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Date: 17 Aug 17 09:34am
Recent police data have shown that serious crime has increased by nine percent above last year’s statistics. However, while Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud cannot say what may be the reason, he noted that the crime rise started in February.However, he said there is no need for disheartenment as the future looks positive.Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud engaging media yesterday.“We have seen dividend from our investment in capacity building. Highlights of these are the CID and intelligence Unit.”“From these divisions there are many positive outcomes from projects that the force has embarked on such as the social Crime prevention and the Cops and Faith community Network. The Commissioner said that he is currently working with the latter and with local businessmen to establish a nonprofit organization that will be dedicated to fund the education and general welfare of the children of the police officers killed in the line of duty.This is scheduled to come on stream by month end to address some of the most recent and demanding cases to assist with benefits from that fund.On the subject of gun amnesty Police Commissioner Persaud told reporters yesterday that thus far ballistic tests done have not been able to link any of those weapons to any of the crimes committed locally.He also iterated that collecting guns and ammunition during the amnesty period was not an additional burden for the force as significant amounts of firearms and ammunition were collected.All told, 186 firearms were turned in during the amnesty period. These included 153 shotguns, thirteen pistols, ten air rifles, nine revolvers and one rifle (AK 47). Additionally more than a thousand rounds of ammunition were turned in since September 1, when the amnesty period started.“We didn’t expect people who use firearms to commit robbery as their only means of providing for themselves and their family to turn in those fire arms, ” the Commissioner related.However, the Commissioner noted that as a result of the gun amnesty the firearms collected cannot end up in the hands of persons with criminal intent and that they will not be used in moments of anger by individuals who once possessed them.If the weapons collected could become part of the police forces arms collection the Commissioner said, Son Heung-min Jersey UK, “The determination would be left up to policy makers but when that time comes we will make recommendations.”The Commissioner noted, too, that there are a number of issues that arise with regard to possibility of the weapons being used by the police.These include the fact that if the firearm is not good the force would not have uses for it. But he noted that the force does not know the real origin of the weapons and as such it may not be inclined to enlist the weapons collected.“We do not know where the weapon came from and next thing you know when the firearm is enlisted it may be found that it was used to commit a crime in another country, ” the Commissioner said.  (Mondale Smith)
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Date: 17 Aug 17 09:34am
In 1856, E T E Dalton, the local postmaster of British colony of Guiana (now independent Guyana) was frustrated to hear that a shipment of stamps had failed to arrive.Not wishing the citizens to be without this extremely useful, and still relatively new, facility he commissioned an emergency production from a local printer.He was then further irritated to find that the printers had exercised creative input on the stamps over and above his simple specifications, and the three stamp types (two 4c stamps, one blue and one magenta, plus a 1c magenta for newspapers) had had a ship emblem added.Dalton didn’t like the design. He restricted its use to that one emergency issue, and also had post office clerks sign all the stamps as a guard against fraud. He would be astonished to hear that today his name is still mentioned as a result of these stamps.The rare British Guiana 1 cent stamp.Vernon Vaughan, a Scottish schoolboy discovered a 1c stamp on one of his uncle’s letters in Demerara, the capital of British Guiana, in 1873. He sold it for the equivalent of $1.50 to a local collector.The stamp has been heavily postmarked and dirtied, aside from the initials of postal clerk E D Wright carrying out Dalton’s policy on the left hand side. It has also been cut into an octagon.Despite its parlous state, it is the only stamp of its kind known to still exist. As a result, it was picked up by the great rare stamp collector Count Ferrary and its value has escalated rapidly, making it a legend desired by collectors of valuable stamps everywhere including …Donald Duck.The unlikely philatelist sought the stamp in the 1952 comic by Carl Banks, The Gilded Man. He describes it as being worth “…over $50, 000” which was already true even then.The line between fact and fantasy has sometimes become blurred. Claims that the known example is a doctored example of the similar (and somewhat more common) 4c stamp have been discredited.On the other hand there are still some who claim that an example owned by Peter Winter is genuine rather than a doctored 4c piece, even though the Royal Philatelic Society London has declared it a forgery, and Winter is famous for reproducing stamps – though usually quite openly, without an attempt to pass them off as the real thing.The most famous story of the stamp is that the famous collector Arthur Hinds, who also owned the Bordeaux cover and other Mauritius ‘Post Office’ stamps, Gareon Conley Jersey, found another British Guiana 1c on sale in 1920 and destroyed it as soon as he bought it, so that there would only be one. This may or may not be an urban myth.The one known genuine article has belonged to John du Pont, an athlete, ornithologist and philatelist since 1980. He paid $935, 000 for it.In 1997, du Pont was convicted of murdering his friend, Olympic wrestler David Schulz, without rational motive, due to du Pont suffering from schizophrenia.Experts estimate the stamp to be worth upwards of $5m – it is currently stored in a bank vault, hidden from the world. (www.paulfrasercollectibles.com)
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Date: 17 Aug 17 09:34am
– Donald RamotarGeneral Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party, Donald Ramotar, in an invited comment yesterday said that re-elected People’s national congress reform leader, Robert Corbin, should have verified his own list, just as how he is calling for adequate verification of the national register of registrants.Ramotar was referring to accusations of massive irregularities on the list of delegates for the PNCR elections which were held on Saturday.PPP's General Secretary Donald RamotarDuring the PNCR’s 16 Biennial Congress elections, there were accusations of massive fraud on the electoral list as was pointed out prior to the elections by the Dr Richard Van West Charles faction.Prior to the elections, at a special press briefing, the PNCR’s Chief Whip, Lance Carberry sought to dismiss allegations by one of the nominees for the post of leader of the party, Dr Charles, that the list of voters was riddled with inaccuracies.Dr Charles had written to the party using the claims and objection period that is used to verify the authenticity of the list citing: systematic falsification of party membership forms; persons overseas and who could not have reasonably signed a form; even a 14-year old and activists of the PPP included in the list of PNCR members; discrepancies that were found in the groups in which the Vice Chairpersons and the Director of Party Organisation exercise membership, as well as the systematic padding of the membership register.Carberry said that Dr Van West Charles listed 53 names of persons whom he claimed did not sign their membership application forms; 15 names of persons that he claimed had migrated; and 20 names of persons whom he claimed were dead.According to Carberry, it should be noted that no information was provided to the Verification Committee by Dr. Van West Charles, to indicate on what basis he could substantiate his allegation that the forms were not signed by the applicants and that the application forms are stored in the Party Secretariat and were not displayed for public viewing.According to Carberry, the committee proceeded to have the relevant membership forms extracted from the party records for examination following the complaint that there were persons who did not sign.However, a source close to the Van West Charles faction said that the issue was not if the forms at the Secretariat had signatures, LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers Jersey, but rather the authenticity of the signatures.This newspaper was privy to see a list of names of persons signing to the fact that they did not sign any form to be a part of the voting register.The Van West faction is adamant that the list was being padded, hence the call for the use of a handwriting expert to determine whether the same handwriting did not appear more than once on the register.As it relates to the four persons who were stopped from gaining access to the register that was on display at Congress Place, the source pointed out that they had no intention of publishing the names, rather, they were collecting the information so that they could go and verify its authenticity.According to Carberry, of the 53 names submitted, “our examination of the forms revealed that they all had the purported signatures of the applicants.”He did concede that the Committee was in no position to verify the authenticity of the signatures, but sought to have the group and regional officials respond to the allegations. “In all cases, the representatives contended that the signatures were authentic.”This newspaper was also told that supporters of Van West Charles who were out in the field to verify the names on the list were actually persons that registered, were even chased out of some areas by staunch supporters of another candidate.As it relates to the category of dead persons on the list, Carberry said that no supporting information was provided, but the Committee began the process by checking the source documents and of the 20 names provided, five persons were reported to be alive.“Eight persons were confirmed as dead by the group and the deaths were claimed to be recent. Seven of them were already reported to the Secretariat by the group, during the verification period, and adjustments made to the Register.”The Van West faction is of the opinion that the fact these persons even appeared on the list was suspect.This newspaper has also seen documents that numerous persons had signed, claiming that they did not register at the last congress but received ID cards to go and vote.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 09:33am
The European Union and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council have signed a contract that will facilitate a study for a Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan for City Hall.EU and City Hall officials: A $64M study to decide how to refurbish City Hall is set to start shortly.City Hall, one of the more prominent landmarks in downtown Georgetown, is in a terrible state.The contract which has been awarded to EURONET Consulting GEIE for Euro 279, 196 (G$64M) is expected to be concluded by March/April 2017.The team, T. J. Logan Youth Jersey, according to the Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, and for the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories, will include experts from both Europe and Guyana and the National Trust of Guyana and City Hall will be actively engaged during the period of consultancy.Among other things, the assessment will involve conducting a condition assessment and evaluation of the physical and structural state of City Hall and the City Engineer’s Building; preparation and presentation of a comprehensive green restoration plan and a sustainable conservation management plan for City Hall and the City Engineer’s Buildings and facilitating training sessions and strengthening capacity within the relevant stakeholder agencies.EU Ambassador Jernej Videtiè said, ‘’Georgetown’s iconic City Hall and the City Engineer’s Buildings built in 1889 are unquestionably among the most outstanding architectural, cultural and historically significant buildings in Guyana.’’Ambassador Videtiè added, ‘’The EU was delighted to help by funding this study, which will hopefully lead to a process that will see City Hall returned to its former glory’’.The City Hall and City Engineer’s Buildings are a part of Guyana’s tangible heritage and are considered important to the Nation’s historic fabric.In a bid to preserve and promote its cultural heritage value internationally, Guyana became a signatory in 1977 to the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the first Caribbean state to do so.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 09:33am
…supports continued action against RoheeEven as the Alliance for Change (AFC) through its leader, Khemraj Ramjattan called on Wednesday for the continuation of the gag order against Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, in the National Assembly, the party’s Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo insisted that the parliamentary opposition must be ungagged.At the party’s weekly press conference which was held at the Middle Street, Georgetown, Side Walk Cafe, Nagamootoo stressed that efforts are continually made to gag the opposition by preventing it from accessing the state media.“The AFC is calling on the Government to ungag the opposition from access to the state media…this is part of the problem.”AFC Leader, Khemraj RamjattanHis deductions were forthcoming even as he cited an article published in Wednesday’s edition of this newspaper which quoted two Government officials, Head of NICIL, Mr Winston Brassington and Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh, on Government’s willingness to encourage open debate on any issues of public interest. The two officials were at the time speaking at a press conference held at the state-owned television station, National Communications Network (NCN), on Tuesday.Alluding to the resulting article, Nagamootoo said that there was mention by the officials that “‘we have no issue on having open and frank discussions on national issues’.”It was against this background that the AFC Vice Chairman premised his desire to see the parliamentary opposition be afforded access to the state media. He made reference to abuse of the state media by Government officials, even as recounted how the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, had “gone immediately, as he has done on previous occasions, and other ministers and government functionaries…misinterpreted and misrepresented the decision of the court when the ruling was given by Chief Justice Ian Chang on the gag order.”According to Nagamootoo, if democracy in Guyana is to be meaningful “we are asking again…to liberate the media. We have to ungag the opposition and social society from access to media that has been hitherto supported and financed by the state and we intend to pursue this issue.”In fact, he revealed that the party has already taken representation at the diplomatic level and there are plans to soon contact the business community and those who are interested in freedom in Guyana to show their support by “putting their money where their conscience is.”AFC Vice Chairman, Marco van Ginkel Netherland Jersey, Moses NagamootooNagamootoo’s utterances followed on the heels of deliberations by the party’s leader, Ramjattan, who told reporters at the same forum that the AFC supports the recent announcement by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, to appeal the gag order ruling of the High Court.According to Ramjattan, there is urgent need to shed more light on the issue as it relates to the extent of the judicature’s entry into the Assembly’s space and an upper court’s ruling, as to where the frontier should be demarcated. Added to this, he said that the AFC would also urge that the Court of Appeal hear the matter with utmost haste and urgency.“Along with this, we would like to see an interpretation of Article 172 of the Constitution, which on the face of it gives immunity to members from being prosecuted for civil proceedings, ” said Ramjattan.He added too that “such an interpretation would be most desirable…It would help to stop the flood of litigations against members of parliament which the Attorney General initiates ever so often.”Ramjattan said that the AFC will continue to support the Assembly’s gag order until such time that the Privileges Committee decides whether there were breaches of the no confidence command of the House by Rohee and how best he (Rohee) can be penalised for such a breach.It is expected that the Privileges Committee will convene on Monday at which time the issue will be deliberated on.
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