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13 to remain in custody as investigation intensifies
addition, reports are that there is sufficient evidence against the men to warrant institution of charges.Suspected pirate Nakool ManoharThe surviving fishermen, who are cooperating with the Police, have since given the lawmen detailed descriptions of the attackers, some of which fit those who are presently in custody.Guyana Times was told that one of the men who were arrested with the others was released by the Police after the magistrate concluded that he had been in the “wrong place at the wrong time”. He reportedly was in the area making a drop off at the time the suspects were arrested.However, “Killerman,” who was arrested on May 16 for the attempted murder of a Police informant and the murder of Guyanese businessman Somnath Monohar, remains in custody. He was arrested by law enforcement agents after they had received information from an informant about his whereabouts. The informant who, according to reports, is an enemy to “Killerman”, was shot to his chest in an attempted execution by the suspect, who reportedly drove off the scene with another man in his vehicle.They were, however, pursued by Police ranks who were summoned, who subsequently arrested them.On May 9, it was reported that Monohar’s family allegedly offered US$50,000 as revenge money for his murder. Monohar was killed on March 30 while he and a colleague were standing in front of a relative’s home.Nevertheless, Nakool Manohar, the brother of the dead man, was fingered in the deadly piracy attacks which have thus far left four dead and 11 still missing.It was reported that Nakool, who was only recently arraigned on several piracy- related offences and is on remand, was on one of the boats that carried out the attack. The boat, Cristina-1 SK 1221, captained by Ron Drepaul, was identified by one of the survivors.Drepaul also was recently arrested.
The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) on Tuesday presented a lease to the National Toshaos Council (NTC) for a plot of land in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The land will house the secretariat of the Toshaos Council. The Indigenous leaders, during the 2016 NTC Conference, had requested a plot of land from the Government to construct its long-awaited secretariat.During a briefing handing over ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner and GLSC Chief Executive, Trevor Benn, reminded that the GLSC had expedited the request of the NTC to have the land available.“There has been a lease available since February for the National Toshaos Council,” he said, while addressing the Toshaos and Minister within the IndigenousNational Toshaos Council Chairman Nicholas Fredericks receives the lease from Commissioner Trevor Benn on TuesdayPeople’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe at the simple ceremony.Benn also called for greater dialogue between the GLSC and the NTC, noting that that is the only way a number of land-related issues affecting the Indigenous communities could be addressed.“We at the GLSC have an open door policy and we are prepared to work with you to have your issues addressed, we may not be able to do so individually but as a body, I can assure you that we are going to look closely at the land related issues affecting your various communities,” he assured. To this end, Benn also pledged the support of the legal section of the GLSC to assist the NTC on land related matters they may encounter.The Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and the National Toshaos Council will be working together to identify a larger plot of land for the establishment of a complex that would include dormitories to accommodate Toshaos, conference rooms and other facilities as promised by President David Granger earlier this year.Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valarie Garrido-Lowe praised the GLSC for expediting the process on behalf of the NTC and also called for a better working relationship between the GLSC and the NTC, stating “That is the only way the matters we hear about daily about your lands are going to be addressed, you cannot have two and three persons sharing different views on aMembers of the National Toshaos Council with Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and Commissioner of the Guyana Land and Surveys Commission, Trevor Bennmatter and expect that it will be addressed”.She further stated, “Meet with your people, sit as a Council, and then raise concrete issues with the Lands Commission so that those matters could be addressed and be addressed speedily,”nwhile, Chairman of the National Toshaos Council Nicholas Fredericks, expressed his willingness to work hand in hand with the GLSC to advance the relationship between the two bodies.Fredericks pointed out that in most indigenous communities the burning issue is about land and therefore, he said, the GLSC is a crucial partner in advancing the development of the Indigenous communities. “If we look at most of the Indigenous communities today, one of the most consistent issues is that of land, most persons have issues with their lands and because of this, development is slow in some of those communities because there are not so much you can do on disputed lands,” he reasoned.“So my fellow colleagues we see the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission as a very important partner that will aid in our development and we must be prepared to work with them to have those issues affecting us addressed,” he added.Fredericks also thanked the GLSC for fast-tracking the NTC’s lease, pointing out that it signals the beginning of great things to come for the Indigenous peoples. “So much we can do with our own secretariat, our own land and this is just the beginning of great things to come,” he posited. Toshaos from the various Indigenous communities, raised a number of land related issues with the GLSC, and the Commission through Benn, promised that those issues will be looked at and addressed once if falls within the ambit of the GLSC.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday announced that former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has been appointed Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph HarmonThe announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s address at the National Communications Network (NCN) Linden Complex at the Government outreach to the mining town.Minister Harmon, a dual citizen, resigned as a minister and Member of Parliament (MP) effective April 25. He was replaced as an MP by Mervyn Williams. Vice President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; former Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin and former Minister of Public Service, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine also resigned as a result of being deemed dual citizens by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George in a court ruling.Gaskin and Dr Roopnaraine were replaced by Haimraj Rajkumar and Tabitha Saraboo-Halley respectively.Prime Minister Nagamootoo was delivering the feature address at the hand-over ceremony of the NCN Linden assets to the Linden Broadcasting Network (LBN).Director General Harmon attended the Cabinet meeting earlier in the day at the invitation of President David Granger where his new portfolio was formally announced to Cabinet.
Aurora Gold Mine grants 7.6% quarterly bonus to workers
…promises to deliberate on NIS, compensationAurora Gold Mine (AGM) on Saturday issued notices to its workers, granting them their second quarterly bonus and further committing towards progress on unionisation, compensation and other issues that were raised when the workers initiated strike actions.One miner shared that since the appointment of new human resources personnel, they have seen improvement in working conditions.A letter was issued to employees by the Chief Operation Officer, Suresh Kalathil, granting the second quarterly bonus of 7.6 per cent on July 25, while asserting that the formula for the next bonus will be reviewed.The notice, seen by this publication, indicated that a Site Compensation Committee will be established by August 31, to review “compensation related issues including those related to contract employment”.By October, the final report will be produced. Contributions to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will also be reviewed.As it relates to severance payments, Kalathil stated, “In all cases where termination of employment is required, AGM will abide by the Employment Legislation and Regulations of Guyana. As this topic relates to the possible Aurora Mining Alliance, I state that no decision has been made yet regarding this possible venture”.Nevertheless, they have agreed to foster discussions on the unionisation of workers, a factor which was heavily opposed in the inception. Town hall meetings will be held with staffers to ensure that the yearly target is achieved.Canadian-based Guyana Gold Fields is the parent company behind AGM’s operations. Earlier this month, over 200 workers had downed their tools and initiated strike actions for two days after calls mounted for them to be officially represented by a union and other improved working conditions and wages. They are demanding better wages, better quality food and laundry services, out of town allowance, missing NIS contributions and severance payments.While some opted to head home during the strike, others headed down to the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department after leaving the mines. This publication spoke to several workers, including one who revealed what concerns drove the workers to strike.“There were certain concerns raised by those who were contract workers for four years and so on, and they haven’t been given any confirmation. There are cases where some workers are truck drivers and others are utility operators. That means they can operate many other equipment. And they’re paid on the same rate as the truck drivers,” the worker said.Because of these actions, the company stated that three days without operation resulted in an estimated 22,500 ounces of unprocessed ore. Despite this, the company claimed a few days ago that Aurora Gold Mine recorded a 45 per cent increase in gold production.It produced 37,000 ounces of gold for the second quarter of 2019 and a total of 74,000 ounces for the first half of the year.On this note, the company said that it is on track to achieve its 2019 production, which ranges from 145,000 to 160,000 ounces of gold.Aurora Gold Mine
GRA cancels VAT on airfares for interior locations
The Government of Guyana has inked an agreement with the Air Services Limited which will reverse its 2017 decision to impose taxes on flights to interior locations.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in a public notice said it, “wishes to advise air service operators that no VAT shall be charged on airfares to transport passengers or goods to/from airstrips listed below”.A few of the 54 listed locations are located in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). They include Achiwib, Aishalton, Annai, Baramita, Chenpau, Dadanawa, Iwokrama, Kamarang, Kato, Monkey Mountain, Orinduik, Paramakatoi and Waramadong.Although the notice did not inform when the new decision takes effect and when it was made, it pointed out that, “Pursuant to the Agreement, VAT is also exempt from airfares to transport passengers or goods to any other rural airstrip, provided that satisfactory evidence is submitted to the company that the passenger is living in the rural area”.Effective from February 1, 2017, the Government had implemented a 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on local airfares.This move was highly criticised by locals from all walks of life.On Saturday, this publication contacted Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Roraima Airways Inc Captain Gouveia, who also serves as Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on the matter.Gouveia said he was unaware that the taxes had been removed but lauded the change. He said, “As far as I know the Government introduced taxes on interior flights and that is still functioning today. I don’t know of any agreement to waive it [but] I think it will be a good thing”.The PSC Chair further explained, “I think interior development is very very crucial and the Government got to be able to contribute to make air transportation affordable and accessible to all of the people in the hinterland and so putting taxes on interior flights is actually a big deterrent to Hinterland development”.He said he is happy to learn that the Government finally decided to review their decision in this regard given that prior to their decision there was never VAT on Interior flights.“Since they introduced VAT and start charging VAT on hinterland flights and Kaieteur flights for example when you take people to Kaieteur Falls now there is 14 per cent on Kaieteur flights which is crazy but it is what the Government decided to do,” he posited.Nevertheless, Gouveia pointed out that he welcomes this move regardless of if it is implemented at present or in the months to come.
addition, the traffic department recorded 39 serious accidents for 2019 when compared to 41 in the previous year. There were also 52 damage accidents compared to 65 in 2018.Dead: Kevin SinclairIn all, there was a total of 178 accidents compared to 197 the previous year.“We have noticed that over the weekend period is our trouble period and from Friday evenings into Monday mornings. So, it is the entire weekend and then on holidays,” Commander Brutus revealed.He further stated that most of the accidents occurred between 18:00h and midnight.Dead: Gurdatt Hemraj“In terms of the factors for the causes of accidents, speeding tops the list, driving under the influence (DUI). Sometimes you have speeding and DUI – they go hand in hand. Inattentiveness by the use of the cell phone while driving is also one of the factors which lead to accidents,” the Commander said while noting that the failure to observe the rules of the road is also a factor.Hazards on the road such as derelict vehicles, vehicles parked dangerously and other objects left on the road shoulders that should not be there have contributed to most of the road accidents.One of the accident scenes of 2019“When we look at the offices that we target to curb fatal accidents, in general, is speeding.”However, 1923 cases were made out against errant drivers. Forty-nine cases were for driving under the influence; 17 persons were charged for dangerous driving, 323 for failing to wear seat belts and 58 for failing to wear safety helmets. In all, a total of 5861 are before the court for general traffic offences.“As road users, we need to pay attention to the rules of the road. There are published speed limits on the road and this is based on engineers that had the speed limits fixed to that rate because of the general circumstances surrounding the conditions of the road, the housing and the communities around and the width of the road. All those factors are used to determine the speed limit of a certain area,” the Commander added.He also stated that drivers also need to consider other road users.“You should always anticipate that the other person will make the mistake, [hone] your driving to prevent an accident rather than going fast unnecessarily. You also need to cater for animals on our roads. Of course, from time to time we will have the stray catchers impounding the animals but then they are still instances where animals are on the road.”He noted that in Region Six and more particularly on the Corentyne, drivers need to consider rice harvesting and the wetness on the roadway in most instances.Nevertheless, he added that every life that is lost on the roadway is one too many.
“They were warned” – PPP General Secretary
Govt/Fedders Lloyd hospital limboPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee said the hot water Government has found itself in with the India-based contractor Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited could have been avoided, had it heeded the advice of the masses.He said Government has been failing to take advice from anyone, and, as usual, only realises its mistake “when scandals hit them in their face”.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday announced that Government was once again putting the multibillion-dollar Specialty Hospital Project on hold, since it was found out that the contractor was blacklisted by the World Bank. The Administration, he said, will be discontinuing the arrangement with the construction company.The company was selected by Government, after the former contractor, Surendra Engineering Inc, was fired by the former PPP/C Administration in 2014. Following that dismissal, the new Administration came under fire for selecting Fedders Lloyd without carrying out the requisite procurement process. Government’s contention was that the company was the second-ranked bidder after Surendra, so the move was very much appropriate.Rohee, at the press conference on Monday, said the “fiasco” could have very well been avoided.“The PPP has been warning the Government about the contractor, about going down that road.” Government, he said, has been going down the road of sole sourcing and ignoring the views of others that the Project should be returned to tender.“I hope they have learnt their lesson from that,” Rohee told this publication on Monday.“It appears that Government has been going down the path on matters totally oblivious to what people have to say in the country. They feel that they have all the answers, not listening to anyone and the only time they listen is when they come under enormous pressure and when scandal hits them in their face, like this matter,” he added.The information on the Indian company was communicated to Government by the Indian High Commission here via a letter dated June 2016.“(The letter said), among other things, the contractor Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited was not eligible to continue the Project because it was debarred or disbarred by the World Bank for projects until 2020 due to its procurement policy,” the Minister related.He further stated that the Indian Government expressed preference for a fresh tendering process to be conducted to select a new India-based contractor to execute the project.Harmon pointed out that this new development has resulted in the Project being once again put on hold to facilitate a new tendering process for a new contracting firm prepared to complete the project for the remaining US$13.8 million.“The tendering process, as we are aware, actually takes quite a while – several months it takes – to be completed and while this process is undertaken, the loan sum continues to be eroded by inflation, interests and fees,” the Minister of State outlined.He explained that in light of this development, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Public Health have been requested by Cabinet to make “certain enquiries” of the Indian Government before a definitive course of action is taken by Guyana on the Specialty Hospital Project.
Norway report vindicates PPP – Jagdeo
Amaila Falls Hydropower Project… mounts pressure for Govt to restart projectOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday declared that the recently independent fact-based assessment on the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) vindicates the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C’s) stance and called on the coalition Government to apologise to Norway for misrepresenting the report.He also urged all Guyanese to read the report for themselves and join with the PPP/C in putting pressure on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration to quickly restart the project.“We are confident that intelligent, independent-minded Guyanese will see that the assessment vindicates the project, and supports re-starting it immediately,” he expressed in a statement to the media on Thursday.Before its release, Government claimed that the assessment of the Amaila Falls Project justified the APNU/AFC’s years of effort to destroy the Project.However, the Opposition Leader contends that Government’s claim plunges new depths in its disregard for the truth.This independent review of Amaila Falls – which came on the heels of calls from the Opposition Leader for such –highlighting the truth about Amaila, Jagdeo outlined that the report hails Amaila as the only practical option for an emission free electricity sector.The report states, “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil fired generation. AFHP was prioritised as the first hydropower plant because it was the only project with a full feasibility study completed, it has a higher plant load factor than the alternatives, a smaller reservoir and a levelised unit cost in the same range as the most attractive alternatives.”The report also proves that wind energy – at least in the capacity in which Government is currently pursuing – will not support Guyana’s commitment to reach 100 per cent renewable by 2025.“As the power demand is growing, and for reaching the goal of 100 per cent emission free generation by 2025, as assumed by the [Low Carbon Development Strategy] LCDS, a second hydropower plant of capacity comparable with AFHP will have to be commissioned by 2025. In parallel with preparations for AFHP, therefore, prefeasibility studies will have to be carried out for promising candidates for the second hydropower project and a full feasibility study be performed for the selected candidate,” the report surmised.The report also states “We regard the soundness of AFHP as evident and in order to follow up the intentions of the LCDS as fast as possible, we recommend the preparations for AFHP to be resumed.” However, Government has not given any indications or shown any interest in pursuing Amaila.The report also states that “the BOOT type public-private partnership model should be maintained for the project implementation. An internationally well-merited investor and operator in the hydropower industry should be invited to take the majority position.”Jagdeo pointed out that the report reaffirms that the BOOT type public-private partnership model – which the then APNU/AFC Opposition destroyed in August 2013 – is the right financial structure for AFHP.“Up until yesterday (Wednesday), APNU/AFC, first in Opposition and then in Government, claimed that their concerns with the project related to the financing costs which are associated with this BOOT type of partnership. They made wild claims about the cost of the project and the resulting cost of electricity, and repeated the ridiculous claim that the project would saddle Guyanese with decades of debt. However, in yesterday’s (Wednesday) statement, they did not mention these concerns at all – because they have been thoroughly debunked by Norconsult,” Jagdeo asserted.The report explained that constructing Amaila Falls would cut electricity costs by more than 50 per cent for the energy produced by AFHP, or US$3.3 billion over 20 years.But Jagdeo noted that in its statement on the matter, APNU/AFC hid how they are no longer making claims about the financial model by instead claiming that there were mission-critical engineering issues to be solved.“This is not true – the Norconsult report sets out some design areas for consideration as the project progresses, but also notes that these areas were already being looked at,” Jagdeo contended.Norconsult clearly states “Although certain design aspects of AFHP should be reviewed and revised, we regard the soundness of AFHP as evident and in order to follow up the intentions of the LCDS as fast as possible, we recommend the preparation for AFHP be resumed.”Jagdeo argued that instead of focusing on these engineering issues, APNU/AFC should have looked at areas where the project’s financing can be improved.“The Norconsult assessment sets out several sensible recommendations which deserve further discussion and analysis. The PPP does not agree with all of these recommendations, but will support any efforts to get costs down further if possible,” the Opposition Leader said.Nonetheless, to try and repair the damage, Norconsult sets out how AFHP can be operational in six and a half years’ time – mainly because the original tenders date from 2008 and now need to be re-tendered.But Jagdeo said this is six years too late because AFHP should have been providing affordable, reliable, clean energy to Guyanese within the next few months.“However, given that the wasted time cannot be re-gained, we must focus on the future,” he lamented.The Opposition Leader expressed that the PPP/C wishes to see AFHP restart immediately, and is willing to engage in discussions on all the recommendations set out in the Norconsult assessment.“With that in mind, the PPP calls on all Guyanese to join with us in ensuring that the APNU/AFC Government acts in the interest of the people of Guyana, apologises for their repeated lies about the project and instead works to make AFHP a success,”nwhile, Second Vice President Carl Greenidge told media operatives on Thursday that the Government of Guyana never took a definitive decision on Amaila Falls. He noted too that the Norway report was yet to be submitted to Cabinet. He held out that the report vindicated APNU/AFC’s position that the AFHP was flawed. Greenidge said the report has suggestions for modifications and indicated that this was what the Government would most likely be willing to do.“If you want to go forward on energy, you have to take account to what is being said in this report and see whether any reconfiguration can satisfy our means,” he said. (Devina Samaroo)
…says ‘no coincidence’ coalition financier Stanley Ming stands to reap millionsBy Gary EleazarFormer President Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, and the Government at large, to come clean with the Guyanese populace on its bid to bridge the Demerara River, including the financial structure,Former President Bharrat Jagdeolevel of subsidies, toll increases and likely sovereign debt to be guaranteed.The former President now Opposition Leader made the demands during a press engagement with members of the local media corps at his Church Street office on Wednesday and further suggested that based on what little information was available, the project already reeked of corruption.No coincidenceJagdeo was adamant it was no coincidence that a senior member of the Reform component of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and financier of the ruling coalition government, Stanley Ming, now stand to benefit from possibly hundreds of millions of dollars.The Opposition Leader during his media engagement used the occasion to drawPublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonreference to a plan that had been devised by Ming in 2015, which had concluded that the best location for the new bridge was between Versailles and Houston.Jagdeo surmised that Ming’s suggestion was made without the aid of a feasibility study and juxtaposed his then suggestion, with the recommendation in the feasibility study which ‘miraculously’ chose that location as the best option for the bridge. This despite the conclusion of any environmental and other social impact studies being conducted on the identified alternative locations.According to the former President, Ming now stands to benefit from huge sums of money, since the land at the Versailles end of the proposed bridge belongs to him and Government will have to pay him to acquire the land.The former President suggested that based on the recommendations of the projectFinancier of the ruling coalition government Stanley Mingconsultant, Lievense CSO a Dutch consulting and engineering firm in the are