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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:16pm
It appears that the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) adopted a “free-for-all’ approach in its management of the billion dollar sector as it allowed a chain of gas station services to operate without licences.This is according to the recently published forensic audit report on the GEA which was prepared by Nigel Hinds Financial Services.The forensic auditing team found that GEA issued invoices for licence fees to three of the seven service stations belonging to Two Brothers Corp.But based on its examination of GEA records, the auditors revealed that there was no evidence that any of the three service stations were issued retail licences for the period under review.The auditors were basically facing a situation where GEA gave the impression that Two Brothers paid for the licences but the company never got them.Two Brothers gas stationThe team concluded in no uncertain terms that none of the Two Brothers Corp. Service Stations were operating with retail licences for the review period. The auditors even elaborated a bit more on this front.They said that based on the documents obtained and examined from the Two Brothers Group of Companies and/or any of its Directors, no evidence could be found that Two Brothers Corp. had ever been issued with any licence, with the exception of two.One was a Bulk transportation licence issued to Javed R. Ali, a Director of Two Brothers Corp. for vehicles GHH 5738 and GHH 6682. The other was a retail licence issued to Two Brothers Variety Shop located in Kumaka Water Front, North West District.Additionally, the forensic auditors discovered that GEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mahender Sharma had issued a letter dated August 17, 2015, captioned “Petroleum License Fees” to Mr. Javed Ali, along with invoice # 1507/002 for retail licensing fees. The total amount of that invoice was $1.4M.But what baffled the auditing team was the fact that not a single shred of evidence could be found to prove that Two Brothers Corp. paid the invoiced amount as of October 26, Taylor Mays College Jersey, 2015.The auditors stressed that Two Brothers Services Stations should not be allowed to operate without GEA retail licences. They recommended that this be corrected.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:16pm
An unidentified mutilated body was discovered at the Montrose, Nike NFL Jerseys China, The remains of the body being taken away by Lyken Funeral ParlourEast Coast Demerara koker last evening.Only the lower part of the body was found. Police said it appeared to be the body of a male. It was clad in a pair of camouflage pants. Fishermen said the torso appeared to have been eaten by marine life.Reports revealed that the body was discovered before 17:00hrs yesterday. Some fishermen related that no one in the area was reported missing and it does not appear to be someone from the area.Police said that no report of a missing person was made recently.The decomposed body was removed by Lyken Funeral Parlour. Crime scene detectives also assisted with the removal, and photographed the body.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:16pm
-Ramjattan pushes for lesser time in marijuana sentencesThe solution to the overcrowding at the Georgetown Prisons, Camp Street, Georgetown, lies in the ability to expand the Mazaruni Prisons, according to Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan.A major expansion to the Mazaruni Prisons, Essequibo River, is expected to start next year to help ease overcrowding.The Minister, speaking on the issue of overpopulation in the prisons, said there isn’t much the Ministry can do at this stage because more space is needed.“As an alternative to the creation of a new prison, we want to expand Mazaruni and the expansion for Mazaruni can only be done after the 2017 budget. The ministry has already requested, and we have managed to procure for the 2017 budget, those capital expenditures, ” Ramjattan explained.Further the Minister, who has responsibility for the penal system, told media operatives recently that the expansion of the Mazaruni prison will require a large amount of financial capital given the scope of work to be undertaken.“It’s going to be massive because it’s not only creating another building or expanding an existing building. We have to find a lot more recruits, staff members and housing for the staff members. We have to find meals for them, a literal community. We might have to build a church and school for their children because families will have to go up there to live …It’s a huge task, ” the minister noted.Minister Ramjattan also said that an immediate solution to the overcrowding may be found in the manner in which the courts deal with non-violent offenders, especially young lawbreakers.“Is three years for minor amounts of marijuana the right thing? Should we not amend the law to make it a six-month maximum or one-year maximum so that we would not have that overpopulation, especially if it’s a young person?” the Minister questioned.“Space can be created by ensuring that those who have been remanded and granted bail get their bail reduced, to free up some space. Remand prisoners are a big chunk of it, ” the Minister stated.If persons who committed minor offences, can have their cases heard early, and if the mandatory sentencing for possession of marijuana and cocaine could be looked at, then there would be more space, the Minister posited.“Those are some of the strategies we are working on because we don’t have US $40-50M to put up a new prison, Taylor Mays USC Jersey, ” the Public Security Minister explained.In its 2015 Human Rights Report, the United States State Department stated that a total of 963 prisoners were in the Georgetown Prison, designed to hold 550 inmates.“Overcrowding was in large part due to a backlog of pre-trial detainees, who constituted approximately 11.3 percent of the total prison population.”Overall, the report stated that the Guyana Prison Service reported that as of October 2015 there were 1, 944 prisoners in five facilities with a combined design capacity of 1, 640.Following prison unrests last March, the Prime Minister in April led an executive ministerial delegation to meet with representatives of the Judiciary including the Chancellor of the Judiciary (acting), Carl Singh; Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan and Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack to find ways of addressing the back-log of cases.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:15pm
The Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme out of the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) has declared continued success in the prevention of the transfer of HIV from mother to baby. The programme which is mainly concerned with the safety of unborn babies as it relates to HIV transmission has proclaimed decreases in the prevalence of babies being born with the disease.The initiative was drafted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and included a country plan with Guyana for 2009 – 2013 for the PMTCT programme.The document says that the aim is to provide universal access to PMTCT services. It added that to reach this goal, remote and difficult-access geographic areas would have been given special attention.In addition to these challenges, the document states, the PMTCT programme will focus on improving the service quality and on overcoming specific programmatic challenges such as baby testing and appropriate feeding practices, as well as pregnant women’s continuity of their participation in the programme, partners’ involvement and others.NAPS Programme Manager, Dr. Shanti SinghAccording to Dr Shanti Singh, head of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat, the programme has shown significant increases of success as there are decreases in the presence of babies being born with the disease, via inheriting it from infected mothers. Dr. Singh claims the programme has done well for itself. There has been an expansion as it pertains to outreach, information provision and access to treatment, she asserted.Dr. Singh told Kaieteur News that when the programme was initiated there had been a reluctance of persons (pregnant women) to get tested for the disease. She now says that more and more women are appreciative of the programme. So much so, the doctor claims, that now there are infected women who are interested in becoming pregnant with a 95% acceptance of testing.According to Dr. Singh, that has developed from the confidence that is now being placed in the programme, as the women believe that their babies will be protected from the transmission of the sickness. She also said it is not the job of the secretariat to prevent HIV-positive women from getting pregnant but it is their responsibility to assist these women, especially those who have never had a child. The medical practitioner says there is almost a 99% chance that the babies would not become affected, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, providing that the infected mothers follow the guidelines, which include no breast feeding and taking of medication.Dr. Singh says that through active service provisions available to these infected mothers, statistics show that there has been a steady decrease in figures of babies being born with the illness. She says that in 2002 there had been 4.3% of infants being born with the disease, by 2005 it was 2.5% and every year after that, the number of affected babies has decreased.The NAPS official also mentioned that by 2010 the prevalence of babies being born with the sickness was less than 1% – 0.8% which she claims is a huge achievement for a place like Guyana where resources may seem limited.  She says the country has moved very quickly – offering three antiretroviral drugs, which was updated in the first revision of the programme’s guidelines in 2006.Dr. Singh emphasized that we are fortunate in this regard, since most countries in a position like Guyana as it pertains to resources are still using one-treatment antiretroviral drugs. Guyana, according to the health manager, is able to cope with the prevalence of infected women baring children as the programme deals with these women and offers assistance that can assure them healthy babies being born. The women are assured that their babies can be protected from getting the disease.Infected women are advised that in order to protect their babies and keep them healthy during pregnancy they must follow the guidelines and take the relevant medication provided for them. The continued success of the programme, the doctor says, depends on its acceptability by the relevant individuals.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:15pm
…fuel supplied to unserviceable vehicles, money spent on unused fridgesSome personnel in the Customs and Trade Administration within the Ministry of Finance are committing fraud. This has been revealed by the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, and while in its report covering the years 2007 and 2008 it pointed to a number of practices throughout government that might be fraudulent, PAC zoomed in on those two sections of the Finance Ministry and stated that beyond a shadow of doubt there is dishonesty in the handling of public funds.“The Auditor General reported that an examination of the process for requisition, collection, and distribution of the receipts at the Customs and Trade Administration was conducted and it was observed that there were no systems in place to monitor the process. This has led to fraudulent transactions, ” PAC stated.PAC Chairperson and Member of Parliament, Volda Lawrence, presented the report in the House on June 16, detailing public accounts of Guyana for the years 2007 and 2008.The PAC report noted that the constitution defines public accounts of Guyana as all central and local government bodies and entities; all bodies and entities in which the State has controlling interest; and all projects funded by way of loans or grants by any foreign State or organization.It is the duty of the PAC to examine accounts of these entities showing money granted to them by the National Assembly, and its use in meeting public expenditure. Information for review of many of these accounts is largely based on findings of the Auditor General.In poring over reports on accounting for public money spent by Government entities PAC also highlighted a number of areas of probable fraudulent activity, Wholesale Jerseys, but stopped short of labeling them fraud. The committee resorted to simply exposing the suspect incidents.According to an Auditor General report examined by the Committee, officers within the Ministry of Local Government made unauthorized purchases of fuel totaling approximately $3, 998 million. “The Committee noted that this situation occurred in 2006, 2007 and 2008and that nothing was being done to correct the situation.”Fuel and lubricants recorded by the Region Six administration as having been received at various locations were less than what was stated on the invoice delivered by the supplier.In the PAC findings, Region Ten records revealed that fuel was issued to 18 vehicles that were not owned or controlled by that administration.Additionally, dieseline was issued to 13 vehicles that were exclusively using gasoline. Also in that region, a motor cycle that was unserviceable since 2006 received 200 litres of fuel between 2007 and 2008.It was found that several diplomatic missions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not remit their monthly revenue on a timely basis to the Consolidated Fund.Citing another instance, the PAC observed that there were shortages of lubricants at the Crane Stores location in Region Three valued at $230, 659.In the case of the Guyana Elections Commission, PAC stated “It was noted by the Auditor General that the inquiry into the loss suffered by the Commission of approximately $1.845 million due to financial irregularities that were perpetrated during the year 2004 has not yet been finalized by the police.The Head of budget agency [accountant] informed the Committee that based on internal principles he was restricted from making contact with contractors, hence was unable to ascertain the authenticity of the contractor before affixing his signature to the contract.Refrigerators bought by the Ministry of Health were not used, “… however monies were expended for servicing them and procuring batteries even though they were within the warranty period”.Regarding the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security the PAC reported the Auditor General stating, “… there was absence of supervisory controls regarding recording and issuing of the public assistance and old age pension books. The Committee expressed serious concern that such a situation could result in massive fraud”.
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