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Date: 16 Aug 17 04:31am
An inmate of the New Amsterdam prison was jailed for a further 12 months for chopping another prisoner in a brawl over a cell phone.Chetram Narine, 32, of Williamsburg, Corentyne, Authentic Jerseys Cheap, Berbice was jailed by Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s court after he pleaded guilty to the charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on inmate Omar Shafeek.The prosecution’s case was that at about 07:10 hrs on Tuesday 27th December 2011, Chetram Narine and Omar Shafeek had a quarrel over a cell phone.  During the misunderstanding Narine picked up an iron bar and beat Shafeek, who had to seek medical attention.  Narine was subsequently charged.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 03:40am
Concerned residents of Fyrish on the Corentyne came out in their numbers on Thursday to protest the faulty repair works that are being carried out on the Fyrish Road.They staged a protest in front of the Gibraltar/Courtland Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) office, citing discrimination by the Regional Administration.One resident, Megan Lambert, stated that she is fed up with the substandard work that is being done on the road each month.“Every month the region keeps doing this road, patching here and there and yet it keeps breaking up and they do it again”, she argued.The residents argued that within one month, the road usually become impassable after which the region would allocate more monies to do more works again.Lambert also said that she suspects the materials that were supposed to be used to do proper work on the road are being stolen and diverted to other locations because she saw trucks taking materials away from the worksites. She said that she has information that stealing might be occurring.Also present during the protest was PNCR Councillor, Deborah Hurst, who stated that she represents the issue during every RDC Meeting but only promises are being made.She added that the road is being repaired for over 16 years now and no repair has lasted more than a few months.“They are wasting taxpayers’ monies and the monies are going into their pockets!” the councillor said.Hurst stated, Reuben Foster Jersey, too, that the NDC in the area is being controlled by the Region Seven RDC, hence they cannot “do better”.Kaieteur News was able to contact Gibraltar- Courtland NDC Chairman, Edwin Mc Bean who expressed solidarity with the protesters. He said that the Ministry of Public Works and Hydraulics does maintenance frequently on the road but it makes no sense since every hour on the hour, the Albion Sugar Estate trucks travel on the road causing severe damages.“All the region does is that they patch and patch and next year it goes back to the same. The residents want a hot mixture with machine do the road, ” the official stated.The Chairman said that the RDC ends up spending more money in the long run. He also accused the RDC of not informing the local authorities whenever they [the RDC] wants to do work on the roads.“They don’t share the Bill of Quantities. We just see the contractors come and then we have to enquire who they are. We don’t have control over that, which isn’t good enough. The local authority is supposed to be informed long before it happens, and this is unsatisfactory, ” he said. Some of the placards during the protest read, “Fyrish Road is a cash cow for big contractor. Fix today, break one month later. Time out, we had enough” and “Stop paying to full potholes every month!”Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Zulfikar Mustapha was out of office on Thursday afternoon and efforts to contact DIPCON road services proved futile. (Leon Suseran)
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Date: 16 Aug 17 03:40am
Although it continues to fulfil its mandate as an enforcer of the bylaws in the city, part of which includes ensuring that persons are arrested daily and placed before the courts for indictable and summary matters, it yet operates with many challenges.This is according to Chief Constable Andrew Foo, who noted that despite the fact that the Constabulary is a law enforcement agency and it has Common Law powers of arrest as well as statutory powers of arrest, the entity’s mode of operation is constricted.One of the challenges Foo related is based on the regular late payment of salaries on the part of the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown, which has over time resulted in a high turnover rate of staff within the constabulary.“Members of staff, when they are not paid on time, would tend to seek other places of employment where they are guaranteed that at the end of the month they will be paid a salary and honour their financial commitments.”This state of affairs, Foo added, has also proven to be a disincentive, which manifests through the few young people would not opt to join the constabulary.Another issue is that of uniforms to ensure that they are properly attired so that their presence is felt.“We do have persons, but based on the fact that they are not uniformed and are not visible this is a major challenge in itself.” The lack of a facility for officers who have been trained but have to travel great distances has also served to dissuade them from remaining in the service.Nonetheless, he said that the efforts are continually being made to recruit new staff and applications coming in on a regular basis. According to Foo some persons have already come forward to indicate their interest in being a part of the constabulary.“Of all members of the organisations who would have left with clean records, a few have given indications and I have given them a commitment that in keeping with their records to have them back.”Foo further revealed that the majority of the applicants are women thus the need for the Constabulary to engage measures to strike a balance since the nature of the work is policing and confrontations are likely to occur in the attempts to make arrest.For this reason he said that efforts would have to be made to examine closely applicants that are on file to ensure that the deficiency is addressed.  The constabulary is also relying on advertisements in the print media, Foo said.He highlighted the fact that vacancies exist within the organisation.Currently the resources of the Constabulary which has a complement of 178 sworn officers, 100 shy of its ideal manpower strength, Supply Cheap Jerseys, is challenged to manage the vending situation in the city.Although there are security guards attached to the Constabulary who are charged with securing the 39 locations of council, enforcing of the bylaws is carried out by an Enforcement Unit, Foo disclosed.Due to the limited capacity, he said that there are mainly about 12 persons that are allotted at one time to the Unit to patrol the city. “Our numbers would not allow for the sort of visibility you would see in terms of officers from the Guyana Police Force. They have the numbers and so they have persons planted at almost each and every corner in the city. “In the past, the Chief Constable revealed that the Constabulary had the strength that could allow for officers to be on static beats and foot patrol, stressing that the current situation does not allow for that reality.But in recognition of the fact that the festive season will bring with it an increase of criminal elements at some of the prime shopping areas, including the municipal markets, Foo disclosed that an additional number of ranks have been committed to boosting the security arrangements.“We have placed a small number of ranks in plain clothes on the streets and around the markets. They are also working to ensure that the stallholders who are legal tenants of the council are given a certain degree of protection.”It is expected that at least 100 of the 178 sworn officers will be committed to bolstering the security of the city over the holidays.  Mobile patrols will also be increased around the city, he added.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 03:39am
A review of the education system has been recommended by the office of the Auditor General. The suggestion comes in wake of the discovery of overpayments exceeding $13 million.According to the 2012 Auditor General Report for the period under review, Gerard Pique Jersey, a total of 13 transactions relating to pay change directives for resignations and dismissals were forwarded late to the Central Accounting Unit of the Ministry, resulting in overpaid salaries totalling $1.070 million.The overpaid amounts have not been recovered to date and this circumstance, according to the Report, was compounded by a sum of $12.580 million which has remained outstanding from overpayments made during the years 2006 through 2011.The unrecovered amounts as at December 31 last year totalled $13.560 million.Nevertheless, the Audit Office has commended actions that resulted in collections of an amount totalling $2.312 million during the past year which allowed for the reduction of the previous year’s outstanding balance of $14.892 million.The Ministry, in acknowledging the findings of the office of the Auditor General, has indicated that robust efforts are ongoing to recover the overpayments. In fact, the Ministry has highlighted its success in reducing the total sum from the previous year and has noted that efforts are continuing in this regard.The Auditor General’s Office is however urging that the Ministry initiate a review of its system to ensure that the measures in place are updated to provide more efficient, effective and timely advice to the Central Accounting Unit.It has also been recommended by the Audit Office that moves be made by the Ministry to locate payment vouchers in order to have them audited, in light of the fact that there is need for the entity to account for 20 outstanding payment vouchers.The Report outlines that for the period under review, the vouchers for expenditure totalling $2.393 million were not presented for audit examination. As a result, the Report states that “it could not be determined the propriety of the payments made and whether value was received for the sums expended.”A total of 11 payment vouchers for expenditure totally $11.511 million also remained outstanding for the year 2011, the Report added.Further still it was outlined that a financial loss of $136, 637 that was suffered by the Ministry in 1997 was still not resolved, and a decision was still pending by the Losses Board. This loss was as a result of an apparent misappropriation of funds, for which two officers were interdicted from duty. This development saw the Ministry writing the Crime Chief in 2002 enquiring about the status report on the investigation, but so far this report has not materialised, the Audit Report revealed.On April 18, 2005, the Head of Budget Agency apprised the Finance Secretary of the situation and filed a losses report. It is the expectation of the Audit Office that the Ministry’s Head of Budget Agency aggressively follow-up with the Ministry of Finance so as to discuss the way forward with a view to ultimately bringing closure to the matter.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 03:39am
The most anticipated show of the year is back. In its sixth edition, Howie Morenz Canadiens Jersey, UNCENSORED will be staged on December 27 and 28 at the National Cultural Centre.Two of the acts that are due to tickle the audience at ‘Uncensored 6’.The show provides a showcase for young stand-up comedians.Its dual emphasis is on “discovering” great comedic talent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and to the Guyanese public, as well as, showcasing the works of seasoned professionals and well-known stars such as Henry Rodney, Lyndon ‘Jumbie’ Jones, Leza ‘Radika’ Singh, Kwasi ‘Ace’ Edmondson, Odessa Primus and Kirt ‘Chubby’ Williams.UNCENSORED is the largest live stand-up comedy show in Guyana. While it targets an adult audience, the past five shows have all been sold out, featuring over 20 performers who provided killer comedy every single time.‘UNCENSORED 6’ promises to be no different with a line-up of promising debutants such as Michael Ignatius, Max Massiah, Brian Goodman, Sean Thompson, Mark Luke Edwards, Savitri Singh and Patrick Chanderban.They will compete on December 27 for the coveted title of King or Queen of Uncensored Comedy and for three spots on Sunday night. It will be stand-up comedy unleashed and at its best.Tickets for the show cost $1000 (balcony); $1500 (auditorium rear); and $2500 (auditorium front) and are available at the National Cultural Centre; Giftland OfficeMax; Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop; Gizmos and Gadgets; Payless Variety Store; Nigel’s Supermarket and from Sir Mars.The laughter starts at 20:00h and patrons are advised that dress code is in effect.
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