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Date: 17 Apr 18 11:30am
– Auditor GeneralDuring a recent barrage of impromptu questions in the National Assembly by Volda Lawrence of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee dismissed the need for an audit into the $90M allocated to the Guyana Police Force, but the Auditor General says ‘not so fast.’This publication spoke with the Auditor General Deodat Sharma who says that he has every intention of probing the allocation which has garnered a significant amount of attention recently and further asserted that the Home Affairs Minister cannot prevent him from conducting an audit into how the funds were disbursed and utilized.The Auditor General says that he is empowered by the laws of Guyana to conduct such audits and that the Home Affairs Minister cannot prevent this.Sharma did say that he has taken no umbrage to the statements by the Minister, saying he took it to mean that Rohee was opining that the opposition might have been satisfied with his explanations of how the money was utilized.Auditor General Deodat SharmaNonetheless, Sharma says that he and his team are currently conducting audits of the 2011 expenditures and he has already indicated that he has set his sights on the $90M which has been causing so much controversy recently.The Auditor General opined that the probe of $90M should not take too long and assured that the uncovering of any malfeasance will lead to a full scale police investigation aimed at prosecution.Sharma said that he is cognizant of the fact that it would be a situation of asking the police to investigate police.Sharma said that with the laws on his side he can conduct an in-depth examination of the money, Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic, while promising he will be thoroughly scrutinizing the money trail.On Thursday last Minister Rohee provided additional information given the insistence of the opposition on clarity as it relates to the money which was allocated for the purposes of feeding inlyned ranks during the November 2011 election period.The contentious issue is the claim by some Divisional Commanders, especially Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine, that they were not provided with monies to properly look after the welfare of their ranks during the period of inlying prior, during and after the November 28 general and regional elections.Two weeks after the allegations were made the Guyana Police Force belatedly refuted the claims and provided a breakdown of how the money was allocated to each Division and specific departments of the Guyana Police Force.Police Headquarters received – $9, 500, 251; “A” Division-$8, 526, 676; “B” Division-$3, 459, 851; “C” Division-$2, 299, 465; “D” Division-$1, 199, 037; “E&F” Division-$1, 696, 888; “G” Division-$1, 136, 623; TSU-$4, 176, 144 and Special Constabulary-$496, 887.“The remaining sum of $10, 516, 178 is still in the Force’s accounting system, ” the police had stated.The Ministry of Home Affairs had sought the $90M from the contingencies fund to “meet additional expenditure for the General and Regional Elections 2011; for feeding Rural Constables working on Elections day; for feeding of police ranks inlyned and to meet expenditure associated with intensification of patrols in and around the city.”Minister of Home Affairs Clement RoheeAccording to the Home Affairs Ministry, $39, 649, 200 was to take care of budgetary shortfall to run the routine operations of the Guyana Police Force under Line Item 6261-local travel and subsistence.This shortfall the Ministry said was brought to the attention of the Finance Ministry as early as the second quarter of 2011.Eight million dollars catered for the transport and travelling of ranks, specific to General and Regional Elections activities.This left $43, 008, 000 to feed the police ranks who were inlyned. “This expenditure also catered for the provision of rations for police ranks who were required to travel to outlying areas of the interior of the country to protect the integrity of the elections process, ” the Ministry said in a statement yesterday.The Ministry stated that it is customary for the provision for the feeding of ranks to be done in a manner consistent with the size, needs and peculiarities of each divisional cluster.With direct reference to the allegation made by Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine that he did not receive money from the Force for the elections, the organisation provided evidence of a cheque in the sum of $320, 000 which was endorsed by the Commander himself and encashed by his Divisional Finance Rank.The cheque was encashed by the Division’s Finance Officer, Inspector Mark Anthon.Ramnarine has since acknowledged that he did endorse the cheque.Although Ramnarine was the only Commander to go on record with his claims, other Commanders who had asked not to be named had also indicated that monies they had requested were never provided by the Force.Although one particular division received in excess of $8M from the police elections fund allocation, its Commander was on television thanking members of the business community for their assistance in the provision of goods.Ramnarine had claimed that he was advised by Commissioner of Police Henry Greene to seek the assistance of the public to ensure that his ranks were adequately catered for, since the Force was not provided with the funds it had requested.He said that he was assisted by the business community to the tune of more than $1.5M.Ramnarine’s Division covers areas in Regions One, Eight, Nine and Ten and caters for over 600 persons over a seven day period, thus, the $320, 000 coupled with the $1, 193, 628 in dry ration and $183, 260 in goods from other creditors appears miniscule.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 11:30am
A new charge of murder was brought against Seaford Obermuller, who was charged for the 2010 killing of Elson Prince at Ikawana Backdam, Cuyuni River.Obermuller reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Fabayo Azore on Tuesday. He had appeared before the court on May 28, 2010 for the offence – a Preliminary Inquiry was thereafter conducted into the matter at the Bartica Magistrate’s court.At the conclusion of the PI, he was committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court. However based on advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the committal was withdrawn and a fresh murder charge was reinstituted against the accused.The charge against Obermuller is indictable.According to the allegation on May 23 at Ikawana Backdam, he murdered Elson Prince.It was reported that the victim and the suspect, Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, who were both miners at the time, had consumed alcohol, resulting in an argument during which Prince allegedly assaulted Obermuller.According to information, Prince had hit Obermuller in the head with a plate, which shattered on impact.It is alleged that Obermuller later armed himself with a four–inch piece of wood and dealt Prince several lashes to the head. Prince was reportedly lying in a hammock in a mining camp, when he was attacked by Obermuller.The severely injured Prince was rushed to the Bartica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Obermuller was later arrested and charged for the offence.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 11:29am
When people want to sell anything some people does walk pun de road wid dem produce either in basket, pun dem head or in whatever dem carrying around. Then dem does mek nuff noise like calling out. Some does mek funny sounds fuh attract attention.Dem got some who does encourage you to try the merchandise like people who selling genip. Dem does give you to taste and then encourage you to buy. Dem road gyal got another technique but dem boys ain’t gun talk bout that yet.Jagdeo got something to sell and yesterday he couldn’t hide it from nobody. From de inception dem boys know that he own de Hard Times paper that nobody don’t buy. He try all kind of thing—he try colour pun every page, he try big newspaper, Wholesale Jerseys Cheap, he try free distribution but nutten ain’t wukking.He come up wid a new trick. He did give heself a radio station. As soon as bird wife wake he jump up and tell people not to buy de Waterfalls paper and de Big Market paper. He stopping people and telling dem dont buy de two paper.De Waterfalls boss man get vex that he pick up a piece of wood and was going out to look fuh Jagdeo but people stop him.Dem boys seh that Jagdeo got to be losing he senses. If people don’t like something then dem wouldn’t buy it suh he shouldn’t talk bout boycotting. People know something good when dem see it and both de Waterfalls paper and de Big Market paper is good things that is why people buying dem.Dem is de two papers that mek people know that Jagdeo is a scamp and a man who can corrupt good people. He corrupt de Chinee man who control de courts. That was a good man who never use to pick sides when he handing down he decision. Jagdeo mek he change.Even de man who use to operate Guyoil get touch up. Kwame was a good boy  then he meet wid Jagdeo. He tek de Hen See Hen car and run up a bill in one month what a plane would use to fly to New York and back. It tun out that Kwame use to sell gas like a gas station and is Jagdeo cause that.Talk half and give Jagdeo a dose of he own medicine.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 11:29am
A businesswoman is likely to file legal proceedings against the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as early as tomorrow amidst allegations that she was pressured to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.The Kuru Kururu, East Bank Demerara woman has already given a statement against one Customs officer and a number of staffers of GRA’s Enforcement arm.Her lawyer, Manoj Narayan, yesterday said that GRA back-pedalled on a deal to have her testify against the staffers and instead sent her a notice demanding she pay over $3M in duties for a number of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). The demand also dictated that the woman pay some $5.3 million in penalties.Narayan yesterday admitted that he is representing the woman and said that he is moving to the courts by tomorrow.Kaieteur News was told that earlier this year, the woman imported five all terrain vehicles (ATVs). ATVs are four-wheel bikes ideal for rough terrain and favoured by miners, loggers and hinterland residents because of their maneuverability.Government had announced that it will be waiving duties and other taxes on the ATVs once they are for the use in the hinterland.The woman is claiming that she filed paperwork at GRA for the ATVs and was given to royal runaround for them to be processed on a timely manner.She claimed that she was later told by a GRA staffer that the ATVs could be eligible for duty free letters but she will have to pay over $400, 000 each to staffers to get the letters.According to the lawyer, his client agreed and was issued duty free letters signed by a Deputy Commissioner General of the GRA, Clement Sealey.“The signature on these letters was not forged, ” Narayan insisted. The bikes were sold to miners.Last month, around August 11 and August 12, officials of the GRA’s Enforcement Unit descended on a number of places including Clonbrook, East Coast Demerara, and North Road and Alberttown, in the city, and seized three of the bikes which were in workshops under repairs.According to the lawyer, his client was asked to pay $500, 000 or two ounces of gold to have the ATVs released. She refused.The matter reached Commissioner General of GRA, Khurshid Sattaur.The businesswoman was called in to give a statement which she did, implicating staffers of the Enforcement Unit and at least one Customs officer.According to Narayan, an agreement was reached with GRA to have the woman give evidence against the staffers.“We reached an understanding that my client will not be penalized and that the miners who would have been sold the ATVs would be issued duty free letters. In return she would testify against the staffers.”However, it seemed that the deal fell through.“On Friday, my client received a letter demanding she pay more than $3M in duty and taxes.Here, we have GRA asking people to come forward when there is bribery and fraud involved with its staffers. She was willing to give evidence. Now, how would she testify?”According to Narayan, his client may very well not be willing to give evidence against the staffers now. In the meantime, the staffers remain on the job.“I have heard that there was an internal investigation but I am not aware of the findings, Cheap Authentic Jerseys, ” Narayan said yesterday.In recent times, GRA had disclosed a massive scheme over duty free letters and ATVs. Over $100M in duties was said to have been lost in revenues.GRA had announced an investigation but has to date not made its findings known.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 11:29am
In light of intense rainfall experienced over the past few days across Guyana, the Ministry of Agriculture has been closely monitoring the situation.As a routine check to make sure that pumps and sluices are operational, Minister Robert Persaud and a team from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) yesterday visited and inspected pumps and sluices at Greenfield, Hope and Bare Root, East Coast Demerara.Other Drainage and Irrigation teams have been making inspection in other areas. The Minister noted yesterday that over the previous 24 hours the coastland experienced in excess of three inches of rainfall. Given that the drainage system can deal with a maximum of 1.5 inches per hour the Minister noted that close monitoring must be done to ensure that no problem arises.        On ly Canal No. 2 Polder, Region Three, Cane Grove and Hope experienced some accumulation of water the Minister reported.  Nevertheless, with the pumps and sluices in operation, the water has drained off.The Minister noted that the sluice at Hope has not been functioning at its maximum capacity because of siltation.  Although clearing was done earlier, the rapid pace of siltation is presenting some problems.“But overall despite heavy rainfall, we have had isolated accumulation, ” he noted. `In this regard he said that, “We are continuing to monitor the situation.” Minister Persaud emphasized that all pumps are operational other than the one that loaned to the city council in Kitty which should be in operation soon.The pumps administered by Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) are operational, and the conservancy level is still manageable, the Mahaica/Mahaicony creeks level has gone up but is still within manageable range.The Minister said while they have been closely monitoring the situation he urged koker attendants to be diligent.In this instance NDIA, Cheap Jerseys From China, Mahaica Mahaicony Abary Development Authority (MMADA) and GuySuCo have been checking on the situation. He noted that during the month some above normal rainfall is expected and reiterated that the Ministry is doing its best to avoid any occurrence of water accumulation.The next three to four days some 15 millimeters of intermittent rainfall is expected across the country.
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