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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:54pm
Senior prison officers Kurt Corbin, 30, and Gladwin Samuels, 26, were yesterday charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of inmate Edwin Niles.The duo was read the charge by acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.It is alleged that the two, on July 11 2008, killed Edwin Niles who was an inmate at the Georgetown Prisons.The two defendants both hold the rank of Assistant Superintendent. They were represented by attorney-at-law Huckumchand.In a bail application, Huckumchand told the court that Corbin is married and is the father of two children. The lawyer said that Corbin is the sole breadwinner of his family. He further noted that his client is currently pursuing a degree at the University of Guyana.According to the attorney, his client has a “promising future”, and was sent by the Prison Service on many courses.The lawyer added that Corbin has an unblemished record, and does not pose a flight risk. Huckumchand said that Corbin and Samuels both know the law, and he can safely say they will return to the court.In also requesting bail for Samuels, the attorney said that his client shares a common-law relationship and has a Diploma in Social Work.He further stated that Samuels was sent on several courses, which were all sponsored by the Prison system.The lawyer emphasized that his clients are ardent church goers, who are “God fearing” people. With all that is being laid on the table, he then asked that bail be granted at a reasonable sum.Prison officers in support of their two colleaguesThe prosecution, NFL Jerseys China Cheap, which was headed by police prosecutor Denise Griffith, did not oppose bail, which was then granted in the sum of $500, 000 each. Niles’s mother, Brenda Welcome-Nurse, was present in the court.Several prison officers were also in attendance and were overheard making remarks in support of their two colleagues.Tempers flared outside the court, and a female relative of one of the defendants physically assaulted a newspaper cameraman, who was among journalists attempting to photograph the accused.The charges that were laid came some three months after Niles’s death. The two are to make their next court appearance on October 14.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:54pm
Guyana’s economic freedom score is 48.4, making its economy the 153rd freest in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom.The report however stresses that Guyana’s overall score remains the same as last year because improvements in three of the 10 economic freedoms were offset by declines in investment freedom and property rights.Guyana is ranked 27th out of 29 countries in the South and Central America/Caribbean region, and its overall score is well below the world and regional averages.According to the report Guyana does not perform well in any of the 10 economic freedoms and is slightly above the world average only in labor freedom and monetary freedom.“Average economic growth over the past five years has been only about three percent, lagging behind other developing countries.”It was pointed out that long-standing constraints on overall economic freedom include property rights protected only erratically under the weak rule of law and widespread corruption in all areas of government.The report lists as the biggest barrier to development as the oversized government, “with expenditures that often exceed half of GDP…Significant restrictions on foreign investment, combined with an inefficient bureaucracy, substantially depress the entrepreneurial environment.Guyana gained its independence in 1966.”The report suggests that Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and its state-dominated economy, dependent mainly on agriculture and mining, has been stagnant for many years.“Despite some progress, the overall freedom to conduct a business remains restricted by Guyana’s regulatory environment.”It was also stressed that Guyana’s weighted average tariff rate was 6.9 per cent in 2008. “Import restrictions, import taxes, import-licensing requirements for a relatively large number of products, burdensome standards and regulations, inefficient customs administration, weak intellectual property rights enforcement, inadequate infrastructure, and corruption add to the cost of trade.”Fifteen points were deducted from Guyana’s trade freedom score to account for non-tariff barriers.The report slated Guyana as having relatively high tax rates citing the income tax rate, corporate tax rate at 45 per cent with “other taxes include a property tax and a value-added tax (VAT)….In the most recent year, overall tax revenue as a percentage of GDP was 35.7 percent.Total Government expenditures, including consumption and transfer payments were listed as high, while privatization of state-owned enterprises yielded mixed results according to the report.“Poor management of public expenditures has led to persistent fiscal deficits. In the most recent year, government spending equaled 49.6 percent of GDP.”The 2010 reported the inflation rates as being high, averaging 9.0 per cent between 2006 and 2008, but has been falling steadily from a peak of nearly 12 per cent in March 2008.“It was 6.4 percent at the end of 2008 and is expected to continue to fall in 2009, barring a renewed shock to global energy prices…Guyana has made progress in removing price controls and privatizing the large public sector, but the government still influences prices through the regulation of state-owned utilities and enterprises.”Another 10 points were deducted from Guyana’s monetary freedom score to adjust for measures that distort domestic prices.“Guyana has been moving toward a more welcoming environment for foreign investors, but major foreign investments receive intense political scrutiny in an economy still dominated by the state. The approval process for investments can be burdensome and non-transparent…While there is no mandatory screening of foreign investment, the government conducts a de facto screening of most investments to determine eligibility for special tax treatment, access to licenses, availability of land, and approval for investment incentives.”The report added, also, that investment is hindered by crime, corruption, Luke Appling White Sox Jersey, inefficient and burdensome government bureaucracy, non-transparent regulations, a weak and burdensome judiciary, and an inadequately educated workforce.”Guyana has been noted as moving toward a more welcoming environment for foreign investors, but major foreign investments receive intense political scrutiny in an economy still dominated by the state.Guyana’s judicial system was also lambasted and is listed as slow and inefficient. “It is also subject to corruption. Law enforcement officials and prominent lawyers question the independence of the judiciary and accuse the government of intervening in some cases.“A shortage of trained court personnel and magistrates, poor resources, and persistent bribery prolong the resolution of court cases unreasonably…Widespread corruption undermines poverty-reduction efforts by international aid donors and discourages foreign investors.”Labour regulations are relatively flexible. The non-salary cost of employing a worker is low, but dismissing an employee is fairly costly.
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Dear Editor, Our attention has been directed to a letter in the Kaieteur News edition of August 20, 2009, headlined “Penny wise, Pound foolish.”Your correspondent on the subject of electricity theft, in passing questioned whether the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will “organise and keep hearings in other areas so as to get the wider view from consumers and prospective consumers.”The PUC wishes to advise that the Commission holds annual public outreach programmes thoughtout the country along with a number of other programmes, aimed primarily at soliciting the views of consumers with respect to the services of the public utilities under our jurisdiction.Our plans for instance, for the remainder of the year will see outreaches conducted in New Amsterdam and Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast.At our outreach programmes representatives from the various utility services are present and they answer questions and report back to their respective companies what were the concerns of consumers.As an aside, our consumer awareness programmes are conducted all year round, and this is where the PUC staff visit various public places to meet and interact with consumers. We have found that the owners of businesses are particularly receptive to us and facilitate our discourses with the consumers.Our schools education programme which started in 2008 has seen us engaging with students and staff of secondary schools and we have found that the students are generally keen to learn about the utilities, the role of the regulator, and their role as prospective consumers.Our next outreach is slated for Thursday, August 27, Kevin Trapp Paris Saint-Germain Jersey, 2009 where we will be meeting with the public at the Cornelia Ida Primary School, WCD at 4.30 p.m. Two months ago we held a similar outreach at Soesdyke, E.B.D.Vidiahar PersaudSecretary
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