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Date: 16 Aug 17 10:19am
Two persons are currently in police custody assisting with investigation after gunmen made good their escape with some $9.5 M from a Bartica businessman.Reports are that the businessman, Nezam Kassim, was attacked some time around 10:00 hours yesterday at Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo.This newspaper was told that the businessman has a regular taxi driver whom he uses to transact his business in the city. Source say that after Kassim reached Parika from Bartica early yesterday he contacted his driver to pick him up.While on their way to Georgetown Kassim reportedly requested a cup of coffee so his driver offered to stop at his Good Hope home to make Kassim the coffee.As the ‘taxi driver’ went into the house, a white car with four gunmen pulled up and demanded that Kassim hand over the money.The men after being told where the money was went to the trunk of the car where they helped themselves. The gunmen immediately fled the scene.The matter was immediately reported and acting on information police found the same car, Jason Pominville Jersey, which was used in the robbery abandoned in the Stewartville Old Road.A man who was found nearby was arrested and has since admitted that he drove the car but stated that gunmen hijacked him.When asked what he was doing in Stewartville the man told investigators that he was scared and frustrated and went into the village where his aunt lives to tell her what had happened to him. The police have since recovered one of the bags from which the money was stolen and a few documents.Up to press time police were still trying to verify the man’s story.Meanwhile up to late yesterday afternoon impact patrols from ‘A’ Division were deployed on the West Coast Demerara to assist with a massive search.Sources say that police are working on information that the men may still be in the area. Immediately after the robbery several road blocks were set up at various locations along the West Coast of Demerara as police continued in their efforts to locate the gunmen with the money.During the roadblock several minibuses and cars were stopped and searched. However up to press time no further arrests were made.Some time last year Kassim and his driver were attacked and robbed while they were transporting a large sum of cash to the city.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 10:19am
…should be ashamed to blame others – GuySuCo ChairmanBy Kiana WilburgTop officials within the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) are maintaining that the appallingGuySuCo Chairman, Dr. Clive Thomasstate of the multibillion-dollar Skeldon Sugar Factory and the overall poor performance of the sugar industry, are just two of the highlights of PPP’s disgraceful track record in governing and managing key sectors.Specifically, GuySuCo Chairman Dr. Clive Thomas made this assertion during an interview with this newspaper.Dr. Thomas said that the US$200 million Skeldon Sugar Factory which was promised by the PPP to produce some 100, 000 tonnes of cane is yet to do so. He noted, too, that the factory, based on an audit done by Wartsila Company, has been found to be in such a shocking state that the auditors said it would simply be pointless repairing it. Dr. Thomas stressed that factory in the first place, was poorly constructed.The economist said that this is what the current administration inherited from the former regime. He emphasized, “We are trying to salvage what is left. I have said it before and I will say it again, the PPP unquestionably ran this sector into the ground. They had 23 years and given what we inherited, the PPP should be ashamed to face the nation; they should be ashamed to say the words: sugar industry”However, in light of recent reports and images exposing the state of the US$200M factory which was commissioned in 2009, former President Donald Ramotar has come out strongly denying that his regime should be held responsible. In fact, Ramotar did not hesitate to throw the blame at the feet of the current administration. The former President has a theory that the Government is out to sabotage the factory.Also speaking recently on the matter was former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. The Opposition Leader at aGuySuCo’s Head of Diversification, Tony Vieirapress conference yesterday did not blame the coalition administration for the prevailing conditions at Skeldon. Instead, he said that it was the fault of UK-based company, Booker Tate Limited and that of the “incompetent” officials at GuySuCo.Noting the comments made by the two former Presidents, Dr. Thomas said that he is taken aback, to say the least, that the duo would even have the audacity to try to “confuse the nation with such trickery.”The GuySuCo Chairman said, “I have every confidence that the nation would see through the downright nasty and wicked tales being told by these two individuals. They really ought to be ashamed of themselves to be passing the blame to anyone else, when they sat at the helm of the sugar industry and watched it decline to such an appalling extent.”“No one but the PPP is completely responsible for the state of the Skeldon Factory and that of the sugar industry. And trying to convince the nation that it is this government’s fault is perhaps the most dishonourable and distasteful excuse they could try to put together. In the eyes of the nation, both Ramotar and Jagdeo emerge looking extremely desperate and clutching at anything possible to save face, even if that means clutching to untruths. This is the Opposition doing what they do best, trying to hoodwink the nation, ” expressed the economist.Also in support of Dr. Thomas’ position was head of GuySuCo’s Diversification Unit, Tony Vieira.Opposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoVieira categorically stated that the US$200m Skeldon Factory cannot depreciate to such an extent in 17 months.He said, “Ramotar and Jagdeo are just being plain wicked with their comments. When we took over Skeldon it was only producing 20, 000 tonnes of sugar. That is what we inherited. When they brought Skeldon into being, they promised that it would produce 100, 000 and that is yet to be seen.”Vieira also made the point that Skeldon is the youngest of all the estates and it is the only one in such a horrendous condition.He said, “Just imagine, it is the youngest of all the factories, and factories that are 17 and 18 years older are in far better condition. Skeldon could collapse on us at any minute. Given the state of affairs at Skeldon, it makes me question whether they really paid US$200M for that factory. If so, Joey Bosa Chargers Jersey, then how can such a young factory be in such a horrifying condition in less than eight years?”Additionally, the infrastructural problems plaguing the Skeldon Factory have left some viewing it as a ticking time bomb that will detonate soon, unless tough but necessary decisions are taken.Sharing this opinion was Dr. Thomas.“Skeldon needs to be divested. We thought it would have been saved or salvaged by a mechanization project and that was not helpful. Then to get the costs down to competitive levels, moves were made to involve private cane farmers in supplying cane to Skeldon.Former President, Donald Ramotar“That, too, did not work. The reality before us is that the factory has lots of faults; it is badly designed and poorly constructed. The factory is deteriorating. New steel is needed; some of the furnaces don’t work, some of the boilers don’t work… The factory is just not properly built. The cost for the repairs needed is about US$60M ($12B). It is that big of a disaster.”“The auditors have said that that serious action has to be taken where Skeldon is concerned. The team, too, suggested that it has to be divested if not, the whole thing will eventually collapse on our hands and we won’t be able to produce any sugar. We have to make a decision. We either divest or watch it collapse.“The PPP just wrecked the sector from top to bottom and we are trying to salvage what we can, ” Dr. Thomas asserted.“We are trying to find a way out but that is like trying to find a way out of a minefield. That is what the PPP left us with. Everything is in a nerve-wracking state. The sugar industry is a minefield and a crumbling edifice.“But it must be made known that we don’t want to put people on the breadline. The Skeldon factory alone employs 1, 789 workers. Hence we are working on finding the best possible solution to turning the factory and the sector around.”
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Date: 16 Aug 17 10:18am
The trial of rape accused, Leon Mickle, called “Eon”, 23, of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam Berbice is continuing in the Berbice High Court, before Justice Dawn Gregory and a mixed jury.The media has not been privy to the full trial since the prosecution has requested that the matter be held in camera.  This request was granted by the judge.So far four witnesses testified on behalf of the prosecution while Mickle took the witness stand in his own defense. Mickle is on trial for the offence which he allegedly committed on July 15, 2007 at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam where he allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a minor under the age of 15. The girl, who was said to be 12 at the time, was at home in the bedroom sleeping when she was awakened by Mickle who then had sex with her.Addressing the jury, prosecutor Dionne Mc Cammon asserted that the state only has to prove penetration. She said that the girl could not give consent because she was not of age.Detective Corporal Chaitanand Singh in his evidence had testified that the virtual complainant and the accused who was 17 at the time were known to each other. He told the court that on July 16, he held a confrontation between the accused and the virtual complainant during which the girl repeated her story. The man had pushed her on the bed and forcefully had sex with her.The matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested and charged.He was cross-examined by defence counsel, Sasha Roberts, of the legal aid clinic who is representing the accused.  Attorney Roberts grilled the policeman on the part he played during the investigation.Next on the witness stand was woman Detective Corporal, Daniel Blair, who testified of accompanying the girl and her mother to the New Amsterdam Hospital where a medical examination was conducted. She uplifted same which was presented in court. She was also cross examined by defence attorney Roberts.The next witness was the virtual complainant who was 12 at the time. However, at the stage the prosecution requested that the matter be held in camera and asked that the media be excused from the court room. This request was granted by the judge.The virtual complainant’s mother took the witness stand. She related the events, the day in question she accompanied her daughter along with a police woman to the New Amsterdam hospital where she was examined.Under cross examination by Defense attorney Roberts, Rod Woodson Steelers Jersey, the woman stated that she did not see anyone enter or leave the house. She said that she heard knocking and her daughter crying.  She denied that she is acting spitefully against the accused. The prosecution then closed its case.The accused then took the witness stand as part of his defense and was led in his evidence by attorney at law Sasha Roberts. The accused told the court that back in 2007 he only knew the accused for a few weeks by seeing her around. He and the accused were not friends and he had never spoken to her.He said on the day in question he was by Coach Man’s Bar at the Stelling Road with some friends drinking. He mentioned that he left to go home around after 03:00 hrs on that morning. He went straight to his home.Later during the morning the police came to his home and arrested him. He was taken to the police station and to the New Amsterdam hospital.  No confrontation was held between him and the virtual complainant.He denied having sex with the virtual complainant and ever visiting her home.  He said that he knew the mother and had spoken to her before but they had a misunderstanding which ended in a confrontation.He was then cross examined by prosecutor Dionne Mc CammonThe matter is continuing, but the media has since been reminded that the matter will be held in camera.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 10:18am
Justice Rishi Persaud dismissed an action brought by Tigerwood, a company established on June 28, 2006, Cheap Wake Forest Demon Deacons Jerseys, by Timothy Foster and Kadim ‘Kads’ Khan, who identified himself as a banker and Chartered Accountant by profession, and founder of Guysons.The action was filed on December 21, last, by attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes on behalf of Tigerwood Guyana Inc., a company based in Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara.The contention was that Khan laundered $41M through the bank accounts of the company while he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive between June 2006 and last year.The suit named Khan, of Lama Avenue, Bel Air Park, and Guysons Engineering Limited, West Ruimveldt, as the joint defendants, but Khan, a former Parliamentarian of the Peoples’ National Congress Reform (PNCR) had moved to the courts before Tigerwoods and was granted an injunction blocking his former business partner, Timothy John Ashworth-Foster, of the United Kingdom and the owner and Director of Tigerwood Guyana Inc. (TGI), from leaving Guyana over a money dispute.“Kads” Khan, claimed that he was owed over US$500, 000 ($100M). Foster was required to provide security to Khan in the sum of US$520, 000.In the writ against Foster, Khan claims the sum as an amount due, owing and payable under the terms of a settlement and share sale and purchase agreement dated January 19, 2010.Under the agreement, Ashworth-Foster agreed to purchase from Khan his shares in Tigerwood Guyana Inc., for the sum of US$670, 000 to be paid in monthly installments under terms that if one installment was not paid, the whole amount became due.The former Parliamentarian claimed that only the initial sum of US$150, 000 was paid but nothing after.Kadim ‘Kads’ Khan and Ralph Ramkarran had sold their shares in Tigerwood Guyana Inc. on January 19, 2010, to Timothy John Ashworth-Foster under a Sale and Purchase Agreement.On December 21, last, Tigerwood Guyana Inc. sued Kadim Khan and Guysons Engineering Ltd, despite the fact that the Sale and Purchase Agreement signed by the parties on January 19, 2010, provided an Idemnity / Discharge Clause, discharging Kadim Khan from all claims, actions, causes of action, and damages in relation to any matter regarding the affairs or business of Tigerwood Guyana Inc.A similar discharge was given by Khan to Ashworth-Foster.Yesterday, Judge Rishi Persaud, threw the matter out of Court, since it did not comply with the rules of the Commercial Court.Khan, who saw the subsequent action as an attempt “to deny me my claim, ” was represented by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall.In 2007, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development entered a five-year partnership with the company to harvest logs in its concessions.At that time, Iwokrama, heavily dependent on donors for its operations, had reportedly said that it was looking at ways to diversify its income base.During 2006, Sir Shridath Ramphal, Hari Narayan ‘Ralph’ Ramkarran, John Willems, and Sir Ronald Sanders were appointed to the board of Tigerwood, the plaintiff noted.At the first board meeting held, Sir Shridath was appointed Chairman of the company and it was also decided that the company enter into a joint venture agreement with Iwokrama Sustainable Timber Incorporated (ISTI) for the harvesting and production of timber in a sustainable manner on various concessions owned by ISTI.But two years later Sir Ronald and Sir Shridath quit the Board. At the time of the lawsuit they had nothing to do with the company.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 10:18am
The Rotary Club of Georgetown, on Thursday, inducted President David Granger as an honorary member of the Club during a courtesy call, at the Ministry of the Presidency.The Rotary Club of Georgetown members present President David Granger with a token, during a courtesy call. From left: Club Secretary, Mr. Ralph Persaud presents the gift to President Granger, while Club member, Colonel Christine King; Vice President, Clyde De Haas and Club President, Mrs. Elizabeth Cox look on.The group was led by Club President, Mrs. Elizabeth Cox; Vice President, Mr. Clyde De Haas; Rotary Foundation Director, Mr. Pearson Burch-Smith; President-elect 2016-2017, Ms. Lisa Foster; past President Mr. Ronald Burch-Smith; Club member, Colonel Christine King; and Club Secretary Mr. Ralph Persaud.The Rotary President said that the aim of the meeting was to garner the Administration’s support of their humanitarian efforts.“I know that having spoken to him, he is very excited about literacy and that is one of our areas…because we feel if you have an educated population they will be taken out of poverty faster, ” Mrs. Cox said.Members also used the opportunity to brief the President on the Club’s work and enquired how best they can aid the government in its ongoing efforts to improve literacy throughout the country.Mrs. Cox said that the Club is pleased with the outcome, as the sentiments expressed by President Granger indicate the Administration’s willingness to support the efforts of the Club.Also during the meeting, President Granger was presented with a token from Ralph Persaud, Ron Santo Cubs Jersey, the Rotary Secretary. The Rotary Club of Georgetown Guyana was first constituted on May 20, 1959. Dr. B.B.G Nehaul the then Government Pathologist and Bacteriologist of British Guiana conceived the idea of establishing a service club in Guyana. He chose the Rotary.
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