Zoisa Fraser

Harmon to run for PNCR Chairmanship

-candidacy expected to be test of who holds sway over party, Hinds says

With Minister of State Joseph Harmon declaring his candidacy for the post of People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Chairman at its upcoming biennial congress, political analyst Dr. David Hinds says that the expected contest would likely signal which support base holds sway over the party.

House passes milestone juvenile justice bill

-enactment to abolish wandering, truancy as crimes

Guyana last night moved closer to abolishing wandering and truancy as crimes with the unanimous passage of the landmark Juvenile Justice Bill, which will see significant reforms in the way juvenile offenders are treated by law enforcement and the judiciary.

AG tells SOCU, FIU convictions needed

Attorney General Basil Williams SC on Friday sounded a warning to both the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), saying that they need to secure convictions as they are critical to showing the effectiveness of measures Guyana has taken to combat money laundering.

Marcel Gaskin prepared to take Gecom case all the way to CCJ

-says unilateral appointment violates spirit of law

Though awaiting legal advice on whether to appeal part of a court judgment which was relied on by President David Granger to unilaterally appoint a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom), businessman Marcel Gaskin says he is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) if necessary.

SOCU charges GBTI directors with contempt

-over failure to produce documents in court order

Less than a day before the High Court is scheduled to hear an application from the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on the production of key documents, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) yesterday charged the bank’s directors with contempt and they are to appear in a Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday to answer.

Lowenfield denies procurement breaches at Gecom

-despite Auditor General’s findings

Despite findings by the Auditor General to the contrary, Chief Election Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) Keith Lowenfield is maintaining that the entity did not deviate from procurement rules in the acquisition of items ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Housing schemes pose policing challenge

-cops need to know layout of areas, many roads in poor shape

Within the last decade several large housing schemes have been developed along the East Bank corridor and while many are thankful for house lots there are increasing concerns about the police’s ability to respond promptly to reports of crime because of the few signs and their unfamiliarity with the areas.

Prison system short of 86 warders – Samuels

- ‘fit’ retired joint services officers seen as key resource

Hiring retired senior non-commissioned officers will result in less time being spent on training and will boost the human resources of the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) but close attention will be paid to the ability of applicants to perform efficiently and effectively, acting Prison Director Gladwin Samuels said.

Private sector to meet bankers on security

– in wake of robbery bid on Republic branch

Following the admission by a Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited staffer earlier this month that he participated in a failed plot to rob the Water Street branch of its night deposit bags, the private sector is to seek a meeting with the bankers’ association on a range of security issues.

Proposed broadcast laws threaten press freedom

- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday sounded a warning over the government’s proposed changes to the broadcast legislation, dubbing them a threat to press freedom while saying they would force broadcasters to air government propaganda free of cost.

Calls for Ramjattan resignation unfair, former prison inquiry chairman says

It is unfair to blame either Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, President David Granger or the government for last Sunday’s jailbreak and fire at the Camp Street prison without a full view of the preventative steps that were taken, according to retired judge James Patterson, who headed the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into last year’s fatal prison unrest at the facility.

Third term case for CCJ

-after Court of Appeal upholds Justice Chang’s ruling in split decision

The Guyana Court of Appeal by a majority decision yesterday upheld the ruling made in 2015 by former Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang that the two-term presidential limit is unconstitutional and the matter will now be taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

High-tech scanners eyed to stem contraband in prisons

- acting prisons director

As dangerous contraband continues to be smuggled into jails, Director of Prisons (Ag) Gladwin Samuels says the Guyana Prison Service has identified several possible measures, including the installation of body scanners, and hopes to act on them as money becomes available.

What the Trump protesters had to say

By Zoisa Fraser in New York Hundreds of angry young people congregated in front of Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday night to protest the election of Donald Trump as the new US president, forcing dozens of policemen to descend on the area with barricades to ensure there was peace and order and raising fears of unrest in the coming days.

Fraud, rigging near impossible in New York – election officials

America votes…

By Zoisa Fraser in New York (Stabroek News is one of two Caribbean media houses chosen to participate in the US Election Tour organised by the US Department of State’s Foreign Press Centre.) Millions of New Yorkers will take to the polls today for the first time having been excluded from the early voting process and all assurances have been given that the chances of voter fraud and rigging are near impossible.

A glimpse of early voting in Cleveland, Ohio

By Zoisa Fraser in Ohio (Stabroek News is one of two Caribbean media houses chosen to participate in the Ohio Election Night Tour organised by the US Department of State’s Foreign Press Centre.) Hundreds of Cleveland, Ohio residents on Saturday turned up at the Guyahoga County Board of Elections building to participate in early voting and many said they made this decision because of their busy during-the-week schedules.