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Date: 23 Oct 17 11:14am
Legislation to order wiretapping, as well as to allow persons accused of committing offences to enter into plea bargaining for a reduced sentence, among others, was last evening laid in the National Assembly.According to the explanatory memorandum attached to the Interception of Communications (IC) Bill 2008, the Bill seeks to make provision for the interception of communications, the acquisition and disclosure of data relating to communications, China Jerseys Wholesale, and the acquisition of the means by which protected communications may be accessed and placed in an intelligible form.Clauses in the IC Bill stipulates that an authorised officer may apply ex parte to a judge in chambers for a warrant authorising the person named in the warrant to intercept a communication and to disclose the intercepted communication in the manner specified in the warrant.The judge must, before granting the warrant, satisfy himself that the warrant is necessary, and that the information obtained from the interception is likely to assist in investigations.The legislation also stipulates that it would be the best investigative procedure and it would be in the best interest of the administration of justice to issue the warrant.It also provides that it is an offence for a person to disclose the existence of a warrant or an application for a warrant other than to a person to whom such disclosure is authorised.When a judge issues a warrant, he must issue directions that will ensure that the intercepted communication remains confidential at all times, and where the authorised officer obtains communications by means of a warrant but outside the scope of the warrant, he must, as soon as possible after, destroy the record that does not relate directly or indirectly to the purpose for which the warrant was issued.The content of a communication that is obtained by interception, under the proposed legislation, is admissible as evidence in any criminal proceedings.As it relates to the Criminal Procedure (Plea Bargaining and Plea Agreement) Bill 2008, it seeks to pave the way for the implementation of a structured plea bargaining process in the criminal justice system in Guyana.The provisions of the Bill are designed to establish plea negotiations and plea agreements as part of the administration of the criminal justice system in Guyana for speedy disposal of cases.The Bill allows the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) or any prosecutor, police prosecutor or attorney-at-law, authorised by the DPP on the one side, and the accused, through his attorney-at-law or by himself, to negotiate and enter into a plea agreement.The proposed legislation seeks to reward a person who has entered into a plea agreement and is cooperating with law enforcement authorities, or whose cooperation is beneficial to the administration of criminal justice.To ensure that the plea is voluntary, the accused is granted a right to representation by an attorney-at-law.The legislations were tabled by Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, and stem from a recently concluded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government meeting, where the measures were agreed.Guyana is the first country to table such legislation in CARICOM.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 11:14am
…may refuse increase to MPsGuyana can ill-afford to pay the astronomical increases in the salaries now being paid to Ministers of the Government, says General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party, Clement Rohee.The increases are also for the newly installed Vice President portfolios of the four-month-old government.The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is yet to decide on whether to accept its ‘chicken feed’ offer.The party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee, did not mince words yesterday, as he responded to confirmation of the salary increases—as published in the Official Gazette—and defended by Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Harmon in defending the increases, on Tuesday, said he had no apologies and that better paid Ministers would not be ‘thieving.’Rohee lambasted Harmon’s allegations that “The PPP was prepared to accept low salaries because they were thieving money all over the place, ” and called it “libelous defamatory and provocative.”He cautioned the Minister of State. “Harmon is advised to be careful with the lies and invectives hurled at members of the PPP.”In dismissing Harmon’s insinuation of thieving from the national patronage by the PPP, its General Secretary said, despite the numerous audits set about by the administration, the government is yet to lay credible evidence against any of the hierarchy in the past administration.“They are saying that we are stealing all over the place. In the same breath I can say that they all over the place looking for evidence, in every nook and cranny, under every bed, in every cupboard. They still have not been able to cough up anything, ” according to Rohee.Infuriated PublicThe former Government Minister has since predicted that the coalition A Partnership for National Unity plus Alliance for Change (APNU AFC) Government, will feel the wrath of an infuriated public.According to Rohee, Minister of State Harmon and his Cabinet colleagues, “will have to take blows from an infuriated and even offended Guyanese public” for what he rejected as the “meat for the boys, bones for the worker’s wages policy of the government.”The PPP General Secretary told media operatives that APNU AFC’s promised “lean and mean government”. The talk of a “good life” has now “gone for channa.”He said the salary increases, “which Guyanese tax payers, will have to bear the burden, comes at a time when rice farmers, sugar workers and the Guyanese people as a whole have become disenchanted, disillusioned and totally fed-up, with an uncaring (David) Granger Administration.”Questioning the almost 50 per cent increases in some cases, Rohee asked, “How could these four-month old Ministerial neophytes, who are still wet behind the ears, who are yet to be assessed, with no stellar performances and who according to one daily newspaper, are now getting acquainted with their respective portfolios, be entitled and qualified for such fat paychecks?”In his lamentations, he called for evidence of a four-month-old government being deserving of such astronomical increases.“Where is the evidence that (Prime Minister Moses) Nagamootoo, (Minister of State, Joseph) Harmon or (Vice President Khemraj) Ramjattan would have earned such huge amounts had they remained in private law practice…?“Where is the evidence that any of the Ministers or Junior Ministers would have been able to line their pockets with such staggering sums were they employed in the private sector or in their private capacity?”Chicken feedBut asked about the almost 20 per cent increase also applying to the salaries of members of the political opposition, Rohee told members of the local media corps that the party is yet to decide on whether it will accept or reject it.“So far as the increase for MPs (Members of Parliament) is concerned we haven’t made any decision on whether we will accept or reject as a political party.”He called the increase to the regular MPs, including members of the opposition PPP, “chicken feed compared to what we are seeing in relation to the ugly, highly paid increases for those persons or category of persons that I mentioned.”Rohee was referring to the Junior and Senior Ministers along with Prime Minister and Vice Presidents.Good Life for a FewHe met with members of the media at his party’s Freedom House Headquarters on Robb Street and reminded of Government’s utterances only recently when, according to Rohee, the ‘cupboard was bare’ meaning the public treasury had no money and that the country was bankrupt.The PPP General Secretary said that what is in fact unfolding as against the promised good life for all, is a good life for a few.Rohee used the opportunity to call on the local trade union bodies to agitate for better wages and salaries for the ordinary public servants.“Because obviously they deserve a good life too, all working people deserve a good life, Authentic Jerseys Cheap, ” said Rohee.He recalled, too, the promised 20 per cent increase for workers by the coalition as it campaigned for office. This did not obtain, “so how come they can afford these hefty increases for a few.”He said had this money been distributed among workers on a bottom level salary scale, “that I believe would bring a good life at least in a measured way to Guyanese people.”
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Date: 23 Oct 17 11:13am
All is not well in the Georgetown Prison this Christmas, with inmates mourning the tragic death of a colleague whose lifeless body was discovered in a cell on Boxing Day.The dead inmate, an epileptic whose name was given as Barnes, of Old Road Craig, East Bank Demerara, was recently incarcerated for simple larceny.Kaieteur News understands that the man was locked in a cell reserved for persons of unsound mind despite fellow inmates who knew him telling prison authorities that he was sane.A source within the prison told Kaieteur News that Barnes was placed in the cell on Thursday last by prison officials and was apparently forgotten.The source said that when officials finally remembered the prisoner, they went to the cell on Boxing Day with a view to checking on him.However, after frantic efforts to get the cell open, they eventually discovered the stiff body of the prisoner.Barnes was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary to await a post mortem examination.The prisoner’s death threw a damper on the already sombre mood among fellow prisoners who are experiencing their worst Christmas in terms of meals for several years.The prisoners complained that instead of the customary special Christmas meals, they were given the ordinary dry bread to consume for the entire holiday period.“For over two weeks now, they giving us dry bread morning and afternoon. One hot dog bread wha cost $20, and then they give you $60 rice in de midday, ” one inmate told this newspaper.This is despite Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee telling the National Assembly a few years ago that it costs the administration $19, Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys, 000 a month to maintain each prisoner.Only recently, senior officials of the prison debunked claims that prisoners were being given substandard meals.But inmates have a different version of what takes place behind the prison walls.“This is the biggest fast food restaurant in the country. Before they start serving meals they sell. That is why they cook the substandard meals so that you are forced to buy. From $100 a bowl to now $200 a bowl for special food, ” another inmate told this newspaper in a telephone interview.“If I don’t buy food from the canteen I will die in here, because what they serve you, you cannot eat, ” another inmate added.This situation they claimed is what forces prisoners to engage in illegal activities to earn money for their upkeep.According to the inmates, this Christmas, prison officials claimed that the beef for the pepperpot, which is normally served with bread on Christmas morning, came late.In the end the prisoners ended up getting the pepperpot with rice for lunch on Boxing Day.The inmates claimed that whenever they complain about the situation, the prison authorities lay the blame squarely on the Ministry of Home Affairs, who they said was responsible for the prison menu.“But is de prison officer themselves who fetching out the stuff. We could see them every afternoon carrying out the things in buckets. We are planning not to eat any food until this is rectified, ” an inmate told this newspaper.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 11:13am
Ten contestants and a wild card were selected to contest the finals of the Assured Services Children Career Day Competition for students attached to Secondary Schools across the country.The selected finalists of the 11-13 years category pose for a photo following the completion of the preliminary phase.The preliminary phase of the competition was held on Thursday and Friday at the Girl Guides Pavilion on Brickdam where students were engaged in a competition designed to prepare them for the challenges that may be encountered in the professional world.Manager of Assured Services, Natheeah King-Mendonca, said that the purpose of the initiative is for the participants to obtain better understanding of the changes that impact the local, regional and global economies, especially when it comes to the labour market, adding that another important feature is the introduction of various occupations and at the same time guide their thinking towards decision making for future careers.Assured Services is a small business company that provides professional business services in the areas of Marketing, Public Relations, Data Entry, Research & Analysis and Graphic Designs.According to her, the competition between the participants was fierce. In her opinion all those who participated in the event will leave with a much better understanding of how the professional world of work operates and most likely are equipped to adapt to its changes.The Finals will be held on February 5, at the Theatre Guild in Kingston, starting from 09:30 hrs. It will be rebroadcast on the Learning Channel.Among the corporate entities on board are Ansa McAl, Unicomer Guyana Inc, Ministry of Education, New India Assurance and Sterling Products.Meanwhile, the finalists are:Category 1 (11-13 age group)Latoya Dasilva, Actress – St. Joseph High School; Shadiamond Assanah, Paediatrician- Brickdam Secondary School; Ravina Naraine, Social Studies Teacher- Kingston Secondary School; Emely Jagassar, Teacher – Hope Secondary School; Faraaz Alli, Mechanical Engineer- Beterverwagting Secondary PIC; Mandy Peters, Paediatrician – Kwakwani Secondary School; Mythily Dilchand, Social Worker- West Demerara Secondary School; Brandon Seepersaud, Wholesale Jerseys China, General Surgeon – Bishop’s High; Tagepaul Sooknanan, Farmer – Zeeburg Secondary;   Patrick Thompson, Neurosurgeon – New Guyana School; Wild Card Performance from the preliminary to the final – Akiema Boodram, Police Officer – Sophia Special School.Category 2 (14-16 age group)Mia Rodriques, Paediatrician– Mae’s Secondary; Emmanuel Simpson, Astronomer – North Georgetown Secondary; Hannah Meusa, Teacher – Kwakwani Secondary School; Seanice Moonsammy, Teacher – St. Joseph High;  Richard Bhainie, Politician – The Bishop’s High School; Teneisha Thompson, Cardiologist – Brickdam Secondary School; Shania Boston, Nutritionist- West Demerara Secondary School;  Shamal Khan, Aeronautical Engineer – New Guyana Secondary; Anita McGarrel, Nutritionist–Uitvlugt Secondary School; Wild Card Performance from the preliminary to the final – Kezia Moore, Agronomist – Plaisance Secondary.
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Date: 23 Oct 17 11:12am
In order to promote a positive lifestyle for youths in Bartica Region Seven, the Commander and ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF)’s ‘F’ Division hosted a Christmas party on Saturday for youths in the Agatash youth groupCommander Ravindradat Budhram with some of the children before the gifts was shared out.in Bartica.Eighty-five youths between the ages 5-16 years were treated to a good time that included gifts, food and songs. The event was held at Agatash Community Centre and was supported by parents, residents and the business community.‘F’ Division Commander Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram said the event is one of the many activities planned for the youths who are engaged throughout the year.“They, the youths are the future and therefore we have to engage them at an early stage in their life to aid in a safe and healthy environment, ” Commander Budhram saidThe Commander explained that youth leadership camps provide an opportunity for police departments to teach, inspire, and motivate future community leaders.“Law enforcement officers play a vital role in encouraging youths to become positive role models, enabling them to realize their full potential to lead and become better citizens. Police youth leadership camps are an effective way for departments to influence these young lives and improve police-community relations, ” the senior superintendent said.He explained that the camps offer participating youth’s greater responsibility and an opportunity to provide public service, enhanced community awareness, Wholesale NFL China Jerseys, and a positive purpose in life. Encouraging young people to serve others and make a difference improves community safety and welfare.
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