DOE notices reluctance to tackle corruption
The government does not have to count on the party for Democracy in Unity (DOE) to approve the budgets for 2017 if it does not tackle corruption fast. The chairman of DOE, Carl Breeveld, made this much clear and added that the report regarding the funds that were used to finance preparations for Carifesta 2012 and the debt of $17 million which has brought Airport Management to the brink of collapse have raised many questions. “People have often told me in parliament to present proof when I discuss alleged cases of corruption. It seems like the world is upside down. When there are alleged cases of corruption not I but the government must take action. The CLAD reports do not lie and confirm financial mismanagement in many areas,” said MP Breeveld (DOE) during the general political discussions. The DOE chairman regrets the fact that the Anti Corruption bill still has not been placed on parliament’s agenda even though the scandals keep piling up. MP Breeveld referred to the school book project, possible financial irregularities at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, the purchase of an embassy building abroad and obscurities surrounding the financial policy at the Energy Company Suriname (EBS). “As long as no clear measures against people and groups who are guilty of doing things that can’t bare the light of day, the Surinamese people will keep making the same mistakes and rewarding that which is wrong or what is going wrong by not lifting a finger.” MP Breeveld sent a strong message to the government which recently took big loans but which he claims has a weak anti-corruption policy. He explained that he does not believe that the money from the loans will be spent correctly if the government does not take serious action against corruption. USA - Federal gun background checks increased year-overyear for the 18th consecutive month in October amid several high-profile attacks and Donald Trump’s repeated warnings that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System ran about 2.3 million checks in October, up 18 percent compared to October 2015. Gun transactions continue to break records under President Obama, who analysts said spurred fears of future restrictions on which firearms gun owners could buy. The increases in recent months also could be due to the presidential debates, in which Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, has warned that gun rights are at stake in the election. There was a similar surge of NICS checks in October 2008 and October 2012 — the last two presidential elections. The federal data do not represent a one-to-one correlation in gun sales but are used as a general approximation of the market. Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said fear of a Clinton presidency coupled with terrorist attacks have spurred people to arm themselves and obtain permits to carry concealed weapons. “People are very fearful of what a Clinton presidency would do to their Second Amendment rights,” Mr. Pratt said. “Obama had the sense to mute his support for gun control during both campaigns. But not Hillary.” Indeed, Mrs.