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Date: 14 Aug 17 05:40am
A 38-year-old man who reportedly used a piece of wood and beat his 83-year-old bedridden father to death was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday.Ali Mohamed, who appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, Cheap NHL Jerseys, is charged with murdering his father Mohamed Suleiman on January 13, last, at their Lot 38 Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara home. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.Some of their relatives were present in the courtroom during the arraignment. They cried during the preliminary hearing.Inspector Stephen Telford, a Prosecutor attached to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), explained that last Tuesday the sister of the accused called him for his medication.According to Telford, it was then that Mohamed armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt the woman several lashes causing her to run out of the house.As the sister sought refuge elsewhere, the Prosecutor said that the accused went into the bedroom where his father, who had been bedridden after he suffered a stroke, was and dealt the elderly man several lashes with the wood.The elderly man was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre then he was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). He subsequently succumbed to the injuries he sustained.Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-a-Fat represented the accused. He said that Mohamed was “sick in his mind” and requested that he be examined by a psychiatrist to ascertain whether he is fit to stand trial.A psychiatric evaluation was ordered and the case is set to be called again on February 27.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 05:40am
From Neil Marks in CopenhagenPresident Bharrat Jagdeo says that he is looking for a “good” Copenhagen climate deal that would involve paying countries for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) or in Guyana’s case, maintaining low rates of deforestation.President Jagdeo addresses an event on making REDD work at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.But all around the conference, there are calls for the language in the draft text to ensure governance safeguards to check against corruption to be placed back in the main text and out of the preamble.Jagdeo has been a leading voice in the call for a REDD agreement in a new global deal to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. But groups this past week expressed concern that the draft REDD text cites poor controls on governance and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, among other issues.Language ensuring critical safeguards for biodiversity, forest conversion, and indigenous rights and monitoring has moved from operational text into the preamble.“Limiting safeguards to the preamble weakens the agreement and deprives it of any assurance of compliance, ” said Dr. Rosalind Reeve of Global Witness.Despite this, Jagdeo told an event organised by a Norwegian Non-Governmental Organisation that he was “pleased with the evolution” of the REDD process.However, he said that under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which is being touted as an international model for how monies could be spent under a REDD scheme, Guyana accepts the need for financial and governance safeguards.Placing language on safeguards in the preamble doesn’t make it operational and enforceable, Ilkay Gundogan Jersey, said Lars Lovold, Director of the Rainforest Foundation of Norway. He shared a panel discussion with President Jagdeo and key figures in the Norwegian Government, which is giving Guyana US$250 million over the next five years to preserve the rainforest.Also on the panel was Tasso Azevedo, a former director of forests in Brazil, who now advises that country’s Minister of Environment.Lovold implored the governments of Guyana, Brazil and Norway to use their lobbying efforts to get safeguard language in the main text, where if an agreement comes out Copenhagen, mechanisms will be in place to monitor how national governments spend money, and other protection.Jagdeo said that whatever agreement on REDD comes out of Copenhagen, this will supersede the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Guyana has with Norway.He said that the MOU takes into account the rights of indigenous people. He boasted that he had brought to Copenhagen representatives of three groups that represent the rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana. Yvonne Pearson, the chairperson of the National Toshaos Council, which represents Amerindians across the country is also in Copenhagen.Rights groups want to ensure that whatever agreement on REDD comes out, must be legally binding.Among those lending their voice to this call is Biancca Jagger, the former wife of rock icon Mick Jagger.“REDD will never succeed and cannot be implemented unless the agreement contains strong provisions to ensure good governance, protect natural forests and ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities are protected. They must be at the centre of the REDD agreement and included in the negotiation, ” said Jagger, chair of the Biancca Jagger Human Rights Foundation.She laid emphasis on the fact that the removal of critical safeguards from the legally-binding text means the safeguards have no legal force and will not be acted on unless there is language in the legally-binding part of the agreement to direct governments to act.The agreement contains some weak language at the moment and even this is in jeopardy of being deleted since several governments are opposing it. If this happens there will be no protection for rights of indigenous peoples, no protection of forests and no action on governance.REDD funds are projected to help developing countries protect their remaining intact natural forests.  Start-up costs to support capacity-building activities in REDD-eligible countries are estimated to be between US$22.4 and US$37.3 billion from 2010-15, according to the September 2009 report of the Informal Working Group on Interim Finance for REDD.On Sunday, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, said that politicians at the Copenhagen talks this week will focus on big picture issues, and called on participants of a “Forest Day” activity to “safeguard the nitty gritty” and keep negotiators focused on “environmental integrity, ecological integrity and protection of the rights of the people.”“I was very happy to hear Mr de Boer’s statement, ” said Jagger. “We must be clear – climate justice is a pre-requisite to achieve an effective and ethical REDD agreement that puts people and forest first and an agreement that will help us tackle catastrophic climate.Photo captions: jagdeo in copenhagenPresident Bharrat Jagdeo and Head of the National Climate Unit Shyam Nokta share a joke before the beginning of a meeting on REDD at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.President Jagdeo addresses an event on making REDD work at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 05:39am
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Appointments, chaired by Minister of Health, Dr, George Norton is preparing to appoint key members of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).This is being done in accordance with the Anti- Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Amendment Act 2015.The committee has invited applicants to fill the several positions in the FIU including Director and Deputy Director.The employment contract of former head of FIU, Paul Geer had expired thereby occasioning a temporary vacancy in that position.However, the requirements that made Geer suitable for the job have since been reassessed and new provisions have been made in the AML/CFT Bill.Candidates should process at least 10 years experience in law, finance, economics or accounting at the highest managerial level and formal training in and sound knowledge of statistics, financial investigations or banking. This is in accordance with section 5 of the AML/CFT Bill.They must also have technical understanding of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations as well as its methodology for accessing technical compliance with FATF recommendations and the effectiveness of AML/CFT.Applicants will be subjected to due diligence background checks by the Committee of Appointments.FIU will undergo some major changes in accordance with the AML/CFT Bill.That piece of legislation sets out an entire different structure for the FIU especially since it provides for the establishment of an Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Authority (AML/CFTA).In accordance with the Act, the Authority and the FIU will have to liaise to attain “maximum coordination” to achieve the objectives of the Act.The Bill mandates the Authority to give the FIU advice of a general nature as to the policy to be followed by the unit in the exercise and performance of its functions.This new system will represent major changes for the FIU which did not do much over its years of existence and had no real powers of scrutiny.  The unit never recommended the prosecution of anyone.In 2013, Economist, Wholesale NBA Jerseys, Professor Clive Thomas described the FIU as a “toothless poodle.” And in that very year, former United States Ambassador, Brent Hardt said that while the establishment of an FIU is good, more needs to be added to fight money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 05:39am
As thousands flock revenue agency, patrons perturbed at snail pace Thousands of vehicle owners who were scurrying to satisfy the June, 1, 2011 deadline to acquire Motor Vehicle Licences (MVL) can breathe a sigh of relief. The due date for the MVL has been extended to June month end.“While the authorities may not admit it, it is because of the constructive criticisms that have been made that have allowed this action to be taken, ” some vehicle owners said.Problems had temporarily halted the sale of Motor Vehicle Licences (MVL) at two of its offices in April last which also contributed to the present rush to acquire Motor Vehicle Licences.Patrons told this publication yesterday that they were irked at the same snail paced system at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).“I don’t have a whole day to put aside to stand in a line to buy a piece of paper; this system needs to be revamped and the authorities need to put something better in place, ” one man at the revenue agency said.Yesterday, in a release the GRA stated that it has extended the sale of Motor Vehicle Licences (MVL) to June 30, 2011. The sale and renewal of licences will continue to be facilitated at the Licence Revenue Office (LRO), the Tax Operation and Services Department (formerly VAT Building) Albert and Charlotte Streets and Internal Revenue Office, Guyana Post Office Building, Robb Street (Georgetown) and at all GRA Regional Branch Offices (Lethem, Corriverton, New Amsterdam, Linden, Anna Regina, Parika and Bartica).Additionally, commencing Saturday May 28, 2011 licences for motor vehicles registered in the ‘P’, ’G’, C, T, B and ‘H (excluding yellow cabs) series will also be on sale at the Tax Operations and Services Building (formerly VAT building) at Albert Street on Saturdays between 09:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs.Motor vehicle owners are reminded that in order to avoid delays in the processing of the licence they must present the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), 2010 Motor Vehicle Licence, Motor Vehicle Registration and the relevant fee.The cost of the MVL is based on the unladen weight of the motor vehicle. All fees remain the same as last year.Yellow cabs owners are asked to note that their Motor Vehicle Licences can only be obtained at the LRO.Yesterday, many persons expressed their displeasure at the delay at the office on Smyth Street, Tax Operations and Services Building, Albert and Charlotte Streets, General Post Office, Robb Street and Customs House on Main Street.According to most clientele at the revenue agencies, technological challenges in the system seem to be a major excuse for the delays experienced by taxpayers.Other issues were related to the hours that persons had to wait in lines at the various offices.“I am here since 9am and now is 2pm. These people giving you till next week for the due date, and they contributing to the mess in the system and they want force people with a time limit. They wasting people time!”Vehicle owners were informed by GRA that failure fail to purchase their licences or renew same on or before June 1, 2011 will be required to pay a ten percent administrative penalty on the cost of their licence.In addition, persons without their motor vehicle licences after the grace period may be subject to a fine by the Guyana Police Force.As of this year, LRO has introduced an additional security feature in the motor vehicle licences with the inclusion of the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) displayed on the document.All motor vehicle owners must therefore ensure that they have a TIN before the new licence could be issued.However, Larry Ogunjobi Womens Jersey, persons who requested anonymity are of the opinion that the tax agency needs to adapt better principles in executing their business since it is frustrating for them to spend the entire day without receiving their licence, and have to dedicate another through the same ordeal. “This is sickening; they are always giving excuses!”
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Date: 14 Aug 17 05:39am
There are two sorts of politicians: those who can talk nonsense on any subject under the sun, and those who don’t need a subject to talk nonsense. Says Michael Benjamin A little girl asked her father, ‘Do all fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time”?The father replied, “No, some begin with – If I am elected.”Politicians never cease to amaze me! Whether they think that they are so bright or the people are so dumb is still open to debate but for some peculiar reason some politicians believe that the populace is so naïve that they (the politicians) can continuously treat them (the citizenry) with total disrespect until elections and then butter them up, win their confidence and consequently, their votes.The people are not necessarily naïve; it’s just that their decisions are often mirrored through their economic plights.As a journalist I hear the cries of the impoverished and the wails of the hungry. I witness the tears of the homeless and the plight of the destitute. These people cry out for help, all to no avail.I traverse the city’s markets and am appalled at the mass of wasted bodies of the homeless occupying every nook and cranny at nights, hunting for a comfortable place to rest their heads. Alas, their pleas fall on deaf ears; their woes on hardened hearts.Whenever I witness these scourges, I thank God for his mercies and guidance that steered me away from drugs and its debilitating effects. I thank him for parents that were insightful enough to insist that I put something in my ‘numbskull’ to borrow my mother’s favourite term.Many are not so fortunate. Some people are victims of circumstances while others succumb to peer pressures that define their entire life. Here I speak not only of the drug addict who was lured into the first ‘spliff’ that quickly developed into an insatiable desire for drugs, or the kleptomaniac that might have pocketed someone’s property despite the fact that there was absolutely no reason so to do.I also speak of the victims of circumstances; those who might have been unfortunate to have lost both parents at an early age. Persons falling into this group are inclined to deviant behaviours if left to their own devices.Those without parents (whether through death or neglect) depend on the governmental and non governmental institutions to implement initiatives and programmes that will offer relief of some sort.Oft times such initiatives start at the doorstep of the Ministry of Human Services.Governments are elected by the majority because these numbers are impressed with their projected plans and projections towards the governing of their lives. Nevertheless, this does not mean that those that might have voted differently are unimportant and should be treated with scorn because of their losing choices.This rationale holds true more forcefully in the Guyanese society because of its pluralistic propensities. The period of governance of the current administration has been fraught with accusations of victimization, nepotism and vindictiveness among other vices. Naturally, the government had vehemently debunked these accusations and suggested that their accusers provide the proof. Guyanese remained mum giving rise to the belief that indeed the accusations were just a figment of their imagination.For some inexplicable reason journalists are trusted with information and views that fail to reach the ears of the politicians and even the police, this despite the fact that these are the entities vested with the responsibility to address such issues.Many citizens have lost confidence in these two groups; they believe that in disclosing their plight to journalists that their concerns would be place in the public domain; a realistic start to the reconciliatory process.The media has always been an informative organ and journalists have been known to heal rifts between warring factions by placing the issues in the public domain.General and Regional elections are due sometime this year and the populace is  depending on journalists to keep them abreast of the issues so that they (the public) could make informed choices on D-day. While looking back is believed to precipitate falls, one cannot denounce the adage that ‘if one forgets the mistakes of his past, he is condemned to repeat them.’Those that felt weak and powerless over the years will now be given a chance to exercise their franchises and install a government that will propel this nation forward; one that will make migration (both legal and illegal) either an unpalatable desire or a temporary act.People can be gullible and fall prey to the politicians’ promises.Adversely politicians have disregarded and disrespected the populace to the extent that they have lost touch with the common folks.It brings to mind a similar scenario during campaign season in another country. It was election time, again. So, Joe Carter Indians Jersey, a politician decided to go out to the local reservation to gather support from the indigenous people. Everyone was assembled at a public meeting to hear the speech.The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited. “I promise better education opportunities for the indigenous people!”The crowd went wild, shouting “Hoya! Hoya!”The politician was a bit puzzled by the native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm. “I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!”“Hoya! Hoya!” shouted the crowd, stomping their feet.“I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for the indigenous people!”The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting “Hoya! Hoya! Hoya!”After the speech, the politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle. Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle. “Sure, ” the Chief said, “but be careful not to step in the hoya.”As voting time draws nigh the electorate would be bombarded by grandiose promises. They will hear of the majestic plans in train for the years ahead. The politicians of the various parties would belch out their rhetoric in the hope that they can clinch the required votes to occupy the seat of governance. For their part, the population would be required to cogitate.Like the good cricketer and his wicket, persons must put a premium to their votes. It must not be an issue of personality nor must one employ the ad hominem fallacy. Instead, Guyanese must reflect on the experiences of the years gone by and their dreams of those to come before deciding on their choice for the years to come. And by all means, do not step in the ‘hoya.’
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