No agency devoid of massive corruption, bribery and fraud

first_imgDear Editor,There seems to be no governmental agency in Guyana that is devoid of massive corruption, bribery and fraud, which only spells doom and disaster for our beloved country, particularly with the coming of first oil in a few months.The most recent agency exposed in such transgressions is the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for which some of its operatives have been discovered sneaking around accessing tenders that they should not have, tampering with them, and as a consequence, making a complete mockery of the tender process of Guyana.Of course, such lurid goings-on at NPTAB have been an open secret for a very long time now as there has been for a while, a hullabaloo by some contractors, companies and even by the public, of the skewed manner in which only some entities and individuals are awarded contracts, many times for which they are ill-equipped and trained to do.Even worse, recordings of telephone conversations with very damning information are coming to the surface, involving claims that some senior operatives are coaching their juniors into committing perjury.So now that the cover has been blown at NPTAB and everyone is running for cover, there seems to be a sudden PR blitz coming from that office with unprecedented levels of public announcements, releases and awareness programmes in what is obviously a smokescreen intended to confuse the public about the real happenings there.The hypocrisy of a very senior official there, who in a recent statement to the press claimed that he was not a politician, is quite laughable as in the 2015 campaign season, he was very visible at all of the stops of the ‘Unity Train’ and at the campaign rallies of a certain political party, and who since the elections, has been rewarded with lucrative positions on several State boards. This is quite evident as on one hand, he is holding himself out to be a beacon of moral rectitude while on the other hand, is now alleged to be giving a heads up to junior staffers as it relates to covering up the current saga.If Guyana is to improve its rankings on international indexes on corruption, it is important that agencies such as the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board be staffed by young, competent, qualified, decent and apolitical individuals.Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgerslast_img read more

APNU/AFC Government is on a “life support machine” fighting for survival

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese don’t have to be statisticians to spot that the recent polls conducted by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), was suspicious and fake. CADRES should publicly state who really financed that poll since it is the worst form of propaganda by the APNU/AFC coalition Government as desperation is stepping into the failed APNU/AFC camp.Several questions are exposing the Government, because if President David Granger’s approval ratings are at 94 per cent, why is the Government so afraid to go to an election? How are President David Granger’s approval ratings so high but the APNU/AFC coalition Government was completely swept away in the last LGE?If Granger’s ratings are 94 per cent then Irfan Ali’s ratings would definitely be 500 per cent since this Government is not only unpopular in the PPP/C support base but also in the APNU support base.Imagine last week President David Granger refused to announce publicly that he was coming to visit the Albion Estate in East Berbice, he actually sneaked into Berbice, afraid that the thousands of dismissed sugar workers would picket him for not attending to their cries since these severed sugar workers were left to the mercy of the Almighty God. Why did President David Granger, after four years, decide to visit workers at Albion Estate? The simple answer is that elections will be held shortly and he needs workers’ votes, sorry Granger.The analogy about diabetes that was used by President Granger on the sugar industry should be used on the Government since corruption, incompetence, mismanagement, etc is prevalent in the Government and unless Granger amputates some of the limbs that he has, the diabetes of corruption, incompetence, mismanagement etc would cause the Government to rot to death. The APNU/AFC coalition Government is presently on a “life support machine” fighting for survival.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Mother of 4 crushed by motor lorry

first_imgA female pedal cyclist was on Thursday afternoon crushed to death by a motor lorry transporting a combine along the Albion Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice. The dead woman has been identified as Christina Raghu, 41, of Chesney Squatting Area, Corentyne, Berbice.The bicycle that Raghu was riding at the time of her demiseThe mother of four had just dropped her grandson off at school and was heading home when she reportedly rode into the path of the lorry. Raghu sustained injuries and was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Dead: Christina RaghuAccording to one eyewitness, Raghu did not stop after riding out of the school’s street but instead rode onto the main highway. “She just ride out and did not look,” the eyewitness said.The now dead housewife usually takes her grandson to school on bicycle on a daily basis.The lorry that was involved in the fatal accidentMeanwhile, the lorry is owned and driven by a Corentyne businessman. He was taken into custody as investigations continue.last_img read more

Norton St man slapped with illegal gun, ammo, drug charges

first_imgA Norton Street, Georgetown man, Alfie Garraway, who was wanted by the Police for illegal gun, ammunition and drug possession charges, was on Tuesday released on bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Alfie GarrawayThe 39-year-old man appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charges.The first charge stated that on October 5, 2019 at Norton Street, Lodge, he, along with Roseann Ellis, had in their possession 13 grams of marijuana. It is also alleged that on the same day at the same location, Garraway and Ellis had in their possession eight live rounds of .40 ammunition when they were not holders of a firearm licence. Additionally, it is alleged that Garraway and Ellis had one .40 smith and Wesson firearm without being holders of firearm licence.Garraway was represented by Attorney-at-Law Stanley Moore, who, in a bail application, told the court that his client was not at home when the search was conducted. The Attorney added that his client later learnt that a wanted bulletin was issued for his arrest and as such, he surrendered.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on October 5, ranks from the Major Crime Unit went to Lot 71 Norton Street, Lodge, where they made contact with Ellis, who is Garraway’s mother. A search was then carried out and the gun, ammunition and a quantity of cannabis were found in the home. The Prosecutor further stated that Ellis was arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station. However, following an investigation, a wanted bulletin was issued for Garraway. He was released on $120,000 bail and the case will continue on November 13.Meanwhile, Garraway’s mother, who is jointly charged with him, failed to make her court appearance on Tuesday and an arrest warrant was issued for her. She was previously released on $60,000 bail.last_img read more

Surinamese law enforcement confirmed 13 in custody

first_imgPirate massacre…but Justice Minister says 30 arrestedIn light of the recent arrest of notorious criminal “Crackhead”, who was wanted by Surinamese law enforcement for the recent deadly pirate attacks, the Police have confirmed that a total of 13 persons are in custody.Arrested: the notorious criminal known as “Crackhead”However, at a joint press conference on Monday in Suriname, that country’s Justice and Police Minister, Stuart Faith reported that 30 persons have been arrested.The arrests, he noted, were made on water and on land.Meanwhile, Surinamese Defence Minister Ronni Benschop assured that in a week’s time the fishermen could safely return to work at sea.The authorities have not ascertained the motives for the attack, but there are suspicions that it was retaliation for the murder of a captain.The main suspect, “Crackhead”, was reportedly spotted in the boat that attacked the fishermen between May 3 and May 5 in the Wia Wiabank, Suriname.Guyana Times understands that a boat owner who reported the robbery to the Police described the men he recognised during the brutal attack on the fishermen.He reportedly told the Police that “Dick”, “Bolo”, “Crackhead”, “Sanbad” and another man he did not know carried out the attack. The owner also told officials that the suspects were all Guyanese.News coming out of Suriname also stated that the Coast Guard has also brought in a boat and suspects and handed them over to the Police. Upon inspection of the boat, it appeared that the crew could not produce a permit.The people on board also had no identification papers.Fifteen fishermen are still missing. Three bodies have been recovered and five people have survived the attacks.On Sunday, Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan led a team to the neighbouring country where he had the opportunity to meet with the relatives of the missing men. During his visit, Ramjattan recognised the need for an improved coastguard warning system and information sharing.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who led a team to Suriname, described the attacks as acts of terrorism, and called upon the Governments of Guyana and Suriname to work together in addressing the horrific incidents. He urged that the full force of the law be used to bring the perpetrators to justice.Two Saturdays ago, four boats were attacked by a group of men who brutalised the occupants then threw them overboard. Two days later, another boat was attacked, and the captain was killed. The crew is still missing.Those identified as missing include: Ramesh Sanchara, Ganesh Persaud, Vickey Persaud, Glenroy Jones, Bharat Heralall, Ralph Anthony, and Tiaknauth Mohabir. The bodies that were recovered are yet to be positively identified.last_img read more

High on Ice to broaden its spectrum

first_imgPhoto:  An example of what coloured ice can look like – FSJ Arts CouncilBy Jon Zacks- Advertisement – Arts advocates in Fort St. John are planning on adding a little colour to the 2011 High on Ice festival.Representatives from the Fort St. John Arts Council appeared before City Council on Tuesday night, to share their plans for the next High on Ice event, and to talk about some of the challenges faced in the 2010 event.Tara O’Donnell and Lisa Bush said High on Ice 2010 brought the biggest-yet turnout to the Energetic City, and more coverage than ever before. They say it contributed to community pride, active lifestyles, and employment in the region, as well as providing a major boost to winter tourism.Some changes the Arts Council would like to see for next time include:Advertisement · Facing the ice slides (or at least the one for small children) towards the hospitality tent, so that parents can keep an eye on their kids while huddling up to heaters and hot chocolate. · Getting funding allocated from the City earlier, so that the money will be available for cash prizes and other costs. · Providing a power supply at the front of Centennial park, to enhance the safety of carvers using power tools. · Improving lighting at Centennial Park and opening the concession at night, to give the public more opportunity to visit the festival in the evenings.O’Donnell also described how organizers plan on injecting ‘coloured ice’ into the festival in 2011. She says ‘coloured ice’ is quite a simple, but aesthetically pleasing effect. Moreover, for around $3,000, O’Donnell says organizers could provide a ‘coloured ice’ workshop to local students.The arts council is responsible for the ice and snow events at the festival, which includes bringing in the professional carvers, and organizing the various competitions. The overall budget for the Ice and Snow Event at High on Ice 2011 is projected at $116,100.last_img read more

American family missing in B.C.

first_imgMr. Stevenson is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 250 pounds, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a goatee. His wife is said to be 5 feet 7 inches tall and 130 pounds, with long brown hair, and blue eyes.Their children range in age from 1 to 15 years.One of their vehicles is described as a red and black 1989 GMC pickup, pulling a full size white with blue trim GMC van, both with Michigan licence plates.- Advertisement -The second vehicle, with Louisiana plates, is a large black school bus, with a white roof, and it is reportedly pulling a plywood trailer, which also has Michigan plates.The family was expected to arrive at its Alaskan destination last Tuesday, and is requested to contact the local police agency in their current travel area, and their family in Michigan.In addition, anyone else with possible search assistance information is asked to call the nearest RCMP detachment, and in this area the number is 250-784-3700.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgEimear Rodden from Creeslough writes: This is a photo of me and my brother Declan celebrating st paddys day in Sydney. With us are Declan’s children ( l-r) Max, Angus and Cian. We’re the Roddens from Creeslough, and we want to say ‘hello’ to all at home! Happy St Patrick’s DayHAPPY St Patrick’s Day to all our readers across the globe.No matter where you are,  you can send your pictures to we start today with a picture from a Creeslough family Down Under where a day of festivities is almost over. Keep the pix coming….Lily McGonagle’s frozen shamrock! It may be sunny Down Under, but near Burnfoot, it’s freeeeezzzzinnnng!Burtonport brother and sister Mickey and Fiona Sweeney enjoying the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Perth this morning. On parade in sunny Dunfanaghy: Pic Fred Aicken for donegaldaily.comErin McLaughlin age 4 at Manchester parade and cousin Rory Kennedy with his Donegal kit on Freya Bonner from keadue!  On parade in Letterkenny! There was a huge crowd in Letterkenny for today’s parade Now that’s the best hat on parade in LK These two fellas did share all those sweets with the Letterkenny crowds! We saw them! Pope Francis makes a shock appearance in Glencolmcille! Pic Roseann EllisThere was a large turn-out in Killybegs today On parade in Bundoran St Francis national school Barnesmore winners of the school competition in donegal town. Joseph Bond from Letterkenny Rugby Club enjoying the parade today!  ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS!last_img read more


first_imgAA Ireland has appealed to motorists to take extra care on the road today as torrential rain has left many roads in the county in a dangerous state.Flooded roads have been reported in Letterkenny, Ramelton, Milford and St Johnston.Met Eireann has issued a weather warning about flooding in several areas. However the forecaster says the heavy rain will ease later today and drier brighter weather will follow. ROADS WARNING AS TORRENTIAL RAIN RETURNS TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ROADS WARNING AS TORRENTIAL RAIN RETURNS TO DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgA GROUP of Donegal women have bared almost all for a charity calendar – and are set to do it for real again this Sunday!The eight women from Donegal Town and Glenties have posed for a dozen daring pictures for a 2013 calendar which they hope will raise thousands of euro for charity.And this Sunday some of them will be ‘on display’ in the window of Magees in the Diamond in Donegal Town hoping to raise even more money. Roberta Gillen persuaded other shop workers in the town centre to bare almost all for the saucy snaps.But the fun shoots around Co Donegal were sparked by tragedy.“The money raised will go to Living Links which helps familes affected by suicide and to the Oncology Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital,” said Roberta, who works in Foody’s deli in the town.“A friend of mine took his own life and I recently lost a relative to cancer so I wanted to raise some money for good local charities. “I’m a big fan of Gok Wan and his programme ‘How To Look Good Naked’ and I thought we can do that,” she laughed.Photographer Paul McGinty from Ghorm Studio in Donegal: “I tried to take pictures inspired by famous scenes and it really worked. The ladies were absolutely brilliant to work with. We had a lot of fun doing it.”Pictured are Roberta, Centra worker Theresa Murphy, Maggie Murphy from Magee’s, Joy Peat (retired), counsellor Mary McLaughlin, Donegal hospital worker Lorraine Rourke, Kay Latimore from the Country Market, Charelle Bell who has since moved to Australia, and Paula McMullan, an ‘outsider’ from Glenties and organiser of the Melting Pot Festival.DONEGAL CALENDAR GIRLS SET TO BARE (ALMOST) ALL AGAIN was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL CALENDAR GIRLS SET TO BARE (ALMOST) ALL AGAINlast_img read more