Hans Williams’ Lawyer Seeks Reparations

first_imgCllr. Musah Dean, the lawyer who legally fought for the Supreme Court to acquit Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou of murder charge, is seeking for compensation for the prolonged detention of his clients.Hans and Mardea were arrested in January 2008 and convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for raping and strangulating a 13-year old girl, Angel Togba, on March 19, 2010.Fortunately, they were set free by the Supreme Court on August 15, 2014 on ground that there was no evidence to convict and sentence them to death by hanging.But, addressing journalists at his Carey Street office on Friday, August 22, Cllr. Dean disclosed that “We are considering pursuing legal claim against government to compensate our clients.”He added, “Our clients were wrongfully detained for over six years and six months. They need to be compensated for the harm and damages done to their reputation and character.”According to him, it is provided in the Constitution that anyone who is affected by government‘s action should seek redress in a Claim Court, which should be set-up by the National Legislature.He went on to say that the Legislature continue to delay in setting up said court, which according to him, would address injustices committed by government against innocent people.“In the absence of this court, government should take step to remedy the wrongs and compensate our clients,” he further contended.“Their reputations are destroyed, they are out of job, and they have lost everything they worked for in their lives.  They suffered tremendous incarceration in an uncomfortable environment.  So, they should be compensated,” Cllr. Dean maintained.In addition, Hans and Mardea lawyer said he was considering another alternative, either with some international institution like the ECOWAS Court, where people had gone and they have sought redressed for injustice committed against them by their respective governments and they have been compensated.“Look, they need to do so, because to prove our clients innocent, we invited the expertise of a team of American pathologists from Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences in the United States of America (USA) that conducted autopsy on the remains of Angel Togba,” Cllr. Dean stressed. “The American team, after their autopsy, concluded that Angel died of suicide. Dr. Thomas L. Bennett, a member of the team, who testified to his findings, told the court that Angel died by non-total suspension,” he added.Hans Williams and Mardea Paykue were arrested in January 2008 by the Liberia National Police (LNP), after the death of 13-year-old Angel Togba.According to defendants Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou, they discovered the body of Angel hanging from the curtain rail in their guest bathroom in November of 2007 in the Old Road Community.They tried all they could to save her and at the same time rushed her to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center, but Angel was pronounced dead on Arrival.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Four Science Teachers Undergo Laboratory Training

first_imgFour science teachers from O’nance International School System (OISS) in Paynesville 72nd Boulevard have participated in a one-day laboratory training workshop organized by the proprietor of the institution.The teachers were trained on the fundamentals of Boyles’ Law, Charles Law and micrometer screw gauge as well as small diameters.Boyle’s law, (sometimes referred to as the Boyle–Marriott’s law, or Marriott’s law, is an experimental gas law, which describes how the pressure of a gas tends to decrease as the volume of a gas increases. A modern statement of Boyle’s law is the absolute pressure exerted by a given mass of an ideal gas that is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies if the temperature and amount of gas remain unchanged within a closed system.The workshop also gave the teachers the opportunity to learn new skills and how to operate laboratory equipment. It was facilitated by Chemfare Scientific Liberia, a group of Liberian owned business firms that is engaged in selling laboratory equipment and supplies.O’nance proprietor, Aaron Johnson Wheagar, said the workshop was aimed at improving the teaching of sciences by equipping the teachers with new skills and at the same time sharing with them innovative teaching trends in the sciences. Earlier in an interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Wheagar indicated that his school was ready to work with authorities of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to integrate science subjects as well as introduce teaching tools to enhance effective learning among the students.He urged Liberians to invest more in the educational sector especially in the sciences so that the students would be prepared to meet the new challenges in the digital world. Mr. Wheagar believes that revamping the education sector would take the concerted efforts of all well meaning Liberians to rally around authorities and partners. “Our science programs are very weak and if we want to buttress government’s efforts by educating the youth, then we must put more money into the system,” said Mr. Wheagar.The OISS proprietor has meanwhile assured parents and the government of his institution’s readiness to boost the educational system as well as modernize it.He also disclosed that the institution would host Science Fairs to serve as encouragement for students from other schools.A representative of the four teachers expressed gratitude to Mr. Wheagar on behalf of his colleagues for the training opportunity which they consider as a step in the right direction that has enabled them to learn new skills which would benefit their students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Use funds seized from criminals to fund fight against crime

first_imgDear Editor,Members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are doing wonderful work by apprehending drug dealers and smugglers at Guyana’s official ports of exit and entry, especially airports.I compliment them for doing great service to our country, and I urge them to pay the same attention to other well-known hot spots for smuggling, such as stellings and landings along rivers and creeks.I believe the huge amounts of cash and valuables seized from drug dealers and smugglers should be used to find new ways to reach the heart of criminal operations. I strongly suggest that a significant portion of seized assets should be used as reward money, or to pay informers and engage private investigators to help in CANU crackdowns with extremely secure confidentiality.Every citizen knows the names of the ‘Big Bosses’ linked to drug dealing and smuggling inside and outside Guyana. Find ways to recruit undercover agents or informers; pay them well, and ensure they are not identified. Residents in every area know who are the drug users, dealers and smugglers living among them. Follow the users to the dealers; follow the dealers to the smugglers; and so on, until you get to the ‘Big Bosses’.Further, when persons are convicted, the authorities can consider using them as informers to track the bigger dealers and suppliers in exchange for reduced sentences or forgiveness, provided that the information provided is useful and leads to further arrests.It hurts me terribly to see the negative impact the drug trade has on crime, and the way it destroys the lives of my people, their families and communities. Many youths start with excessive use of marijuana, then get addicted to cocaine. When they become addicts, they would steal, hurt, and even kill over and over again to get drugs. Some have even murdered their own parents and burned down family homes. Drug dealers also would do anything to secure their business and profits, and do whatever it takes to protect themselves and their interests.The criminals who do these things get exposed sooner or later. Even the ‘big bosses’ eventually lose their honour, dignity, respect, and even their lives just for piles of dirty money. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was once the biggest drug boss in the world, but he was shot down like an animal, and died in disgrace as a sick scoundrel. After his death, his family wanted to go into exile, but no country wanted them.Escobar was called “The King of Cocaine,” and some foolish Guyanese used to admire him. He had billions of US dollars, and he used to run Colombia through bribery and murder. Such criminals lose their humanity by hurting others severely, and this curses them and they end up dying in prison or being killed cruelly. Escobar ended up running and hiding, but he was cornered and shot dead without mercy.The illegal drug trade is one of the greatest evils ever inflicted upon humanity. It destroys persons caught up in it, the societies that gets overrun by it, and it infects the core of civilisation. Drugs do horrendous damage to the body and soul. Users are not only killing themselves with drugs, they are also murderers or potential murderers, because they would do anything to satisfy their craving.I respect the work of CANU for bringing constant pain to those trying to get rich quick through smuggling and drugs. I want CANU to continue to go after these criminals relentlessly, and continue to bring great grief upon those who want to enjoy a big life by poisoning people and destroying society for generations.Alcohol is a legal drug that I think should be illegal. For their own profit, big companies encourage excessive consumption of alcohol, despite clear evidence that alcohol abuse is causing enormous destruction. Lives have been lost, serious injuries have been suffered, and countless families have been destroyed as a result of crimes committed by persons under the influence of alcohol.Punishment for serious crimes is too mild in Guyana. When major drug dealers are convicted, too many of them get off with a slap on the wrist. I think 20 years’ imprisonment should be the minimum penalty for serious drug offences, and fines should be triple the value of the drugs involved, with long jail sentences to be applied immediately if the fines are not paid.I believe the properties and assets of persons convicted of serious drug crimes should be confiscated immediately upon their conviction. The authorities should scrutinise their estates; and if it can be proved that they transferred any financial or property assets obtained through crime to their relatives, friends, associates or companies, those should be confiscated also.Large-scale smuggling and drug dealing have expanded and diversified into a number of fake businesses around the country. These criminals have become very vicious, because their money gives them the power to penetrate the highest levels of law enforcement agencies, the legal system, political parties, civic organisations, and even Government.Criminals get enormously wealthy from crime, and they use it to form companies and corporations to make it easier for them to do crime on an even bigger scale, and pass it off as legitimate business while laundering money at the same time. This is what drives the constant smuggling of items in the country, including drugs, while foreign currency goes out of the country.I support CANU every step of the way as they fight against these vagabonds. Use funds seized from criminals to fund CANU’s fight against crime. When the big criminals are caught, jail them for life, because their criminal activities have given so many others a life sentence of pain and misery.Sincerely,Roshan Khan, Snrlast_img read more

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What has happened to the long arm of the law?

first_imgDear Editor,Now that commissioners and employees of the Local Government Commission (LGC) have finally been paid after waiting for over two months for the release of their monies, one can only hope that they will get back energetically to the business of dealing with the most memorable and expensive financial fraud cases of all time in Guyana which occurred at the Georgetown Mayor and Town Council.Financial fraud all over the world is a major crime which often comes with heavy punishment and fines for those involved. Enron, Cendant, and WorldCom are examples of massive companies torn apart by financial fraud and scandal. Other cases include fraudsters trying to sell the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge. But in each of these cases where serious white-collar crimes were committed came heavy punishment and fines instituted against the perpetrators. Those cases have at least one person, but more often than not there were groups of fraudsters going to prison.Look at Madoff, who is currently serving a sentence of 150 years in federal prison for securities fraud. Look at WorldCom, whose CEO and CFO went to jail for lying about billions of dollars in yet another case of corporate accounting fraud or the 15-year-old Barry Minkow, who started a carpet cleaning company called ZZZZ Best and who was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for 57 counts of fraud and racketeering.Then there was ‘Count Victor Lustig’ who was no Count, but who used the fake title as one of his many lies to convince people in the scrap metal industry that he was a part of the French Government, and twice sold the Eiffel Tower, which he said had to be torn down.At the Georgetown municipality, there was the notorious parking meter deal, the illegal sale of municipal properties and vehicles, the doling out of billions of dollars’ worth in illegal contracts without adherence to tender board procedures, the procurement of goods on a massive scale without a bidding process, the unlawful hiring practices and upward adjustment of salary scales, the shakedown of vendors and demands for bribes by their police department, and the illegal waiving of property rates and interest accrued.More so, several senior officers were cited by the Local Government Com-mission of Inquiry for gross misconduct, abuse of office, recklessness, dishonesty, conspiracy, and misappropriation of funds. Others were cited for complete incompetence and dereliction of duty.But guess what? In spite of these appalling and abysmal findings, the only thing that has resulted so far from what was discovered was one person had his services terminated who quite outrageously has sought a judicial review of the decision and is seeking to be reinstated. Unbelievable!Meanwhile, all of the other unscrupulous, perfidious and villainous senior staffers who were fingered in the inquiry continue to filch, loot and dip their hands into the cookie jar. What has happened to the long arm of the law? Is our legal system no longer concerned with the punishment of individuals who commit crimes? Dismissal alone is not enough, those who violate the law must face incarceration, fines and other penalties. More so, stolen assets must be traced and returned to the citizenry.Regards,Kwasi Sandersonlast_img read more

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The greater numbers

first_imgDear Editor,President Granger imported a Constitution specialist to come to Guyana and teach our children and people that thirty-three is not greater than thirty-two. For the first time in my life, I am hearing that our parliamentarians are made up of fractions. Is it because Granger has enough money to waste, or because Mr Alexis is a bird of the same feather?Everyone knows that the APNU/AFC assumed power with thirty-three seats as a majority out of sixty-five seats. They were never asked to have thirty-four seats to win the majority and assume power. All along, this country was running by the APNU/AFC with thirty-three seats in Parliament and they approved everything without any question. So a thirty-three-seat majority was good enough for the Government but not good enough for the Opposition? Is the Government saying that they were ruling this country illegally from 2015 until now? What a downright shame and disgrace.President Granger should have brought in Mr Alexis a long time ago to amend our Constitution, to read that thirty-four seats were required out of sixty-five seats to obtain an absolute majority and then kick the Government out because they never obtained thirty-four seats.Guyana’s Constitution was designed and approved by Guyana’s parliamentarians in the National Assembly. We do not need any stranger to come here and tell us how to interpret our Constitution.Mr Alexis’ mathematical formula of a majority is: – sixty-five seats divided by two, equals thirty-two and a half, add one to make the majority, equal thirty-three and a half, round that off upward to the nearest whole number, equals thirty-four. Our Court of Appeal judges used this formula to arrive at their verdict.Now our Court of Appeal was made up of three judges. Mr Alexis’ formula must now also be applied here, so three judges divided by two, equals one and a half, add one to make the majority, equals two and a half, round that off upward to the next whole number equals three, so according to the formula used, the two judges out of three in the Court of Appeal did not make up the majority. Therefore, the verdict passed, was illegal, and totally bias. Judges in the Court of Appeal should always rule with dignity, and never take sides; they should always take pride in themselves, and respect their position. It is very shameful and a disgrace, when judges do not honour their obligations.It is also very sad to see our President, who spent so many years in the disciplined service in Guyana, showing very little or no respect for our Constitution, the National Assembly, and our Supreme Court’s rulings. I am hereby asking our President to do the right thing, honour our Constitutions, our National Assembly, and our Supreme Courts. Remember the oath you took and swear to abide with. And always remember that we all have a limited amount of time on this planet, so please help us to make the best use of this time, and not waste any of it.Respectfully,Eddie Singh-Lethemlast_img read more

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Additional burden on our tax dollars

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC Government will go down in history for all the wrong reasons: unprecedented corruption, cronyism and blatant conflict of interest imbroglio, mismanagement, and a plethora of failed promises; but probably the most notable will be its penchant for violating the Supreme Law of the land, our Constitution.We have seen on two occasions that the Coalition failed:- in literally interpreting the Constitution in relation to the appointment of the GECOM Chairman, and in determining the ‘majority’ as stipulated by Article 106(6); and they claimed that the ‘spirit and intent’ are different from the literal interpretation.Unfortunately, we are now witnessing an act which, on the surface, seems to obey the letter of the law, but which completely violates the spirit and intent of the law. This is the resignation of the four ministers, which resulted from the ruling of the High Court and which was upheld by the Court of Appeal. These Courts have held that it is unconstitutional for persons swearing allegiance to a foreign state or power to be eligible for election to Parliament. The ministers affected are Joseph Harmon, the Minister of State; Carl Greenidge, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dominic Gaskin, Minister of Business; and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, Minister of Public Service.The resignations and subsequent filling of the ministerial vacancies so created would seem to adhere to the letter of the courts’ ruling, but we have seen that these ministers will continue to function in positions created to give ‘lip effect’ to this ruling. The resignations were described by the Cabinet as ‘politically correct’ and a ‘demonstration for the rule of law’, while the President claimed that ‘adherence to the Constitution is an essential element of democratic governance and maintenance of public trust…I have a duty to ensure that the Government acts in accordance with the Constitution at all times.’My question is: What would happen to ‘public trust’ when taxpayers come to realisation of the political correctness ensuring that these four ministers will still continue to receive their salaries and perks while their ‘double’ will now be receiving those fat salaries and perks as well?Instead of four ministers fleecing the Treasury, we now have eight. For instance, we now have Dawn Hastings-Williams as Minister of State and Joseph Harmon is the newly created Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency. Of course the latter continues to ‘chair’ Cabinet, and is also the ‘duplicate’ for President Granger! Why this additional burden on taxpayers? I am sure we will be equally shocked when posts are announced for the remaining three.We have seen, since this coalition’s assumption of office, that they have no regard for taxpayers’ dollars, other than taxing them to the hilt and then creating duplicitous positions to ensure the ‘good life’ for the ‘boys’ .The PPP/C Government had 15 ministers, with some, such as Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, carrying at least three ministries on their shoulders. But lo and behold! The coalition has nearly doubled the number of ministries. This Government has 27 Ministries, a gigantic increase of 80 per cent! But this is not all, their salaries and benefits increased by between 50 and 100 per cent.Can you imagine a minister with a greatly decreased workload being paid twice the amount? This is a brutal rape of the Treasury! This shows the ingenuity of the coalition when it comes to reckless spending and cronyism.In conclusion, President Granger correctly concluded that ‘the ministers are not gone altogether, they are only resigning from the National Assembly’. They will remain to violate the spirit of the law and be an additional burden on our tax dollars!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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Poll to find out peoples’ opinions on contemporary issues

first_imgDear Editor,The Turkeyn Research and Polling Institute (TRPI) plans to conduct an opinion poll later this month on matters pertaining to the coming election. TRPI was founded in 1990 by Professor Dr Baytoram Ramharack, a Guyanese born American trained political scientist who teaches in New York. The polling organisation conducted its first opinion poll in Guyana in 1991 and several annual surveys thereafter, all of which were published in the mass media.TRPI was dormant for a while and has decided to revive its operations especially since there is a scarcity of public data for research purposes particularly on support (or lack thereof) of varied political figures and issues of national importance. With elections on the horizon, TRPI has decided to conduct opinion tracking polls to determine popular support for presidential contenders and parties and which political figure has the best shot at capturing the presidency. The poll will also find out peoples’ opinions on a host of contemporary issues.TRPI is seeking interviewers to assist with querying respondents in the fields. The interviewers are needed to assist with the research surveys (interviewing respondents) that will be done primarily in person in face to face interactions. Interested individuals can write to turkeynpolling@gmail.comPrior experience is not required as training will be provided. The surveys are simple and straight forward. Prospective applicants must be versed in English to read questions if required. The answers are ticked off and later computed and tabulated, and the findings will be released to the public.Yours truly,Dr Kirk MeighooConsultant, TRPIlast_img read more

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State-owned Chinese firm to visit Guyana in May

first_imgTakeover of BaiShanLinChinese logging company BaiShanLin will soon be bought over by the Chinese Government, which intends to satisfy and expand on the outstanding obligations of the company to Guyana.With 55 per cent of shares acquired, State-owned Chinese firm Long Jiang Forest Industries Group, the takeover is slated to occur sometime this year.In fact, the corporation’s vice director Wong Dong Xu along with a delegation of company representatives will be in Guyana by May 2016 to complete due diligence for the takeover.During his recent trip to China, State Minister Joseph Harmon had met with company officials to discuss the undertaking.Harmon had explained that he used the opportunity to convey all the concerns and expectations of the government and the people of Guyana with respect to BaiShanLin.BaiShanLin has repeatedly failed to honour several of its obligations to Guyana, including the establishment of a state-of-the-art integrated wood processing value-added facility in Linden which was to be completed by the end of 2013.The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) had recommended an immediate termination of the investment agreement with government and to force the company to surrender its control of five local concessionaires.While in opposition, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) had expressed its intention to hold BaiShanLin accountable for its many failures however, now in government, their posture towards those forensic audit recommendations are currently indeterminate, given the change of ownership of the Logging Company and its eagerness to maintain a healthy Guyana/China diplomatic relationship.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is currently conducting an investigation into the company.BaiShanLin was granted a State Forest Exploratory Permit (SFEP 01/2011) on November 4, 2011 despite the fact that it did not meet the criteria including: (a) the submission of audited financial statements for the last five years; (b) evidence of technical and financial qualifications; and (c) a history of compliance.However, a key consideration for the grant was the assurance of BaiShanLin to establish the state-of-art integrated wood processing value-added facility in Linden by the end of 2013.Additionally, as a condition for the grant, the company was required to carry out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) before any extraction could begin; prepare a business plan and do a forest inventory.However according to the forensic audit report, at the time of the expiration of SFEP 01/2011 in November 2014, the company did not honour any of its obligations.“BaiShanLin contended that it faced a number of constraints, including passing through eight concessions and the need to repair/upgrade roads; and that it had since been able to access the area,” the report explained.BaiShanLin was then granted an extension of one year to fulfil its outstanding obligations and to set up the wood processing plant.But the report pointed out that there is no provision in the Forestry Act 2009 for an extension once the expiry date is reached.The extended permit expired on 4 November 2015 but there was no board of directors in place to address the issue.The company applied for a further extension of two years to fulfil the outstanding obligations but the Ministry of the Presidency is yet to make a decision.Furthermore, the report revealed that notwithstanding BaiShanLin’s failure to meet the obligations under SFEP 01/2011, the Commission granted the company a second exploratory permit on 26 April 2013 which covers 73,015 acres of State forest.BaiShanLin was also granted two State Forest Permits (SFPs) covering an additional 8,170 hectares of State forest.Moreover as stated in the document, during the period 2009-2014, shareholders/directors of BaiShanLin acquired controlling interest in five logging companies through the acquisition of shares; however there was no evidence the specific approval of the Commission was granted in relation to the change of ownership/control of these companies. These companies hold Timber Sales Agreements (TSAs) covering a total of 441,119 hectares.As outlined in the report, the Forests Act prohibits the granting a State forest authorisation to two or more persons associated together in a joint venture unless each of them qualifies under the Act for the grant of such an authorization.In addition, without the written consent of the Commission, the holder of a State forest authorisation cannot engage or be involved in any act that results or likely to result in a change of effective control, including transferring the authorisation or entering into a sub-contracting, sub-letting arrangement.If this happens, the holder has to give written notice to the Commission and surrender the authorisation. Any such transfer, sub-contacting or sub-letting arrangement is void, and the authorisation is deemed revoked.Therefore, in BaiShanLin’s circumstances, the holders of the TSAs should have surrendered their authorisations to the Commission because now, the Chinese logging company had access to a total of 627,072 hectares of State forest.last_img read more

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President Granger calls for a more “integrated” South America

first_imgPresident David Granger on Saturday evening called for a more integrated South America, saying that it could be a very good example to the rest of the world.President David GrangerThe Head of State was delivering congratulatory remarks on Saturday evening to the Argentine Ambassador to Guyana Luis Martino, at a ceremony to mark that country’s Bicentenary (200th anniversary) of Independence.He said, “The continent of South America can be an example to the world; by creating a community where people and nations can co-exist in peace.” Guyana and Argentina, which established diplomatic relations some 44 years ago, are among the 12 independent countries on the continent of South America, including Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. Guyana is the only English-speaking country on the continent.According to Granger, Guyana and Argentina are united by the idea of a more integrated South America. “We adhere to the ideals of the Union of South American Nations, the Common Market of the South, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and Organisation of American States,” he told the Ambassador and special invitees.President Granger reminded too that Guyana and Argentina belong to a continent of cultural, political and social diversity, noting that continental cooperation within the organisations, allowed the two countries to diminish the differences through the pursuit of common objectives.“Continental cooperation allows us to find common ground to build consensus and to confirm the challenges we both face,” the President said. He promised that Guyana would also continue to work towards deepening and strengthening continental cooperation.“We look forward to the day, when, through the initiative of the integration of the Region of South America, our children and grandchildren could drive from Bel Air in Georgetown to Buenos Aires in Argentina,” he said.South America has an area of 17,840,000 square kilometres or 6,890,000 sq miles. Its population, as of 2005, has been estimated at more than 371,090,000. It ranks fourth in area, after Asia, Africa, and North America, and fifth in population, after Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.President Granger noted that the two countries continue to share common values, including mutual respect for each other’s territorial sovereignty and integrity, mutual non-interference in each other’s political affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international laws and maintenance of international peace and security.According to the President, Guyana and Argentina are also committed to working together to overcome contraband smuggling, piracy, narcotics trafficking and money laundering, crimes that affect the society and economic viability.Granger posited that Guyana understood that it played an important role as the “gateway” between the Caribbean and the continent, and was convinced that with a common vision and voice, “we can avert conflict and overcome threats to our individual and collective security”. “Guyana iterates its commitment to maintaining the continent as a zone of peace.” – says it could be an example to the worldlast_img read more

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Airport check-in system up and running – official

first_img… passengers complain of delaysFollowing an Internet disruption that caused several flights to be delayed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the system is now up and running, officials have confirmed.It was reported on Monday that Guyana Telephone Telegraph’s (GTT) Americas II cable near the shores of Martinique had collapsed, causing hundreds of passengers departing Guyana to experience flight delays and cancellations after airlines were forced to perform the manual check-in of passengers.Nevertheless, Guyana Times understands that by Tuesday afternoon, operations at the country’s main port of entry returned to normal.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CJIA, Ramesh Ghir, related to this newspaper that late on Tuesday, technicians managed to implement a back-up server to correct the check-in system disruption, while signalling too that flight delays would likely decrease.However, a statement issued by the Airport on Tuesday outlined that some airlines “are experiencing cancellations” due to crew rotation and other operational issues, especially since it is the peak season.Meanwhile, later on Tuesday, GTT in a brief statement said it provided a solution to the airline reservation system, SITA, and as such, service was restored at 14:30h. Guyana Times had contacted the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin Nedd earlier in the day and he assured that the phone company’s technicians were working feverishly to fix the connection.This publication was reliably informed that earlier in the day, the system was up for some time but went back down moments later. Reports also indicated that mobile phone company, Digicel, dispatched a team to assist in correcting the disruption at the Airport’s check-in system.While the technical aspect of the issue seems to be on the mend, the hundreds of passengers who were stranded at the local airport have been complaining bitterly over the experience. In fact, this newspaper received several calls from frustrated passengers.Most of them complained about the way in which the entire situation was and is being handled, explaining that they understood the fault was with the airport systems. Nevertheless, they vented their anger over the treatment they received at the hands of staffers attached to Dynamic Airlines.“We saw in the papers that we can go check in at the airport (Tuesday) but when we called the airline people, they said they don’t know anything about that and hang up the phone… Every time we called the office, someone answers and hanging up the phone and when we do finally get onto them, these people don’t even know how to talk to you; we paid our money for tickets and this is the treatment we get,” vented one passenger, who give his name as Chetram.Meanwhile, several passengers related that when they contacted the airline’s office, they are told that they won’t be able to get any departing flights and will have to wait until two, and is some cases three, weeks after.“People have jobs and planned their vacations from months before and now they telling us we have to wait until three weeks to travel. How can I go then when I already applied for and was granted leave now; it is almost time for school to reopen, I can’t take my children then,” another woman complained.Nevertheless, Captain Gerry Gouveia told Guyana Times that a Dynamic Airways flight was scheduled to leave sometime Tuesday night. He also confirmed that an InselAir flight took off Monday evening following a cancellation earlier that day.On Monday, it was reported that hundreds of passengers departing Guyana experienced major flight delays, while others had their flights cancelled following the disruption with the Internet cables. GTT had noted that the company has redundant infrastructure and was working with SITA to migrate to redundant routes.last_img read more

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