old and the boys were also around the same age group. The police were forced to resort to waiting for their parents to go and pick them up. Authorities later disclosed that the four were all intoxicated.The two male officers keeping guard at one door refused to allow the young woman to use the bathroom despite her pleas. It was only after several patrons raised their voice and her friends tried to remove her, Reggie Sanders Reds Jersey, that the uniformed officer sent for a female officer to escort her to the bathroom.On the outside of the establishment, officers were body searching patrons who were leaving and were also asking those who appeared young, their age.A number of Brazilian nationals were told to stand in a corner after they were searched.Apart from that, the sex trade revelation, the incidence of violent activities and complaints by patrons had also resulted in the police’s attention to the business place.While the police officers were conducting their searches inside, patrons were seen scurrying for cover on three occasions as bottles were broken and young men were threatening to either kill or cause injures to others.Police detained the last two. Whether they were released after or taken to the police station is also not known.Kaieteur News further understands that the minors were taken to the Bartica Police Station where they were questioned and later handed over to their parents. This was not before both parents and children received a stern warning from the police.
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