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Date: 22 May 18 06:01am
Kaieteur News’ Editor-in- Chief Adam HarrisThe Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) yesterday issued a statement indicating that it had paid Kaieteur News’ Editor-in- Chief Adam Harris the portion of his pension to December 2007, amounting to $375, 136.The statement claimed that it used a revised computation in preparing Harris’s cheque. Yesterday, Harris reiterated that the major issue at hand surrounded the share of his benefits owed by Government.He, however, pointed out that had GNNL paid him his due back in January 1993, he would have been living a very comfortable life today.He insists that to pay him that exact sum in 2008 without factoring in inflation over the years is an insult to him; and, as such, he returned the cheque to the GNNL earlier this year.“In 1993, cheap nfl jerseys, that sum of money could have bought a house and a piece of land. Today, $375, 000 cannot even buy a proper motorcycle.”GNNL stated that Harris received the cheque and cashed it.But Harris is adamant that he did not conduct any such transaction, and should that be the case, he is prepared to write a cheque payable to the GNNL for the same amount and send it to the company.In the statement, GNNL traced Harris’s link with the company.“Mr. Adam Harris was employed by the Guyana National Newspapers Limited as a reporter on November 4, 1980. He was previously employed at the Ministry of Information since 1973. “On April 30, 1981, he was released from GNNL, presumably on the orders of the then Minister of Information, to join the “New Nation“.“Mr. Harris rejoined GNNL in June 1988 as News Editor at a monthly salary of $5, 000. “Through a process of accelerated promotions, he was appointed Editor-in-Chief (ag.) on February 17, 1990, and was confirmed in this position on July 1, 1990, in which position he worked until his retirement on January 31, 1993.“It is apposite to note that Mr. Harris’s monthly salary in two and one half years, from July 1990 to January 31, 1993, moved from $7, 618 to $61, 613.”Harris explained that the salary of every employee within the company at that time recorded significant jumps. Inflation was the order of the day, and salaries moved in dollar terms by leaps and bounds.He added that, for 16 years, the GNNL had claimed that it could not find the records to indicate his final salary scale.Yesterday, he expressed satisfaction that the GNNL had finally come forward with a record of his service, to the point of acknowledging his correct salary when he resigned.“The GNNL statement has cleared this issue, ” Harris said. Meanwhile, he is still to receive the Government share of his benefits.Minister of Finance, Dr Ashni Singh, says that he is awaiting documentation to effect payment to Harris.The absence of records of the period when he taught is being blamed for the delay.According to correspondence from The Office of the President dated July 21, 1992, “The actual payment of the full benefits would be made by the last agency in which the officer has served prior to retirement.”Harris started his career as a teacher on November 1, 1966 at the St John-the-Baptist Anglican School.He entered the Government Teachers’ Training College (now the Cyril Potter College of Education) the following year. He returned to Bartica in 1969 and taught until 1973, when he joined the Ministry of Information.According to Harris, the issue of his service as a teacher has still not been rectified, given that for some time now he was told that such records were absent.Harris has been asked to provide two testimonials, one of which he has acquired from the headmaster at whose school he first worked.According to Harris, the issue surrounding the payment of a cheque from GNNL should not sidetrack the issue of the fact that he has still not been paid his benefits from the Government.To date, the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Donald Ramotar, has said that whatever is due to Harris he should be paid.Meanwhile, the leader of the Alliance For Change, Raphael Trotman, has declared that persons should not be made to beg for their benefits.And the leader of the Main Opposition party, the PNCR’s Robert Corbin, has said that the refusal of the Government to pay Harris his benefits is an illustration of the Government’s vindictiveness.
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Date: 22 May 18 06:01am
…Explains why no recommendations were made to sanction GFC Boss and others  “One can obviously conclude that they (GFC) closed their eyes to what was going on but there is no evidence to tie them down to the decisions made because what I observed was that there was heavy political influence in the GFC from the former Minister responsible for forestry, Robert Persaud and the now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.”By: Kiana WilburgWith all the instances of corruption he uncovered at the Guyana Forestry Commission, Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, (GFC) forensic auditor, Anand Goolsarran made no recommendation for the Board or the GFC Boss, James Singh to face any sanction.He had done so in his forensic audit report on the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Asked to explain why this was not done, Goolsarran told Kaieteur News that he could not find a “single piece of concrete evidence” which actually implicated a specific individual at GFC in the irregularities he cited in his report.The Chartered Accountant said, “I am aware Government replaced the Board for the Forestry Commission. But I have to say that there was no concrete evidence to show that James Singh, for example, took decisions by himself.“They were made by the former Board. I did not have hard or concrete evidence that there were irregularities carried out single-handedly by the Board.”Goolsarran added, “One can obviously conclude that they closed their eyes to what was going on but there is no evidence to tie them down to the decisions made because what I observed was that there was heavy political influence in the GFC from the former Minister responsible for forestry, Robert Persaud and even Bharrat Jagdeo.”The forensic auditor said that based on the documents he saw, the former Board was “pressed to do things” and complied. “I suppose they did it with a heavy heart, ” Goolsarran added.Goolsarran was then asked to say why he did not recommend sanctions for the former Board members as he did in the case of the NICIL report.He said that the situations and circumstances in those two entities were very different.  In the case of NICIL, the forensic auditor said that there were clear instances where it could be seen that officials took it upon themselves to misuse taxpayers’ moneys. He said, too, that there were blatant cases where assets of the state were misappropriated.Goolsarran said that same concrete evidence could not be found in the case of GFC. “Besides, how does one discipline Board members who are no longer there? But listen, I have made it clear that BaiShanLin has failed to fulfill its obligations and Government should pull the plug on the company. It is necessary.“There was indeed political interference in GFC because we see in a number of cases that BaiShanLin should be writing the GFC Board but is instead writing directly to the former Prime Minister, Sam Hinds on certain matters.”In his forensic audit report, Goolsarran exposed how the Chinese company made swift moves to gain control of five major companies in the Forestry Sector. These companies include Sherwood Forrest Inc, Haimorakabra Logging Co., Wood Associated Industries Co. Ltd., Puruni Woods Inc. and Kwebanna Wood Products Inc.The forensic auditor noted however that there was no evidence that the specific approval of the GFC was granted in relation to the change of ownership/control of these companies.He argued that in the circumstances, the holders of the Timber Sales Agreements should have surrendered their authorizations to the Commission.He emphasized that these companies hold TSAs covering a total of 441, 119 hectares. This means that BaiShanLin had access to a total of 627, 072 hectares of State Forest.Goolsarran said that since the Forests Act prohibits the transfer of ownership/control of a forest concession without the specific approval of the Commission, then the five concessionaires that have transferred such ownership or control to the officials of BaiShanLin should be made to surrender their concessions to the Commission for reallocation to other potential concessionaires.Goolsarran also recommended that all state forests owned by the company should be returned to the Commission for reallocation.In addition, he said that the coalition administration should consider terminating the investment agreements with the company and recover the value of the fiscal concessions granted to it.
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Date: 22 May 18 06:00am
A fleet of planes departed Ogle Airport yesterday for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport to await the body of the late Veteran Pilot, Captain Alvin Winston Clarke.Clarke’s body being taken onboard the SkyTruck yesterday afternoon.In what was referred to as a hero’s welcome, scores of colleagues, family members and friends formed a passage of honour as the body was taken off the Fly Jamaica flight and transferred on to the BK SkyTruck.To show respect to their fallen comrade, planes attached to several airlines parked in a straight formation on Runway Bravo as the body was passed through the passage. After takeoff, the planes arranged themselves into an “arrow” formation in the sky.Upon arrival at Ogle, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, another honour passage was formed following a moment of silence before family members took possession of the body.Although the date of the funeral has not been announced, Roraima Airways announced that there will be a flyover of his body by a fleet of aircraft, as a show of respect moments before his burial.Clarke lost his battle to cancer on November 1 while undergoing medical evaluation in Canada. He served as an officer and pilot in the Guyana Defence Force and gained “Veteran Medivac Pilot” status over the years belting more than 13, 000 hours of flight time. He also served as Roraima’s Chief Pilot from April 1, 2005 up to the time of his death.At the gathering yesterday, Nigel Hughes recounted Clarke’s heroism in saving his life back in 2014 when he was  struck with a medical complication at 2 pm in Aishalton Village, Region Nine.Image saved in Saturday as “Hero Welcome 2”Caption: Clarke’s body being passed through the honour passage at the CJIA. (Roraima Airways Photo)
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Date: 22 May 18 05:59am
“There were hundreds of questions asked formally by members of parliament, but by the end of ninth parliament there was no question asked by a member of parliament, opposition or otherwise that remain unanswered. That fact is verifiable with parliamentary record. At the parliamentary library a list of questions asked by opposition MP’s could be found and there was none unanswered.”These assertions were made at a press conference yesterday hosted by Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh at the National Communications Network (NCN) studios. Head of the Privatisation Unit Winston Brassington was also present.The conference was called to underscore that the details contained in the “Privatisation In Tables, Phase 11-1993-2011”, prepared by Brassington and released last Friday during President Ramotar’s first press conference of the year, are the complete transactions of National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), and are deals that are transparent.The government has been under pressure for a number of years now to release details of privatisation transactions, with the Opposition parties leveling accusations of secrecy and corruption involved in the deals.The Finance Minister said that the tender reports contain details of every transaction and various analyses presenting not only the description of the transactions but “the values, andMinister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh and Head of the Privatisation Unit Winston Brassington at NCN yesterday.methodology used, etc.”“If somebody would peruse the wide range of documents placed in the public domain, one would see that on virtually every aspect of government operation, we have ensured there is ready public access to information.”Dr. Singh said much of the information provided and transactions in the report would have been in an open and competitive public tendering process which was advertised in the national newspapers. This is supplemented with the openings of the tenders which are a public event and the eventual award would also be in the public domain“We trust the information would be useful to persons following privatization matters and those interested in the general theme of openness and transparency. We welcome and encourage all open debate on any issues of public interest…as a government we have no issues on having open and frank discussions on national interest.”With the placing of the information in the public domain, he said there should be more informed comments, rather than resorting to misrepresentation and sensationalising items that pass off as analysis and objective commentary.“What we would like to see and encourage is fact based discussion, commentary and analysis in debate.”Secret deals“Let me say this first of all, every single privatization transaction can be laid bare and open for scrutiny, every single one without exception! And the document does that, and so there is no transaction that we cannot specifically say when it was advertised, how many attempts were made to advertise it, how many proposals were received, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, what the price paid was, absolutely no transaction at all would be exempt from that degree of scrutiny, irrespective of who was involved in the transaction, ” the Finance Minister emphatically stated.Adding that government’s position and every single transaction can be subject to scrutiny, Dr. Singh said there has never been a time in history where government’s operations have been open and transparent as today.“What you have is the political opposition and its agents conjuring issues that sometimes they misrepresent and distort or selectively identify dimensions… really part of a political contest for scoring points. What we are hoping for as a government is that objective analysis will premise their arguments and discussions on the facts before them, and that is the contribution we hope the document will make.”Underscoring that there is no rule exempting any Guyanese from being entitled to participate fully in the pursuing their economic aspirations, Dr. Singh said there are open and transparent processes which can be scrutinized, whether persons are relative or perceived as friends of the government.“There is no room for ministerial discretion, it is documented and administered by technical agencies such as GOINVEST and Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and in some cases NICIL, where privatized transactions are involved.”Head of the Privatisation Unit and NICIL boss Winston Brassington said whether the person is liked or disliked is not a criterion for persons obtaining anything through a transparent documented process.BudgetThe Finance Minister noted that the 2013 budget is being worked on and is an ongoing endeavour which takes technical work in its preparation.He explained that the parliamentary opposition has been engaged in the process – they were invited to a meeting several weeks ago at which representation was made by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC.)At this meeting, Dr. Singh said, initial comments were offered on issues that are on the shared agenda.“We did invite them to make submissions of issues of interest and priorities. Submissions were received from the AFC and subsequently the APNU. The submissions are being looked at and carefully considered, many issues did not come as a huge surprise, many of the issues were publically debated. We hope to have a budget that will continue to serve the cause of the country.”
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Date: 22 May 18 05:59am
Police in the mining town of Linden have destroyed over 8000 marijuana plants, 15000 seedlings and about 600 kilograms in dried ganja during a successful drug raid on Wednesday.Police in a press release yesterday said that following up investigations into a report of alleged threats involving the use of a firearm, at about 09:30 hours on Wednesday, they conducted a search on a camp at Millie’s Hide Out, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, during which an unlicensed 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun and five matching cartridges were found.The police said that they also found three other tarpaulin camps along with four fields, about eight acres in size, Wholesale Jerseys, under cultivation and four nurseries with thousands of seedlings.Two men have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
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