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Date: 23 Apr 18 04:29am
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited (GNNL), Jean La Rose, has resigned with effect from October 1, 2016.This is according to information disseminated yesterday by the Government Information Agency (GINA).According to GINA, “In a letter to subject Minister, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, dated September 23, 2016, La Rose said, ‘At this point, I feel I am not contributing to the further development of the board or the GNNL, as I may have done if I had more time to dedicate towards fully understanding my role as Chair or as Director’.”La Rose further stated that “‘since taking up office – the new government has provided more opportunities and space to work with and on behalf of indigenous communities in Guyana and, “this has grown resulting in the expansion of my work commitments and less time to dedicate to issues of the GNNL’.”In his letter of acceptance, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said, “I accept your resignation with a heavy heart, but understand your reasons for doing so. I thank you for having accepted the challenge to serve as chairperson and express my appreciation of your efforts to resuscitate the GNNL as a national newspaper and to improve professionalism among its many staffers.”The Prime Minister told La Rose, Nike Air Max 98 Og, too, that it was “with a sense of pride he recommended her appointment as Chairperson of the Board, both as an outstanding woman and as a champion of a cause of promoting human rights in general and the interest of our indigenous peoples.”La Rose was appointed chairperson of the GNNL Board on September 15, 2015.
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Date: 23 Apr 18 04:29am
– Suspect on the run, wife and child abandon  homeThe injured woman, who is now battling for her life.A row over “fowl cocks” ended with a McDoom, East Bank Demerara man opening fire and critically wounding a 38-year-old woman and her 21-year old son.Abiola Edie, who was shot in her face, is now a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital. Her son, Martin Barker, who was shot twice in his chest, has also been admitted to the same hospital.The suspect, who is said to be their neighbour, has gone into hiding. The incident has left a wedge between residents of the East Bank Demerara community forcing relatives of the suspect to flee their home to escape possible retaliation.Police confirmed the incident in a statement. They said that about 11:00 hours yesterday, Martin Barker, of Middle Street, Mc Doom Village, was involved in an argument with another man in the community, during which the man pulled out a firearm.The police said that Barker’s mother, Abiola Edie, intervened and was shot to her face, after which the man turned the gun on Barker, Nike Air Max 90 Black Women, shooting him in his chest, and escaping.When this newspaper arrived on the scene, there was a huge pool of blood on the road bearing evidence of the serious injury to one of the victims.Eyewitnesses told this newspaper that during the argument, the suspect who is a scrap metal dealer, ran into his yard and came back with a gun which he used to discharge several rounds at Edie and her son.“Some fowl dey rowing for and he run in fuh he gun and come out back, ” one neighbour told this newspaper.  “You gun shoot people fuh a fowl?” another neighbour asked.Edie’s mother, Pamela, yesterday sat anxiously in front of the hospital’s ICU awaiting news of her daughter’s condition.The frustrated woman told Kaieteur News that she was standing a few steps from where her daughter and grandson were shot. She recalled hearing “a few gunshots and when I watch I see me daughter fall down.”“…He (suspect) say me grandson trouble he fowl but me grandson don’t trouble anybody thing. He wasn’t at home, but like when he come home, he wife tell he how my grandson went fighting he fowl and he come out and start arguing over that, ” the woman related.Martin BarkerThe elderly Edie said that she remembered hearing the suspect saying “…. ‘I gun f*&! all of you up’ and he do exactly that. He went in, collect he gun and shoot like he mad.” Kaieteur News understands that doctors at the hospital have listed the woman’s condition as ‘critical, ’ while her son is said to be in a stable state.Neighbours said that immediately after the shooting the badly wounded woman and her son were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were treated immediately.The police, who were informed, arrived at McDoom and facilitated the reputed wife of the suspect and her infant children in fleeing their home to get away from any potential danger from the increasingly hostile neighbours.As news of the shooting spread, another son of the injured woman who was not at the scene when the incident occurred came up a while later only to be told of the plight of his mother and brother.Minutes after he arrived at McDoom he reportedly received a telephone call from the suspect who expressed regret over the shooting.However, this failed to placate the young man.“He callin me and tellin me bout he sorry he shoot me mother. He tell me dat me brother run up to he with some knife and he had to shoot me …mother, dat is wha he callin me and tellin me, ” the angry young man blurted out.The neighbours were unanimous in their claims that it was the suspect who was brandishing a gun and a knife.Up to press time, the suspect had not been arrested.
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Date: 23 Apr 18 04:28am
The Muslim community will be joining Muslims worldwide in beginning the month-long fast and other acts of devotion of Ramadan. The holiest month in the Islamic faith-Ramadan-will take place from July 9 through August 8, 2013, according to believers.This is the month on the lunar Islamic calendar, during which some Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from the break of dawn to sunset.The month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the five pillars of Islam and is known to be month of reflection and complete submission to Allah (God).According to President General of the Anna Catherina Islamic Complex (ACIC), Hakeem Khan, Muslims are urged to use this month to build bridges and not walls, so that with unity of purpose, there can be  growth and development of Islam.“We call on our political leaders of this country to let the ideals of Ramadan fill your hearts so that we can return our country to one free from fear, corruption, immorality and crime. May this Holy Month of Ramadan be rewarding to our entire nation.”He explained that the fast is performed for no other reason than to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments.“As God Almighty has granted us His Divine Mercy in sparing our lives to see yet another Ramadan, let us not waste the golden opportunity and use this month to the fullest, in order to achieve maximum benefits. We must observe the fast and other religious activities in this month, with utmost sincerity so that we can achieve success in this life and the hereafter, ” he said.According to the Executive of the Guyana United Sadr Islamic Anjuman (GUSIA) and the Board of Management of the Shaheed Boys & Girls Orphanages, this month, which is a special gift to the Muslim nation, came as a result of Allah’s great love for the Prophet of Islam and is an opportunity for Muslims to harness the great benefits that this month contains.“The observance of this month will fill the Muslim’s heart with peace, love and tranquility and inculcates qualities that are associated with great character.In this age of political instability, ethnic and racial violence, greed, materialism and uncertainties, this month is a welcome gift to the world. We need to extract the ingredients of nation building, religious and spiritual codes and appropriate moral, social and economic disciplines to establish strong progressive nations populated with citizens who are cognizant of their duty first to God, the Creator and to fellow occupants of this earth, ” the Chairman of the Organisations Badruddin Hassan noted.According to the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), Nike Air Max 1 Mens Trainers, Islam is one of the world’s most prominent religions and a source of profound strength and guidance for over a billion Muslims worldwide.“We Observe Ramadan every year, but do we listen to it? Ramadan is the most important month of our calendar. It is a tremendous gift from Allah, God Almighty, in so many ways.In our current state of being down and out, it can uplift us, empower us, and turn around our situation individually and collectively. The most important message of Ramadan is that we are not just body. We are body and soul and that is what makes us human beings and determine our values as human beings, ” the CIOG said.Muslims look forward to Ramadan as a period of spiritual reflection and renewal. It is also a time when people of other faiths can learn more about Islam, the great benefits that it offers to mankind and the enormous contributions made by Muslims to human civilization. It firmly upholds the principle of respect for all human beings and all religions. Sadly, in many countries, Muslims and other believers are unable to perform their religious beliefs.“We pray for the day when the people of all faiths can express their beliefs without fear of persecution or discrimination, ” the CIOG said.
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Date: 23 Apr 18 04:28am
An investigation into the beating of civilians at Marudi is to focus on the actions of a Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officer who was present when the assault occurred.The investigators are to query why the GGMC personnel failed to intervene when the civilians were being assaulted.Kaieteur News understands that top officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment as well as the Board of Directors of the GGMC met today and also viewed the footage of the incident.“There is an investigation into why there was no intervention on the part of the GGMC officer who was present…the Ministry and the Board of Directors of the GGMC reviewed the footage…we were upset by what we saw, ” a senior official said.The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has commenced an investigation into the beating of civilians by police ranks during an operation to curb illegal mining within Marudi, Region Nine.Minister Robert Persaud had called for an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors for the GGMC in addition to requesting the assistance of the Commissioner of Police in investigating the allegation.The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners’ Association (GGDMA) has also been requested to provide support to the investigation. A release has stated that the Commission will be working closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs to investigate the confrontation.Commissioner of Police Leroy Brumell has also ordered an investigation into the assault on the civilians.The incident occurred on Saturday when police ranks accompanied officials from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to clear several illegal miners from the Marudi mining district.A photograph published in last Sunday’s Kaieteur News showed a police corporal inflicting blows on civilians who were lying on the trail to protest their removal from the mining area.An even more graphic video, posted on YouTube, shows the foul-mouthed policeman clubbing and dragging the civilians, while some of his colleagues, Air Max 97 Wholesale, and other men in plainclothes, stood with guns at the ready.The civilians are part of a group of miners who are protesting what they are calling their unlawful removal from a mining claim that is registered to a Canadian mining concern, Romanex Guyana Explorations Limited.About 300 local miners have been operating about 22 dredges in the area for the past 10 years when the Canadian firm appeared to have neglected it.Only last week the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment issued a statement indicating that it was reviewing the licence of Romanex Guyana Explorations Limited, after investigations revealed that the company failed to carry out exploratory works in keeping with its requirements.
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By Leonard GildarieWhile writing on housing last year and then resuming a few weeks ago, I have over time drawn on personal experiences to “drive home” the need to be educated.  I had paid dearly while building by not placing enough attention to detail.Of course, one can argue quite convincingly, and rightly so, that if you believe that the effort it takes to learn is expensive, then try ignorance. Not knowing can cost you big time. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that Guyanese, like others around the world, want their own home. It is a natural progression like the idea that once you were of age, you either got married or moved out of your parents’ home.A replica of the $19M homeBuilding a home is by no means a cheap venture. It will for many be the biggest investment at any one time for the family. It follows then that proper planning, research on prices, and host of other factors, including choosing a reliable and reasonable contractor will become real critical.This week I learnt a couple of lessons, one of them the hard way.A close relative of mine was in the hospital and needed blood. I had a cup of coffee and raced out of the house to attend to the business of the newspaper. During lunch, I rushed down to the Blood Bank on Lamaha Street to donate a pint of blood.I never took the time out to donate blood before, simply because the thought was there that someone else would do it. After being interviewed, a staffer conducted the necessary tests and asked a number of medical questions. I am no stranger to needles so the process of attaching a tube to the arm was not much. About 15 minutes later, I was handed a Malta to drink and ventured outside where a relative was sitting. I was not feeling strange. About five minutes later, I started seeing black and then lost it. According to my relative, I just fainted. Needless to say, the rest of the day was kind of hazy. I slept like a log Friday night.The lesson here is that I should have eaten something.I was speaking to another relative who is now building a family home on the East Bank of Demerara. She and her husband are around 60 years old. Planning that home took months of research and quarrels as to how many rooms; the style of roof, what kind of kitchen cabinets and other little details. About eight months later now, the home is nearing completion, but the ride has been an exhausting and more than an expensive one for the family. She looked tired. Again, the point is that education and research are important in the planning process.Last week, as questions poured in over the application process for a house lot from the Ministry of Housing and for a mortgage at NBS and the commercial banks. We were forced to address those issues.With the process on how to apply at the Ministry behind us, we will address this week the requirements when applying for a mortgage.Now, there is some good news. The banks and NBS have been facing a problem with liquidity, meaning that there is a whole lot of money deposited by customers that needs to be lent. Additionally, to spur the housing boom and ensure new homeowners find it more affordable, the rates have been reduced, thanks to a number of tax measures introduced by government that gave banks a little more breathing space. The bottom line is that new homeowners don’t have to worry much about the interest being repaid on mortgages. A $4M mortgage can see repayments around $20, 000 monthly while up to $12M can be around $75, 000. While the interest rates charged by the financial institutions were around the mid-30% range about a decade ago, this has now dropped to between 4.25% to over 7%, depending on the amount, the age of the applicant and the their salary.As far as borrowing from the bank or NBS is concerned, there are two types of mortgages. The first is a mortgage to construct, renovate or extend, while the other is a mortgage to purchase a building.ConstructionThe first is pertinent to if you were allocated a piece of land. In the case of wanting to construct a new property, NBS and the banks will require a copy of the transport, title or lease. In a case where the Housing Ministry has not yet given you the transport and it is being processed, you may not wish to wait. The Housing Ministry can provide you with a “Letter of Assurance” which can be used by the bank to show proof of ownership of the land where the structure is to be built.You will also need to provide a detailed estimate of how the money you are asking for will be spent. The estimate is a critical piece of document that shows much will be spent on electrical works, foundation, labour, roofing, kitchen and bathroom and transportation. You will be required to, of course, provide a percentage of the total amount of the costs.It would be worthy to note here that NBS and the banks can only lend up to $12M under the low income mortgage rates. Anything above that will have to be handled by the banks and will attract higher interest rates.With regards to the estimates, and I want to dwell on this in another article, the financial institutions are familiar with the prices on the road. So your costs will have to be “reasonable”, if you know what I mean.You will, of course, be required to submit an approved plan, from the NDC or M&CC or the Town Council. This plan shows what you are building, the size of it, the location of bedrooms, the bathrooms, doors, windows and even the patio. There are sanitary inspectors and other draughtspersons capable of handling this.If you have a business, a statement of the income and expenditure will be required. If not, a letter from your employer showing years of service and salary amount (gross). This is important, as it tells the bank whether you have the means to repay the mortgage.A passport-size photograph and identification card or passport will also have to be submitted.You may also require a statement of your bank account, though this is discretionary.I have received questions as to how long the mortgage takes to process. It takes, from my experience, about two to three weeks for the bank to approve the mortgage, and another six weeks for it to be processed through the local courts to ensure that the lender has a first hold on the property in case of problems. So prepare yourself for a two months wait. It can be less or a little longer.PurchaseNow the other scenario is if you want to purchase a property outright…for example, one of the ‘turn-key’ homes being constructed by government. It is somewhat different from the above.You will be required to submit photographs of the front and side of the building with the lot number affixed. A copy of the transport, title or lease is also required. You will also have to submit the dimensions of the land and building, to indicate size.In the case of buildings other than the government’s ‘turn-key’ ones, a valuation report of the existing building and land will be required by the banks.A copy of the agreement of sale between the buyer and seller will also have to be handed in at the time of the application. This shows the amount that the property will have to be sold for, the witnesses, and the signatures of the parties. The source of income for the applicant, including job letter or statement of income and expenditure, Adidas Nmd r1 Pink, is also required along with passport photos and identification. The timeline is similar to the construction mortgage.Next week, we will want to continue on the issue of building codes. This mandates you to build in a certain manner, away from fences, for instance, and how far your septic tank will have to be located, among other things. We will resume some time on other homes and services that the Housing Ministry may be offering.On Friday, government announced that it will be unveiling a high income house, to be valued around $20M including land, that it also intends to add to the growing list of ‘turn-key’ homes.In the meantime, enjoy the weekend, and think about donating blood…someone you love may need it. I will be returning in two months time again to give a pint.Feel free to drop your comments to [email protected]
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