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Date: 14 Aug 17 03:00pm
The issue of a proposed 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity and water bills saw twoPublic Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattanseasoned politicians, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and Opposition Member, Anil Nandlall, going head to head during the fourth day of debate on the 2017 budget.During his contribution to the discussion on Thursday night, Ramjattan sought to set the record straight regarding the implementation of VAT and the coalition’s promise to reduce it.The Parliamentarian reminded his colleagues that he was actually present in the House when the VAT Act was first brought for consideration. At the time, he held a spot in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) before branching off to form the Alliance For Change (AFC) with Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman.Ramjattan said that in 2005, VAT was intended by the PPP to be placed on all forms of goods and services that were taxable. He also referred to quotes from Parliamentary documents to make his point.He made it clear that when the Bill came before the House, it never stated what rate would be implemented for the VAT. He said that based on discussions with colleagues in PPP at the time, it was agreed that the set rate would have to bring in $16B. Ramjattan said that it was accepted that the rate would be 12 percent.Ramjattan said, however, that elections came in 2006 and the rate was not announced, Soccer Jerseys From China, so VAT was obviously not implemented. But after the elections, to his “utter dismay” VAT was implemented at a rate of 16 percent.“Now today, the Opposition wants to tell this nation that what we did with VAT is legal larceny, but what they did was legal larceny, ” expressed an impassioned Ramjattan.The Minister of Public Security, who sought to school members of the PPP on the basic principles of economics, said that in keeping with the reduction of VAT from 16 percent to 14 percent, it is only logical that Government would have to widen the base of things that would attract the tax.“We cannot erode the tax base. We will not allow PPP to cast us adrift in an ocean of lies. The truth and the whole truth must be known.”The Minister maintained that across the board, all Guyanese will benefit from Government’s measures in relation to VAT.However, opposition member Anil Nandlall was still not convinced by Ramjattan’s arguments.The former Attorney-General said that the net effect of widening the number of items that attract VAT is that the consumers would end up spending more in the areas they saved before.Nandlall concluded that Government, in order to satisfy a campaign promise, deceived the nation, as it is only taxing them more.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 03:00pm
A labourer from Warapana, Jerseys NFL Wholesale, Upper Pomeroon River, lost his life four days after he was bitten by a Labaria—a poisonous snake.Dead is Nelson Daniels, 45, a father of four.  Reports are that Daniels, who was employed as a laborer, was said to be cleaning the Warapana Canal at the time he was bitten. However, due to financial constraints coupled with the remoteness of the area, he had great difficulties readily accessing medical assistance.He had to be transported to the Oscar Joseph Hospital at Charity and then to the Georgetown Public Hospital, after his condition worsened.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 03:00pm
Twenty persons were sworn in yesterday to lead the country’s 10 regions.A number of the Vice Chairpersons of the RDCs who were sworn in by President Donald Ramotar yesterday.The elections for the Chairpersons and their deputies of the Regional Democratic Councils (RDC) took place Wednesday with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) taking control of six regions. Coalition party, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), won the chairmanship for three regions while the Alliance For Change snagged Region 8.Yesterday, the 10 Chairmen were sworn in by President Donald Ramotar who warned that he expects much of them.The work of the RDCs, however, NFL Jerseys China Cheap, may have a few weeks to fully kick in with the National Budget still to be tabled and passed in Parliament.The RDCs are the mechanisms used to carry out government programmes in the 10 regions.There were also two women elected as vice-Chairpersons- Genevieve Allen in Region Four for APNU and Amrita Thomas in Region Seven, also for APNU.At the swearing in yesterday in addition to family members, were APNU’s Chairman, David Granger, and AFC’s Presidential Candidate, Khemraj Ramjattan, among other senior officials.The notable change in the political makeup for the hierarchy in the regions was in Region Eight, where the AFC, the newest of the parliamentary parties, managed to get its nominee, Mark Crawford, elected to the post.It means that for the first time in the history of the Potaro/Siparuni region, that the Chairman was not of the ruling PPP/C or the People’s National Congress, the party which is the major bloc in the opposition coalition of APNU. However, APNU managed to get hold of the Chairmanship in Regions Four (Clement Corlette), Seven (Gordon Bradford) and Ten (Kuice Sharma Solomon). These areas traditionally enjoy the support of the PNC.The new RDCs’ Chairmen shortly before being sworn in by President Donald Ramotar yesterday. From left front row are Paul Pierre (Region 1); Parmanand Persaud (Region 2); Julius Faerber (Region 3); Clement Corlette (Region 4); Bindrabhan Bisnauth (Region 5); Back row from right are Permaul Armoogan (Region 6); Gordon Bradford (Region 7); Mark Crawford (Region 8); Wilson Lorentino (Region 9) and Kuice Sharma Solomon of Region 10 (partly hidden).The PPP/C had its representatives elected in Regions One, Two, Three, Five, Six, Seven and Nine. The Chairmen for those regions, respectively, are: Paul Errol Pierre, Parmanand Persaud, Julius Faerber, Bindrabhan Bisnauth, Permaul Armoogan and Wilson Lorentino.Mortimer Mingo, who served as Region Ten Chairman, was not even selected to sit as a member of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). Mingo was at the centre of a public row in which it was claimed that he had initially accepted a government offer for a piece of land in the now infamous Pradoville 2 where former President Bharrat Jagdeo and a string of high-profile officials had chosen house lots.Councilors for the RDCs are selected by political parties based on votes cast at the General and Regional Elections. A meeting is called by the respective Regional Executive Officer at which the Councilors are sworn-in. Once they are sworn in, nominations for a Chairman and Vice-Chairman are then made and the two are elected by the very councilors who were sworn in.Former Chairman of Region One, Fermin Singh, was elected as Vice Chair.The RDCs are tasked with carrying out the programmes of the Central Government in their particular regions.Vishnu Samaroo (Region Two), Azam Pasha Mohamed (Region Three), Rion Lonsdale Peters (Region Five), Bhupaul Jaghroo (Region Six), Cornel Edwards (Region Eight), Douglas Edward Casimero (Region Nine) and Byron Wilmoth Lewis (Region Ten) were the others who secured the position of Vice Chairmen in their Regions.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 02:59pm
A man who thought that the Georgetown seawall was the safest place to have sex with a nine-year-old boy, spent a night in the Brickdam Lock-ups, after he was caught by the probing eyes of ranks of a Police Mobile Patrol Unit.However, the man was released after police could not locate the nine-year-old victim.The incident occurred on Friday night.Reports reaching this newspaper stated that the police ranks were patrolling the seawall when they observed two persons in a vehicle, Cheap NFL Jerseys Supply, one of whom they suspected was a juvenile.They stopped and were approaching the car when they young boy jumped out and ran away. They arrested the male occupant who had already dropped his pants, revealing his privates.Kaieteur News understands that the man admitted that he was in the company of a minor and was in the process of having sex when the police intervened.He was arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.But since the police could not locate the juvenile, they were forced to release the man.
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– as World Blood Donors’ day draws nearMembers from the Universal Church on Robb Street yesterday joined the many entities to donate to the Blood BankCoordinator at the Blood Bank Shameeza Mangal yesterday told Kaieteur News that over the weekend church members had about 40 visits, which accumulated about 25 units of blood.Mangal explained that the church immediately got onboard with their team after the blood bank hinted that there was a need for the accumulation of blood since next week there are several scheduled open heart surgeries. Some four persons are expected to undergo “open heart” surgery over two days.Kaieteur News was told that the blood bank needs as much blood, since each patient doing the surgery would need approximately between 18- 20 units.Mangal explained that the doctors would normally send the components for the blood and they would have to ensure that they get it.Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, who was present, interjected and stressed the need for more donors.Ramsammy explained that things have drastically changed over the last 10 years. The Minister explained that 10 years back there were only about 2500 units of blood available which mainly came from family members of persons who were required to donate blood for a relative.“From doing just over 2, 000 surgeries yearly to doing over 10, 000 the need for blood has increased, ” Ramsammy said.He said that they still get family donors, but they are mainly focused on attracting voluntary donors. Blood Bank Coordinator Shameeza Mangal The Minister said that approximately 80 percent of the blood in the bank comes mainly from voluntary donors.“We are aiming for 12, Paul Konerko White Sox Jersey, 000 units by 2012….and even when we acquire this we will still need more, ” the Minister said.He further stated that since times have changed and the amount of surgeries done have increased there is the increased need for blood.“We need to raise about 14, 000 units…more pregnant women are now being referred for C-section which requires about 1-4 units of blood, ” Ramsammy said.He further stated that even though some may not need to do the surgery, others who lose blood during delivery will also have to get blood to boost their system back.He said that the private hospitals have also expanded their surgeries so the need for blood is across the board.According to the Minister the aim is now to get donors to give blood more than thrice yearly and also to attract new donors.
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