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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:46am
-masked killers escape in carLeonard Mahadeo, Nike Air Force One Shoes Women, a Diamond resident was last evening gunned down in cold blood shortly before midnight at a popular Eccles, East Bank Demerara drinking spot.According to reports, Mahadeo who would usually walk with an entourage of bodyguards was drinking with a friend last night in the Soca Paradise establishment when two masked men exited a silver Premio, calmly walked into the drinking spot and fired a barrage of bullets.Residents in the area recalled hearing about two shots fired after which another volley of about 10 shots was heard.This sent the waitresses at Soca Paradise scampering for cover even as Mahadeo’s lone drinking buddy was unhurt.The gunmen calmly walked out and sped away in the car.Execution was clearly the motive as the gunmen did not attempt to rob either Mahadeo or his drinking partner.Scores of police ranks converged on the scene as well as curious neighbors and while no ballistics experts were on hand, some experienced ranks surmised that the killers used assault rifle rounds, given the size of the shells recovered.Mahadeo’s bullet riddled body was left lying in a pool of blood for several hours as detectives tried to piece together the information gathered.(see further details in tomorrow’s edition)
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:46am
With an export leap of 31 percent for last year alone, Nand Persaud International Communication Inc, placed itself among the top export performing companies in the Caribbean and was justly rewarded Monday nightExcellence in Service Exports winner, Nand Persaud Int’l Communications’ Managing Director, Gadhram Ramdial (L); and Guyana Go-Invest Board Member, Owen Verwey, (centre) pose with the award, received from Jay Ollivierre Gomez (R).in Barbados.The Port Mourant-based company earned the Caribbean Export Agency’s ‘Excellence in Service Exports’ award in a glitzy ceremony at the Hilton Barbados, where ‘The Caribbean Exporter of the Year 2016 Awards were held.The citation for this award for outstanding export performance read, “Established in 2002, Nand Persaud International Communication Inc. is the first provider of near shore Contact Center and Business Outsourcing Solutions in Guyana.“It currently provides services such as customer support, Cheap NFL Jerseys, both technical and non-technical, leads generation, transcription services and quality assurance.“It currently employs over 500 employees, all geared towards the provision of services to a wide range of international clientele based in the US and Canada.“In 2015, NPIC experienced a massive 31 per cent in export growth.“Its commitment to excellence has caused NPIC to gain a strong reputation for quality, which has differentiated it from the competition, and has been critical in its success.”
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:56am
The continuance of the $10, 000 cash grant that was offered to each public school child by the previous administration last year will be dependent on the outcome of a review being undertaken by Government.This development was confirmed by Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman, at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing convened at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday.Trotman disclosed that while the decision to introduce the grant was a laudable idea it was badly implemented. He also noted that the review was premised on the fact that Cabinet was advised that it is a fiscally unsustainable endeavour.“When one studies developmental economics, when you give a grant or cash transfer it must be accompanied or guided by a means test, ” Trotman explained.A means test is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the means to do without that help. Moreover, Trotman underscored that the purpose of the review is to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are the sole or primary beneficiaries of the grant.“So to have a grant of $10, 000 to every school child without it being focused to those who need it more is not fiscally sustainable for any economy, and particularly ours, ” the Governance Minister noted.As such he asserted “we want to review it to ensure that, for example, a child who would have previously received $10, 000 but is living in abject poverty would now in fact receive $100, 000 whereas a child…going to a private school would not receive a $10, 000 (grant) because it would be depriving a child who really needs it.”Trotman therefore informed that the grant for now has been stopped in light of the fact that economic standards would not allow for it to be continued in the manner that it was done under the previous administration. He however assured that Government is prepared to continue the $1, 500 uniform voucher to public school children.The cash grant, Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, which was introduced for the first time last year by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic government, was afforded to children attending nursery, primary and secondary level schools across the country. It was said to be an initiative being undertaken because of Government’s interest in the education of children and was thus labelled the “Because We Care Cash Grant.”On Wednesday, too, Trotman announced that Government has approved a contract for the supply of exercise books for schoolchildren countrywide. The contract sum, to the tune of $63, 341, 598 has been awarded to the Guyana National Printers Limited. And according to the Minister, “this is a demonstration of Government’s continuing interest in the proper and orderly education of our children.”
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:55am
Two more witnesses were yesterday called to testify on behalf of the prosecution as the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the death of 20-year-old Carlissa Matthews continued at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.Dead: Carlissa MatthewsMatthews’s ex-boyfriend, Jermaine Maynard, 42, of Leopold and Cross Streets, Werk-en-Rust, is charged with murder.Minutes before the end of 2013, the woman was shot dead outside the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet on Water Street and Croal Street. She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she succumbed early New Year’s morning.Reports are that the accused had fled the scene after the alleged shooting but was nabbed at the ‘back track’ crossing in Springlands as he was about to board a vessel on January 2.The preliminary inquiry got underway on Monday last in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and is scheduled to be called again today before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.Maynard, the sole accused, is being represented by Defence Attorney George Thomas and prosecuted by Corporal Bharat Mangru who is attached to the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions.The inquiry is a pre-trial hearing not only for Maynard to hear what State witnesses have to say under oath, but also for a determination to be made by the Magistrate whether the Prosecution has enough evidence for him to be sent before a judge and jury for murder.As it commenced on Monday, the court heard sworn testimonies from Matthews’s mother Carol Kennedy, the lead investigator, Detective Constable Zamir Zakeer who is attached to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Brickdam Police Station as well as Detective Constable Hendricks, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, attached to CID of Springlands Police Station.Yesterday Kennedy and Zakeer were both called to take the stand once again.Matthews’s stepfather Collis Bruce and Sergeant Eon Jackson, a firearm and ammunition specialist attached to the Criminal Investigations Division Headquarters, Eve Leary, for the past 18 years, have also testified.Under oath, her mother and stepfather told the court what they would have witnessed at the time of the alleged shooting while the investigators described the roles they played in the investigation into the alleged murder.The death certificate, post mortem report, a bullet, one lead and hard object, as well as the metal fragments recovered from Matthews’s body, have all been tendered as evidence.By request, Carol Kennedy will return to court today to continue giving her evidence.The Prosecution indicated that it has three remaining witnesses to support its case.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:55am
‘AG spends more time on propaganda rather than doing his real job, ’ says GreenidgeBy Kiana Wilburg“Why was Makeshwar “Fip” Motilall awarded the contract when he has never built a road or hydro plant?”  This was one of the questions raised by Carl Greenidge, the shadow Finance Minister of a Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Attorney General, Anil Nandlall responded that Synergy, owned by Motilall, was only awarded the contract on the basis of being the lowest bidder.Attorney General, Anil Nandlall“If Synergy Holdings was not awarded the contract, the government would have been accused of awarding the contracts to friends and cronies and ignoring the lowest bidder. Yet when the contract was awarded to Synergy, the government was still criticized, ” said Nandlall.However, Greenidge responded, “A contract cannot be awarded solely on the basis of being the lowest bidder. One must meet certain technical and financial requirements, possess the necessary expertise and exhibit professional competence.”Nandlall told this publication that the road contract for Amaila Falls Hydro Project was advertised publicly by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.Three bids were subsequently received from Synergy.Inc, BK International and one from China Railway First Group Co. Ltd (China Rail) and those by China Rail and BK exceeded Synergy’s by several million US dollars.“Indeed one of the bids was almost twice the value of Synergy’s bids so the differential of the prices of the bids were tremendous.”In addition, Synergy completed a substantial amount of the most difficult works on the road. Nandlall indicated that Synergy breached certain conditions of the contract and as such, the contract was terminated.He said that the matter is now before the courts and the government is claiming compensation from Synergy.He continued, “Synergy, as per the contract. lodged a performance bond to the tune of US$1.5million. Upon termination of the contract, the government has taken steps to recover the monies due under the performance bond .When one takes into account the monies to be recovered from the performance bond there is a possibility that the state will come out the net winner in this equation.”The Minister of Legal Affairs stated that the procurement process allows for objections to be made and appeals to be lodged against awards. Why was this facility not used if Mr. Greenidge had any contention with regard to which company was awarded the contract? Is it that the Rip Van Winkle of the opposition has now awakened from his intoxicated slumber?”The Shadow Finance Minister said that the procurement process allows for little to no justice. “I don’t think anything was done with most of the complaints that are made to the tender board. It is a political contract so what is the use in submitting complaints?”“The Attorney General seems to be spending more time doing public relations work for the government rather than his own work. The fact that Synergy is before the court is no surprise. Before one can even look at the financial part of a contract, one must first ascertain whether the company is competent.“Motilall had no track record. He has never delivered but was still given eleven extensions so what is Nandlall talking about? His business seems to be more propaganda rather than executing his responsibilities as an Attorney General.”With regard to questions surrounding why the Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Holdings, Cheap NHL Jerseys, Makeshwar “Fip” Motilall, was awarded the contract despite allegations about his competence, the Attorney General said that the Public Relations Officer of Synergy who was Ms. Cathy Hughes, Member of Parliament, is the best person to answer that question.Carl Greenidge“Mrs. Hughes, who is an executive member of Synergy, disseminated all the information about Motilall’s suitability for this project and I wonder why didn’t, Mr. Nagamootoo or Mr. Greenidge ask Mrs. Hughes then or ask her now about his suitability.”Greenidge firmly responded to Nandlall’s comments, stating that he is not concerned with whether Mrs. Hughes was the CEO or the Public Relations Officer. “It is not germane to the question posited. Nandlall is paid to give advice on the law but he behaves in a way that is above reproach and is always bending information to make propaganda for the government.“He is the only Attorney General that spends most of his time on propaganda rather than doing his real job.”
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