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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:23pm
Guyana is bound to face a number of lawsuits given that the country remains in violation of theFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlallrevised Treaty of Chaguaramas.Former Attorney General, (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall expressed this view, in light of disclosures made by the country’s current AG, Basil Williams.While addressing the National Assembly on Friday, Williams told the House of yet another financial obligation which the PPP administration did not honour, leaving the country in an awful state of economic disrepair.Williams said that the discovery was made during a recent visit to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).  The AG said that he was informed that Guyana is yet to honor its financial obligation as it relates to the outcome of a matter with the Suriname Company Rudisa Beverage Company.  The Court awarded the Suriname Company some $1.2B  (US$6M) which had been collected as an environmental tax in contravention of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which requires equal treatment of products and services from all Caricom member countries.  But the PPP, two years later, never honoured the obligation.Williams also revealed that $57M which was judiciously awarded to Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) when it won a case against the PPP government is also yet to be paid. He questioned whether the former AG (Anil Nandlall) can provide an answer as to why his government did not pay the sums.Attorney General, Basil WilliamsResponding to the allegations yesterday Nandlall issued a statement which noted that the matter between the Caribbean Court of Justice in a case filed against the State of Guyana by Rudisa Beverage Company of Suriname has been in the public domain, even as it unfolded before the court.“It boggles the mind that the Attorney General made this “discovery” by chance when I repeatedly and ad nauseam made this information public,  both when the judgement was awarded, as well as on numerable times thereafter, ” Nandlall stressed.The former AG noted that he sought to have the matter addressed on numerous occasions. He said that as he spoke on the matter, “I explained why, and on what basis, this judgment was granted.”Nandlall claims that during the hearing of the case, the Rudisa Company undertook before the CCJ, that were Guyana to remove from its laws, the offensive provisions, Wholesale Jerseys Paypal, they would withdraw their case.As a result, he said that the necessary amendments to the Customs Act were tabled in the National Assembly, by the then Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, on two occasions, but both times, the joint opposition, which held a majority in the National Assembly, voted against the amendments.Nandlall pointed out that it was, in fact Williams, Khemraj Ramjattan and Carl Greenidge, who addressed the House emphatically against the amendments, on both occasions.“In both instances, I explained to the House that the case is pending at the CCJ, and if the amendments are not passed, judgement will be granted against Guyana. My appeals fell on deaf ears.” he added.According to Nandlall the truth is that Guyana is liable to face many more lawsuits once the country remains in violation of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.He said that it would therefore be prudent if the current AG could ensure that Guyana complies with its Treaty obligations, rather than engage in political ramblings on this issue.Nandlall also claims no award was made by the CCJ with regard to “the second “debt” referred to by Williams.In relation to 57 million Guyana dollars which was awarded against the State in a matter brought by Trinidad Cement Limited, the former AG explained that the only monetary order made in that matter relates to costs and it is nothing close to that amount.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:36pm
The Government of Guyana has secured financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to assist in implementing the Community Services Enhancement Project, and it intends to apply a part of the funds toward consulting services for the revaluation of properties in four communities which are to be upgraded to townships.These are located in the Essequibo, namely Bartica, Charity, Parika and Supenaam.The Government has since appointed the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development as the executing agency for the provision of these consulting services.The objective of the consultancy is to improve the overall equity and efficiency of the property tax system in Bartica, Charity, Nike Free Run Shoes On Sale, Parika and Supenaam.Consulting services are required to facilitate the use of the systems, standards of practice and technology developed under the Inter-American Development Bank-funded Urban Development Project to:  Capture all properties to develop a tax roll that is 100 per cent complete and accurate for the project communities; Consistently apply systematic and acceptable valuation techniques to value the properties, and make use of up-to-date technology for property identification, valuation, accounting and record maintenance in Bartica, Charity, Parika and Supenaam.Consultants will also be required to develop a public awareness programme to encourage compliance with obligations with respect to property taxes, and to highlight the associated community benefits.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:36pm
Police ranks who repeatedly absent themselves from court without a valid reason will be interdicted from duty.The warning came from Commissioner of Police Henry Greene, during an address yesterday to ranks at the Force’s annual mid-year awards ceremony to mark the organisation’s 172nd anniversary.“Once we realize that you have deliberately stayed away from court, with all sorts of frivolous excuses, you will be charged and interdicted from duty. I’m warning you now, send the word through, ” the Commissioner told his ranks.Greene said that there is no doubt that in the area of prosecution there have been difficulties for the Guyana Police Force. He stated that not only police witnesses are absent from time to time, but civilian witnesses are also delinquent in this regard.According to Greene, China Jerseys Wholesale, in some cases the civilian witnesses are compromised.“There are lots of other witnesses who get paid off…who don’t come because they are paid off, and they hide, all sorts of schemes. And cases are dismissed, not necessarily because of the poor police prosecution, ” the Commissioner said.He explained that the Force has been making significant efforts to train its prosecutors.“They’re not lawyers, but they’ve had some amount of training, and invariably some police ranks are absent… and many times it’s in the Magistrate’s judgement that even though we feel that a prima facie case has been made out, the Magistrate feels otherwise and dismisses the case, ” Greene said.The situation impacts negatively on justice for the victims of criminal activity as well as the accused, who have to spend months on remand as a result of the tardiness of some police ranks.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:36pm
The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission’s (GGMC), Geological Survey Unit is undertaking a geological mineral survey in the Itaballi area as part of an effort to map the mineral deposits.Among those conducting field tests and studies for the project in the Region Seven area are several women.Some $40 million has been budgeted for the eight-week Regional Geological Sampling project, according to a recent government release.The project is being conducted by 42 GGMC officers, including eight females and auxiliary staff. It started on October 13 and is due to be completed by December 8, 2016.A University of Guyana (UG) scholar, now Chemical Geologist, Nkechi McPherson, started at the GGMC in 2011.According to her, the field experience has been good. “It’s a lot of hard work so you should be active before you get in the field or else you’ll really feel the pressure.”McPherson added that this is the first trip where she led her own team of GGMC staffers. “You have to be confident in yourself and you have to understand that not everything you see on the map is what will be on the ground so you have to cater for all of those uncertainties.”GGMC’s Geologist, Tiace Fraser, who started her stint in 2009, views her career as a challenge, but one that she likes. “You know it challenges your mind and your body at the same time. When you’re out there you have to think about the dangers, Authentic NFL Jerseys Cheap, but at the same time you have to keep pushing yourself.”For Tricia Tulloch, this is her first trip into the fields. The Geological Technician noted that, “It is quite interesting, I like it a lot. I didn’t expect to like it but I do, I really do. You get to experience new things and realise that you’re not fit, sometimes you need to exercise. You learn a lot about your country.”Senior Geologist, Unata DeFreitas, has already served more than 19 years with the GGMC. The veteran pointed out that more females are finding the career and the environment suitable. There is lot of experience to be gained.De Frietas added, “more so what is given back to our country. We have a passion for the natural patrimony and we understand that the more information we get, the better position our country will be in.”Getting a firsthand look at the project was Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, who described herself as living evidence of what women can achieve in the sector.“People say, oh she’s a miner, she’s a porkknocker but look at me now, I’m a minister. The sky is the limit. I would want to encourage women to get involved. We are tidier. We can make a difference in these areas.”The Minister, who was a successful mining operator, said she really admired the female geologists, “who spoke about their passion so when we come to do things we do it in a particular way, looking for that result. The vision, the opportunity is real.”
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:36pm
Police on the West Coast of Demerara have recorded the largest drug bust so far for the year, following the seizure of a whopping 21 kilograms of cocaine yesterday.The drugs valued about $80M were unearthed in a car in which three men, two of whom are known drug dealers, were travelling.According to reports, around midday yesterday, the police acting on information, trailed a car from Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara.In the vicinity of Anna Catherina, they managed to get a glimpse of the occupants whom they immediately recognised as known drug dealers.They followed the car to Uitvlugt, where the two known suspects, upon realising that they were being followed, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, hurriedly exited the car, leaving the driver to ‘face the music’.The ranks then carried out a search of the vehicle and discovered the cocaine.The driver reportedly denied any link to the drug claiming that he was hired by the two men.This newspaper understands that the bust was a result of a sustained surveillance operation on the two suspects which began some time last week.The police have assured that they will be relentlessly hunting the men who escaped with a view to having them appear in court.
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