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Date: 24 Sep 17 10:50pm
By Ralph SeeramAsk anyone in the Diaspora why they are afraid to go to Guyana and most will tell you it the crime situation in the country. Guyana is becoming a dangerous place to visit.I have to admit it, reluctantly, and if my assessment is wrong, we can look at a recent report of the United Nations Development Program UNDP which lists Guyana as one of eight countries with high levels of crime and low confidence in the police force.One Government Minister tried to blame this newspaper for keeping away tourists by highlighting crime and corruption in the country. Problem is the press only reports the crime, crime prevention is the Government’s responsibility.Does anybody believe that the crime situation has improved, despite all the funds pumped into the Guyana Police Force?Returning Guyanese are afraid to give their true destination address on entering at the airport. There are far too many cases where arriving Guyanese are greeted by bandits when they arrive at their final destination, the address they had given just an hour or so to immigration officers. You don’t have to be a genius to figure that one out.The business community is in fear, not knowing when armed robbers will turn up at their doors. There is no ethnic distinction in crime, no social distinction; rich and poor regardless of race are all in fear.We can talk about all the social factors that are reasons behind the high crime rate, the fact of the matter is that the present policies have been a failure. The police have been failing so far and by extension, the Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee. It is time for him to go.While he has made some efforts to effect change, the overall results have been a total failure under his watch. It’s time for a change of Home Affairs Minister; the “buck” stops at his desk, pure and simple.One of the underlying reasons for failure is the lack of public confidence in the police force. People don’t trust the police; they have no confidence in the police force. Just ask drivers on the road what they think of the police.I read a report where the senior officer in charge in Berbice said he only received one report of corruption by a police officer in his division. I wonder if he seriously doesn’t know the answer. People don’t TRUST the police; the police protect their own.There are certain offences for which traffic officers have to issue tickets, Wholesale Stitched NFL Jerseys, so there are no requirements for the police to take the car to the station. But police officers do so to drivers who refuse to pay a bribe.My question is, how many police officers have been disciplined for bringing drivers and their cars to the station unnecessarily?Time and again the police come up with the excuse that people don’t report corrupt officers. The reason is simple, people don’t trust the police. As my mother would say, “You can’t try devil case in hell”. Same for public servants and governments ministers; corruption is widespread in government. Have you heard of any Minister or senior public servants being disciplined?When you examine the case of Colwyn Harding you will find the police were protecting their own. The COP’s first response is feeble; that the officer has been transferred then he is under close arrest, what a load of nonsense, then not a word of outrage from the Home Affairs Ministers and those in Government.To add insult to the intelligence of the public the Health Minister gets up in Parliament to say the victim suffered an hernia, yes he suffered an hernia. What the idiotic Minister did not explain is what caused the hernia, it is like someone shot fatally; we can argue his heart stopped working causing his death, ignoring what caused the heart to stop.While we are on the subject of the Health Minister Bheri Ramsaran and corruption, it would seem that the PPP Government does not intend to clean up its image as a corrupt Government by its recent action.I am referring to the new pre qualification rules to supply drugs to the health system in Guyana. Despite all the criticism and exposure of the current contract of the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPC) the Health Minister has framed the rules to favour this company once again.Now let’s look at the new criteria, a potential supplier must have a gross turnover of $1B and net assets of $500M, pay a yearly corporate tax of $50M, and if that is not enough, they must have over 50 employees and possess a 30, 000 square-foot warehouse.Does anyone need an explanation of what is happening here? How many companies in Guyana can meet that criteria, have you any doubt what these criteria were framed for.The only criterion you need from a supplier is to supply a cheap and reliable supply of drugs, once a supplier is assured of the contract he would have no problem getting the necessary financing.This nonsense about having 50 employees, paying $50 M in taxes and have a turn over of $1B is just a means to weed out potential bidders.What is sad is that things are exposed, the news dies down then nothing happens. Like all other exposes by the newspaper, they are soon forgotten by the public and corruption continues.The Government knows that the public has short memories, at least they think so, but the day of reckoning will come when all will be answerable, when some will be jailed if they have not yet left the jurisdiction by then.Meanwhile crime and corruption continues, international reports will continue on crime, and investors and tourists will continue to shy away from Guyana.Ralph Seeram can be reach at email [email protected]
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Date: 24 Sep 17 10:50pm
Signature Productions will be staging its fifth annual edition of UNCENSORED, the brain child of Lyndon ‘Jumbie’ Jones, starting tonight at 20:00hrs and continuing tomorrow at the same time. The venue is the National Cultural Centre.UNCENSORED is an adult-targeted stand-up comedy production showcasing Guyana’s premiere veteran comedians along with the rising stars.A scene from a previous edition of ‘uncensored’Since its debut, UNCENSORED has been an eagerly anticipated event triggering overwhelming responses from the public and breaking the box office record at the National Cultural Centre by being the first show to sell out days in advance. Like every other edition, ‘Uncensored 5’ is expected to be explosive.Some of the best in the stand-up comedy business will thrill the audience with their jokes and acting skills.As is customary, the first night of the show, will see the newcomers competing among themselves for three spots.Some of tonight’s junior competitors include Kirwyn Mars, Kwasi ‘Ace’ Edmondson, Chubby, Leza ‘Radica’ Singh, Odessa Primus as well as newcomers Mark ‘Chine Man’ Kazim, Jermaine Grimmond and others.Following this competition, the winning youngsters, on the second night, will come up against the stalwarts in the game including Henry Rodney, Cheap Stitched Jerseys, Lyndon ‘Jumbie’ Jones, Habeeb Khan, and Chris Gopaul.It will be stand-up comedy at its best. Apart from the actual competition, persons in the audience will have a chance to participate in an open microphone session with some fabulous prizes to be won.Tickets for the event cost $1000 (balcony); $1500 (auditorium rear); and $2000 (auditorium front). They are available at the National Cultural Centre; Giftland OfficeMax; Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop; Upscale Restaurant and Bar and Gizmos and Gadgets.As usual, patrons are advised not to be late.
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Date: 24 Sep 17 10:49pm
The police are investigating two separate drowning incidents in Berbice over the last 48 hrs.They involve a one-year-old boy and an 81-year-old man.The body of one year old Clifford Campbell was fished out of the Berbice River some 40 feet from the shore at around 18:30 hrs on Friday.According to reports, the child lived with his parents and six siblings in the sawmill compound at Rotterdam, East Bank Berbice.It is understood that his mother, Drupatie Dianid, 35, left the child at home with the other siblings, including a 12-year-old and went out on an errand.When she returned she asked for the child but no one could give an account of his whereabouts.A search was immediately launched for him and the lad was found floating about 40 feet from the shore.The body was pulled out of the water by a public spirited citizen, who along with the mother rushed him to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.No marks of violence were found on the body.And the body of 81-yr-old Jeremy Giddings was pulled from the Canje River on Friday and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he too was pronounced dead on arrival.According to reports, Wholesale Stitched Jerseys, the man was cleaning the canal and the landing in front of his house when he slipped and fell into the river. He was pulled from the water where he was found in an unconscious condition. He was brought to the New Amsterdam Hospital by boat.
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Date: 24 Sep 17 10:49pm
–    Ramotar must visit the town – NagamootooThe agitation in Linden over the hike in electricity tariffs does not require a “Dear John and Jane” letter to the people of Linden from President Donald Ramotar, the Vice Chairman of the Alliance for Change Moses Nagamootoo said yesterday.“He (the President) didn’t have to resort to letter writing. This is not a love affair…” Nagamootoo stated. “This is a political engagement that requires his presence there.”As far as Nagamootoo is concerned, President Ramotar’s appeal would have been best read in the town itself.The people of Linden began a protest against the imposition of the tariff hike on July 18 and on that very day three protesters were gunned down by Police. The protest is now stretching into its fourth week.AFC Vice Chairman Moses NagamootooThe President issued an open letter to the people of Linden in a paid advertisement in yesterday’s newspapers in which he appealed to them to restore the town to normalcy.Neither the President nor any of his senior government Ministers have visited the town since the protest began.Nagamootoo did not agree with the President’s seeming one-sided position that he would not visit the town unless the roads are cleared.Further, he said that the association of the word “extremist” with the letter as regards the protest in Linden, Wholesale Jerseys Group, constitutes not only a hindrance to peace and orderliness, but could very well fuel it.He said for the President to lump so-called “outsiders” and refer to them as extremists was in fact doing the same thing that the Americans did during the Vietnam war, that of putting Vietnamese against each other.Nagamootoo said that this “Vietnamisation of Linden” would not help to solve the problem.He said that the President is sending mixed signals by saying that there is a hold in the tariff hike while at the same time propagating that there has to be a gradual increase of electricity rates in Linden.Further, Nagamootoo said that Ramotar’s Ministers are using the media to stigmatise Lindeners, suggesting that the people of the town are deliberately trying to avoid paying their share for utility services.Rather than seeking to diffuse the situation, Ramotar has added to the agitation, Nagamootoo opined.Nagamootoo said that the President has not acted on the no-confidence Parliamentary vote against Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee, which could have helped to ease the tension.Further, Ramotar said that the business community and the people of the interior regions affected by the protests in Linden should come out and support the cause of the Lindeners and call for a just resolution to the problem.He said that others are suffering because “a callous and senseless government” has brought on electricity tariff increases in Linden without adequate consultation, without examining the level of poverty in the town and the ability of the town to pay those increases.
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Date: 24 Sep 17 10:49pm
…PR campaign in trainThe National Assembly yesterday unanimously approved a two-beer limit or face the courts for those driving under the influence of alcohol.The use of a breathalyzer or blood test will determine the alcohol levels in a person suspected to be under the influence of alcohol with both sides of the house agreeing that the prescribed limit be equivalent to two beers.This comes under the Evidence and Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2008 that was presented successfully to the National Assembly by Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee.According to Rohee, the thrust of the Bill goes to the heart of Driving under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol and seeks to address the age-old problem.He noted that DUI was an extremely serious problem facing the country and has resulted in numerous deaths on the roadways.He noted that the legislation was timely, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, especially given the culture of Guyanese, especially weekends where there are a lot of activities where people imbibe and subsequently get behind the wheel.He noted that several organizations including the Guyana Police Force have sought to edify the public as to the dangers of drinking and driving with little success.“Education and Law must go hand in hand to address DUI, ” said Rohee.The Bill won the unanimous support of the opposition parties.Leader of the Alliance for Change, Raphael Trotman told the National Assembly that he supported the Bill, saying that it was, “better late than never.”PNCR shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Deborah Backer, in announcing her support for the legislation, noted that an intense public relations campaign would be necessary given that in order for the legislation to be effective it would require a change in the culture of Guyanese.She added that the public must understand that the legislation was not a matter of cutting down on a person’s fun; rather it was aimed at saving lives.Backer, who has been an advocate of several of the clauses in the legislation following its passage, expressed her joy that “the Bill will see the light of the day”.She emphasised that it was quite common for persons who drink to have more than two beers.“The statistics don’t lie and DUI is a major killer around the world and there are also several spin-offs such as the cost of dealing with the injured among others.”According to the legislation, a person shall not drive or attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on the road or other public place if he/she has consumed alcohol in such a quantity that the proportion thereof in his/her breath or blood exceeds the prescribed limit.
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