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Date: 14 Aug 17 01:39pm
Brent Hardt, the US Ambassador to Guyana, is looking out for America’s business interest, which is among his role and responsibilities, according to President of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis.Lewis is among the latest to respond to the American Ambassador’s appeal for support of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project as he called for consensus among the political parties locally.Lincoln LewisAccording to Lewis, Guyanese must not be misguided by the Ambassador, “for at the end of the day, it is we, the taxpayers who will have to live with the consequences of a decision of this magnitude, not properly thought out and can subject itself to probity.”Ambassador Hardt, in voicing support for the Amaila Falls initiative said, “until recently, the project, which has been under development for six years under Sithe Global, appeared to enjoy the implicit support of all political parties…In recent weeks, however, the project suddenly became enmeshed in political battles that had little to do with the potential of the project to generate cheaper, more reliable, and more environmentally friendly energy for decades to come.”Sithe Global is the American based developer of the US$858M Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project.The company had been guaranteed a 19 per cent rate of return on its investment of US$158M in the project.Lewis, in responding to the pronouncement, said yesterday, “As Guyanese, our national interest requires adherence to our constitution, laws, respect for the citizenry and prudent management of our resources.”According to Lewis, the national deliberation on the Amaila Hydro Electric Project is no different to the USA deliberation on the Oil Keystone Pipeline which continues to see analyses, support and criticisms from the legislature and other stakeholders in that society.Lewis said, the effort by the USA President to steer that discussion through deliberative tones as he strives for consensus among the various groups “is a lesson in quality leadership our President should be encouraged to embrace.”The GTUC President in weighing in on the debate over the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project, took to task the Private Sector Commission, which he said is choosing to attack the messengers while ignore the message in the form of the critiques made.According to Lewis, the PSC is actively playing a role to deny citizens their constitutional right to access to information and an involvement in national decision-making.He said that the Commission’s recent statement, riddled with name calling and verbal attacks to persons standing up and questioning the project, forces the GTUC to believe that the PSC is not interested in having the nation’s business conducted consistent with acceptable international standards and probity, “but more as the enforcer for corrupt and abusive practices.”The GTUC President noted that every foreign investment, regardless of circumstance, the Private Sector is prepared to embrace, “even if it requires being a party to denying citizens/workers their rights and see the plundering/abuses of the nation’s resources.”Lewis said that it is therefore not unreasonable to say the PSC’s primary objective is money, since the issue of constitutional rights and the rule of law are not expressed in its vocabulary and upheld in its behaviour.In seeking to qualify his position, Lewis drew reference to the recent debacle that had embroiled the Russian-based Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) and its Guyanese employees.Lewis said that the GTUC engaged the Private Sector Commission two years ago regarding denying workers their right to belong to a union of choice and bargain collectively.He said that the Commission gave GTUC the assurance that it will be engaging the government and employers with a view to having this matter resolved.“The GTUC is yet to hear what, Jese Paris Saint-Germain Jersey, if anything was done.”According to Lewis, behind closed door, the PSC accepts the wrong doing of members in the Private Sector family but refuses to act and correct these injustices.“Yet at the same time whenever the government conceptualizes a scheme that would bring instant gratification to the executive and private sector, the PSC thinks it is incumbent upon the body to treat the citizens like cattle by engaging in acts to herd them in one direction.”Lewis called for all documentation in relation to the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project to be made public, inclusive of the National Assembly, which would allow stakeholders to analyse and make a final determination.He added too that it must be said that “those analysing the project are not opposed to hydropower. The concern is the project as currently configured, is inimical to the economic wellbeing of the nation.”
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Date: 14 Aug 17 01:39pm
A Canada-based Guyanese woman, home on vacation, is alleging that she was sodomized by a Major of the Guyana Defence Force.The woman, Fernando Gago Argentina Jersey, 35, is contending that though she willingly rendezvoused with the military man at an East Bank Demerara hotel and permitted vaginal sex; anal intercourse was a no-no from the inception.According to the alleged victim, who was once married to the accused brother, the two checked into the hotel during the predawn hours of Valentine’s morning.She said that intimacy was going the conventional route until the officer inserted his finger into her anus. “I told him to stop and reminded him of our previous talks that I am not into that and he said ‘I gah get this bamsy’ then I begged him to stop but he continued.”The Ontario-based woman said that immediately after foundling her, the officer proceeded to sodomise her.The alleged victim, a telephone operator by profession, said that she almost “passed out” during the ordeal. She also noted that her forehead was consistently being banged against the bed during the “painful” torment. Bumps were still visible in her forehead.She was at pains to, but bravely informed Kaieteur News that the accused asked her to remove herself from next to him and told her to bathe.During the bath, she said that the officer pulled the shower curtains, looked at her and uttered “You see what I did for you? It (the anal intercourse) got you glowing now.”The woman opined yesterday while at the Brickdam Police station, that the officer showed no remorse for his actions as he refused to answer her subsequent calls.“I was calling him to find out why would he do this to me, and he didn’t even answer, ” she said.The alleged victim reported the matter to the Leonora Police Station the next day. The matter was then transferred to the Brickdam Police Station Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where it is being investigated.According to the telephone operator, the Major was summoned to the station but did not go. She said that she was informed that this was because he was heading a course.A confrontation was arranged and the Army rank admitted to all the allegations but contradicted her statement that the anal act was not consented to.The officer was accompanied by two lawyers; one male and one female.During the confrontation, the victim reportedly burst into tears. She said that she has been given the “royal run around” and is afraid that the matter will be swept under the carpet.Executive member of the women’s rights organization, Red Thread, Karen De Souza signaled plans to  raise the matter with the GDF’s Chief-of-Staff, Commodore Gary Best, who could not have been contacted yesterday by this newspaper.De Souza said that as it stands now; the complaint by the woman is “in limbo” simply because the amended Sexual Offences Act has not been assented to by President Donald Ramotar.De Souza added that by virtue of those amendments, it is unlawful to order a confrontation between the alleged victim and accused.“She shouldn’t have to be repeating the ordeal all the time.”The women’s activist said that her organization was concerned that the officer was a flight risk. “He is a pilot and he operates mostly in Timehri and the bush; so it is easy for him to just disappear.”A copy of a medical examination conducted at a West Coast Demerara Hospital seen by this publication, states that hemorrhoid was seen but there was no tearing, bruising or active bleeding of the woman’s anus.The Ontario-based woman told reporters that the officer is known to her about 12 years. She said the man had gained her trust and had never disrespected her before.The man, she said, told her that he has anal sex with all of his women and that she did not really know him.According to the woman, she had placed so much confidence in the man that she had planned to send her teenage daughter to spend time with him. Now, she said she is happy she did not because he could have done the same thing to her.Though she did not volunteer information that she was married to the alleged rapist’s brother, the woman later told Kaieteur News that she had annulled a marriage with the accused brother after six months on the call of him being unfaithful.Asked what caused her to become intimate with her ex husband’s brother, the woman said “we were friends and he had been nice to me over the years.”The alleged victim said she is willing to return to Guyana to testify against the officer. I just want it to be done fairly because a lot of times things have been done by people in the army and the police force and things can be pushed under the carpet, that’s the system in Guyana., ” said the woman.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 01:39pm
The St. John Association of Guyana started a Week of Celebrations with a church service at St. George’s Cathedral.  In attendance were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Tom Carroll Hotspur Jersey UK, performing the duties of the President; Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy; British High Commissioner Fraser Wheeler, who read the Second Lesson; Mayor Hamilton Green; and Chairman of St. John Association of Guyana – Mr. Vibert Parvatan.Council members, trainers and volunteers, and members of the Disciplined Service and paramilitary groups were also there.The Church Service was followed by a March Past and salute which was taken by Prime Minister Sam Hinds.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 01:38pm
72-year-old Clementine Parris– businessman’s nephew still in custodyPolice reportedly have the licence number of a car that an eyewitness claimed transported the two gunmen who killed 72-year-old Clementine Parris in her Robb Street home, Thursday night.The licence number was reportedly provided to ranks yesterday by someone who saw the suspects fleeing the scene.Eyewitnesses have described the getaway car as a silver-grey vehicle, and some sources said that the suspects had been ‘circling’ the area in the same vehicle for two consecutive days prior to the killing.Meanwhile, detectives continued to question a male relative of TransPacific Motor Spares owner Harry Persaud Ramsaywack, as they pursue leads which indicate that a property feud was the primary motive for Parris’ murder.Mr. Ramsaywack told Kaieteur News yesterday that the relative is a nephew, and not his son as this newspaper had reported in its Saturday edition.He said that the nephew is also the manager of TransPacific’s Robb Street branch, which is located next door to the slain woman’s home.Ramsaywack disclosed that surveillance cameras are mounted on the Robb Street building and that police have checked the cameras for possible footage of the killers.The businessman said that he did not check the cameras himself since he is out of town.Ramsaywack’s nephew was detained on Friday after Fitzroy Fiedtkou, the slain woman’s brother, told police that the businessman’s relative had made a financial offer to him in connection to his sister’s property.Mr. Fiedtkou alleged that the relative said that the property in which Mrs. Parris resided now belonged to the TransPacific owner and that the family had documents to prove this.In his statement to police, Mr. Fiedtkou alleged that the relative offered him money “to rent a place”, since the houses on the disputed lot would be demolished.But when police questioned him yesterday, the businessman’s nephew reportedly denied offering Mr. Fiedtkou money.However, he reportedly admitted to speaking to Mr. Fiedtkou about the property.Mrs. Parris was expected to make a court appearance some time next week for a hearing into her application for prescriptive rights.The woman’s sister, Gloria Loncke, explained that the family had begun living at the Robb Street home some 40 years ago and it was her mother who began renting the premises.Mrs. Parris according to Loncke, began living in the home some 10 years ago, only moving there after her husband died. The woman had lived in Linden where she owned and operated a restaurant.Kaieteur News was told that after the original home owner died, the homeowner’s granddaughter who resided overseas gave Mrs. Parris permission to stay in the house since the family had no intention of coming back to Guyana.Loncke recalled that a few years later, a woman claiming to hold a “Power Of Attorney” surfaced and stated that she was contracted by a relative to start collecting rent.According to the relative a few months after Mrs. Parris started paying the rent, she enquired from the “Power Of Attorney” to see the requisite documents before she continued paying.Loncke said that this woman made the claim that the documents were lost, and it was at this point that Mrs. Parris stopped paying her any rent.She said that in 2008, her sister made the first payment of outstanding rates and taxes. By then she had started to apply for prescriptive rights.According to the relative, Mrs. Parris sought the advice of an attorney who channeled her in the direction to start filing for prescriptive rights.The dead woman’s sister said this was when all the threats began. According to her the owner of Trans Pacific Motor Spares, Harry Persaud Ramsaywack, approached them and claimed ownership.“He came and said that he owned the property and that he would see that we move out” the sister said.Ramsaywack told Kaieteur News on Friday that he bought the property about three years ago from Pete’s Real Estate, owned by Ramcoomar Persaud. Dolly Sookdeo represented Pete’s Real Estate while Raj Poonai represented Ramsaywack.Ramcoomar ‘Pete’s’ Persaud said that he acquired the property from a woman who claimed that she had power of attorney for the property and that he sold it almost immediately after acquiring it.Relatives suspect that it was the same woman who had tried to extort money out of Mrs. Parris.According to Loncke, a few months later the son of the businessman approached her brother and offered to buy the property.Now one would question the fact that if the father said he owned the property, why would the son come and make an offer to buy it?When contacted on Friday, attorney at law Sandra Kertzious, explained that her client had filed for prescriptive rights for the property.According to her, there were three notices published in one of the daily newspapers. The lawyer said that a hearing was scheduled for some time soon..Kaieteur News further understands that attorney at law Raj Poonai, who represents Ramsaywack, filed an appeal challenging the bid for prescriptive rights. However this newspaper understands that no reason, no ownership claims or any grounds for the challenge were stated.Upset relatives yesterday gave various instances when the woman received threats.It is alleged that about three weeks ago, Kevin Wimmer Jersey UK, an anonymous caller threatened to burn the house down with Mrs. Parris inside.Relatives yesterday said that there are reports at the Alberttown Police Station because the woman reported every threat she received from various persons.Mrs. Parris was shot several times in her home at around 19:45 hrs on Thursday by two gunmen who pretended that they knew her and were paying a visit.Mr. Fiedtkou’s brother was sitting on the front step at the time and witnessed his sister’s murder.Eyewitnesses said that the gunmen, who appeared to be extremely young, fled west up Robb Street in a silver-grey car. The vehicle reportedly turned north into Cummings Street. Police recovered a bullet that was embedded in a wall of the victim’s home.The victim was scheduled to leave for the US in August to visit a daughter. She is survived by two daughters one of whom resides in the United Kingdom. There are also her brothers, one of whom was a witness to the shooting.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 01:38pm
People’s National Congress Reform Member of Parliament, Mervyn Williams, and former party representative for Region Three, yesterday dismissed the comments made by Regional Chairman of Region Three, Julius Faerber, Regional Executive Officer of Region Three, Winston Davidson and Chairman of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Meten – Meer – Zorg, Mohammed Pasha, as it relates to the $5M abattoir in that area, as ridiculous.According to Williams, from the comments made by the officials it seems that the undertaking of the previous Regional Democratic Council (RDC) was not a responsibility of the incumbents, adding that “for the RDC Chairman to cite no knowledge of the project without consulting with the minutes is ridiculous”.“The discussions and agreements of the RDC council are recorded in the minutes of the meeting…that is a permanent official record of the business of the RDC, and in those minutes will be found record of discussions and decisions taken with respect to the abattoir at Meten-Meer-Zorg.Williams added also, that then councilor Pasha was present during all of the deliberations as it relates to the abattoir, and for him to tell this newspaper that he had no knowledge about the abattoir was a blatant lie.He noted that when the abattoir was conceived, the advocate for it was the late PNCR regional councilor, Timothy Persaud, in the 2001-2006 RDC.He added that Persaud continued to advocate for the opening of the abattoir which was constructed and outfitted with a tiled floor among other amenities, “even after his death the PNCR councilors including myself continued to champion for it…we decided that we needed the authorities to pull this thing together some time around 2004. The then REO was mandate by Chariman Esau Dookie based on our representation, to equip the place with running water and to find an allocated sum of money to run electricity to the building. They did an analysis and they said that they were going to do it and they dropped it.”The term came to an end in 2006 and the matter was put to restWilliams also recalled that it was proposed by M.L. Hussain called ‘Haroon’ a PPP Councillor that when the abattoir would have been opened it be named the ‘Timothy Persaud Abattoir’ and it was agreed and recorded.“For the acting REO and the regional Chairman and the NDC Chairman Pasha to suggest that they have no knowledge of the abattoir without suggesting that they needed to consult with the official records of the council to me is ridiculous…I am made to believe that any commitment undertaken or commitment prior to the 2006 and 2011 RDC is not the responsibility of the incumbents…I think that is absolutely ridiculous.”The building, which was intended to be used as an abattoir at Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, has not been used some 14 years after it was constructed.Kaieteur News understands that the abattoir was built in 1995 at a cost of approximately $5 million.Regional Chairman of Region Three, Julius Faerber, when contacted had stated that he was not working with the region at the time that the building was constructed and as such, he was not in possession of the information in relation to who constructed the building or why it was never used.This newspaper then reached the acting Regional Executive Officer of Region Three, Winston Davidson, for comment, and he said that he was not aware that any such abattoir was constructed since he only started working at the Region in 2006.In fact, Davidson noted that there might not be anyone in the Regional Administration that will have any information on the building, since the chairman and other workers only recently started working at the Region.Contact was subsequently made with Chairman of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Meten – Meer – Zorg, Mohammed Pasha, who also said he is not in possession of any information on the abattoir, as according to him, it was not constructed during his tenure as NDC Chairman.Pasha did admit that he is aware of the building, but could not say why it was never put to use.Kaieteur News understands that a security guard is paid on a monthly basis to keep the building secure, Adam Shaheen Bears Jersey, but according to residents in the area, this individual only visits the building once daily, and then leaves.
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