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Date: 17 May 18 06:45am
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Date: 17 May 18 06:20am
President of the Guyana Local Government Officers Union (GLGOU), Wholesale Adidas Hockey Jerseys, Andrew Garnett, at a press conference yesterday attempted to deflate details published in this newspaper’s breaking story of the recently discovered fraud at City Hall.Garnett, at the forum held at the GLGOU Woolford Avenue Union Hall, said that the article ‘Commissioner uncovers $$$ multi-million fraud at City Hall’ which was published in the Friday June 5, 2009, edition, incorrectly named one of its members as being involved in the fraud.The article stated that “Based on the municipality’s records, the cashier for the $3.3M transaction was Charlene Gittens.”Garnett yesterday disclosed that “the information at the disposal of the GLGOU clearly states that the statement (published in this newspaper) is not supported by a shred of evidence and that there is no such record in the municipality.”He revealed, too, that the named cashier who has been vocal in highlighting the problems in the Treasury Department had been excluded from accessing the municipal rates and taxes software programme some months ago.But a reliable source close to the investigation of the fraud said that the evidence still pointed to the named cashier.He added that the police also have an interest in this person.It was related that the cashier although she had been prevented from accessing the software she was performing duties in the department in the month of February when the questionable transactions were undertaken.The final aspect of the fraudulent transaction occurred this month.The source said that investigations are also focusing on whether someone else had impersonated the cashier by using her code and password to perform the fraudulent act.The union president had also speculated that “maybe it is no mere co-incidence that Ms Gittens, who has been openly the most vocal critic of the rates and taxes software programme, was mysteriously excluded from accessing the programme.”He said that the union has been advised by an independent information technology professional, who has examined the system, that the cashiers did not have the level of access and therefore could not make the alleged changes in the software to facilitate the scam.According to Garnett, numerous complaints were made by the general staff of the city Treasurer’s Department about what is well known and widely accepted as a faulty and compromised software programme.He said that there have been reports of the constant breaches and manipulation of the rates and taxes database by persons unknown.The incidents, Garnett said, had prompted the union to make a number of representations to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Town Clerk and City Treasurer requesting that the current programme be scrapped and a new one put in place.“To say that the council has been slothful in treating with the problem would be a gross understatement. We have a suspicion that there is much more than meets the eye in this matter.”Garnett said that the union is urging that the Commissioner of Inquiry, Keith Burrowes, “leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this matter. We want a full comprehensive and expeditious investigation which must serve to: Immediately halt any possible financial leakages to a money strapped council; urgently put in place a rates and taxes software programme with its integrity intact; help in the process of the restoration of staff and its consequent impact on service delivery.”
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Date: 17 May 18 06:20am
“Love your enemies, it’s a hard thing to do but you have to, and when you love even down to your enemies you will find that when you smile, you smile from within.” By Abena RockcliffePhilip Duncan is undoubtedly an individual who can afford to lift his head high and claim to have positively impacted on other people’s lives. Many persons who do this tend to perpetually praise themselves, but this week’s ‘Special Person’ is the epitome of modesty.Philip DuncanEven though his claim to fame at first seemed to have been the fact that he served Guyana’s National Assembly for 15 consecutive years in different capacities, including that of Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Duncan wasted no time, notwithstanding his humility, in highlighting that there was so much more to his existence.Born on January 4, 1943, to Lily John and Duncan (his father’s only name). Philip spent his early years being raised in Aishalton. As he narrated experiences over many purposeful years, one of his repeated expressions provided ample perspective.“We grew up in poverty, but we didn’t know it. It was a normal thing for us; we didn’t see it as hard. My family thought we were alright, because we didn’t know about rich or poor…we just lived in love.”He said that growing up, his parents were humble and they lived happily in their community, but at that time he “wasn’t aware” his family was less fortunate. That realization, he reflected, “came only at the point when I was introduced to life in other parts of the country and when politicians told us so.”Duncan attended Aishalton Primary and after completion at that level, took a break from schooling. During the period where he wasn’t academically achieving, Duncan developed his God-given talents with his considered “gifted” hands as he explored balata bleeding and carpentry.Simultaneously, he served as an assistant teacher at four different Roman Catholic Schools “for the younger ones, in those days, there wasn’t any nursery school, but primary started sort of early.”He subsequently honed his skills at the Government Technical Institute (GTI) in 1963 and his career path quickly began to become clearer, as in 1966 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary Amerindian Affairs. This opportunity, he explained, became available to him as he was versed in speaking the English Language while maintaining his Amerindian dialect to which he referred to as his first Language.Our ‘Special Person’ and his wife Edith“Back then very few Amerindians knew English, so I used to translate.”That year, 1966 was indeed a memorable one for Duncan as he tied the knot with his soul mate Edith Roberts. The two have enjoyed 47 years of a fruitful marriage becoming the proud parents of six – five girls and a boy – Valarie, Karen, Berlinda, Immaculata, Bacabina and Philip Jr. To date he has 16 grandchildren.Duncan described his wife as a woman of extreme strength who stuck with him through thick and thin. “She has always been supportive and for that I am grateful.”It was merely a couple of years into his marriage that his maturity and responsible nature brought him to the fore as something of a community representative.“In 1969, after the Rupununi Uprising, I was honoured to have gone to the United Nations as a delegate. I regarded myself as a ‘bush man’ but that was one of the events in my life that generated a different kind of feeling.The Rupununi Uprising was an act of insurrection that historically represented the single most serious threat to our national security and territorial integrity. It was an early test of statehood. Remember we became independent in 1966. The police station in Lethem was attacked by ranchers, who were armed with bazookas and automatic weapons.Lethem Police Station was completely wrecked and policemen were riddled by bullets as they tried to escape. Stations were seized and the personnel held captive along with other Government officials and civilians in the abbatoir at Lethem.Five policemen and one civilian were killed, the government dispenser was shot and wounded, and a number of persons, including the District Commissioner and his wife, were herded into the abattoir and held hostage.”Sharing food at a church gathering in June 2011The following year, 1970, Duncan was appointed Commissioner of Oaths and he remembered this as “another honourable moment.”After doing a commendable job in his portfolio as Parliamentary Secretary, and following the 1973 election, Duncan was appointed Regional Minister.In 1977, he became the official parliamentary representative for Amerindian Guyanese as Minister of Amerindian Affairs.Duncan said that aside the fact that he was proud of the designation, he felt, “onto this day”, a sense of fulfillment, as he was able to acquire titles for Amerindian lands.“Well we thought we owned Guyana”, he said in a comical tone, “but when reality hit, and foreigners started to move in on us it was a terrible time for Amerindians, but thanks to (Forbes) Burnham I was able to sort things out; I got titles to the land. It was very important to me. Thank God both parties back then supported it.”“When I went to parliament I did not know anything about politics and being in parliament was not something that I applied for, but because of my groundwork I was elected and I never one day backed down from any challenge and from always trying to do my best, I realized that it became easy to do.”“I kept my mind open and I learned a lot and up to today I am grateful for what I know. I have the satisfaction that I have served my country and after me I see we now have a few Amerindians in parliament.”Parliamentary Secretary, Philip Duncan, M.P., (third from left) with a Guyana delegation at the U.N. General AssemblyAfter leaving Parliament in 1980, Duncan moved to Awaruwaunau- another Amerindian settlement- and took up life as a farmer.With time on his hands, he also became a student of a Christian University and spent two years of studying he became a preacher of the Church of Christ in Lethem.“Preaching is the best job I ever had; it gives you a reason to stay true to yourself. Many people fool themselves and don’t even realize it. But, you can’t fool God. In Parliament you tell some lies, not much, and you fool some people, but as a preacher you can’t do that at all… you have to be straight with God and his people.”“I would have preferred to do this (preaching) my entire life but the more I think about it I realize that even when I didn’t know about this life, God knew it was waiting for me. Perhaps I needed this experience so that I could appreciate purity more and so that I can share my past with others.”“I am at Lethem now, where I can’t farm, but the source of life is God, and he has been providing for me. I am not rich, but at least I am not starving. You never know in life, sometimes things happen for the best, God closed a window to open a door. Probably if I tried to exist without God, my life would have gone in a different way. I might have had wealth, but not peace within the soul. One thing I know is that God is the source of knowledge, so I have that, he gave the air we breathe. Without him we can’t live.His wife, Edith, endorsed these sentiments, adding that she has been richly blessed with an extremely helpful and understanding husband. “He treats me nice, very nice, and always tries his best in anything he puts his hand to do.”Edith said that Duncan was her first and last love.“We are together 49 years now; he was the first gentleman in my life and I love the moments I spend with him.”Karen, his second daughter, recalled that because of work, Cheap Jerseys, her dad sacrificed a lot. She said that the weekend was dubbed family time, “we use to go out on the highway and have fun.”She too described him as hard working.His only son, Philip Jr., characterized his father as “a simple open guy…we were able to speak to him about anything.”“As a child, I didn’t spend much time with him because of his job, but he did what he had to do. I love him, he is a good man. He has a principle that when you do things for people it comes back in different ways.”Mr Duncan summed up his philosophy perfectly: “Love your enemies, it’s a hard thing to do, but you have to, and when you love even down to your enemies you will find that when you smile, you smile from within. Remember God is love and he is the only true source of happiness.”
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Date: 17 May 18 06:20am
A fire in the wee hours of yesterday morning demolished an Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara house, resulting in millions in losses for an overseas-based Guyanese.The wooden building, located at Lot 8 Main Street, Jerseys From China, was undergoing some renovations at the time and firefighters are still working on determining what caused the blaze, which started just before 02:00 hours.What remains of the Ann’s Grove property.Kasha Singh and her seven-year-old daughter were the last occupants of the house. She told this newspaper that since the house was under repairs, she and her daughter slept at her mother’s on Monday night, a few corners away in the same village.She said that her mother had secured the house on Monday afternoon, leaving a light on in the lower flat to illuminate the yard.Early yesterday morning they were awakened by the sound of their telephone.“Mommy answered and it was the neighbour, and she said that the house was on fire, ” Singh told Kaieteur News. She said they immediately dressed and went to the scene. Singh said when they arrived, “there were a lot of people and the fire tender was already there.”However there was nothing they could do to save the building as the fire raged through the well cured wood.“I can’t estimate my loss, but it was a lot; nothing was saved, ” Singh said.Reports from the neighbour aroused some suspicions, as it suggested that there might be some element of arson.“They said that they were awakened by the smell of smoke and she said when they checked, there was smoke all over in the house and both of the doors were open, ” Singh told this publication.The owner of the house, who happens to be her relative, was informed.“He knew about it early, because when we called him, he said that he already knew, ” the woman related.
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Date: 17 May 18 06:20am
Residents of Coldingen and a section of Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, are laying the blame for the collapse of a section of the Coldingen Access road squarely at the feet of road construction company Dipcon and the tardiness of the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council.(Above) The sections of roadway which caved in yesterday.(Below) A tractor and trailer from the Buxton/Foulis NDC dumps material into the holes as a temporary measure.The road collapsed into a culvert, making it impassable for commuters for most of yesterday, and residents are convinced that it buckled under the weight of the company’s heavy duty machinery that traverses there daily.And it’s not that the signs of the imminent collapse were non-existent, especially since heavy rains pounded the coast over the past week.Prior to the complete collapse, for several weeks commuters of the Coldingen Access Road were forced to navigate a huge crater to get to and from their homes.The affected section of the road runs over a main culvert that facilitates drainage of the area.The appeal from residents to the relevant authorities, including the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to fix the small problem, fell on deaf ears.In the meantime several vehicle owners had to fork out huge sums of money to repair the damage caused when they unknowingly drive or ride into the crater.Well yesterday the situation got worse as the entire road caved in, rendering the road impassable.“Is a low bed from Dipcon…it about forty something feet; is the fuss time I see something so long. Estate truck and all does run hay too. But this morning a big truck pass with a big machine pon top and he had to reverse and dis is wha happen, ” a resident told this newspaper.He said that a motorcyclist, a brand new Toyota Allion motorcar and a Toyota Tundra along with other categories of motorists have suffered as a result of the damaged road.The collapse of the road also exposed the substandard work done by the contractor, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, given the fact that the Coldingen Access Road is one of the main carriageways for heavy duty machinery in that section of the East Coast of Demerara.The residents are calling on those responsible for the damage to the road to fix it and not leave it up to the government.For now, Dipcon, in collaboration with the NDC, has employed a temporary arrangement by filling the collapsed section with materials from its nearby asphalt plant.“They break up dis road and dey might want charge government nuff money fuh fix it back, ” another resident opined.
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