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.
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.
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.
Former acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh yesterday rejected claims by the Attorney General’s Chambers linking him to a purported about-face by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) on the establishment of a local law school.
The Guyana Prison Service (GPS) is working to expand its self-enhancement programmes to give convicts a second chance to make something of themselves during their incarceration and to prepare them for life after prison, according to Prisons Director (ag) Gladwin Samuels.
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.
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.
Though questions have been raised about the monitoring of laptops distributed under the scrapped One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes says that there is nothing government can do, given that the initiative came to an end under the PPP/C administration.
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.
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.
Although President David Granger’s recent directive to the Police Service Com-mission to halt its consideration of promotions is unconstitutional, Chairman Omesh Satyanand yesterday said that some members of the body have decided to comply.
Joylyn Nicholson, one of the rice farmers who successfully challenged last year’s cancellation of their leases by President David Granger, says she feels vindicated by the judgement in the case although she remains convinced that the move against her was an act of political victimisation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In January this year, doctors found a blood clot in one of polio survivor Pamela London’s feet, which resulted in her being hospitalised for four months.
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).
Mikoowanyah Yosef-Yisrael has fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a sign language interpreter and while catering to the needs of those with hearing disabilities brings him great joy, the opportunity to display his skill in the National Assembly was the icing on the cake.
It is a travesty that during Guyana’s 50 years of independence, no woman lawyer was ever named a Senior Counsel (SC), President David Granger said yesterday, moments after presenting Instruments of Appointment to eight of the nine legal practitioners, who he recently elevated to this status.
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.
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.
By Zoisa Fraser in New York* Despite what some described as unusually long lines, voting in New York for the presidential and US senate races was generally smooth yesterday.
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.
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.