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Date: 26 May 18 05:32pm
–    escape with $$M in bootyA woman who had been in the jewellery business for over 20 years got a shock of her life earlyOwner of Cosmopolitan Jewellery, Radica Samuelsyesterday morning when she turned up at her Stabroek Market stall to find that every valuable item in the stall was gone.Owner of Cosmopolitan Jewellery, Radica Samuels, said she made the discovery at around 09:00 hours yesterday. Samuels said when she turned up at her stall and was opening the door she immediately realized that something was wrong. The break-in occurred sometime on Monday night as the woman had secured her business that afternoon.“Normally when we leaving the afternoon before we turn off all the lights, but as soon as we open the door we noticed that a light was on and we peep inside and then we see the safe wide open.”The woman said after she got the door open she realized that her business place had been robbed of every possible valuable item.A tearful Samuels said she had a large amount of cash as well as gold in the safe, along with all of the gold and diamond jewellery.“Everything gone. Every piece of jewellery. Not even an earring I can find on the floor. They took everything. I don’t know how I can start back, ” Samuels lamented.The woman said about 15 years ago her business suffered a similar fate but at that is time she was able to rebuild her business.“At this moment I don’t know what to do I don’t know what I will do. Starting over is hard now with the gold prices, and this now means that I’m in debt, because I had jewellery for people who brought their stuff to repair.”The perpetrators reportedly made their way into the premises by cutting through a metal roof and then through a wooden ceiling. The businesswoman questioned whether the robbery was an inside job since, according to her, security guards responded to the alarm going off, but were told by City Constables that they could not enter the market.“I can’t believe this, these people use a torch to cut the metal plate at the top. You mean to tell me the city constables didn’t hear the noise? And secondly, how these people enter the market with the equipment to cut?” Samuels asked.The woman said she was informed by MMC Security officials that the alarm to her stall went off and they responded promptly. However, they were denied entry by the city constables on duty. When this publication visited the scene yesterday the market was shut tight and the gates guarded by armed constables. This did not go down well with other stall owners who felt that this should have been the case before the robbery. By noon yesterday, police had already taken fingerprints from the glass cases which were in the premises.“Why they locking up now? What they hope to find? All this security should be at the market nighttime to protect people’s property. We pay large fees and we get poor service, ” one male stall owner lamented. Another questioned whose stall would be next since he feels their assets are not properly protected at night given the fact that a break-in of that magnitude occurred while city constables were on duty.One of the two safes which were cut openKaieteur News understands that police officials are spearheading the investigation and are likely to question the city constables who were on dutyContacted yesterday, City Hall’s Public Relations Officer Royston King defended the on-duty constables.According to King, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, preliminary investigations indicated that the burglary was an ‘inside job.’“We suspect that what happened was done by someone secluded inside the market. The thieves could have secluded themselves (overnight) in another stall and just waited for the market to open next day.“We had situations where stallholders broke into the stalls of other stallholders. This appears to be an inside job and we have called in the Guyana Police Force to assist with investigations.”King said investigations also suggest that the thieves also hid their equipment overnight in the market.“We have scoured the market and have not found the torch and other equipment…it may have been stashed away in another stall.”He revealed that there was a similar burglary on Monday night at the Bourda Market, but that the items have been recovered. He added that investigators believe that they know who the perpetrators are.King also said he had not received any report that personnel from a security firm were denied entry to the market after turning up at the scene.“We have no such information. The information that we have is that the security firm were not aware (of the burglary) until the next day.”The City Hall spokesman explained that in the past, the city constables were posted inside the markets, but this ceased due to “all kinds of allegations” that were leveled against the constables.On loiterers and criminal elements in the markets, King said that City hall had raised this issue “many statutory meetings ago.”He said that the City Hall is “poorly resourced” but is trying its best despite the constraints.
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Date: 26 May 18 05:32pm
Thirty-eight year-old Alfred Hazel of 140 ‘B’ Field, Sophia, Supply NFL Jerseys, was on Sunday admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital, after being struck by a car.According to reports, the father of four was riding along the East Bank Public Road towards Bagotstown from Grove, around 13:30 hrs, when he was hit off his motorcycle by a car coming out of an access road.Kaieteur News understands that Hazel was crossing over Tank Street, Grove, when the car was driven out of the said street at a rapid rate, striking him down in the process.On Sunday evening, hours after the accident, Hazel was in the theatre of the Georgetown Public Hospital, where doctors were at the time attending to an injury on his chest.Hazel sustained several injuries about the body, some of which required extensive bandages and stitches on the legs and face.
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Date: 26 May 18 05:32pm
– Promises better access to updated medical informationDesigned to offer free or low cost access to major health information including medicine, nursing and related health and social sciences issues, the University of Guyana in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) launched a country-wide Health Interwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) yesterday.The launch took the form of a workshop for medical librarians, health personnel and researchers, and attracted participation from a number of hospital libraries and other entities that have some amount of focus on health issues.The workshop is expected to expose the 28 participants to the eight modules of the programme which will provide them with the basic skills required for the use and promotion of the HINARI Gateway.The opening ceremony for the workshop was held at the University of Guyana’s Learning Resource Centre and was chaired by Deputy Chief Librarian, Ms Gloria Cummings, who revealed that HINARI was first launched in January 2002 with some 1, 500 journals from six reputable publishers.In keeping with its objective to provide free or low cost online full text access to developing countries, HINARI was introduced to Guyana in 2006. Today, there are 16 registered institutions using HINARI in Guyana, according to Ms. Cummings, among them are the National Library, Hospitals, Government Ministries, the University of Guyana, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the PAHO/WHO Documentation Centre.But in order to ensure that the initiative is effectively used, Ms. Cummings said that training programmes are arranged from time to time. Yesterday’s training programme was facilitated by Emeritus Librarian of the University of Florida, Dr. Leonard Rhine, and Head of Collection Development and Management of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Mr Daniel Dollar.According to Cummings, in the past four years, Dr. Rhine has conducted over 30 workshops and developed more than 20 training modules, and has been active in international librarianship since 1989. Mr. Dollar, on the other hand, she revealed, is involved in an entity that offers a rich collection of electronic and print resources for teaching, research and clinical practice that has been reorganised to more efficiently manage electronic resources. The entity that Mr. Dollar is associated with, has also instituted the medical digital library programme to make the library’s extensive analogue collections accessible online.Speaking at yesterday’s opening ceremony was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Emanuel Cummings, who noted that the University has wholeheartedly embraced the initiative, which he anticipates, will serve to create better days for the tertiary institution. “We must also appreciate the efforts of the Library – the librarian and her staff – for the role they have played in ensuring that this service is offered and for organising the training programme.”He also commended the sustained support of PAHO/WHO to the university.Dr Cummings explained that HINARI was developed in the framework of the internet work introduced by the then United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. The programme, HINARI, he said, was set up by WHO together with major publishers that would enable developing countries, to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature.“To date, more than 8, 000 information resources are available to health institutions in more than 100 countries, thus providing benefits to many health workers and researchers, ” Dr Cummings revealed.He speculated that one of the major objectives of the project is to reduce the balance that exists between North and South with regards to access to essential research resources. “What it means is that medical staff and researchers in the world’s poorest countries can now have access to the latest cutting-edge research in the form of the best medical journals that the world has to offer.”As such, he expressed confidence, Cheap Jerseys Authentic, that the initiative should act as a stimulant for both medical and allied health practitioners here in Guyana to be engaged in meaningful research. He opined that this should translate into a better quality of service to the nation, thereby ensuring that the investment offered by PAHO for this initiative will not be in vain.Dr. Cummings noted, too, that although local library shelves may not have outdated material, with HINARI in place, persons will have access to online journals which should prove to be beneficial for those in both the medical and allied health fields.“We at the University of Guyana will have to ensure that we get the best out of thisservice, especially my colleagues in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Sciences, who are involved in research involving human subjects, ” Dr Cummings added.It was in recognition of the fact that HINARI provides the most current information in Guyana, an agreement was reached in 2006, between the Guyana Medical Association and PAHO/WHO, to use the Initiative as the main resource tool for project proposals, according to PAHO/WHO Representative Dr Beverly Barnett.In that very year, she disclosed, a mission from the Knowledge Management and Communication Area in PAHO, Washington DC, in collaboration with the PAHO/WHO country office, conducted extensive training for medical professionals.The University of Guyana as a national learning tertiary institution was then chosen as the focal point for HINARI and signed the related licence in July 2006.“To date HINARI has been used extensively across the country to access health information for project development and research. The whole issue of knowledge management and communication has been the subject of much research, and of many scholarly articles and books.”According to Dr Barnett, PAHO/WHO is committed to helping its member states strengthen national and sub-national capacity to collect, analyse and use health data, tailoring the information gleaned for presentation to, and use by, different audiences.According to Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, who also attended the opening ceremony, “we are delighted and very grateful as a country that through our various partnerships, particularly our oldest and longest, with PAHO/WHO, we have been blessed and graced with some of the world’s experts.”He underscored that the training programme comes as an opportunity for Guyana to look back and see that it is not just about HINARI being available to institutions and professionals, but it comes with a level of support which is an absolute prerequisite if it is to be successfully institutionalised.
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Date: 26 May 18 05:31pm
Guyana’s 2009 press freedom rating…– Donald RamotarThe 2009 press freedom rating that Guyana received is well deserved and a vindication on the part of the administration.This is according to General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party, Donald Ramotar, who said that despite the odd hostility by sections of the media, the administration does not in anyway impede its ability to publish whatever it wishes.He stated that it is important also that Guyana is a democracy of which press freedom is a critical element and an important yardstick.PPP's General Secretary Donald RamotarAccording to Ramotar, the government has never attempted to dissuade press freedom in Guyana and as such the recognition was a good thing.He opined that despite the plethora of criticism that the administration stifles press freedom in Guyana an international body that is respected worldwide has recognised the efforts of the administration to promote press freedom.Guyana jumped some 49 places this year, over position 88 out of 173 the previous year as it relates to the press freedom index according to a survey done by reporters without borders.This year Guyana is ranked 39 out of 175 countries surveyed.It has tied with three other countries for that position, namely Chile, Bosnia and Herzegovina.Guyana ranked just above Suriname, France, Argentina, Italy, Panama, Taiwan, Brazil, Kosovo, Croatia and Ecuador among others.Trinidad and Tobago ranks 28 while Jamaica copped 23.President Bharrat Jagdeo has been heavily criticised by the local and regional media for mainly two incidents last year.First, the Guyana Press Association condemned the four-month suspension of CNS Channel Six from the airwaves.The bi-partisan Advisory Committee on Broadcasting (ACB), which was set up by the government and the opposition to monitor how the broadcast media complies with their licenses, had accepted the apology of CNS owner, C.N. Sharma, for the initial broadcast of a programme in which a woman made a threat on the life of the President.The President, as Minister of Information, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, acted in the wake of repeated broadcasts of the programme with no move to edit the offending remarks, and moved to ban the station from broadcasting for four months.The President was also condemned by local, regional and international media groups when he banned Capitol News reporter, Gordon Moseley, (now GPA president) from the Presidential Complex and State House after Moseley wrote a letter defending himself and his newscast from comments the President had made about a report carried of a meeting between the President and Guyanese in Antigua.The government owns and controls the radio stations in the country, namely 98.1 FM, the Voice of Guyana, and Radio Roraima, which operate out of the National Communications Network.Recently, the President again came in for criticism as it relates to a statement he made during the recent Private Sector Commission dinner where he accused the private entities of helping to promote a bad image of Guyana by advertising in the Kaieteur News.GPA condemned the statement as an attack on Press Freedom.The GPA stated that it “is appalled at Jagdeo’s most recent statements against a section of the private media”.“We would encourage the President to seek wider avenues to express his concerns rather than to keep going down the same narrow one way street over and over again. It is understandable and expected that politicians, more so a sitting government will never see eye to eye with the media. However, officials ought to recognise and respect the role of the media.”“Mr. Jagdeo in sort of a subtle threat at the dinner of the Private Sector Commission, sought to lecture the businessmen on the role he sees for the media.Jagdeo, the GPA noted, “sought to encourage those businesses which advertise with the Kaieteur News to pull their ads because he is not happy with the probing reports that have been appearing in the Kaieteur News.”Jagdeo, the statement continued, also expressed his concerns about stories of crime being on the front page of the newspapers, even accusing this newspaper of making up stories.The GPA was pellucid in emphasising that the two statements ought to be rejected totally and are both a clear attack on the freedom of the press.“The President must understand that he ought not to use the bully pulpit to carry on with his tirade about the media. This latest outburst is a clear attempt by the highest office in the land to use its influence to get to private businesses that choose to advertise with the newspapers.”The GPA noted that, “This is dangerous and does nothing to repair the already badly damaged relationship the President shares with the media.”
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Date: 26 May 18 05:31pm
By Latoya Giles Murder accused Brian Blount, who allegedly slit a man’s throat earlier this year, was found dead at the Camp Street Prison at around 23:15 hrs on Sunday.Blount, of Old England, Linden, was reportedly found lifeless in his cell some hours after he had staged a one-man protest on the prison rooftop.Conflicting reports have since surfaced about the circumstances surrounding his death.According to a statement from Prison officials, Blount, who was on remand for murder, was found hanging in a cell about 23:15hrs on Sunday.  The release stated that Blount had last attended Court at Linden on July 22, 2013 and was returned to the Georgetown Prison on July 24, 2013.“On his return to prison, a search was conducted on his person and five parcels of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis sativa was found in the hollow section of three cakes of “blue soap” which he had in his possession, ” the release stated.  The matter was reported to the Police.Prison officials said that Blount was last seen alive at about 21:50 hours on July 28, 2013 by Prison Officers on a routine visit to the Division.  But some sources within the prison alleged that Blount was severely beaten by several prison officers.It is said that the beating stemmed from Blount being on the roof of the prison to stage a protest. And there seems to be some mix up about the identity of the prisoner. Kaieteur News was told that the body was identified as Ian Braithwaite.This newspaper was told that relatives turned up at the Lyken Funeral Home, did the identification. According to a relative who spoke to Kaieteur News, the man lived at D’Urban Street.This Braithwaite had been in the jail for attempted murder.  News spread that he too had been on the roof staging a protest.The one consistent thing was that several prison officers, including one senior rank, went to the man who is now dead and who was in the solitary confinement and began beating him. The sources said that the inmate’s screams were clearly heard by other prisoners. Kaieteur News was told that Blount’s body was taken to the Georgetown Hospital, before going to the Lyken Funeral Home.Blount had made a court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier in the year to answer to the capital charge, which alleged that between March 10 and March 11, 2012, he murdered Ernest Persaud at Old England, Linden.It was reported that Blount and Persaud were known to each other and on March 10, 2012, they were in a house when Blount accused the other man of having an affair with his wife. An altercation ensued between the two men during which the accused armed himself with a knife and slit Persaud’s throat before dumping him in the Demerara River.Persaud was found floating in the river the following day.  Investigations led to the accused being arrested and he admitted to the crime.Back in 2008, Wholesale MLB Jerseys 2018, prisoner Edwin Niles was allegedly beaten by two senior prison officers. He too died.Niles, 34, of Guyhoc Park succumbed to injuries he sustained after reportedly receiving a sound beating when he was found with a quantity of ammunition at the Camp Street prisons. He was reported to have had seven .22 rounds of ammunition in his possession after returning to the prison from a day of labour at Camp Ayanganna.He was hospitalized for nine days before he died. He was serving a three-year sentence for narcotics possession and would have been released sometime this month. A statement from the police had said that the man was admitted to the GPHC following reports that he had been beaten after he was found with the ammunition.According to a post-mortem report Niles died as a result of a blood clot in the lungs due to burns about the back, and a fractured left arm.Niles’s death attracted much public comment as it relates to interrogation methods and the conduct of the disciplined services. It was thought that he was severely beaten as the prison officers were concerned about a possible bloody plot to break out of the Camp Street jail.Assistant Superintendent Kurt Corbin and Gladwin Samuels were both charged with manslaughter.The matter was heard before then Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, who ruled that enough evidence existed for the accused to stand trial in the High Court. That trial is yet to begin.
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