Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:58:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No signs of missing Kaieteur Falls woman – search resumes today http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/no-signs-of-missing-kaieteur-falls-woman-search-resumes-today/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/no-signs-of-missing-kaieteur-falls-woman-search-resumes-today/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:58:30 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364504 Missing: Laleta Sivanand

Missing: Laleta Sivanand

The search operations to find the woman who disappeared on Monday during a trip to the Kaieteur National Park is to be further intensified today according to the Ministry of the Presidency.

The woman has been identified as Laleta Sivanand, who is said to be in her early 40s. Contrary to what the woman had told people on the trip she is neither a doctor nor an environmentalist. In fact her field of employment is Human Resource and she is a former employee of Laparkan and Singer’s.

The search started on the same day that she was discovered missing and according to the Ministry of the Presidency the search party has been expanded to include the Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force who joined the National Parks Commission Rangers on Tuesday.

Reports are that all of the trails in the Park were searched and binoculars were also used to view the area below the falls and along the sides of the gorge. However, up to 18:00hrs last evening there was still no trace of the woman.

As a result of the incident all tours to the KNP continue to be suspended.

The Ministry of the Presidency noted that they continue to treat the matter as a search for a missing person case and remain hopeful that she will be located.

When it was discovered that the woman had gone missing, officials said a search operation was immediately launched but as was expected the terrain is rough and difficult to maneuver.

Yesterday this publication visited the woman’s home at Durban Backlands and spoke to her husband Rabindranauth Sivanand, but he did not wish to say much. He however echoed the sentiments of an elderly woman at the home that it is, “A troubling, worrisome and stressful time for the family.”

He said that he last saw his wife on Tuesday morning, adding that “she left to go out but she did not say where she was going.” He also expressed hope, saying, “I hope that they find her and that she is found alive.”

Reports are that the woman was seen crying and talking on her phone while on the airplane heading to the tourist destination before she started lagging behind and finally disappearing.

When asked if there may have been problems in the home before she left the husband said such information is his private business.

On Tuesday night officials from the Air Services Limited confirmed that one of its aircraft returned to the Ogle Airport with one fewer person than it transported to the world famous waterfalls.

A source told this newspaper that the aircraft left the city around midday with nine passengers for a tour of the Kaieteur Falls.

Among them was Laleta Sivanand.

People on the flight said that the woman was seen crying into a phone while on the plane.

When the aircraft landed at the falls the woman appeared to brighten.

Air Services Limited transported two groups of tourists to the Kaieteur Falls. A spokesperson said that while the pilots were on the ground, no other aircraft landed or left. This meant that the woman could not have left the area with another tour group by mistake.

The woman was discovered missing when the tour guide was distributing chits to the passengers for snacks, at the Kaieteur airstrip before they boarded the aircraft back to Ogle.

One of her colleagues on the trip said that the missing woman was with the party when it was returning along the trail from the falls.

She said that the woman lagged behind and when they urged her to walk up she said that she knew the place and that she had been there several times before.

She spoke of being with a British team that discovered some caves in the Kaieteur Falls area a few years ago.

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Former CEO costs GuySuCo US$75M, abused company laws http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/former-ceo-costs-guysuco-us75m-abused-company-laws/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/former-ceo-costs-guysuco-us75m-abused-company-laws/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:58:22 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364502
  • Reportedly traded sex for salary increase and promotion with Rose Hall employee
  • By Kiana Wilburg

    Former GuySuCo CEO, Rajendra Singh

    Former GuySuCo CEO, Rajendra Singh

    It didn’t take the coalition government much digging to unearth some of the unimaginable infractions committed by Dr. Rajendra Singh when he served as CEO of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).

    Government reportedly has “indisputable” evidence to justify Dr. Singh’s dismissal. The government cited the violation of GuySuCo’s procurement procedure for equipment, spares and other items, the infringement of the corporation’s disciplinary procedure and the contravention of the corporation’s procedure regarding recruitment, promotion and remuneration of employees.

    But Dr. Singh is threatening the government with legal action over his dismissal which he claims is without cause.

    According to documents, Singh deviated from a decision handed down by the previous Cabinet and authorized the sale of 2.6792 acres of land at Plantation Good Hope, East Coast Demerara to one Kelvin Gobin.

    The former CEO also engaged in the procurement of one whole stalk harvester for mechanized harvesting at the cost of $19.2M despite technical advice to the contrary from the corporation’s technical personnel.

    “This machine is a wasted asset wholly unsuitable for operation throughout the entire cultivation,” one document stated.

    Dr Singh also entered into management agreements with Global Casetech and Global Cane Sugar services out of India for the management services on a number of estates at unreasonably high cost and without approval of the board of directors.

    Research into the financial accounts of GuySuCo, found that Dr. Singh had “deliberately misled” Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder, on the true financial state of the company prior to the passing of the 2015 budget.

    He had said that GuySuCo only had sufficient cash flow to sustain it until the end of May and subsequently informed the unions that due to inadequate funds, the corporation was on the brink of closure by the end of May 2015 as it would be unable to pay employees.

    What is also troubling to the coalition government is Dr. Singh’s violation of GuySuCo’s Code of Conduct. He allegedly used his position to elicit sexual favours from an employee at Rose Hall.

    He purportedly rewarded her with a promotion and increased remuneration. “This goes against the grain of the company’s promotion and remuneration procedure and the labor agreement between the corporation and The National Association of Agricultural Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE),” a report stated.

    Kaieteur News also understands that Dr. Singh persisted with a commercial bio-fertilizer project despite advice to the contrary from the corporation’s research and technical personnel.

    The former CEO, on his own initiative, engaged in sole sourcing of bio fertilizers from Kay Bouvet Engineering Ltd. of India to the tune of US$76, 688 in June 2014 and from Global Cane Sugar Services Pvt. Ltd. of India in the sum of US$68,580 in February 2015.

    Despite being cautioned numerous times regarding the whole scale of adaptation of a practice that has not been used outside of India, the former CEO persisted with commercial application rather than a trial as advised.

    Further, on a number of occasions, he left the jurisdiction for matters unrelated to the business of the Corporation for extended periods without informing and without obtaining leave from the board of directors.

    The former CEO also made decisions which resulted in millions of dollars being lost by GuySuCo.

    The documents reveal that Singh had responsibility for finance and marketing for the company and entered into a one-year agreement with Tate and Lyle in 2013 when the company could have entered into one for three years while locking in at a higher sugar price for 2014 and 2015.

    This was the first time in the history of the Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Tate and Lyle that a one-year agreement was entered into. The failure to enter into a three-year agreement resulted in a conservatively estimated loss of US$60M in revenue for the corporation for the years 2014 and 2015.

    During his time as CEO, he also committed 38,000 tonnes of sugar to Futures Market without locking in a price. The buying price was US$0.16 per pound. The current price is now US $11 per pound. This decline resulted in a loss of revenue in the sum of US$4.2M for GuySuCo.

    But the infractions listed in the document do not stop there. In a bid to defy the odds and criticisms from various quarters that GuySuCo was ailing, poorly mismanaged and could not reach its production targets, Dr. Singh did the unthinkable.

    He instructed operational management to bring forward unprecedentedly high acreages of cane to achieve the revised production targets in 2014 and first crop for 2015:

    Last year, 5,272.5 hectares of cane averaging 48.3 tonnes of Cane per Hectare (TCH) were brought forward.

    The document also notes that there are even more infringements on the part of Dr. Singh.

    The former CEO through his Attorney-at-law, Ashton Chase, S.C is hoping to settle the matter with GuySuCo. If this route is not successful, they will move to the courts.

    Dr. Singh is suing for wrongful dismissal. He said that his contract which came into effect in May 2013, allows him to be employed for a period of five years.

    In a letter addressed to GuySuCo, the lawyer outlines that Dr. Singh’s contract had about three more years to run and six months remuneration in lieu of notice would not be unreasonable.

    Chase said, too, that his client’s “complementary benefits” should not be overlooked. These include coverage for telephone, electricity and water services and the provision of a vehicle and a driver.

    In addition, Chase said that Singh is due six weeks leave, leave passage of $1,168,081 and a gratuity every six months. They are hoping to reach an agreement on his basic net salary which was US$12,530 per month and $70,000 for other allowances.

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    $394M East Bank Berbice road works… Internal auditors find substandard ‘finished’ road project http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/394m-east-bank-berbice-road-works-internal-auditors-find-substandard-finished-road-project/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/394m-east-bank-berbice-road-works-internal-auditors-find-substandard-finished-road-project/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:56:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364507 Minister David Patterson and his technical staffers meeting with  H. Nauth and Sons yesterday on the $394M East Bank Berbice road.

    Minister David Patterson and his technical staffers meeting with
    H. Nauth and Sons yesterday on the $394M East Bank Berbice road.

    Contractor of the East Bank Berbice (EBB) road, H. Nauth and Sons, has committed to correcting all defective works to 12 kilometers of road before officially handing over the project to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI).

    The contracting company was hired to resurface 12 kilometers of the road – between Everton and Mara.

    The state of the roadway had been a major source of contention for residents, leading to protests under the previous administration.

    Yesterday, a review meeting held at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure involving Minister David Patterson; technical staff from the Works Services Group and Jerry Loochan, General Manager of H. Nauth and Sons.

    The contracting company is promising that remedial works will commence September 9, 2015.

    According to the ministry, inspection of works were done on August 26 by the Ministry’s Internal Auditors who found that sections of the road that had “finish surface” did not meet the specifications.

    “…Debris was very visible in wearing course, which results in holes emerging on the road surface. Noticeable was also vegetation growing through the road and hairline cracks which clearly indicated that the base material still has vegetable soil.”

    The Ministry’s laboratory is to conduct compaction test.

    1. Nauth Company will be executing some independent density test as well.

    “To this end, a technical team from the Ministry will accompany the Contractor to inspect all defects.

    The aim is to conduct a detailed assessment of the corrective works needed to bring the project within the specifications and standard as per contract.”

    The $393.9M project commenced last November and was completed in June.

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    Dem boys seh… Raj raise salary de same way he raise skirts http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/dem-boys-seh-raj-raise-salary-de-same-way-he-raise-skirts/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/dem-boys-seh-raj-raise-salary-de-same-way-he-raise-skirts/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:55:17 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364511 Dem boys hear a man ask another one wha he don’t like about Obama. De other one seh that Obama is half black and half white.

    De man then ask him, why you don’t like Donald Trump? De man seh he is half Jack and half Ass.

    Guyana got a Donald who fit that mold. He bring a man name Raj and everybody know Raj is he buddy, buddy friend from lang.

    De name Maharaj mean great king or high king in Hindustani. If you name Raj alone, dem boys seh you is a half king. Raj live up to he name and nature. He refuse to tek advice from nobody.

    In de end he bruck up GuySuCo and eff up de workers. He run de place like a real king. According to a report he mek de company lose US$75M. That money coulda mek three more GuySuCo plant in Guyana.

    But instead dem boys seh he spend de money on two, three li’l gyal in de place. He was having a ball. Dem boys hear he use to carry Donald up there too.

    Dem boys ain’t saying no more. Wha dem boys know fuh sure is that Raj use to promote dem gyal and give dem raise of pay too. But wasn’t he money he was doing that wid.

    He is to meet wid Professah Clive de Thom and de board members today but nobody can find de man. People don’t know if he deh at Skeldon, Uitvlugt or Wales.

    Donald try calling de man fuh ask wha he do wid dem gyal but Donald tell dem boys he hear Soulja Bai lock he down somewhere in Canje.

    Dem boys believe that Soulja Bai squeezing he nuts fuh find out who and who he give and wha else he do wid de US$75M.

    Dem boys did hear Raj promote people, raise dem skirt, then dem salary. But Jagdeo drop dem salary and dem pants. Donald had pants and skirt up and down.

    Raj give way plenty GuySuCo land fuh next to nutten. All dem cane land on de East Bank that BaiShanLin, La Bamba, Lubamba, Lumama, and Bee Kay, See Kay and Decay get is Raj give dem. And that same Raj is Donald de Dumb best friend.

    And dem boys even hear further, that Raj give land to a Ramotar in somebody else name. And this happen just before de 2015 election.

    Talk half and pray fuh Raj, de half king.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    ‘Brand-new’ GTT launches ambitious plans to ‘Do More’ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/brand-new-gtt-launches-ambitious-plans-to-do-more/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/brand-new-gtt-launches-ambitious-plans-to-do-more/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:48:28 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364561 GTT's Interim CEO, Justin Nedd and senior Customer Services  exec, Gert Post, unveiling GTT's new brand yesterday.

    GTT’s Interim CEO, Justin Nedd and senior Customer Services exec, Gert Post, unveiling GTT’s new brand yesterday.

    As Guyana readies for new laws that will open the telecommunications market to new players, one company appears to be already preparing itself for an increase in competition.
    Yesterday, the company formerly known as GT&T (Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company) unveiled its new look, dropping the traditional ampersand (&) and adding a plus sign to its logo.
    Speaking at the launch of the new logo yesterday at Herdmanston Lodge, Queenstown, GTT’s Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justin Nedd, said that the company will also be launching its new look stores within month; expanding its wireless internet coverage in rural areas; introduce streaming devices, and even allowing customers to check accounts online.
    It is all part of the company’s plans to take its services to another level.
    But GTT’s hands remain tied with regards to the rollout of its Fourth Generation (4G) services.
    The 4G network, in essence, allows for smart-phones to utilize its features based on high speed services.
    GTT has been saying that its rollout of 4G and other critical services has been hampered as its request to authorities for spectrum (frequencies) which has not been granted. Internet speeds to smart phones have been irking customers.
    Parliament is set to very shortly consider legislations that will liberalize the telecommunications market that will see spectrums being allocated.
    According to the executive, the logo change and its promise to “Do More” would a major development in GTT’s 24 history in Guyana.
    With 400,000-plus customers being offered services like mobile, landline, internet and wireline, Nedd boasted that it is unlikely there is any other company in Guyana like GTT.
    He admitted that as customers have been demanding more, with little tolerance for poor quality service, an area that GTT is placing heavy focus on. The new branding would signal a change of wanting to do more.
    Already, GTT has changed its signages at its city offices.
    In the coming months, the telephone company is planning to introduce devices and other services that will allow customers to experience streaming. These include Netflix, Hulu and even Roku and Chromecast.
    GTT was upbeat about business yesterday, disclosing that it is signing up thousands of customers each month for its DSL services.
    More than 100,000 calls have been coming through its Customer Care each month.
    “This is not just a new look for our company.  It’s a new vision and the birth of a new mindset that will be nurtured and given time to blossom.  We have had an unbelievable year of adding products and services that help our customers and partners do more in their personal and business lives.
    “We will steadfastly add improvements and enhancements to all areas of our business.
    We have diligently listened to your concerns and though we do not control all the variables, we believe that you will continue to be pleased with our improvements. I would like to be very clear about this: GTT has a commitment to help Guyana do and be more. We will honour that commitment.”

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    Two years later…. Biker’s murder PI still to be reopened http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/two-years-later-bikers-murder-pi-still-to-be-reopened/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/two-years-later-bikers-murder-pi-still-to-be-reopened/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:45:10 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364540
  • main witness still being persuaded to testify
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    Murder Suspect Rondy Jagdeo (left) and  the victim Kurt Davis in happier times.

    Murder Suspect Rondy Jagdeo (left) and the victim Kurt Davis in happier times.

    Tomorrow marks the second anniversary since biker mechanic, Kurt Davis, was shot dead outside his Eccles, East Bank Demerara home.

    Today, his relatives are not too happy that the man who is accused of killing him is still to be brought to justice.

    On March 20, last year, Rondy Jagdeo, a Water Street businessman, walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court a free man, after the murder charge against him was discharged by the then Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry.

    The discharge was on the grounds that two key witnesses had failed to show up for the Preliminary Inquiry, resulting in a prima facie case not being made out against the accused.

    This was six months after Davis had about 16 bullets pumped into his body at close range.

    Following the shooting, Jagdeo had fled the jurisdiction to avoid arrest and local police were forced to solicit the help of their Surinamese counterparts with a view to having him brought back to Guyana.

    This was after a wanted bulletin was issued for his arrest.

    A few weeks later Jagdeo turned himself in and was promptly charged.

    Five months later images of a hooded Jagdeo jumping on to a racing style motorcycle outside the Georgetown magistrate’s court and riding off were featured in most of the local media.

    Relatives had expressed utter disappointment in the Guyana Police Force, blaming them for sloppy investigations, leading to the Preliminary Inquiry into Davis’ murder being discharged.

    “I understand the court’s position, since there were constant no shows by witnesses, but at some point in time the police were in contact with these witnesses.

    “What happened to a witness protection system? Why weren’t provisions made for them?”
    “Here it is that a man walks free because these witnesses, in fear, may have left the country. Now a mother is without a son and a son without a father because of a sloppy system.”
    Kaieteur News understands that the two key witnesses are Nalifa Dookie and Rondel Marks, who relatives say are still around and available to testify.

    “The system has enough resources to achieve things, but it’s slackness and laziness all around. No effort was placed into this case.”

    Two weeks after the matter was discharged, Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, had initiated steps to reopen the case.

    The DPP had signed a letter in which she requested that the presiding Magistrate produce all the depositions that were taken during the Preliminary Inquiry into the murder.
    “I will look at them and once all of the witnesses who gave statements to the police did not testify, I can advise that the Magistrate reopen the case, just like what was done in the Carlyle Barton matter,” the DPP told this newspaper.

    Yesterday, Davis’s relatives lamented the fact that since the DPP’s move, there appears to be no urgency on the part of the police to secure the witnesses testimony.

    One of the witnesses, Dookie, who is said to be the former partner of Jagdeo, has reportedly left the jurisdiction and police have almost ruled out any possibility of her testifying in the matter.

    But Marks, who is also said to be an eyewitness to the murder, is still around.

    “The witnesses are around. We have seen the witnesses,” a relative told Kaieteur News yesterday.

    The relative said that they have been in constant contact with the police, but they get the impression that the investigators are not too keen to proceed with the matter.

    However, a top police official dismissed this perception.

    The official said that they have been in contact with one of the witness with a view to getting him to testify.

    “For the past two months we have been in contact with him. We have not shelved this matter. It’s just a matter of persuading the witnesses to feel comfortable to testify,” the official explained.

    Should the witness agree to testify, the police will certainly re-arrest Jagdeo and reopen the Preliminary Inquiry, the official assured.

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    GPA balks at state media intimidation http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/gpa-balks-at-state-media-intimidation/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/gpa-balks-at-state-media-intimidation/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:44:09 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364537 President of the  GPA, Neil Marks

    President of the GPA, Neil Marks

    The Guyana Press Association (GPA) has noted with concern the recent reports of Prime Minister, (PM) Moses Nagamootoo’s interaction with a reporter attached to the Guyana Chronicle. The GPA said that the incident can be viewed as a method of intimidation, which may have a dampening effect on press freedom.
    According to reports, the PM had expressed displeasure and disappointment over headlines, which were published in the State-owned newspaper, during the recent budget debates.
    Nagamootoo reportedly held discussions with the reporter, Derwayne Wills, to express his dissatisfaction over the article titled “Gov’t blunders on Budget Estimates … violates laws assented to by President Granger”. This was published in the Tuesday, August 25 edition of the newspaper.
    Subsequent to the publication, it was reported that editors at the Chronicle were ordered to have all headlines vetted by Director of Public Information, Imran Khan before publication.  However both Khan and Nagamootoo have debunked such claims.
    But a subsequent editorial in the Chronicle stated that “a State newspaper, like all other newspapers, has vested interests, politically and ideologically. Ours arise from the government’s thrust; there is no running away from that.”
    The editorial also stated that the Chronicle, “is owned by the State, and is, therefore, expected to editorially support the general thrust of the government of the day.”
    The statement did not sit well with veteran journalists, media operatives and publishers, who shared the general view that the State media houses are owned by the State not the government and therefore ought to reflect the views of all segments of society.
    While they all agreed that in principle there is nothing wrong with a government having an opinion and airing it in the State-owned newspaper. One online news operative specifically noted that when all is taken into consideration, including the Prime Minister’s recent action, it amounts to a creeping misuse of the newspaper.
    He expressed fears of a repetition of a “vicious cycle” of what occurred under the PNCR and the PPP/C “when these governments misused the media for its own interest.”
    The GPA in a statement to the press yesterday, noted that the association feels compelled to comment on the issue, given that while the Prime Minister is free to express his views; he should not express such views directly to media workers.
    The association admonished that the incident is known to be a tactic of intimidation and may have a dampening effect on press freedom bordering on self-censorship.
    The GPA further stated, it regards the Prime Minister’s stated pro-government expectations of the publicly-funded Guyana Chronicle newspaper (and presumably all State-owned media) as a retrograde, and intolerable step that betrays the governing Coalition’s campaign and post-election promises, not to engage in the same press freedom violations previous administrations were accused of.
    According to the Association, there needs to be a clear distinction between the State and the Government.
    The statement outlined that “the GPA wishes to suggest that there should be, following extensive consultations, a policy which adumbrates the way the executive should interact with state-owned media that would allow for freedom of the press in a meaningful way within these entities.”
    Integral to  the approach towards a free and open State media, the Association believes, should be the reform of the Broadcasting Act and the adoption of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s editorial guidelines that govern the United Kingdom State-owned and funded broadcaster.
    Further, the GPA took the opportunity to call on all journalists never to be swayed by opinion, good or bad.  “Once your story is factual, accurate and true, questions from political leaders regarding your work should be directed to your editors,” the body advised.

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    East Ruimveldt resident shooting to death… Suspect’s relatives refute claims of revenge killing http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/east-ruimveldt-resident-shooting-to-death-suspects-relatives-refute-claims-of-revenge-killing/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/east-ruimveldt-resident-shooting-to-death-suspects-relatives-refute-claims-of-revenge-killing/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:43:57 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364549 Dead: Kellon Hinds

    Dead: Kellon Hinds

    Family members of a suspect linked to the recent shooting death of East Ruimveldt resident, Kellon Hinds, are refuting claims that their relative had anything to do with the incident.
    Hinds was fatally shot in East Ruimveldt, last Monday. Reports are that the 23-year-old was riddled with bullets after three gunmen cornered him in a yard in the neighbourhood.
    The victim nicknamed, called ‘Baje,’ was shot in the throat, chest, abdomen, right shoulder and left hand. He died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, (GPHC).
    Eyewitnesses have alleged that one of the gunmen is a relative of Sherwyn Barrow, who was gunned down last May in ‘Warlock’, East Ruimveldt.  The killings allegedly stemmed from an ongoing gang feud.   Hinds was the prime suspect in the murder of Barrow, 24, who was slain execution-style in the area.
    The two men had an ongoing feud; Barrow was charged in 2014 for shooting and also robbing Hinds, but that case was dismissed a few months ago because Hinds failed to testify.
    Following last Monday’s shooting; Hinds’s relatives expressed the theory that he was slain in retaliation for Sherwyn Barrow’s death.  Hinds was shot, a few hours after he was released from custody.
    However relatives of Sherwyn Barrow are speaking out. They are refuting reports that another of their family member was involved in the killing. Barrow’s aunt, Andrea Success, told Kaieteur News that she is seeking to clear the air on the issue.
    She is refuting reports that her younger nephew (name withheld) had anything to do with the recent shooting. While she accepts that there has been previous “vibes” between the two families, Success is adamant that her relatives have moved on.    Success claims that her younger nephew has an alibi.
    “This is all nonsense. I don’t live with my nephew, but I have proof, of where my nephew was, when Hinds was shot. What I am saying is that two people have already lost their lives. Why frame an innocent man?”
    The woman said that her nephew is currently consulting with a lawyer and preparing to surrender to the police soon.
    “It has been months that the family has been trying to get answers from the police about the murder investigation, but they just got we back and forth,” she said when she discussed Sherwyn Barrow’s death.
    “They (the police) didn’t even take a statement from my mother, who lives with these boys …We need answers,” she added.
    Meanwhile Hinds’s close relatives are contending that the killing is linked to a vendetta.  They related that the feud started between Hinds and relatives of Barrow after men robbed Hinds of a chain valued at $1.2M.  That incident happened in June 2014.
    “When he got robbed he identified one of the robbers as Sherwyn Barrow and then they started having major issues. They went to court,” a cousin recalled.
    That matter went all the way to court but because threats were made on Hinds’s life and that of his family he opted to not attend court.  “He tell we he ain’t going to court because them said that they will kill he, and Kellon say dem was going to shoot up we family,” a relative stated.
    The feud escalated when Sherwyn Barrow was killed in a drive-by shooting in ‘Warlock.’
    “Is when this happen then this thing get more serious, because they start say how Kellon kill Sherwyn Barrow and dem will kill he and he whole family.”
    The woman claimed that Barrow’s relatives had on a number of occasions threatened and even attacked the household. They finally made good on their promise, on Monday.

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    GPHC’s Khan not yet asked to proceed on leave – Minister admits http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/gphcs-khan-not-yet-asked-to-proceed-on-leave-minister-admits/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/gphcs-khan-not-yet-asked-to-proceed-on-leave-minister-admits/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:42:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364527 – revealed letter prepared but not delivered

     GPHC’s CEO,  Mr. Michael Khan

    GPHC’s CEO, Mr. Michael Khan

    Although Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Mr Michael Khan, was not in office yesterday, his absence had nothing to do with reports of him being asked to proceed on leave.
    The CEO yesterday admitted that he was on two days’ sick leave. However, he was not willing to comment on much else. Reports are that his sick leave commenced Tuesday and was expected to conclude yesterday.
    When asked to comment on the situation, yesterday, Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, said that it was factual that Khan was not formally informed of a decision for him to proceed on leave to facilitate a forensic audit of the hospital.
    He said that while a letter to this effect was prepared it was not delivered to Khan and that attempts were being made to do so yesterday.  “The letter is on its way…he hasn’t physically got a letter but if he is in office I would make sure I get it to him today (yesterday),” said the Minister.
    He added that this decision was based on a recommendation from those conducting an audit at the health facility.
    “Generally if we are doing an investigation, if who we are investigating might be considered to be impeding the investigation, we generally would send them on leave,” asserted the Minister.
    While Khan was not willing to comment on reports of him being sent on leave to facilitate a forensic audit of the GPHC’s procurement process, another official close to the operation of the hospital did disclose that the unfolding of the situation is “very upsetting.”
    This is in light of the fact, the official said, that the forensic audit commenced two months ago and at no point was there any correspondence indicating the need for the CEO to proceed on leave.
    Reports are that ahead of the start of the audit, Minister Norton had contacted the CEO informing him of a request made by Auditor General, Mr Deodat Sharma, to conduct a forensic audit of the procurement bond.
    “I found it rather strange that they are sending him off now and there is no evidence of any communication to that effect…we as managers here are wondering what’s going…we usually would have meetings to discuss developments like this but not in this case,” intimated the official. This newspaper understands that Khan reported to work as per norm on Monday but on Tuesday, he reported sick.
    It was while he was at home information surfaced that he had been sent on leave, a source confirmed.
    Kaieteur News was told earlier this week that Khan was sent on leave to facilitate an audit being conducted into the procurement and storage of medication and other medical supplies.
    Last November, Khan was asked to proceed on two months’ leave by the then Chairman of the hospital’s board, Nirmal Rekha, to facilitate an investigation.
    However, Khan was immediately reinstated by Public Service Minister in the People’s Progressive Party Civic regime, Dr. Jennifer Westford.

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    New Govt. hitting right notes… US urge Govt., Opposition to collaborate more http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/364513/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/364513/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:40:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364513 US Charge d’Affaires, Bryan Hunt

    US Charge d’Affaires, Bryan Hunt

    Just over 100 days after the David Granger administration took office, the US believes that the country is hitting the right notes and moving in the right direction.

    But true development will only be realized if both Government and the Opposition find common grounds to work on.

    Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy, Bryan Hunt, was on Tuesday responding to questions about his thoughts of the political situation and development in Guyana.

    The US had been especially vocal in its calls for reforms and early Local Government Elections.

    The embassy has been collaborating with local bodies to combat crime, poverty and other social issues.

    Hunt, during a sit-down with Kaieteur News, believed that on the oil development and natural resources side, the country is heading in the right direction, especially with the provisional policies adopted.

    He was quick to point out that 100 days in office for any new Government is not enough to address every societal problems existing in Guyana.

    The diplomat noted that the National Budget was an excellent start with significant allocations made in critical areas like education, health and infrastructure.

    “…It is a good indication they want to put monies into projects that matter for the Guyanese people.”

    Hunt also lauded Guyana’s policies to combat trans-national organized crime, describing the results as “very, very positive”.

    Collaboration, including intelligence sharing, have been netting results in areas of narco and firearm trafficking and money laundering.

    “The decisions to focus on some vulnerable communities…the National Toshaos Conference… Women’s Conference, the Social Cohesion conference…- all of those are very important to build a broad-based coalition to move Guyana forward,” the official said.

    The US also appears to be pleased that President Granger met with Opposition Leader and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, earlier this week.

    The meeting saw a commitment from both Government and the Opposition to tackle the thorny Venezuela border controversy together.

    It was an unusual meeting as there have been few instances within the last four years that the Government and the Opposition have been seeing eye-to-eye, even when they were sitting on the other side in the National Assembly.

    Describing the meeting as a positive step, the Charge d’Affaires believed that continued collaboration could lead to quality debate in the National Assembly.

    The recent budget debate has evoked significant criticisms against both sides of the House, as it appear a show where the players were merely flexing their muscles rather than debating issues.

    “The best advice I can give at this time is that they are all Guyanese. They all have to live in this country and the choices that are made in Parliament are going to have an impact on the lives of Guyanese and will determine whether Guyanese enjoy the resources or not.”

    Hunt urged for both sides to not take policy decisions through the lens of political ideology or party or supporters but rather through questions of what is going to be the best for Guyana, as a whole.

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    19-year-old charged with ‘Tiger Bay’ murder http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/19-year-old-charged-with-tiger-bay-murder/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/19-year-old-charged-with-tiger-bay-murder/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:38:35 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364545 Four days after he allegedly went berserk and knifed a sleeping man to death, 19-year-old Christopher Stanley was yesterday hauled before a City Magistrate to face a murder charge.
    Stanley told Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan that he cannot remember his address. He was charged with the murder of Owen Browne, which occurred on Saturday last, at Rosemary Lane (Tiger Bay).
    The accused, who had no legal representation, was not required to plead to the charge.
    Police Corporal, Deniro Jones, presented the prosecution’s case and did not relate the facts about what transpired on the day in question, to the court.
    Jones said that the police file is still incomplete. He added that the murder weapon was sent for analysis. As a result he requested a two-week adjournment which was granted.
    The accused will make his next court appearance on September 15, when he will face Magistrate Judy Latchman. During the brief court hearing, Stanley appeared baffled. On several occasions the Magistrate was heard repeating simple questions to him.
    When the Magistrate requested that he provide the court with his age, he took a while to answer. He even took a few minutes to respond when he was asked to give his address. The accused eventually told the court he cannot recall where he lives. He was eventually remanded.
    After the court session ended loud noise erupted from the court room. A group of women, presumably relatives and friends of the dead man were asked to keep silent by the court orderly. They later left the courtroom and continued their tirade in the court compound. But the drama did not last long, as they were ordered to exit the compound by a senior police official.
    According to reports, Owen received 19 stab wounds about his body, last Saturday, after he was reportedly attacked by Stanley, who is said to be of unsound mind.
    According to reports, Owen was attacked while sleeping. He was later rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where he was pronounced dead.
    Kaieteur News understands that Stanley began “acting strange” a few days prior to the incident and was seen sharpening a knife.

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    South Korea’s Ambassador presents letter of credence http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/south-koreas-ambassador-presents-letter-of-credence/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/south-koreas-ambassador-presents-letter-of-credence/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:37:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364552 President David Granger and Korea’s  non-resident Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency, Maeng Dal Young, in discussion following the accreditation ceremony

    President David Granger and Korea’s non-resident Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency, Maeng Dal Young, in discussion following the accreditation ceremony

    Korea’s non-resident Ambassador to Guyana, Maeng Dal Young, has said that during his tour of duty, a great deal of emphasis will be placed on the expansion of commerce and investment. This commitment came moments after he presented his Letters of Credence, to President David Granger, at the Ministry of the Presidency yesterday.
    “I hope in my small way that I may contribute to the continued stimulation of such an encouraging mood in both Korea and Guyana, resulting in the realisation of a productive partnership between us,” the Ambassador said.
    He added that it is his Government’s vision to develop Korea’s new cooperation projects with Guyana, since Korea is well-placed to meet the needs of the Guyanese people.
    “I look forward to counting on your full support for the smooth and successful fulfillment of my mission as Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Guyana,” the Ambassador told President Granger.
    With regard to trade, investment and the environment, the Ambassador said there is increased interest in cooperation by both countries. As such he said that he is optimistic that in time, shared efforts will yield beneficial results.
    Ambassador Maeng also took the opportunity to congratulate President Granger on his appointment to office.
    President Granger spoke of the fruitful relations between the two countries, both at the bilateral and multilateral levels. “Our government, since its assumption to office, has placed increased emphasis on the advancement of economic diplomacy. We therefore welcome all opportunities, including those related to the expansion of commerce and investment.”
    However, President Granger noted that in order to realise the expansion, it is necessary for both countries to utilise the existing 2006 Guyana-Korea Agreement; on the Promotion and Protection of investments. President Granger also applauded, the Korean Republic Government for the technical assistance offered by the Korea International Co-operation Agency, under which Guyanese have benefitted from scholarships.
    “It is our hope that this area of cooperation can be strengthened, to further our mutual development in the areas of common interest,” President said. Guyana and the Republic of Korea have a long standing history of good relations, dating back to October 1962.

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    $50,000 bail for Sophia wounding accused http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/50000-bail-for-sophia-wounding-accused/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/50000-bail-for-sophia-wounding-accused/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:33:26 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364535 A verbal confrontation that resulted in a fight has landed a Sophia resident in hot water with the law.
    Steve Moore, 28, of Lot 11 North Sophia, Georgetown was yesterday released on $50,000 bail after he was charged with unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Keith Johnson, at North Sophia. Moore, who was represented by Attorney, Keisha Chase, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him by City Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan.
    The attorney informed the court that her client was not a flight risk. She added that the defendant is employed at Sankar Auto works and has no antecedents.
    According to Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones, the parties   had a misunderstanding that escalated into a scuffle.
    He did not disclose any other information to the court and had no objections to the defendant being granted pre trial liberty. However, Jones asked that bail be set in a substantial sum to ensure the defendant’s return for trial.
    This matter will be called again on September 18, for statements.

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    PPP rejects TOP COP’s accusations of politically-inspired crimes http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/ppp-rejects-top-cops-accusations-of-politically-inspired-crimes/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/ppp-rejects-top-cops-accusations-of-politically-inspired-crimes/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:32:24 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364533 PPP/C general secretary Clement Rohee

    PPP/C general secretary Clement Rohee

    The opposition People’s Progressive Party yesterday rejected statements and conclusions made by Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud that crimes are politically influenced.
    The statements were contained in an article carried in a section of the print media. The PPP said it has taken note of them.
    According to the article, Commissioner Persaud said it is extremely unfortunate that crime has grown to become a tool for all political oppositions to attack the government of the day.
    He went on to give examples of recent crimes which he suggested were politically influenced.
    He referred to an alleged robbery that took place in Campbellville near the home of the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan.
    It was alleged that the Minister’s neighbour, Geetanjalie Ramotar, was brutalized and tape bound by bandits, a situation Persaud said raised suspicions.
    “From all our experience in criminal operations, they (bandits) don’t have time for that (scotch-tape victims); they don’t have time to do that. The other thing, too, tell me, when something like this is going on, why would somebody try to photograph that person rather than to help them?
    “The Minister was one of the first people to go over. They didn’t call the police; they called the Minister and the Minister called the police. So someone had to take that photo prior to…,” the Police Commissioner told the publication.
    He added that the opposition forces used a situation in Berbice as a political tool to attack the government rather than take a more proactive approach to help fight crime.
    “Instead of helping, you are interfering …Situations like these come when crime is politicized and we should not be doing that. We should be coming together and working towards reducing crime,” Persaud was quoted as saying.
    But the PPP in a strongly worded statement in response said that it finds the Commissioner’s statements most surprising in light of the fact that whilst the PPP/C was in office, the Police Force never found it necessary to make such a statement even though the PPP/C administration had repeatedly pointed to the fact, that the crime situation in Guyana was strongly influenced by the PNC and had provided facts to prove its claim.
    According to the PPP these facts were reported time and again and Commissioner Persaud is aware of them.
    “To say that the political opposition is undermining the efforts of the GPF to fight crime and generating the perception that crime is spiraling out of control” is not only disingenuous but appears as though the GPF is stuck in the denial mode,” the PPP said.
    The opposition party stated that the police themselves have admitted that there has been a 10 percent increase in serious crimes as well as murders not to mention crimes committed with the use of a firearm.
    These are all clear indications that the situation has indeed spiraled out of control, the PPP said.
    The PPP noted that no Police Force in the world would ever admit that the crime situation in its jurisdiction is out of control.  Such an admission would of necessity demand the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police.
    “However, Commissioner Seelall Persaud must know that rather than jumping on the bandwagon as if there is a threat to his security of tenure, on the contrary here in Guyana, for a sitting Commissioner of Police there is no threat of job security.
    It was under the Donald Ramotar-led PPP/C government that Persaud was appointed Commissioner of Police.”
    Speaking of “public trust and confidence” the PPP said that the Commissioner of Police must know that this twin phenomenon must be earned and not to be taken for granted, especially in the current circumstances where the crime situation has reached unacceptable proportions.
    “To talk about building trust and confidence and at the same time undermining and lending support to the Ministry of Public Security’s efforts to dismantle the Community Policing Groups and the Community Policing Organisation in Guyana, is not only contradictory but undermines the very trust and confidence which the GPF purports to enjoy from the Guyanese public.”
    The opposition party said that it never sold or bought crime as a political football, claiming that it was the current administration which the Commissioner now seeks to defend that did so, “moreso, since the PNC itself was known to be associated with the criminal underworld.  Police records can attest to this fact.”
    According to the PPP, the occurrences which the Commissioner referred to at Campbellville and Berbice which he claimed were “political influenced”, is of no evidential value and lacks credibility.
    The PPP stated that no evidence was offered attesting to the involvement of “political influence”.
    “The PPP therefore rejects these most unfortunate and unsubstantiated statements and conclusions by the Commissioner of Police and call on him to resist all attempts to colour his views politically and to make him feel obliged to make statements of the nature published,” the PPP declared.

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    PPP laments limited coverage http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/ppp-laments-limited-coverage/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/ppp-laments-limited-coverage/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:31:17 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364531 People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Clement Rohee, on Monday told the press of his failed efforts to get wider coverage in the period since his Party demitted office. He was hosting his weekly press conference at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown.
    Rohee said that the party analyzed the period from June 6 to August 19.
    He said that during that period, the PPP issued 30 press statements which were sent to the Editors of the Guyana Chronicle, the Stabroek News, the Kaieteur News and the Guyana Times.
    Rohee then pointed out that of the 30 releases issued, Guyana Times carried 19, Chronicle carried 10, Kaieteur News carried eight and the Stabroek News carried seven.
    The General Secretary said that the party has since written to the Editors of the Kaieteur News, Stabroek News and Guyana Chronicle “in respect to their unfair, unbalanced and discriminatory coverage of the Party’s Press Statements/Releases which demonstrates a clear pattern of biased editorial policy against the PPP.”
    “However, since the editorial policy of these newspaper is clearly aimed at sheltering the Granger-led coalition Government they will obviously refrain from carrying PPP Press Releases, and Statements using an excuse that coverage of party releases and statements depends on importance and content,” said Rohee.
    He continued, “The PPP rejects this catch-all statement as an excuse for not carrying PPP releases and statements.”
    It must be noted that the editor’s judgment and overall editorial polices govern most newsroom.
    If the content of a press statement contradicts newsroom polices, the statement just would not be carried. Kaieteur News, for example, has taken a stand to stay away from publishing anything that can incite racial division.
    In addition, a newspaper is governed by what it finds important. A political statement may not necessarily make the cut, Adam Harris, said. Harris is the Editor-in-Chief of Kaieteur News.

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    Guyanese, 70, killed in Trinidad’s shuttle accident http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/guyanese-70-killed-in-trinidads-shuttle-accident/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/guyanese-70-killed-in-trinidads-shuttle-accident/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:30:15 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364529 Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – Police are investigating the death of a 70-year-old man, who was killed Tuesday morning after he was struck by a shuttle from the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA).
    According to police reports, around 4.45 a.m., Harold Weekes, of Carenage, was crossing Western Main Road in the vicinity of Ocean Breeze Hotel in Carenage.
    At the same time, a shuttle from the CDA was proceeding in an easterly direction along the roadway.
    The shuttle, police said, was on its way to Port of Spain to pick up CDA employees at Independence Square,
    The shuttle struck Weekes, throwing him several feet from the scene of impact.
    The police and Emergency Health Services were notified, but Weekes, said to be a Guyanese national, succumbed to his injuries and died on the scene.
    Acting Sgt. Superville is continuing investigations.
    When contacted, officials from the CDA confirmed the incident and expressed their condolences to Weekes’ relatives and loved ones.
    A release sent from the CDA’s corporate communications department stated: “The CDA wishes to express its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr Harold Weekes following his death this morning.”
    It added: “The CDA has offered counseling services to the driver through its Employees Assistance Programme.”

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    Meadowbrook youths get backpack with school supplies http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/meadowbrook-youths-get-backpack-with-school-supplies/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/meadowbrook-youths-get-backpack-with-school-supplies/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:26:14 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364555 Some of the recipients and their backpacks

    Some of the recipients and their backpacks

    BriBac Management in Association with Bannas Foundation yesterday presented 33 children with backpacks and full complement of school supplies. This initiative started in 2003, and was the brainchild of Brian Backer.
    Kevin Walcott, of Bannas Foundation, came onboard immediately. He used his community contacts to identify those most in need of assistance, drawn from the areas surrounding Meadowbrook Gardens.
    This year’s grant was made possible with the support of West Indies cricketer, Leon Johnson, Steve’s Jewelry, PaperCraft, Hopkinson Mining, Impressions, Star Party Rental, CellSmart, and Swansea.

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    ‘Junkie’ beaten, stabbed to death http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/junkie-beaten-stabbed-to-death/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/junkie-beaten-stabbed-to-death/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:22:21 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364558 Undertakers remove  Macey's body yesterday

    Undertakers remove
    Macey’s body yesterday

    The police are investigating the death of a Leopold Street, Georgetown man, who was beaten and stabbed repeatedly by a group of men early yesterday.

    The incident occurred some time around 04:00 hrs, yesterday, at Lot 67-68 Leopold Street.

    The dead man has been identified as Deon Macey.

    His lifeless body was discovered in his shack sometime around 06:30 hrs by persons who live in the same yard with him.

    Kaieteur News was told the now dead man was found in a sitting position bleeding profusely.

    According to a woman, who resides in the same yard with the now dead man, she was sleeping when she heard Macey screaming for help.

    “Like he went out and these people chased him because he run in the yard and he was shouting, ‘Please don’t kill me, please don’t kill me’. And I heard when some people run past by me and run he in his house and one of them tell another one not to kill him,” the woman recounted.

    She added that immediately after one “gang member” pleaded with the other one not to kill Macey, they left.

    “When they left I didn’t hear back Macey voice so I sleep back because I didn’t expect they would have killed him,” she said.

    It was after 06:30 hrs yesterday, when persons went to the dwelling Macey occupied and raised an alarm that the woman said she realized that he was killed.

    While she reported what she heard to the police, she could not reveal the killers’ identity.

    “The place was dark so I couldn’t see anyone’s face,” she stressed.

    Macey, who was 51, did odd jobs in the area.

    This newspaper was told that the now dead man was charged on numerous occasions for possession of narcotics.

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    Bladen Hall fire destroys elderly couple’s home http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/bladen-hall-fire-destroys-elderly-couples-home/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/bladen-hall-fire-destroys-elderly-couples-home/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:21:44 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364543 Residents of an East Coast Demerara community sprang into action last evening when a blaze erupted at an elderly couple’s home.
    Ivan Kalistro, 71, and his 53-year-old wife, Nafeeza Hassan, of Lot 11 Bladen Hall, East Coast Demerara, narrowly avoided injury after the fire erupted in the bottom flat of their house last evening around 19:15 hours and quickly engulfed the entire residence.
    Alarmed by heavy smoke and the sight of flames, neighbours rushed out with their buckets and quickly formed a bucket brigade to save the couple’s home.
    However, the 25-man team only managed to save the neighbouring store. When Kaieteur News arrived on the scene, scores of residents had lined the streets, trying to make sense of what had occurred.
    In the midst of the confusion, Kaieteur News found the elderly man sitting in a neighbour’s yard. Kalistro had burns on his back; his head had a bloody gash. Slurring, the 71-year-old man said that he and his wife were in their bedroom, conversing, when they noticed the fire.
    “We don’t have electricity; we use a lamp so we were in the bedroom gaffing and suddenly I see a flame in the house. It’s an old house,” related the elderly man. He said at the time they were lying on their bed located at the bottom flat of the building and the lamp was on a table in the bedroom.
    His wife had reportedly claimed, however, that they were in the living room relaxing but the man insisted that he was lying on the bed while his wife was attempting to sweep the dust from the bed.
    The 71-year-old man explained, too, that he and his wife had been imbibing earlier. “We had lil ‘tups’. We does take one-one tups you know. We were in bed lying down, gaffin’ about old time stories and thing,” he said.
    The old man made it clear that at the time of the fire, they had stopped drinking.
    Though he could not ascertain whether the lamp had been the source of the fire, he said the flame spread fast and he and his wife ran to safety after their attempt to quell the fire with a bowl of water failed.
    The elderly man told Kaieteur News that he fell at the gate, while running to safety. He was at a loss as to what could have possibly caused the fire that destroyed the house in which they had been living for the past 30 years.
    Meanwhile, the couple’s neighbour, Fazal Nageer, 49, was thankful that the fire had not spread. Nageer, the owner of Bobby’s General Store located next door to the couple, has been operating his business there for the past 20 years.
    He said that when he returned from Masjid, he learnt that a blaze had erupted at his neighbour’s home located at the eastern side of his store.
    Residents who spoke to Kaieteur News were thankful for the response by the Guyana Fire Service, though they claimed that it was the bucket brigade that they formed which prevented the fire from spreading to the nearby store.

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    Blind Society CSEC programme gets recognition http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/blind-society-csec-programme-gets-recognition/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/blind-society-csec-programme-gets-recognition/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:20:26 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364544 – as businesswoman honours students

    A movement is currently unfolding that is geared towards having the rights of visually impaired and blind persons respected, particularly in the area of their academic development.
    This notion was alluded to yesterday by Executive Member of the Guyana Society for the Blind, Ganesh Singh.
    Singh, who is also the Coordinator of the Society’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination programme, said that currently six students who wrote CSEC are registered to attend the University of Guyana (UG). This feat in years gone by might have been unattainable.
    Today its realization is deemed “a major boost for them (students), the Association and by extension, the disability community in Guyana,” said Singh.
    With the recent registration of the six students it brings to eight the number of blind and visually impaired students eligible to access UG. “This is a novelty for Guyana and the campus,” asserted Singh yesterday.
    Singh said that while “we have had one, and then another four or five years later, another” the current influx of students will in fact help to force a much needed transformation at the tertiary level institution.
    The transformation to which Singh was making reference to was the putting in place of systems to ensure that needful measures are accessible on the UG campus for students who are blind or visually impaired.
    Even as he reiterated that “this is a major boost for the disability movement,” Singh noted that in addition to being able to access UG in increased numbers, students of the Blind Society are also able to access the Cyril Potter of Education (CPCE).
    The 2014 top CSEC performer of the Society, Rosemary Ramit, is currently a student of CPCE. She also offers her knowledge to students who attend classes at the Society.
    Guillian Layne of the 2015 CSEC batch is set to attend CPCE too to complete training she had earlier started. “Because of Rosemary they (CPCE) have already started to put systems in place so Guillian will benefit from that so it shows that our programme is reaping major successes,” said Singh.
    His disclosures were forthcoming at a simple ceremony yesterday at the High Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, headquarters of the Blind Society, to honour the students who participated in the 2015 CSEC examination.
    Honouring the students was in fact an initiative of Ms Genevieve McDonald, proprietor of the recently opened Heaven’s Care Day Care facility located at 68 Sixth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown.
    Ms McDonald has for many years been involved in the disability movement in Guyana owing to the fact that her father, Godfrey McDonald, is blind. She is currently a member of the board of the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disability.
    McDonald was enthused when she learnt of the performances of the students this year and wanted to do something that would help to motivate them to do even better in their future endeavours.
    Top performing candidate, Alwyn Adams, who secured grade one passes in Principles of Business, Office Administration and Social Studies and grade two passes in English and Human and Social Biology, was presented with a trophy.
    The other students – Teshaun Rodney, Adelphian Adams, Anthony Robinson, Desmond Fraser, Stacy Greaves, Leroy Phillips, Musa Haynes, Ceion Rollox and Guillian Layne – each received medals for their performances.
    McDonald however did not overlook the role of the teachers who helped the students to realize their respective academic goals. The teachers, among them Ganesh Singh, Rosemary Ramit and Mayanna Francis, were presented with trophies yesterday too. A member of the Society’s CSEC coordinating committee, Ms Theresa Pemberton, was also the recipient of a token of appreciation.

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    Queensway/GSSF Steel Challenge Match… Ryan McKinnon (Limited) and Tracy Vieira (Wildcat) dominate http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/queenswaygssf-steel-challenge-match-ryan-mckinnon-limited-and-tracy-vieira-wildcat-dominate/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/queenswaygssf-steel-challenge-match-ryan-mckinnon-limited-and-tracy-vieira-wildcat-dominate/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:20:08 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364478 The Guyana Sport Shooting Federation hosted yet another Steel Challenge Shooting Match sponsored by Queensway on Saturday last at the GDF Timehri Range. In spite of 40 minutes being lost to heavy rainfall, the entire match was completed safely.
    Shooters on hand deemed it a fun and successful event which ended in a surreal tropical sunset.
    The local pistol shooters competed in two SCSA Divisions: Wildcat and Limited. Queensway trophies were up for grabs to the top three shooters overall in each division.
    Leading overall in the Limited Division with just over a minute of shooting for the afternoon was undefeated local Steel Challenge Shooter, Mr. Ryan McKinnon who was timed at 64.05 and was followed in second place by Mr. Ray Beharry (80.51) with third place going to Mr. Joseph Chin (84.18).
    Ruling the roost in the Wildcat Division was Ms. Tracy Vieira (96.71) who dominated over Mr. Jagmohan Bassoo (236.22).
    Wildcat Division consisted of competitors using .32ACP and lower calibres whereas those in the Limited Division shot 9mm or higher calibre hand guns. The match consisted of three sanctioned S.C.S.A. stages (Pendulum, Showdown and Accelerator) with the action being monitored by the Federation’s Range Safety Officers.
    “Showdown” saw two rectangle targets located some 25 yards away and the smaller plates at a closer 10 yards while the stop plate was set at 12 yards. However this stage was seen as tricky to tackle since there was a requirement to shoot at least 2 strings from one shooting location or box and then alternating to another box for the next two strings.
    This ultimately changed the angles and target presentation.
    The competitors then had to choose from either box where they would shoot their final string. Many competitors deliberated over their ‘better side’ to avoid prematurely hitting the tricky stop plate located in the center of the array.
    “Accelerator” caused both the shooter’s trigger finger to press rapidly, their heart-beat to accelerate and ultimately saw the most ammo being used as they strove to hit the plates in short times. Some enlisted the services of a technique coined the “spray and pray” which was only truly mastered by one of the shooters present.
    “Pendulum” saw the four furthest targets set at 18 yards and the stop plate enticingly located at a close 10 yards from the shooting box. This caused some excitement as seasoned shooters in their rush to get fast scores repeatedly shot and miss the stop plate thus forcing them to take follow up shots to stop the clock as your time is ultimately your score, with the total of the best 4 strings of 5 being used for score.
    At the end of the Main Match there was a fun Side Match dubbed a ‘Balloon Challenge’ which tested the accuracy of those who signed up. The Range was then transformed into a festive and colorful spectacle with the addition of several bright red balloons atop posts placed downrange.
    The first shooting line was placed at 15 meters and participants were given 15 seconds to aim and fire once at a chosen balloon. Shooters who missed were immediately eliminated while those hitting were promoted to the sudden death round: the shooting line was also moved to create further distance after every round.
    At the end of four rounds two shooters made it to the finals, GSSF President Ms. Vidushi Persaud and experienced member Mr. Andrew Phang. With the shooting line set at approximately 30 meters the two shooters assembled with pistols in hand and made ready. Both shots broke at about the same instance and it was Phang who emerged victor over Persaud.
    Phang was thus crowned Champion of the Balloons and was presented with an immaculate and unique trophy sponsored by Queensway.
    At the end of the action, Match Director Captain Roul Bhudu expressed sincere thanks to Mr. Mohamed Qualander of Queensway for the sponsorship of the Match and for making Armscor ammunition available for the match.
    The Guyana Sport Shooting Federation wishes to thank the Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier
    Phillips, GPF Commissioner Persaud, GPF Assistant Commissioner Ramnarine, GPF Commander Hicken, GPF OC TSU Superintendent Dehnert, Assistant Superintendent Mr. Todd, GPF Corporal Dunn and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU.
    As an affiliate of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, a sister body of the United States Practical Shooting Association, the GSSF has been organising matches following their strict safety policies.
    This simple, yet action-packed shooting sport attracts Guyanese pistol shooters from all around the country on a regular basis. More information can be found on the GSSF website www.GuyanaSportShooting.com.

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    Serena survives early test to keep Grand Slam bid alive http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/serena-survives-early-test-to-keep-grand-slam-bid-alive/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/serena-survives-early-test-to-keep-grand-slam-bid-alive/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:19:21 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364481 Serena Williams took her second step in a drive to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in 27 years by beating Kiki Bertens 7-6(5) 6-3 in the second round of the U.S. Open tennis championships at Flushing Meadows.
    The 110th-ranked Dutchwoman put up a valiant fight and had world number one Williams, who struggled with her serve, on the ropes in the opening set. Williams, who registered eight double faults in the set, was down a break with Bertens serving for the set when the top seed broke the Dutchwoman in the 10th game to draw level at 5-5 and take it to a tiebreaker. Williams fell behind 4-0 in the tiebreaker but roared back with five consecutive points and claimed the decider 7-5. “I never stop. I keep going and give the best effort that I can,” Williams said after raising her 2015 match record to 50-2. Should Williams win her fourth consecutive U.S. Open, the 33-year-old American would become the fourth woman to sweep all four grand slam singles title in one season following Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).
    Williams next faces Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets in her second-round match. (Reuters)

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    Cilic into U.S. Open third round; Fish takes final bow http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/cilic-into-u-s-open-third-round-fish-takes-final-bow/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/cilic-into-u-s-open-third-round-fish-takes-final-bow/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:18:17 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364480 Defending champion Marin Cilic powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with a routine win over Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy yesterday while the curtain came down on American Mardy Fish’s career.
    After playing his opening match on an outside court, Cilic returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium, scene of last year’s triumph, and it once again looked to be a perfect fit as the big-hitting Croatian rolled to 6-2 6-3 7-5 win over the Russian qualifier.
    During last year’s magical run Cilic was invincible on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court as he swept by Tomas Berdych in the quarters, took out Roger Federer in the semis and Kei Nishikori in a one-sided final.
    “This court is very special for me, brings back special memories,” the ninth-seeded Cilic said in an on-court interview. “It’s sort of unreal. I was working all my life to win a grand slam and now I’m in position to defend one.”
    After a first round littered with upsets, the start of second round action went according to script as Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer beat Serb Filip Krajinovic 7-5 7-5 7-6(4) and Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic fought off back pain and several visits from the trainer to beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(1).
    It was a great start to another steamy day for the Americans with 19th seed Madison Keys needing just 54 minutes on center court to race past Czech Tereza Smitkova 6-1 6-2 and reach the third round for the first time four tries.The victory marked another milestone in what has been Keys’s best grand slam season having reached the Australian Open semi-finals, Wimbledon quarters and third round of the French Open.
    “So far this year it’s probably been the best year I have had,” said Keys. “It hasn’t been perfect. There have been some ups and downs but I think that’s the nature of tennis. “I still haven’t quite figured everything out.”
    Flushing Meadows said goodbye to Fish, the 33-year-old American who announced earlier this year that he would retire after playing in his 13th U.S. Open.
    After an 18 month layoff, Fish, who suffers from an anxiety disorder, returned to the ATP Tour in March and only played four events but went down swinging in his final grand slam.
    Fish stretched it out as long as he could and appeared to be on the brink of an impressive upset but ultimately fell 2-6 6-3 1-6 7-5 6-3 to 18th seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. “I have got a lot of great memories; I’ve got a lot of good wins out here. I have made a lot of really good friendships with almost everyone out here,” said Fish.
    “I probably would have chosen this one as my last one regardless if I didn’t have any issues with my health in the past couple of years just because this is the biggest one and the most fun and the one that you want to go out on.” (Reuters)

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    GABF agrees on fine for Hamilton, Causway http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/gabf-agrees-on-fine-for-hamilton-causway/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/gabf-agrees-on-fine-for-hamilton-causway/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:15:41 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364523 By Edison Jefford

    The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has agreed on fines for Pacesetters forward, Jermaine Hamilton and Colts guard, Dave Causway following a post-game fight last Wednesday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
    Contacted last night, President of the GABF, Nigel Hinds told Kaieteur Sport that “the matter at the federation level has been resolved.” Hinds confirmed that fines had been set for both players following a disciplinary hearing yesterday.
    The GABF Head was mum on a full disclosure pertaining to the matter, stating, however, that a press release will be issued to the media soon. Asked if Causway will be reinstated to play when his team takes on Half Mile Bulls in the GABF Forbes Burnham Memorial Final Saturday night in Linden, Hinds answered in the affirmative. In response to recommendations from the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) for sanctions for both players, the national federation had suspended them until further notice. In addition, the GABF had originally set yesterday’s meeting for Sunday.
    “Following that meeting, the GABF will make a definitive pronouncement on the issue, based on the information and evidence related to the altercation,” it had indicated in its response to GABA detailing its prescription for disciplinary action.
    The incident in question occurred after the Colts vs Victory Valley Royals semi-final game of the GABF Forbes Burnham Memorial Championships, where Causway apparently threw a ball in Hamilton’s direction and was physically accosted afterward.
    “Based on Mr. Douglas eye-witness account in addition to other bystanders that collaborated the exact happening, the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association would like to recommend the following in keeping with FIBA (International Basketball Federation) fair play and the player code of conduct,” GABA had stated in its letter to the federation.
    “Based on Mr. Douglas account ‘Mr. Causway, following the conclusion of the game between Colts and Royals threw a basketball in the direction of Mr. Hamilton. Mr. Causway then walked away and upon walking away Mr. Hamilton ran up to Mr. Causway and dealt him a direct blow to his head,” the Georgetown association submitted. However, the federation said that the matter will be put into perspective when it issues the press release on the subject.
    The suspension of Causway had cast a dark cloud over the participation of Colts without its lead guard in Saturday’s final.

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    National Volleyball squad commences encampment tomorrow http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/national-volleyball-squad-commences-encampment-tomorrow/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/09/03/national-volleyball-squad-commences-encampment-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:14:03 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=364521 The twenty-one man squad shortlisted by the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) to commence preparations to participate in the CSV male Indoors Championship to be held in Maceio, Brazil from September 27-October 5 this year will commence encampment tomorrow at the National Gymnasium.
    According to Assistant Coach Ian Wills, the players will participate in training sessions from tomorrow before the final selection of the team on Sunday. Previously, the squad made up of players from Berbice and Demerara trained separately under the guidance of National Coach Levi Nedd and Wills due to geographical constraints, but were guided by the same programme so it is expected that all the players will be at the same level of preparations coming into the encampment.
    The sport has been enjoying a fillip following several commendable performances on the international stage and this has encouraged the GVF officials to seek stronger ties with CSV (South American Volleyball Confederation), a regional body that comprises some of the strongest teams in world volleyball.
    The squad that has been in training over the past two weeks is: Wendell Austin, Corwyn Richards, Trevlon Mc Rae, Quacy Matheson, Jamal Duncan, Shemroy Ross, Creston Rodney, Ian Bagott, Jason Seelochan, Beepaul Bandoo, Akeem Bowling, Adriel Moore, Errol Fingal, Luen David, Devendra Latchman, Vance Harding, Khemraj Singh, Xavier Lambert, Joshua Jagmohan and Samuel Fraser.
    Meanwhile, the Federation is to host a Volleyball Cooperation Programme sponsored by the FIVB (Federation of International Volleyball). The course will be facilitated by Julio Morales, who is a FIVB International Coach from the USA and it will be held from September 5-9, at the National Gymnasium.
    It is aimed at introducing and developing young players who are interested in the game. Interested persons can contact Nicholas Fraser, Secretary of the GVF on telephone number 698-4328 to register.

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