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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:52am
A meeting was held, yesterday at the Ministry of Natural Resources between Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Sydney Allicock. The meeting was called to tackle social problems prevalent in Amerindian Villages in which mining is practised.These problems have been precipitated by mining activities in and near to Amerindian communities.The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has often come under fire by Amerindian officials, for giving mining permits to miners to operate in rivers which run through or close to communities.  Often, these mining operations lead to social and environmental issues such as prostitution, truancy, alcoholism and land erosion.“We have to manage the tension that is arising, so that both sides are respected to ensure that we keep the tension to a minimum, ” said Trotman, “From time to time there will be tensions and it’s not the GGMC’s plan to disregard Amerindian lands or rights, or to cause social disruptions.”Trotman said that while the meeting was helpful, as both sides were able to determine their positions and identify what the crux of the problem is, the Ministers were not able to come up with a position to resolve issues that are ongoing. They have, however, agreed on the need to collaborate and exchange documents over the next week, and will soon meet again to discuss the matter further as these are pressing issues.Trotman said that it is not on the government’s agenda to limit or stop the activity of mining in close proximity to villages as one has to look at the rights of a miner to mine.He said that GGMC is not unmindful of the social implications since it understands the need for the protection of Amerindian lands, heritage and resources. Trotman said that as a result, the talks between the relevant parties – the GGMC will seek to establish mutually accepted solutions to the issues at hand.Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Simona Broomes, has also been working with Trotman to tackle some of the issues in mining communities. Just recently, Cheap NFL Football Jerseys, an 11-year-old was among several other girls found in a bar in Baramita.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:51am
State auditors working on the Ministry of Education 2010 accounts, uncovered serious discrepanciesFormer Education Minister, Shaik Bakshover the ordering of $110M worth in textbooks. Systems were manipulated and almost $62M remained undelivered at the time of the audit.The indication now is that, there was a huge racket on at the Ministry involving the ordering of textbooks.The report is replete with instances of improper records being kept by various Ministries and regional administrations and the there were warnings by the Audit Office that the systems could be easily manipulated as a result, allowing for frauds.It was discovered that two cheques- one for $40M and another for $70M- were drawn up on the Consolidated Fund. One was paid in May and the other on September 20, 2011 to the supplier, who was not named.According to the report, the fact that the payments took place in the fourth and ninth months of 2011, confirms the use of a strategy to defeat the controls as set out in the government’s Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMA), by the withdrawal of sums appropriated in one year and holding them for extended periods for spending in another year during the life of another Appropriation Act.“It is even more disturbing that such a serious breach is aided and abetted by the Ministry of Finance, through a process in which staledated cheques are extended for use at current dates. This was the case of the second cheque which was updated on June 9, Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, 2011.”The audit discovered that the supplier, after receiving the $70.291M cheque on September 20, returned $30.291M via a manager’s cheque but the Ministry never sent this back to the Consolidated Fund where all unused government funds are accounted for.Another strange thing was that a contract was drawn up in May 2011 and approved then by the Tender Board yet cheques for $110M were made up since December 2010, almost six months before-  an indication that the Ministry knew who was going to be awarded a particular contract, even before it was awarded.Internal records at the Ministry’s Book Distribution Unit were not clear raising even more questions.The report said that from delivery notes records, books were delivered in August and September 2011 and the Coordinator of the Book Distribution Unit later said it was part of a $70M order which was adjusted to $40M.In charge of the Ministry at the time was Minister Shaik Baksh, who was not included in the current Cabinet under new President Donald Ramotar.The Audit Office made no bones that something remained wrong about the $110M book order which would be distributed to schools across the country.“If the deliveries were to be accepted as being made under the orders for 2010, then the supplier is still to deliver books to a value of $62.425M, since the computed value of deliveries to date was $17.575M.“It was interesting to note that the time period given for delivery was six months, with an end date of October 31, 2011.”It was this same supplier who was given contracts in 2010 to the tune of $230M but cheques were drawn up in December 2009. There were several discrepancies also with those contracts including one that was “surprisingly” dated one year later on January 21, 2011.The Tender Board approval did not disclose details of the orders, including the book titles, authors, quantities or even costs. On request, the Ministry of Education provided two contracts and three book lists that give details of the order.“The Audit Office was unable to validate delivery on the orders, as the state of accounting at the Book Delivery Unit (BDU) made accounting for the books impractical. It should be noted that the BDU provided delivery invoices with supply details of several books. However, these invoices were not referenced to the related orders and did not include the prices of the books supplied.”
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:51am
… Thought he was transporting dry coconuts-court hearsOne of two men, who were allegedly held with almost 130 pounds of marijuana concealed in (salt) bags, after police intercepted a car at Kitty, Georgetown, during a high speed chase, is claiming that he thought dry coconuts were in the bags.The man, Fawad Hamid, also known as ‘Not Nice’, 22, of Blairmont Estate, Berbice and Mark Douglas of Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice, are accused of having 58.843 kilogrammes of marijuana in their possession for the purpose of trafficking on March 12, at David Street, Kitty, Georgetown.Hamid and Douglas who are represented by Attorneys Mark Waldron and Clyde Forde respectively are out on bail.Police acting on information travelled to the vicinity of Subs and Salads, Sheriff Street, Georgetown, where two vehicles were seen. Hamid, who was the driver of one of the vehicles, turned into David Street, Georgetown after seeing police ranks. Ranks intercepted the vehicle after an exchange of gunfire and conducted a search during which a quantity of compressed marijuana was found in five bags in the trunk of the vehicle.Last week, Hamid was called on to lead a defence after trial Magistrate Judy Latchman ruled that a Prima Facie case was made out against him based on evidence led by Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt.Guided by his Attorney, the defendant elected to give a sworn testimony, during which he told the court that Douglas had given him five white salt bags and told him that dry coconuts were inside.According to Hamid whilst leaving his home on the day in question, Douglas approached him at a park at Rosignol, Berbice and asked if he wanted a taxi to Georgetown. Hamid recalled that Douglas told him he had some bags to take to the city. He said that Douglas left and returned with five salt bags and placed them into the trunk of the vehicle.“He (Douglas) tell me the bags got to go to Georgetown and he gave me a phone number to call somebody. I put it (the phone number) in my cell phone. He said when I go on Sheriff Street call the (phone number) and a man will come and collect the (salt) bags.”The witness said that he drove the car from Berbice and called the cell phone number given to him while on Sheriff Street, but got no answer which resulted in him calling Douglas who told him he would be there in two minutes.Hamid said, “When Mark Douglas arrived he parked behind my car. When I stepped out my car to talk to Douglas I see a burgundy 212 (motorcar) pull up alongside Douglas car with four plainclothes policemen.”The defendant stated that he rushed into his car and sped off after police ranks with guns approached his co-accused. He stated that police chased after him firing gunshot and he surrendered; stepping out of the car.Hamid told the court that he was taken to Police Narcotics Branch, Eve Leary, Georgetown, where police ranks opened the salt bags in the presence of Mark Douglas and disclosed that the bag contained marijuana.Hamid related that he told police that the drug belonged to Mark Douglas and they promised to send him home if he testified against Douglas.In spite of the promise, Cheap Football Jerseys, Hamid told the court police later informed him that he would be charged for the offence.This matter is continuing.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:51am
The University of Guyana was further bolstered on Tuesday, when it received a donation of books, courtesy of the Indian High Commission. Some 150 books of various titles were handed over to the University yesterday.Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Paloma Mohamed, received the books on behalf of the University.The topics range from Philology, History, International Law, International Relations and Religion just to name a few.Second Secretary of Commerce and Development Cooperation, Shashi Mohan Joshi, who made the presentation on behalf of the Indian High Commission said, “The Commission has had interactions with the University since its humble beginnings in 1963. Some five decades ago.”Joshi added, “The books are general in nature and may not cater to the faculty syllabus at the University. However, the Commission is cognizant of the fact that the books will be of much use to researchers.”An offer was also extended to the University, encouraging the institution to highlight syllabus relevant books published in Indian. Noting the Commission’s willingness to make the books available free of cost.Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Paloma Mohamed, received the books on behalf of the University with much thanks. The Deputy Vice Chancellor made mention of the Rabindranath Tagore collection of books donated back in 2006.Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, Cheap Jerseys From China, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.“We are working very hard, not only to get a new library, but also to ensure that it is really up to date, modern and are really able to meet the needs of what we want to do at the university”She also noted the university has several Indian nationals in their employ, adding that the academia is very pleased with their performance. The official also highlighted Guyanese, who are currently in India studying to acquire a PHD in media video and community.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 05:51am
…claims officer gagged him with underwearColwyn Harding, who is alleging that he was brutally assaulted and raped with a condom-covered baton by Police Constables Devin Singh and Roselle Tilbury-Douglas, will continue testifying on Friday.Two Thursdays ago, Harding stood in the witness box and gave an emotional testimony at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.During the start of his testimony, he told the court that on the day in question, he was in the company of his girlfriend, Tenisha Evans, Jerseys NFL Cheap, in a house at Timehri.He recalled that he suddenly saw light in the yard and asked his girlfriend to see what it was.Harding testified that after Evans did not reply he went to the back door of the house to do his own investigation.He said that as he approached the door, he saw lights. As a result of this, he said that he called out to enquire who was in his yard.Harding said that an unknown voice replied, demanding that he “open the f@#king door.” He testified that he refused to comply because the individual failed to identify himself.Moments later, Harding explained that the back door was kicked open and 10 officers armed with torchlights and guns entered the house. He said that Constable Singh, handcuffed him and dragged him into the bedroom while the other officers continued to search the house.However, Harding emphasized that Singh had enquired if he was a part of the notorious ‘Hot Skull’ gang, and began to beat him when he denied.He further explained that when he began to scream, the officer gagged him with his underwear and continued to beat him.The witness explained that he was then dragged into the kitchen, where he was further interrogated and brutally beaten by the said officer, causing him to drop to his knees.After this recollection, he broke down in tears which led to the matter being adjourned for a short while. Upon recall, Harding was still traumatized and the Magistrate further adjourned the matter to Friday.The defendants are being represented by Attorneys Glenn Hanoman and Leslie Sobers respectively.Both Attorneys, in addressing the court, requested that the matter be dismissed but Magistrate Leron Dailey disapproved.Singh, of Lot 125 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara; and Tilbury-Douglas, of Alliance Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara, are jointly charged with assaulting Harding during the period November 1 to November 13, 2013, at the Timehri Police Station, so as to cause him actual bodily harm.Devin Singh was also slapped with an additional assault charge.The duo, who has been on trial since last November, first appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on June 3, 2014 and denied the allegations.Singh was released on $200, 000 bail while his colleague was granted bail in the sum of $100, 000 by former Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.Harding has alleged that a policeman at the Timehri station pushed a condom-covered baton up his anus in November 2013.Harding, who was at the time a prisoner having been remanded for allegedly assaulting the cop and resisting arrest, suffered a ruptured intestine. He subsequently underwent corrective surgery in Jamaica, even as a dispute arose as to how he had come by his injuries.Medical examinations have confirmed that a ‘foreign object’ was inserted into Harding’s anus.
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