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Date: 21 Oct 17 02:23am
– Junior Finance Minister Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharma says that while he understands that the public may be impatient, heJunior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharmais asking them to just wait a little bit longer. Government is expected to release numerous forensic audit reports in a matter of two weeks, he said.He promised that it will not be a second longer than this deadline.Only four of the 50 forensic audit reports launched by Government have been released. These are the reports on the Marriott Hotel, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Carifesta X 2008 and the acquisition of the water cannon by the Ministry of Home Affairs.Sharma said, yesterday, that most of the reports are complete but are under review as the respective entities must have a chance to respond to some of the damning findings uncovered by the forensic auditors.Some of the firms contracted to conduct the forensic audits included Nigel Hinds Financial Service, Ram and Mc Rae and HLB Seebarran and Co. Chartered Accountant Anand Goolsarran along with Harryman Parmesar were also contracted to conduct several forensic audits.Nigel Hinds Financial Service earned some $25M for auditing agencies such as the Guyana Oil Company Limited (Guyoil), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Office for Investment (GoInvest).Ram and McRae bagged some $20M for auditing the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Guyana Gold Board and the E-Governance Project among others.Sharma said that Cabinet is working at a considerable pace as it is looking into at least one report at almost every meeting. The Junior Finance Minister was reluctant to say how many reports will be released and in what order. He said that this is a decision that will have to be made by the Cabinet members.Sharma insisted that the reports must receive Cabinet’s blessings before being released.It was in May that the Granger-led administration began expending some $133M of taxpayers’ dollars on 45 of the 50 forensic audits to ascertain how the assets of the state were sold, disposed of or transferred under the previous administration. The remaining five audits were sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Several audits were also launched in July while others started in later weeks. While the report on NICIL has been completed for months now with criminal proceedings still to take shape, those on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) have been completed for a longer period.Most of the forensic audits have unearthed several hidden accounts, with billions of dollars poised to be transferred to the Consolidated Fund by year end. Government stated that this phased transfer process has already started.More importantly, the forensic audits in some cases have reportedly not only uncovered fraud and various forms of corruption, but investigators have also made several critical recommendations for the way forward on several agencies and sectors, Cheap NBA Jerseys China, all of which Cabinet is yet to see.The government was also recently blasted for failing to release the forensic audit reports in a timely manner to the public. Making this comment in particular was Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, during a press conference which was held at Freedom House.“Government needs to release the reports now. Where are the audit reports? I thought they would have done one on the Specialty Hospital too. But they need to release the other audit reports on NICIL along with NICIL’s statements.“There was supposed to be one on Hope Canal, the Marriott Hotel etc…They need to release these reports so that the people can comment on them.”The forensic audit into the NFMU has unearthed some of the “most appalling acts of corruption”, said Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharma, in a previous interview with Kaieteur News.Commenting on the findings of the report, Sharma had said, “There was just no proper management at this unit. There were instances where you could see that they just lost out on millions of dollars worth in fees that they should have ensured they collected. There were some defaulters as well, and the agency just took no action against them.”“(NFMU) could have collected a lot more revenue. Instead (the entity) allowed a lot of favouritism to take place and as such they lost, I would say, millions of dollars in revenue.“They allowed their big PPP boys to slip under the radar while others were called upon to pay their dues. In fact, they weren’t collecting from two of their PPP big boys for some time. It was a lot of unfairness that was going on at that agency.”Sharma had said, “The level of corruption which was taking place at the agency points to the incompetency of those who are managing it.”The Junior Finance Minster had said that the revelations of some of the forensic audits thus far vindicate the concerns the APNU AFC had regarding the lack of accountability under the previous administration as well as the stench of corruption in some agencies.As for the forensic audit launched into the EPA, Sharma who is in charge of the audits, revealed that this has been completed since August. He had said that the audit uncovered that the entity has been holding some 15 accounts with millions of dollars.A reliable source revealed that the monies total over $400M.Kaieteur News understands that recommendations were made for the monies to be transferred to the Consolidated Fund.The Forensic audit revealed that the agency was apparently receiving monies from various agencies and opening a new account every time it received large sums.Sharma explained that the agency should not have done that. He said that it should have held one account and categorized its expenses.The Environmental Protection Agency was established on World Environment Day, June 5, 1996. It was on this date that the then Acting President of Guyana, Samuel Hinds, assented to Environmental Protection Act (No 11, 1996).The Act mandates the Agency to oversee the effective management, conservation, protection and improvement of the environment.It also requires that the Agency takes the necessary measures to ensure the prevention and control of pollution, assessment of the impact of economic development on the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources.The Agency’s work enables Guyana to contribute to global and national environmental protection and conservation.As part of its work the EPA implements education, regulation and enforcement programmes and uses partnership and collaborative approaches to strengthen the impact of its interventions.A list of the forensic audits , firms contracted and how much they were paid.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 02:23am
Hours after the minibus that he was conducting toppled and pinned him, 25-year-old Rodwin Todd of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD), succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation while undergoing surgery.Todd, a father of one, was said to have suffered massive head injuries when the minibus BKK 1776 crashed on the East Coast highway, in the vicinity of Ogle on Monday at about 19:00hrs.The minibus Rodwin Todd was travelling in at the time of the accident.The bus reportedly clipped a Toyota Corolla NZE car before toppling several times and stopping in the middle of the four-lane thoroughfare.According to police, “initial investigations revealed that motor car PLL 8410 was proceeding east along the southern carriageway with mini bus BKK 1776 behind.  It is alleged that the driver of the mini bus attempted to overtake motor car PLL 8410 and collided with the right side of the motorcar.  As a result, the driver of the mini bus lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the median of the road, causing the vehicle to topple several times.”Todd suffered the gravest injuries of the six persons involved in the accident. The others were Natasha Chance, 34, of Ogle, ECD; Genevieve Carberry, 56, of Plantain Walk, Beterverwagting, ECD; Prudence Thornhill, 19, of Vryheid’s Lust, ECD; Wishenna Charles, 77, of Triumph, ECD and Adiyan Corbin, 21, of Triumph, ECD.The driver of the vehicle, Kaieteur News understands, was up to last night still in police custody. He is reportedly aiding with investigations.The Todd family of Beterverwagting, was still in disbelief when Kaieteur News visited yesterday. His mother, Audrey, was inconsolable as she spoke about her son. For her, it is “the worst birthday gift any mother could receive.”Mrs. Todd, Cheap NFL jerseys China, who celebrated her birth anniversary yesterday, screamed “Why, why would you do me this on my birthday?”The woman said she had spoken to her son around 14:00hours on Monday when he came over to assist with construction work at her house. She said he had informed her that he was going to, “pull a couple trips” before returning to his 17 NAREI Compound, East Coast Demerara home.The mother said her older son, Roydon Todd, had heard of the accident and he related to her that he heard about the accident but never knew that it was his brother.With the family now making funeral arrangements, for them Christmas this year bears no importance. “It would be hard to cope this holiday, ” the mother related.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 02:23am
It was with deep sadness that President of the Cooperative Republic, Bharrat Jagdeo, learnt of the former First Lady’s demise, Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, a statement detailed.  “On behalf of the Government of Guyana and on my own personal behalf, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the relatives and friends of this wonderful, gracious, considerate woman whose inner strength and fortitude in overcoming personal tragedies inspired us all, ” the statement added.The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) in its message of condolence, yesterday afternoon, revealed that Mrs Hoyte was ailing for the past three weeks and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of St Joseph Mercy Hospital.In conveying sincere condolences, the Party revealed that arrangements for the funeral of Mrs Hoyte will be made public as soon as they become available.Reports are that the finalising of the arrangements will be completed upon the arrival of Mrs Hoyte’s nieces who reside in the United States of America.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 02:23am
As greater emphasis is being placed on promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the world, Guyana, on Friday, last, launched “Caribbean Wellness Month 2011” at the Ministry of Health, Brickdam, under the theme “Love that Body: Love Life, Stay Healthy, Live Long”.According to Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, while Guyana is putting aside an entire month to promote healthy lifestyles, some other countries observe “Caribbean Wellness Week” with the same aim.One of the mandates of CARICOM Heads of Government coming out of their landmark Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in September 2007, was that there be an observance of “Caribbean Wellness Day”.In addition to 14 other actionable points contained in the Port-of-Spain Declaration to promote healthy lifestyles in the Caribbean, they designated the second Saturday of September as Caribbean Wellness Day.This year, Caribbean Wellness Day will be celebrated on September 10 throughout the Region.Caribbean Wellness Day will showcase national and community level activities to promote healthy living and encourage residents to develop good health practices. Among the activities proposed for the day are the introduction of vehicle-free streets and smoke-free environments to provide opportunities and safe spaces for physical activity and healthy eating, free from exhaust emissions tobacco smoke and other pollutants.Dr. Ramsammy stated “the intent is to highlight the fact that healthy lifestyles predispose persons to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). In particular, four lifestyle choices; tobacco, the misuse of alcohol, poor diet choices including preference for fast food and food with high salt and high transfat content, and the fourth being inadequate physical activity”.In Guyana, “Love that Body: Love Life, Stay Healthy, Live Long” campaign is a comprehensive one that was designed to target six main areas of Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Healthy lifestyles:1. Preventing Tobacco Use and Tobacco Cessation for users2. Moderate Alcohol Use3. Daily Physical Activity4. Healthy Foodsa. Understanding Food Labelsb. Understanding that every calories countsc. Balanced diets5. Mental Health6. Early screening for diseasesa. Blood Sugarb. Blood Pressurec. Body Mass Indexd. Breast, testicular, prostate and cervical cancer screeningThis newspaper was told that this year is being observed with a backdrop on a summit on NCDs which is scheduled to take place on September 19 and 20 at the United Nations where over 100 Heads of States will be attend.This summit is as a result of the global advocacy by Ministers of Health and Heads of States of CARICOM since it was recognized for more than a decade the under-development that was caused by NCDs and the increasing impact NCDs was having on developments around the world.It is hoped that this year’s summit will result in global actions to enhance the fight against NCDs.Dr. Ramsammy explained that in Guyana there have been intensified education and awareness programmes utilising the television, radio, newspapers and community events since the Ministry of Health recognizes that lifestyle plays a very important role in the onset of NCDs.“Any reasonable response would require adjustment of behaviour and adjustment of lifestyle. For people who don’t have NCDs, adjustments could delay or prevent the onset of NCDs. For people who live with NCDs adjustments could reduce complications and they could have long and productive lives even with NCDs”It must be noted that once these adjustments are made, there will be a reduction in heart diseases, end stage renal disease, amputations, number of blind people and other diseases once there is an element of personal responsibility.The Ministry of Health aims to familiarise people with services that are currently offered and services which will be available to the public in a short period of time since Governments have significant roles to play in screening and early diagnosis.Kaieteur News was further told that the availability of the HbA1C test enables to identify people who are at risk for these complications. When an individual records seven percent as their result it means that this person is at high risk for that complication while a record of two percent is deemed normal.This test is a very important one for diabetics and they are encouraged to have at least two of these tests conducted annually. Last year it was introduced at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the National Reference Lab.Dr. Ramsammy continued to say that over the next three months focus will be placed on ensuring that the test is made available at other public hospitals throughout the country and that people throughout the length and breadth of Guyana would have access.The second screening test that the Ministry is working towards is the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). This test was first introduced in the 1980s for use, however, usage was largely restricted to developed countries.This test is considered vital in order to identify men who are at risk for prostate cancer which happens to be the most prevalent type of cancer in men. In the 1990s the test was introduced to Guyana in the Private Sector and was rarely used.Currently the Health Ministry is working to ensure the capacity for PSA testing at the National Reference Lab and is putting in place mechanisms for people using the public sector to have access.As it relates to cervical cancer, this publication was also told that Guyana has one of the most comprehensive and controlled programmes in developing countries. Within a few weeks time, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to girls who are 11-years-old and as resources increase nine-year-old females will benefit from this as well. In 2012, HPV testing is to be introduced for much younger girls and for older women who are already sexually active. If negativity is recorded in women, vaccines will be offered.In addition, Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) would identify pre-cancerous or cancerous cells and these can be treated either by cryotherapy surgery or the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP).Thousands of women have already been diagnosed with this disease and hundreds have already been treated for this type of cancer. Two years later there is no recurrence of cancer in the women who were treated. Meanwhile, the footcare programme is in place and regular eye care is being provided for persons with NCDs.“We have much to celebrate, people are more aware and there is greater access to prevention, diagnostic treatment and care services for NCDs… As we approach the summit during this month, Guyana will be representing the position of many developing countries.There is need for national and global action to address the threat of processed food containing too much salt and transfat, in order to restrict access to tobacco products, promote better use of alcoholic products and prevent its misuse. Also to restrict the advertisement and marketing on alcoholic products” said Dr. Ramsammy.He also urged that the marketing of certain products, Wholesale Jerseys Authentic, such as breast milk substitutes for babies, be restricted. The Health Ministry is using this month to call on the private sector of Guyana to reconsider and remove advertisements which are promoting breast milk substitutes for babies.Caribbean Wellness in Guyana consists of a month of activities and a multi-stakeholder event. It includes line ministries, international organizations, non- governmental organizations and private sector.The activities are carried out throughout the year through programmes such as; Youth Friendly Services, Healthy Lifestyles in Primary Health Care, School Health, Workplace Wellness, “Million Mile Challenge” and “Weight No More – A fitness quest to good health.”This year the proposed events are outlined as follows: Today (September 4th) – Amerindian Village in Sophia; Ministry of Amerindian Affairs Walk; Saturday (September 10) – Health Walk – Start at 06:00hrs; Congregate at CARICOM. The route for the walk is as follows moving East along the Railway Embankment Road – turning North into UG Road – West along the Main Public Road – South into Conversation Tree Road – and East along the Line to re-congregate at CARICOM.The Walk will be followed, on the same day, by a Health Fair at Merriman’s Mall, beginning at 10:00hrs.On Friday (September 16) – Berbice Health Fair; Saturday (September 17) –CWD Ministry of Education Technology and Science Fair; Friday (September 23) – CWD West Demerara Health Fair; Saturday (September 24) – CWD Linden Health Fair; Tuesday (September 27) – World Heart Day; Thursday September 29 –GUYEXPO; Friday September 30 – GUYEXPO (Kristen Macklingam)
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Date: 21 Oct 17 02:22am
One year ago, 22-year-old Ravendra Sahadeo left his home at 208 Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, to seek employment in the interior, in order to assist his mother in building a house.His mother, Kamlawattie Sahadeo is yet to hear from the young man, who goes by the alias “Ravi”.The older Sahadeo in an interview yesterday said that she was hoping to hear from the eldest of her four children for the holidays, but she received no calls and she knows very little of the location he has left to go and work at.All she knows is that her son went to work on a dredge that is close to the border with Brazil.Sahadeo, 2014 Olympic Team USA #44 Brooks Orpik White Stitched NHL Jersey, who still believes that her son is somewhere out there working, related that he left home last year November to go and work but never returned or called home.It was not the first time he has left home to go and work in the interior.“He went couple times before and spend like four to five months, but this time after I see he didn’t come, I say he mussy throw out he belly because we want to build a house so he went to work up some money, ” the woman related.She explained that before her son left home in mid-November 2015, he had said that he found a water dredge to work on.“I don’t know any other details, ” the woman said.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the young man is asked to contact the nearest police station.
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