Re­shap­ing of lo­cal gov’t ar­eas aimed at cut­ting PPP/C wins at polls – Jagdeo

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE -

Six­teen con­stituen­cies have been re­moved from 14 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas (LGAs) in what Op­po­si­tion Leader Bhar­rat Jagdeo has de­scribed as ger­ry­man­der­ing in a bid to re­duce PPP/C wins at the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. The Or­der for the re­moval of the con­stituen­cies was signed by Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ties Ron­ald Bulkan and pub­lished in an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gazette on June 7th. Up to press time, Bulkan could not be reached by Stabroek News for com­ment on the pur­pose of the or­der. Jagdeo said on Thurs­day that the or­der is a clear at­tempt by the gov­ern­ing coali­tion to in­flu­ence re­sults by re­struc­tur­ing the boundaries of LGAs. At the launch of a Gov­ern­ment Pub­lic Aware­ness and Stake­hold­ers Ed­u­ca­tion Project, in the com­pound of the Pub­lic Build­ings on June 15th, Bulkan an­nounced that eight new NDCs and a new town­ship would par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls but he did not an­nounce that for 14 ex­ist­ing LGA’s there will be fewer con­stituency elec­tions. Jagdeo has crit­i­cised this ac­tion, while not­ing that such ma­jor changes re­quire a fullfledged press con­fer­ence.

Sus­pects in Crab­wood Creek man’s dis­ap­pear­ance lead cops to burnt re­mains

Two for­mer mur­der ac­cused, who are sus­pects in the dis­ap­pear­ance of a Crab­wood Creek pen­sioner, have led po­lice to the dis­cov­ery of burnt re­mains at a tem­ple at Ben­net Dam, Rosig­nol Vil­lage, West Coast Ber­bice. The re­mains are sus­pected to be those of Saeed Hamid, 65, who has been miss­ing since April 19th. Com­man­der of ‘B’ Di­vi­sion Lyn­don Alves told Stabroek News that the re­mains have to be sent for DNA test­ing to con­firm that they are those of Hamid. Alves said the sus­pects were among those who had been ar­rested af­ter Hamid was re­ported miss­ing in April. Both sus­pects, Sa­tro­han Madray, 34, of Ben­net Dam, and An­to­nio Bal­rup, of Ed­in­burgh, East Bank Ber­bice, are known to po­lice as they were pre­vi­ously charged with mur­der.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter sues Edghill for ma­li­cious pros­e­cu­tion

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Win­ston Jor­dan yes­ter­day filed a $200 mil­lion law­suit against op­po­si­tion par­lia­men­tar­ian Juan Edghill for ma­li­cious pros­e­cu­tion, while con­tend­ing that a failed bid to charge him with mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice has dam­aged his rep­u­ta­tion and in­tegrity. The ap­pli­ca­tion to the High Court, which was filed on Jor­dan’s be­half by at­tor­neys Roys­dale Forde and Olayne Joseph, lists al­most two dozen grounds for the suit. Jor­dan was among a group of min­is­ters against whom op­po­si­tion par­lia­men­tar­i­ans filed mis­con­duct charges, in re­sponse to court pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated by the state against for­mer Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Dr Ashni Singh and for­mer Head of the Na­tional In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial In­vest­ments Lim­ited (NICIL) Win­ston Brass­ing­ton. How­ever, the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) dis­con­tin­ued the pri­vate charges against the sit­ting min­is­ters, say­ing that re­ports should have first been made to the po­lice. The charge filed by Edghill against Jor­dan re­lated to $906 mil­lion spent on the con­tro­ver­sial D’Ur­ban Park De­vel­op­ment Project.

Ramo­tar con­cerned amend­ment to Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions bill can tar­get some banks

With the Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions (Amend­ment) Bill 2018 likely to be passed in the Na­tional Assem­bly to­day, for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Ramo­tar be­lieves the pos­si­bil­ity that it could be used to sanc­tion banks with­out them hav­ing re­course to the courts has been over­looked. Ramo­tar is call­ing on banks, the bank­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, the pri­vate sec­tor and the pub­lic to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the Bill and speak up be­fore it is too late as he be­lieves that the move is a cal­cu­lated bid to tar­get cer­tain banks. “This bill al­lows them to arm them­selves with pow­ers that will al­low them to ex­tort more money from the banks. To let them know who the boss is,” Ramo­tar told Stabroek News yes­ter­day. “Al­ready they have GBTI (Guyana Bank for Trade and In­dus­try) on the back foot. The next would be De­mer­ara Bank and the Bank of Bar­oda … Later the oth­ers would inevitably fol­low. In the light of this clear and present dan­ger, I am shocked that the Pri­vate Sec­tor Com­mis­sion or the Bankers As­so­ci­a­tion have not said any­thing about this. This is a si­lence, I am sure, they may live to re­gret,” he added.

Venezue­lan man stabbed to death af­ter at­tack­ing woman

A Venezue­lan man, who was seen as­sault­ing his part­ner af­ter she danced with an­other man, was fa­tally stabbed by a miner af­ter he rushed to the woman’s aid. The dead man, who was iden­ti­fied as Rafael An­gel Gon­sale Pri­eto, 27, of Caicara, Bo­li­var State Venezuela was killed some­time around 1.50 am on Satur­day at Black Wa­ter Back­dam, Cuyuni River. Divi­sional Com­man­der Kevin Ado­nis yes­ter­day re­lated to Stabroek News that the sus­pect was ar­rested and re­mains in po­lice cus­tody as­sist­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The sus­pect was ap­pre­hended ap­prox­i­mately 16 hours af­ter he fled the scene. Po­lice in the area were able to make the ar­rest af­ter act­ing on in­for­ma­tion given to them. On the morn­ing of the fa­tal stab­bing, po­lice said the Venezue­lan man and his part­ner, also a Venezue­lan na­tional of Mara­cay, Venezuela were danc­ing with a Brazil­ian na­tional at a restau­rant in the com­mu­nity.

Greenidge, Felix writ­ten to by Par­lia­ment com­mit­tee on ‘alarm­ing’ over­stays

Min­is­ter of Cit­i­zen­ship Win­ston Felix and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Carl Greenidge were writ­ten to on Thurs­day by the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­toral Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs and in­vited to the body’s July 4th meet­ing to dis­cuss the large amounts of vis­i­tors over­stay­ing their time here and the risk of hu­man traf­fick­ing. “They were

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