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Date: 13 Aug 17 08:30am
The Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Economic Services is currently mulling disciplinary action against Alliance for Change Chairman, NFL Jerseys Supply, Khemraj Ramjattan, given that he had disclosed issues discussed at the committee meeting on April 17, last and appeared in this newspaper two days later.Ramjattan, in an invited comment, expressed the Opposition parties’ dissatisfaction with the role of the committee as it relates to the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Guyana.The chairperson of that meeting, Gail Teixeira, circulated the article titled, “Opposition dissatisfied with role of Parliamentary Committee, ” and informed the members that while the meeting was open “to members of the public and the media, at the said meeting neither was present…as the said member (Ramjattan) voluntarily and knowingly disclosed the discussions within the committee, the behaviour of the member was out of order.”Teixeira then proceeded to direct the members to two sections of the Standing Orders (rules) one such reading; The deliberations of a Committee and proceedings of a Committee or a sub-committee (other than proceedings during the hearing of public evidence, where permissible by these Standing Orders or the Assembly), are not open to the public and remain strictly confidential to the Committee until it reports to the Assembly.And the second reading; “the proceeding of and the evidence taken before any Select Committee and any documents presented to and decisions of such a Committee shall not be published by any member thereof or by any other person before the Committee has presented its report to the Assembly.”During the discussions that followed on what had transpired it was suggested that he be summoned before the committee to address the issue before the disciplinary committee of the National Assembly for action to be taken.The article causing the furore had stated that Ramjattan stormed out of the session given that the opposition was not satisfied with the role of the Economic Services Committee as it relates to the monitoring of the developments of Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Guyana and.The AFC chairman explained that the Committee had agreed to invite Commissioner of Insurance/Judicial Manager Maria van Beek to a special meeting.However, because of the recent attempt on her life, which has made her indisposed, Ramjattan argued that other officials should be called to answer certain pertinent questions, which members may have.“This is the function of this important Committee…Our monitoring duty is not to read in the newspapers what are the developments and report such newspaper stories to the National Assembly”, he told Kaieteur News, pointing out that the latter is what it appears the Committee wants.Ramjattan opined that a key stumbling block is the narrow and conservative attitude of Chairman of the Committee, Presidential advisor Gail Teixeira and the other PPP/C members to a lesser extent. He believes that her interpretation as it relates to monitoring was too narrow, in that she is of the opinion that monitoring meant just observing.According to Ramjattan, the Opposition is now severely frustrated because there are so many unanswered questions and an inquiry, which could be very useful, now seems very unlikely.Ramjattan said that the Committee was an oversight and scrutinizing body, and cautioned against conservatism.“Gail’s conservatism will degut the Committee of this primary function”.Ramjattan also alluded to Teixeira’s stand on the argument of sub judice which “she wants to use as a second line of defence to prevent the Committee from checking as to what happened at CLICO (Guyana)”. He explained that the sub judice principle is in place substantially for the purpose to prevent the influencing of a Judge in coming to any decision.“If the meeting of the Economic Services Committee on this matter of monitoring of CLICO will be in camera as was decided by the Committee, how could that influence the Judge in the resolution of the issues before him?“Parliament is a sort of a Court, too, and its processes must not be cribbed and circumscribed simply by the fact that a matter which it wants to deal with is in Court…So when we go into an extensive investigation of NIS later this year, as we are preparing to do, must we necessarily stop that investigation if Dr Roger Luncheon, arranges somebody to bring an action in the High Court against the NIS?” He said that such an approach is tantamount to an abdication of the duty of Parliamentarians and an indirect ousting of their jurisdiction as Parliamentarians.He claimed that he walked out after realising that “this so-called monitoring exercise would be one big farce”. He accused Teixeira of a role “to ensure a big cover-up”.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 08:29am
Nabadaningi Gobin also called “Dangles Boss”, was on Tuesday arraigned before Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the murder of Rayon Clementson.Nabadaningi GobinThe 32 year-old accused, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between July 14 and 24 at Tucville, Georgetown, he killed Clementson.The clothing vendor was unrepresented by an attorney. The prosecution facts were not presented by Police Corporal Deniro Jones and the matter was adjourned to August 14.Jones stated that according to police reports, Clementson, 25, of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara, succumbed to his injuries after he was shot by a lone gunman while in the company of another man at Turning Point, Tucville.According to information received, Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, Clementson was standing on the bridge at Turning Point when a man rode up on a motorcycle and discharged several rounds in his direction before fleeing. The now dead man was hit to his right thigh.It was believed that he (Rayon Clementson) was also armed but did not get the chance to return fire as the suspect managed to flee the scene.Last week Edward Skeete called “Pretty Boy”, also appeared before Magistrate McLennan for the murder of Clementson and was remanded to prison.The 28 year-old accused of Independence Boulevard, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charge. He was also unrepresented.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 08:29am
-wants CARICOM states to share overseas missions to reduce costsGuyana’s President Donald Ramotar has called for an increase in trade between Caribbean neighbours as a means to reduce the impact of global economic crisis.Addressing the opening session of the 33rd Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Saint Lucia, Ramotar also called for the sharing of overseas diplomatic missions to help reduce the costs of establishing and maintaining them.Guyana delegation at work. From L-R: Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh; President. Donald Ramotar, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett.The Guyanese leader, Supply MLB Jerseys China, in his inaugural message to that forum, also zeroed in on climate change, the international economic environment, food security, and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as top issues that need addressing.The Castries, St Lucia forum, has taken heightened importance especially amidst an escalating war between Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica over an almost US$1B trade deficit.Also to be discussed is the future of the 15-member trade bloc especially in context of a report it commissioned last year which found that the body needs urgent restructuring or it could face collapse in three years.Stressing that Guyana remains committed to the regional integration process of CARICOM, President Ramotar underscored climate change as one of the more direct threat  especially to Caribbean countries.“It is imperative that our region continues to leverage our extreme exposure to climate change in forging and advocating a common position on the matter.”It is essential that an agreement is reached this year on the new and additional sources of financing for a climate change fund, and that a REDD-plus window be established to reduce deforestation and incentivize forest conservation and sustainable forest management.While the region has no control over what is happening on the international scene, the region should challenge itself to not have to react to situations, but ensure that preventative measures are put in place.South America trade“We must as a region, be more earnest in our efforts to define a development agenda that is responsive to the evolving global circumstances we face and the domestic realities of our smallness and our vulnerabilities.”While CARICOM states should not forsake its strong relations with Europe, the US and Canada, it may be a wise idea to eye South America for increase trade.“The global economy is undergoing rapid structural changes including the fact that growth is driven today by new and emerging centres of economic activity.  These include countries that are geographically proximate to ours such as Brazil and with which we have historically strong relations such as China.“Our region must respond to these realities by developing closer ties with these countries and also by exploring new frontiers of opportunity for beneficial bilateral relations.”On the issue of food security, Ramotar warned the CARICOM leaders that the volatility of food prices throughout the world has seen many economically strong countries are moving into lesser developed states and buying large tracts of land in response to their own food security challenges.“Our Region is diverse.  It has many varied products and much under-developed potentials.  We know that our food import bill is huge, even though we have most of the resources to guarantee our own food supply.“The more than $3B that leaves our Region every year could be put to productive use within our Region to improve our peoples’ lives.”He was critical of the efforts by the region to reduce this US$3B bill.“We have to become more self-sufficient.”CCJ acceptanceRamotar also focused on free movement of the Caribbean nationals within member states, an initiative which is still to be fully implemented.“With greater political will and purpose we can make this happen.  If we are to survive and prosper, we must make this happen.”He called for the more acceptance of the regional court, the Caribbean Court of Justice.“Let us muster the political will to ensure that the intended jurisdictional boundaries of the Caribbean Court of Justice are realized.    To do otherwise would be consciously or unconsciously fostering doubt in our abilities.  This is not the time for that; it is a time to take these steps confidently.”The Guyana President also blasted the state of the region’s cricket. According to Ramotar, the game has now fostered self-interest and even greed.“Some administrators of the sport seem not to care about the importance of this institution but more about perpetuating themselves at any cost.  Governments have invested millions of dollars in building facilities to enhance the game and to promote the growth of the sport.  However, today we face the abomination – key matches are now being taken out of the Region while some of our territories are deliberately deprived.”
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Date: 13 Aug 17 08:29am
The stairs leading from the Vreed-en-Hoop stelling have for years been in a terrible state. And despite many complaints from passengers and boat captains, nothing has been done to rectify this matter.Step at the stelling.Passengers are sometimes afraid to walk on the steps to catch a boat, because of its condition, especially older persons travelling to and fro. Though the stelling was repaired some time ago, there is still need for maintenance work to be done.A huge crowd was reportedly seen at the stelling because one of the stairs that leads from the stelling to the boat collapsed. This created a bit of confusion as passengers were in a rush to get to work and school on time.However, when this newspaper contacted the Director of Transport and Harbours, it was informed that engineers are already working on repairing the broken step, Chris Paul Wake Forest Jersey, and that the matter will be rectified by this weekend.
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Claims by Venezuela’s former Foreign Minister, Jose Vicente Rangel, that Guyana is complicit in allowing international spy agencies to infiltrate his country (Venezuela) have been refuted by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.The Minister, at his post-Cabinet media briefing Wednesday, said, “I can categorically say that there is no such training taking place in Guyana, sponsored by the state or by any element of the state. And so the El Nacional, or any newspaper carrying these types of misinformation, can quote me directly to say that it is not so”.Rangel claimed that agencies such as the United Kingdom’s MI6, Israeli Intelligence Service and the Central Intelligence Agency, are being facilitated by Guyana to infiltrate Venezuela.Minister Harmon recalled that a somewhat similar claim was made decades ago, with Time Magazine saying that Cubans were being massed along the border between the two nations.Then a serving officer in the Guyana Defence Force, Harmon said he was instructed to facilitate a fact-finding trip with one of the United States of America-based magazine’s reporter to visit all of the GDF’s bases at border locations, and free access was given, enabling any rank to speak with the reporter to clarify the issue.The issue arose after the GDF decided to discard the use of the traditional beret for jungle hats and caps, for ranks based in the interior, thus starting a rumour about the Cubans training ranks at border locations.The recent claim by the former minister of Venezuela was described as another effort to bolster his country’s claims to Guyana’s territory in the face of international condemnation.“People try to justify their actions by declaring these things. We don’t have MI5 in Guyana… we don’t have MI6, ” Minister Harmon said.Venezuela has ramped up its claims on Guyana, recently issuing a decree which unilaterally says that parts of the Atlantic Ocean controlled by this country belong to the Spanish-speaking nation also.CARICOM, the US and the United Nations have all come out condemning the stance of Venezuela and asking that the decree be withdrawn.Venezuela withdrew the decree on Monday but issued another toned down one, saying it has rights to patrol its waters. It already signaled the ending of a lucrative oil-for-rice deal that it has with Guyana by November, Larry Doby Indians Jersey, an apparent retaliation to the claims being rebuffed.
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