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Name: is year, Government tabled the required law changes but the Opposition sent it to be studied by Parliamentarians in a special select committee. However, after multiple delays and the approaching November deadline, Government in the absence of the Opposition sent it back to the National Assembly where it was promptly voted down.Former President Bharrat JagdeoGuyana, this week sent a team, led by Attorney General Anil Nandlall, to The Bahamas to report to CFATF on the steps it had taken to implement measures to fight money laundering.While it was widely expected that CFATF to say that Guyana has been blacklisted, a statement from the body shied away from the use of the word. Government, however, has insisted that it has been blacklisted.Guyana will be reviewed in May next year to determine whether it has taken steps to address the deficiencies.While there have been many warnings of the impact, there is still confusion on what is likely to play out in the coming days.Already, some businesses have been reporting of their monies being held up with questions being asked by overseas banks. There have also been unconfirmed reports of difficulties with online shopping using credit cards locally issued.What is confirmed is that Citibank, one of the US largest financial institutions, has severed ties. This was confirmed by President Donald Ramotar.Under regulations that CFATF wants, banks, cambios, money transfers, casinos, pawnbrokers, insurance companies and a host of other agencies have to report large cash and suspicious transactions.The intention is to make it more difficult for monies gained through illegal means being washed in the system."
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Date: 21 May 18 05:51pm
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has overruled a judgment passed at the Guyana Court of Appeal on December 12, 2011. The matter which involves the sale of a Toyota Land Cruiser reached the regional law institute after the defendant in the matter felt that he was being shortchanged by the judgment of the Court of Appeal.The defendant further felt that he was wrongfully denied the opportunity to appeal a High Court ruling.The CCJ however ruled in favour of the defendant citing discrepancies in the write up of court documents and the failure of the ruling judges to take into consideration certain facts of the matter.The appeal to the CCJ was made by Kampta Narine called “Mohan”. On November 2008, Narine sold and delivered to Gupraj Persaud one Toyota Land Cruiser (1994) for the sum of $5M. The buyer, Persaud, agreed to take the vehicle from Lethem where the transaction was conducted, Cheap Jerseys 2018, to Georgetown within a month of the transaction after the relevant documentation was handed over.It was however noted that shortly after the purchase, the Land Cruiser developed engine problems, costing the new owner an additional $700, 000 to effect the repairs. In January 2009, Narine eventually delivered the vehicle documentation as promised.But it was in May of that same year that discrepancies came about when Persaud went to the Licensing Department of Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to purchase a current road license for the vehicle. According to GRA the certificate for the vehicle was forged and the import duties and taxes were never paid. The vehicle was thus confiscated after the revenue authorities said that it was smuggled into the country.Narine denied selling Persaud the vehicle. He claimed that he became aware of a written agreement of sale and purchase between Persaud and an unknown Venezuelan since he signed as a witness to the transaction.It was then that Persaud approached the High Court seeking a refund of $5.7 million from Narine. The matter was heard by Justice Rishi Persaud and after various adjournments, in February 2008 in the absence of Narine and his attorney, Glen Hanoman, the Judge ruled that Narine should pay back Persaud $5M, since the additional $700, 000 was not established.It was however recorded in the court’s office copy that the judge had ordered Narine to pay Persaud $5.7 million together with a fixed sum of $50, 000.In a bid to rectify the discrepancies, Narine approached the Court of Appeal. But since the trial Judge’s ruling, that court had not heard an appeal of the matter. Narine went further to appeal to the Court of Appeal time to make an application to the CCJ. He was however denied leave to appeal to the CCJ and further denied an extension of time to do so.The Court of Appeal felt that the appeal to the CCJ was not relevant since the proposed appeal was based on the decision of the Court of Appeal refusing the defendant leave to appeal the matter.It is noted that the Court of Appeal will grant leave to the CCJ where it is established that there had been an egregious error of law or a substantial miscarriage of Justice. Apart from that, the Court of Appeal felt that  Narine had not put forward compelling reasoning as to why he had not filed his appeal within six weeks of the High Court ruling; stating that facts for an extension of time were neither “good, substantial nor extraordinary.”The CCJ however ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the matter since “equally broad terms reserve an unlimited residual discretion to miscarriages of justice. It permits application of special leave to the CCJ from “any decision of the Court of Appeal” even if it is not possible for such a decision to proceed on appeal to the CCJ…”It explained that “any decision” comfortably embraced a refusal by the Court of Appeal to appeal itself out of time. The CCJ thus heard the application and treated it as the hearing of the appeal made to the court.The CCJ said it will set aside the order of the Court of Appeal refusing the extension of time for Narine to appeal to the Court of Appeal and granted an extension of time for filing the appeal.The ruling was made in favour of Narine since the CCJ felt that the Court of Appeal made its ruling but did not consider if at the time the vehicle purchase, whether Persaud had knowledge pertaining to the alleged illegalities of the transaction.Apart from that, the CCJ found that an investigation should have been launched as to whether the transaction was tainted with illegality and the respective states of mind of the parties to the transaction.The CCJ also found that an error was obvious pertaining to the $700, 000 sum which was written up but not granted by the High Court Judge. The court said the transaction was not enforceable in a court of law.Persaud, according to the CCJ, had to bear the cost of the application which was made on November 9 last.
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Date: 21 May 18 05:51pm
One man has been arrested and is in police custody for the robbery and murder of 46-year-old Vanderlei Kienen, who operated a business in Mahdia, Region Eight.The body of slain Brazilian businessman Vanderlei Kienen (inset) being collected at the Ogle Airport by Lyken Funeral Parlour employees.Kienen, China Jerseys, a Brazilian National, was robbed at his business place located at 111 Miles Mahdia on Wednesday evening after three men, armed with knives, invaded his business place demanding gold and cash.During the robbery the man was fatally stabbed by the intruders who reportedly made off with an undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of gold.Yesterday afternoon the businessman’s body was flown to the Ogle Airport after which it was taken to the Lyken Funeral Parlour where a post mortem examination is expected to be carried out some time today by government pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh.Yesterday afternoon Kaieteur News visited a building at Light and First Streets, Alberttown, where the man was known to previously operate. However this publication was informed by persons who are now occupying that building that the businessman no longer operates there. They directed this newspaper to the corner of Regent and Light Streets where the man has an office in the second floor of a four-storey building.The door to his office was shut tight with a sign that read, “Sorry we are closed today 21-11-2013 until 22-11-2013”
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Date: 21 May 18 05:50pm
All is set for today’s Mashramani celebrations in New Amsterdam. This is according to Chairman of the Region Six Mashramani Committee, Faizal Jaffarally.The float parade takes off at 12:00 hours from Tacama Turn (Marks Bridge) and would wind up on the lawns of State House in New Amsterdam.The revelers are expected to make their way along the Main Road, into Vryheid Street then on to the Strand and into the final destination.Some of those companies said to be participating are the Ministries of Education, Agriculture, Local Government, Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Amerindian Affairs, Health and Culture, Youth and Sport.According to Jaffarally, the Department of Education in Region Six is on the list of participants. Their float comprises students who took part in the Children’s Costume Competition at both the Regional and National level.A few Regions also indicated that they are going to be a part of this year’s celebration.The Chairman of the Region Six Mashramani Committee said that some measures have been put in place to ensure a smooth running and an accident-free Mash 2009 in New Amsterdam.Several religious bodies signaled their intention to be a part of this year’s float parade. “This is indeed welcome. Though we are out celebrating we still need that Supreme guidance.”Some Government Ministers will also be a part of the Region Six Mashramani celebrations. They are in East Berbice/Corentyne for a Cabinet Outreach, which is set for tomorrow.While roadside vending is permitted and is free of charge, Jaffarally is calling on vendors not to sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 18. “We find it has become a trend that many persons allow children to both buy and openly consume alcohol and this is totally unacceptable. We are not only cautioning the vendors but the parents and guardians as well. Should anyone, that we can identify, who is under the age of 18 be seen indulging in this practice – both the vendor, the child and in some cases the parents or guardians would feel the full force of the law.”After the float parade there would be a ‘Mash Washdown’ on the lawns of the State House Compound.Mr. Jaffarally expressed disappointment with the level of cooperation and lack of participation from the private sector. “This is a national event…for all Guyanese… and hence the private sector should be on board. These business entities, particularly here in Berbice, are supported by the population at large and this is their time to give back to society.”Touching on the failure of many business entities to decorate their buildings, Jaffarally said that the business places are the main beneficiaries – financially. “They should demonstrate a sense of patriotism. The least they could have done was decorate their business place. I am certain this is not too much to ask of them, especially when you think of how much sales would increase during this Mash weekend.”Meanwhile, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, the Chairman of the Region Six Committee indicated that all of the activities which were scheduled for Mashramani 2009 in Berbice were successful. This includes the Children Costume Display that was held on the Upper, Central and Lower Corentyne. A number of these groups took part at the National level. Another success was the National Chutney Finals held in Rose Hall, Canje, last weekend, and the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony on the lawns of State House.The Region Six Chairman also held a reception to mark the 39th Anniversary of Guyana as a Republic.According to Mr. Jaffarally, some Neighbourhood Democratic Councils in East Berbice/Corentyne took part in the National Environment Competition that was organized by the Ministry of Local Government. (Melissa Johnson)
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Date: 21 May 18 05:50pm
There wasn’t a dry eye last night as family, friends and teachers of the lateA Friend of George breaks down into tears last nightShane George, held a vigil at the Morgan Learning Centre.President of the Guyana Teacher’s Union, Coretta Mc Donald, who was present last night, said that society isn’t just losing one young man, but two. She said that it appears that violence has become the new trend and this should be a worrying problem.Mc Donald said that she has been lobbying for more emphasis to be placed on how children are behaving in and out of school. She said that they have recognized that children are coming from single parent households and broken homes.She told Kaieteur News that unless the various issues that children bring into school are address, these institutions will continue to lose children.  She added that parents also share some of the blame. According to her some parents have failed their children and they need to make a wise choice and decide to take their children back.She said that parents need to be more vigilant, China Soccer Jerseys, be more concerned in their child’s school work, and have better relationships with teachers and most importantly their children. Further she said that both parents and teachers should do random checks of children’s school bags.  She also lobbied for  counselors to be present in every school.Mc Donald noted also that police also plays a part in guiding the youths. She said that the police should be more vigil and make periodical stops at schools. Mc Donald posited that unless the ministry can come up with a better method than corporal punishment they should not take it out. According to Mc Donald the children have become so pompous because they recognize the teacher have relatively no power in the classroom.A few of the students last night at the vigilGeorge was stabbed outside of the Morgan Learning Centre last Wednesday allegedly by a fellow student.  George, a student of St. George’s High School, was stabbed several times about the body. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Kaieteur News was told that George, who was preparing to sit this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), and his assailant, were seen arguing. Eyewitnesses said that the two teenagers were in a row over “brand name” clothes. A scuffle ensued and George was stabbed.Persons who claimed to be eyewitnesses said that the suspect attempted to run but was nabbed by other students and was handed over to the police, who arrived shortly after the incident.This is the second schoolboy murder for the year.In February last, 17 year old Anfernee Bowman was fatally stabbed by an 18-year-old in a row over a girl. It was reported that both teens attended lessons in Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt.His attacker turned himself in several hours later. He was subsequently charged with the murder and is awaiting his day in court.
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