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Date: 22 Oct 17 07:06am
– policewoman, rural constable detained(By Mondale Smith and Michael Jordan)“We are affording you the opportunity to turn yourselves in and let the law take its course, ” says Crime Chief, Seelall Persaud, to two key suspects in the arson of the Health Ministry, after they mysteriously disappeared from the Providence Police Station lockups yesterday morning.CID investigating ranks driving out of the Providence police station compound yesterday morning after initial investigations into the escape.Yesterday, a special team of Tactical Services ranks launched a manhunt for lock ups escapees, 31-year-old Kurt Thierens, called ‘Bage’, or ‘Glasses’, of Lot 102 Middle Walk, Buxton, and Colin Jones, 20, called ‘Bunny’, of Lot Three West La Penitence.There were no visible signs of a breakout of the lockups, Police Commissioner Henry Greene told reporters yesterday. He said that the men ‘disappeared’.“A special team from the Tactical Services Unit has been put together to search for these two men and we are working on a theory that they were removed by some corrupt means from the lockups.”A female police corporal and a rural constable were on duty at the time of the escape and they have since been arrested. Both Commissioner Greene and Crime Chief Seelall Persaud are of the belief that at least one corrupt rank facilitated the breakout.Initial reports indicate that the men were due in court yesterday but sneaked out of the station between 01:00 hrs and 02:00 hrs.Thierens was detained on Saturday in Meadow Brook, in the vicinity of the ‘Blacka.’According to Greene, investigators have collected statements from both men which implicate them in the torching of the Ministry of Health.The statements allege that the men were paid $300, 000 each by an individual, whom they named, to set the fire.Thierens, according to police, also gave investigators a statement which implicated him in several murders and he is also believed to be a surviving member of the notorious Fine Man gang.It is stated that he had cut off his dreadlocks and fled to Barbados after Fine Man and other gang members were killed, but recently returned to Guyana.Police said that acting on this and other information, six other people were arrested.A wanted bulleting issued yesterday stated that       &nbs p;               Jones is of African ancestry, thin, has black hair, and is five feet six inches in height. :Thierens, who is also of African ancestry, has black hair, brown eyes, is slim in build, and is five feet six inches tall.His addresses are given as Lot 102 Middle Walk, Buxton, ECD, Lot Seven National Avenue, Triumph, Cheap Soccer Jerseys, East Coast Demerara, and         ;        & nbsp;       &nb sp;       Lot 219 Residential Area, Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Persons with information about their whereabouts can contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-2700, 226-2917, 225-8196, 227-2128, 225-6941 to 3, 911 or the nearest police station.All information will be treated with strict confidence.At the time of the escape, Lance Corporal Chichester, who was detained along with Rural Constable Lall, was working at the Inquiries desk, located in close proximity to the lockups.However, this newspaper understands that Chichester alleged that she was patrolling the compound and did not know when the breakout occurred.Cpl Chichester was previously charged and interdicted from duty for corruption but was subsequently released after the victim in that matter told the court that he did not require any further prosecution.Police Commissioner Greene told this publication yesterday that the force thus far has almost every reason to believe that Chichester may have been involved in the men escaping from the lockups.Persaud said, too, that the investigators know for certain that she was there and posited that there was no breakage. The fact that the people have gone missing leave one logical conclusion, he added.A Traffic rank, who had worked the entire day, was asleep in the top flat, and 66-year-old Rural Constable Lall was also resting.Kaieteur News was told that a police patrol was to have been deployed at the station but never arrived at the location.Over all, six persons were arrested following the fire and five remained in custody at 2:15 hrs yesterday.Commissioner Greene recounting events said some time around 21:15hrs yesterday two of the five men were taken to the Providence Police Station and placed in the lock ups. The lockups there are very secure having bolts while an external door has both bolts and padlocks.Corporal Chichester and the rural constable were handling queries at the time. Chichester reported that she made checks some time after midnight and the prisoners were there.  But at 2: 15 hrs yesterday when she looked into the lockups she said that two of the three prisoners had disappeared. The third man was not related to the fire probe.Commissioner Greene said, “We have serious concerns as to how these men left the lock- ups. We have certain information that we are working on and arrests will be made shortly.Commissioner Greene said a fifth man in custody is assisting the police with further investigations while the force is looking for two other key players who they believe can offer assistance to the investigations.And commenting on Archie Poole and Heston Bostwick, Commissioner Greene said the force has not arrived at a stage where it can definitively say that they have committed any offence or to the point where there is evidence of them having committed any offence.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 07:06am
–    Major probe underwayThe Guyana Revenue Authority has uncovered a fraud that has robbed the coffers of millions of dollars. And the fraud was facilitated by a system that the GRA employed to speed up consignments to households.Barrels and boxes from overseas attracted a fee of $4, 000. These were supposed to contain personal items such as clothing, footwear and small household items.However, the GRA has found that for the past three years people have been using the system to import merchandise which is retailed in stores, supermarkets and even a shopping mall (Regent Street Multiplex).Importers have been using the barrels to import clothing, generators, electrical appliances and electric tools, large quantities of footwear and other items for retail. The fraud was allowed because, China Jerseys, for the greater part, Customs officers either turned a blind eye to the shipment or were coerced into accepting payment for the easy passage of the barrel and other containers.A major investigation is now underway.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 07:05am
By Zena Henry and Abena RockliffeHorror unfolded in Charlestown early yesterday morning when four persons, including three minors, perished in a fire of unknown origin which gutted the heavily-grilled two-storey building they occupied at Lot 2 Drysdale Street, Charlestown.Dead are Princess International Hotel employee, 23-year-old Abiola Taylor and her four-year-old son Justin Taylor; three-year-old Kelisha Solomon and her one-year-old sister Akesha Cordis. The latter two children’s mother, 20-year-old Yolanda Cort, an employee of Edward B. Beharry and Company, is currently nursing third degree burns at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Reports are that around 07:45hours, cries for help were heard emanating from the house. Allan Dick who lives behind the burnt building said he was at the time hanging out clothes when he, “…heard an adult crying out help, help, Nike Air Max Shoes For Women, with children’s voices in the background.”He said after making checks, he noticed a small light at the side of the house which he realised was fire. Dick said his brother quickly aided him in getting buckets of water to douse the blaze. He said, “We then run around to de front door. So when we knock out de door now de fire push out, but de grille prevent we from doing anything.”The man said everyone had believed that the occupants had escaped the house, since there was one safety grille at the back of the house that was open. “But no one make it out. They got trapped, ” he stated.Another man, who only gave his name as ‘Jermaine’ said he lives in the area and learnt about the fire after persons raised an alarm. He said he aided the firemen who arrived promptly at the scene.Badly burnt: Yolanda CortJermaine explained that the glass windows of the building shattered due to the intense heat. He explained that firemen had a difficultly passing the safety grille at the front of the building, but eventually succeeded in doing so.He narrated that when he entered the building, the house was completely filled with smoke which made it impossible to see anything past his stretched out hands.He said the roof of the house had already caught on fire with fragments falling on his person while firefighters doused the building. The man explained that along with the fire ranks, he ventured further into the house, where he passed a small child on the floor, whom he believed to be Kelisha Solomon. Jermaine explained that the minor was crouched just outside the bedroom door.“We pass a li’l child outside de bedroom. It look as if it de creeping out de bedroom and is right deh it lef; in de same position.”Jermaine continued that Abiola Taylor was crouched in her bed, still clutching her pillow while her son, Justin, was still resting at her side. Kaieteur News learnt that the woman had worked the late-night shift at the Princess Hotel and had returned home around 02:00hrs yesterday. Many opined that the woman was too tired to have woken up.Jermaine recounted that he along with the firemen ventured into another bedroom where they found Yolanda Cort, seated upright on her bed panting for breath, with one of her daughters lying in front of her on the bed.The man explained that the woman was half-naked and rescuers had to be extra careful as the woman’s skin began peeling at the slightest touch.“We had to be careful. We had to use a cloth and lift she from underneath, because when we try holding she hand and ting, is suh you see she skin peeling off.”Cort was rushed to the hospital in an unconscious state.Kaieteur News was later informed that seven persons occupied the three-bedroom house. According to Yolanda’s sister, Sueann Cort, six persons resided there at the time; her brother Kevin Cort, her sister, her cousin and the children. She explained that another family member also occupied the house, but is currently working in the interior.Cort said her boyfriend called her via cell phone at her Anira Street, Queenstown home and informed her about the fire. She explained that her brother assisted the women with the children, but yesterday morning he had left early to attend church. He returned after receiving word of the fire and was at a loss for words. He stood in a corner fighting tears.As more relatives converged at the fire scene, the atmosphere quickly turned to a mood of despair as relatives wailed continuously, especially when the bodies of the infants were being removed from the house.Sueann Cort told this publication that her family is originally from Bartica but after most of the relatives had moved to the city, her sister also made the move to be closer to them. It had been almost two years since the women and their children occupied the upper level of the rented apartment.Residents expressed kudos to fire officials whom they said were quite professional and prompt in their response to the fire. One resident opined that the ranks saved at least seven houses from the blaze, since there are five houses situated in the yard where the burnt house is located. Apart from that, two other adjacent wooden structures were saved from the blaze.Police said in a press release that investigations are being conducted into the fire, which is so far of unknown origin.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 07:05am
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has taken note of the continuing failure of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to meet its production targets and calls on all stake holders to redouble their efforts to turn the industry around.PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee told reporters that he hopes that the new board can impact a significant turnaround in the sugar industry.The PPP’s concerned interest in the sugar industry was made known at a press conference yesterday at Freedom House.Rohee noted that the mining sector has performed well, overtaking sugar as the largest foreign exchange earner to the economy.The General Secretary said that sugar is still the largest employer of labour and any further decline in sugar production could have disastrous effects on the livelihood and well being of sugar workers and their families.Rohee was questioned about the validity of PPP’s continued statements that there will be a turnaround in the sugar industry. He said that he is hopeful that the newly appointed Board of Directors, working in tandem with the principal unions in the sugar industry could address existing deficiencies.The General Secretary boasted that Guyana continues to be the largest exporter of sugar to the region despite contrary reports and criticisms. He recommitted on the party’s behalf to the resuscitation of the industry.Rohee said, however, that changing weather patterns nonetheless continue to be of concern. He called for the relevant education in this regard.PPP will not give up hope on the sector being that “it is too valuable and vital… I’m convinced that there is great potential for Guyana’s sugar industry.”Rohee also lauded the almost five per cent economic growth in the country. He said that his party commends the government, NFL Jerseys Cheap From China, more particularly, the Ministry of Finance for its good stewardship of the economy and for ensuring that the fundamentals of the economy are maintained.“Among these are macroeconomic stability, stable exchange rates, low inflation rates, strong foreign exchange reserves and low interest rates, all of which are indicative of fiscal discipline and sound monetary policies on the part of the administration.”
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Date: 22 Oct 17 07:05am
Guyana will once again be represented at the annual British Bird Watching Fair in Rutland, London which is slated for August 16th – August 18th, this year.The Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Mr. Indranauth Haralsingh confirmed the country’s presence, disclosing that the Guyana team will comprise representatives from GTA, the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Rupununi Trails, Wilderness Explorers, Dadanawa and the Guyana High Commission in London.Specialist bird guide, Mr. Luke Johnson will also be on hand to answer pertinent questions.With over 860 bird species found in the destination, Guyana has over the years evolved into a bird watcher’s paradise, and the increase in interest to sell the destination is as a direct result of market driven strategies focusing on bird watching as a niche market.After the fair, a seminar titled ‘Guyana Summer Evening’ will be staged to attract the international press and tour operators. This event will feature presentations being made by members of the Guyana delegation.In recent years, Guyana has been ranked by numerous tour companies, international travel publications and given very good branding and endorsements.The destination was labeled “God’s Garden”, a Birder’s Paradise, and branded as the hottest new neo-tropical birding destination. Guyana was also listed as one of the top 20 places to visit and in the top 100 adventure destinations of a lifetime.According to Haralsingh, with over 10 years of exposure at the BBWF, the largest bird fair in the world, Guyana will be presented in a more magnified way, adding to its credence as a birding hotspot.Birds of Essequibo- a Checklist, will also be displayed at the event. This publication is an integral part of the development of the Essequibo Tourism Circuit, which is a project that seeks to highlight the tourism potential of Essequibo.Through the study done by the Guyana Amazon Tropical Bird Society (GATBS), a number of locations, which already house interior lodges and resorts, were found to be homes for a number of much sought after bird species, making Essequibo a hotspot for birding activities.Alluding to additional features of Guyana’s participation this year, the GTA Director revealed that for the first time, the country will be promoting BUTTERFLY SPOTTING, Cheap Jerseys China, which he said will add to the appeal of the destination.“For the very first time, we will be showcasing, along with the opportunity for bird watching, Guyana’s potential for butterfly watching, ” Mr. Haralsingh added.To boost this potential, the GTA will also be promoting the publication, “An introduction to Butterflies of the Iwokrama Forest and Communities of the North Rupununi District”.The GTA/ THAG booth number 86 will be located in Marquee 4, in the Travel/Tourism category.As to the importance of continued participation in this event, the GTA Director said, “This platform provides the perfect opportunity for networking, for the promotion of Guyana and for the generating of important feedback that will lead to the development of this important niche market.”This year’s Bird Fair is expected to be bigger and better than ever. As the event is in its 25th Anniversary year, there will be hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, e-Guides to eco-holidays.The event also attracts the who’s who in the bird-watching industry.Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB and encompasses the whole spectrum of the bird watching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation.
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