Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:08‘Andas wall’ prevents blocking of Black Nazarene image02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Pistons send Knicks reeling to 15th straight loss Washington Wizards guard John Wall greets fans after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-106. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— John Wall has a history of trying to play through pain. His latest setback is forcing the Washington Wizards guard to take a different approach.“I guess God is telling me something,” Wall said Friday night about the ruptured Achilles tendon that will force him to miss at least the majority of the 2019-20 season. “To sit down and get yourself fully healthy. I’ve played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people who played through injuries and don’t sit down. That’s one thing I don’t like to do. If something that’s nagging or not broken, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Wall suffered the Achilles injury after slipping and falling at home.“I understand I had an infection and getting off antibiotics, I felt like something wasn’t going right,” Wall said. “I slipped, but I don’t think that’s the main reason. … My pain was still the same. I didn’t have discomfort.”Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.2 assists in 32 games this season. He played in only 41 games last season, during which he had an operation on his left knee. Wall also had surgery on both knees in 2016.The injury prompted the Wizards to shake up the roster and shed salary by trading away Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris. In Wall’s absence, Bradley Beal has thrived as Washington’s top scoring option.“I felt like he should have been an All Star starter, with the numbers he’s put up and carrying this team throughout the year,” Wall said of Beal. “You don’t see too many other guards doing that other than probably James Harden.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Wall was already out for the season after having surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel. The rupture in his tendon was discovered by a team doctor during a follow-up procedure to clean out an infection. His recovery time has been estimated at 11 to 15 months.“I didn’t want to hear it,” Wall said of the diagnosis. “I’m kind of glad it happened now instead of when I’m four or five months ahead in recovery, trying to get back on the court, and it happens then.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt’s not clear what the injury will mean for a point guard who relies so heavily on his speed and athleticism. But Wall, whose $170 million “supermax” contract extension kicks starting next season, is optimistic about his future.“All the people that talk negative like ‘You’re not coming back,’ that just motivates me even more,” Wall said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards had it 113-113.The next day, Wilder in particular pushed for a quick rematch.“I’m ready whenever he’s ready,” Wilder said. “I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all.”The British challenger said the two would “100 percent” meet again in the ring, but Wilder said he doesn’t want to fight anybody else before a rematch.“Everyone is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again,” Wilder said. “I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again).”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Looks like that won’t be the case.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ex-NBA player Mike Bibby faces allegations of sexual misconduct Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award File-This Dec. 1, 2018, file photo shows Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trading punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Los Angeles. The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Wilder and Fury is off for now.The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch. But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is off for now.The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch. But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said Tuesday he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout.ADVERTISEMENT “Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is officially not happening next,” Sulaiman tweeted. “The WBC Boxing has received communications as our process, and while WBC Champion Wilder confirmed its willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date.”Wilder is now expected to take on Dominic Breazeale, who is the next mandatory WBC challenger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnthony Joshua, who holds the other major heavyweight belts, will take on Jarrell Miller in June in New York.Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds on Dec. 1, yet Fury outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their showdown at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra
A youth group named, Youth Organized for the Promotion of Good Governance (YOPGG), has honored Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, as Minister of the Year for what they described as his pivotal and impactful role during the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.The Secretary General of the group, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, noted that the decision honor Minister Ngafuan is in recognition of the pivotal role he played in not just rallying the international community to Liberia’s aid but also because of his strong advocacy for his country and compatriots during the height of the Ebola crisis. SG Williams, presenting the certificate, noted that the Minister was the voice of Liberia in the international community when Liberians were being stigmatized because of the Ebola virus.”When Liberia was so troubled, and most of our friends including some of our African brothers were rejecting us because the Ebola disease had befallen our country, we can recall that Minster Ngafuan was the voice of Liberia in the international community”, Williams said.Reflecting on Minister Ngafuan’s presentation and impact at the recent United Nations General Assembly, Williams recalled, “We remember, Minister Ngafuan particularly at the United Nations General Assembly presenting the case for Liberia, ensuring that millions of dollars in cash, kind and in human capacity came to the rescue of this country.And we can proudly say that his intervention, along with his team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, into the Liberian situation has played a very key role in our country and remains indelible in the minds of Liberian youth, nurses, doctors, and the health workers”.The organization says it views President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s continuous confidence in the Foreign Minister as an inspiration to the young people.The group held a moment of silence for Liberians, especially young people who lost their lives to the Ebola virus.Minister Ngafuan, in his response, described the day as a great day in his personal life and that of the Foreign Ministry. The Liberian chief diplomat underscored that public servants should proceed with their work without any expectation of an honor, but stressed that when honor comes, it should be appreciated. “To note that you have been evaluating us for the past 12 months and that your judgment is one of commendation, we are grateful. Civil society organizations often condemn officials of government when we do condemnable things. It is good to see you commending an official of government for what you consider commendable deeds”, Minister Ngafuan stated.The Foreign Minister stated that he was dedicating the honor first and foremost to all Liberians whom called the real masters: President Sirleaf, for her leadership and guidance in the Ebola fight and the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs family whom he described as real giants whose contributions were critical to his success.He also dedicated the honor to the memory of the late Mrs. Sharon Washington, his Administrative Assistant who died during the height of the Ebola crisis: “I dedicate this honor to her memory for her dedicated service to the Ministry and the country for almost 20 years.”He then gave the assurance that the Foreign Ministry will commit itself to working hard to do its part in contributing to the Government’s agenda. “So, you have given us more reasons why we should work for the Liberian people. You have given us a charge for this New Year. You have given us gasoline for our tanks for the New Year.”YOPGG, a peace-building civil society organization, honored the Foreign Minister yesterday at his Foreign Ministry office.The organization was founded in 2010. It speaks out against excesses in the society as Liberia strives to strengthen its democracy and recovery process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I would like to bring to the attention of the subject Public Health Minister of services, some cases in less than a few days, which are the actual reflections of the health system in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).I was approach by an individual from New Amsterdam a few days ago and he said on February 18, 2018, he visit the New Amsterdam Hospital emergency section with serious abdominal aches. The doctor on duty prescribed two Hytorix injections – that were not available at the hospital – and as such, had to be purchased at a local pharmacy. After the person purchased the Hytorix, he was told to return the next day for an ultra sound. Unfortunately, when he returned the next day, he was told that he had to wait until March 12. The person was forced to paid $6000 privately to receive this service. He was then diagnosed with kidney stones and was treated for the ailment privately with a sum attach. The patient’s medical condition was diagnosed and solved – and today [Sunday] is only the February 25.This incident in question is the actually everyday situation of the health system in Region Six. Another recent incident is a 13-year-old who was in an accident since January 1, 2018, and is still waiting on a date to correct his dislocated shoulder. The reason for not going to a private hospital was because his family does not have the resource to do so .The young man is not presently going to school and is awaiting surgery. Millions in taxpayers’ money is being spent and the health system continues to deteriorate rapidly. Let me congratulate these young men who have come forward and who have exposed the deficiencies in the public health sector. The national ophthalmology hospital is not functioning; to date, it cannot perform a single cataract surgery and Government is not making any attempt to fix it.What is more worrying is when these issues are raised, the excuses are so many that we remain the same way and the people continue to suffer.The excuses for not having drugs at all Government hospitals is that the Materials Management Unit (MMU) is only supplying essential drugs and when a drug is short, irrespective of what drug it is, it is not an essential drug. We are demanding the Public health Minister make the list of essential drugs public so that residents could be aware of the drugs available and what should be purchased. It must be concluded that health care services are not free anymore for residents while Ministers are being given foreign insurances to look after their health.It is time to hold these Government officials responsible for mismanagement of taxpayers’ money.Respectfully,Zamal HussainRegional CouncillorRegion SixChairman of the Regional Health Committee
Dear Editor,There is something amiss at Digicel, the international service provider which boasts of the high quality of service it provides to its clients in Guyana. While it may be true there are some areas of its service which it can take comfort in, for as long as the big wigs in the company continue to deny the existence of a scam within the organization, which has seen a number of its clients being denied the benefit of “Top Up” credit purchased for their individual phones, the credibility of Digicel will, in my estimation, be forever tarnished.It is known that I regularly appear as a guest on a programme – Walter Rodney Groundings (WRG) – which is aired on HBTV CH9 on Sundays at 17.30h.A number of viewers of the programme have on occasion raised with me their concerns in respect to the purchasing of Digicel credit and not being able to benefit from it. I have been assured that complaints have been made periodically to Digicel, and these have been ignored. Along with other commentators on the WRG programme, calls have been made to Digicel to examine its operations and to remedy faults wherever they exist.Seemingly, nothing has been done by Digicel, and the complaints of being robbed of credit purchased from Digicel continue with some degree of regularity.Editor, if I had harboured any doubts about the validity of the complaints made to me, they would have disappeared as a result of having suffered the same experience and being exposed to the most unprofessional response by Digicel’s representatives at its office in Barrack Street, Kingston, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.My experience had its genesis in a purchase I made at approximately 9.15 am on Friday, May 4th, at one of Digicel’s authorized dealers on Regent Street Bourda, near to Light Street. I requested and received a receipt, #18834.After waiting several days for the credit and not receiving it, I rather foolishly assumed that the delay had to do with technical faults Digicel may have encountered, hence their inability to credit my account in a timely manner.I returned to the place of purchase, (Digicel on Regent Street), on Tuesday 8th May for an explanation for the delay in crediting my account. Some checks were made, and I was asked to visit the Kingston Office, where the problem would be rectified.When I arrived there, I was directed to an enclosure, and spoke to five members of staff, who did some initial checks and advised that within two hours of the purchase on Friday, May 4th, instructions were given by someone at Digicel to reverse the charges. I spent nearly two hours there, and tried unsuccessfully to speak with the senior staff member who I was told was looking into the problem.Eventually, I was told that within an hour, the credit would be sent to my phone. That was about noon on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. It is now more than nine days since I purchased the credit and five days since I was told by a representative of Digicel in Kingston that the “Top Up” would have been credited to my account, and nothing has been done. What is wrong with Digicel? Is it that they are fortified in their belief that genuine complaints made against them by aggrieved Guyanese clients will not be addressed by the competent authorities here? Digicel’s behaviour to their clients on this matter borders on contempt. I sense that in all of the complaints made against Digicel, none was accompanied by a receipt to prove the claim of wrongdoing on the part of Digicel officials, their staff and or franchise holders, who by their behaviour have made themselves complicit in what is taking place.My case presents a different scenario for Digicel. I have a receipt, which was shown to them, and they cannot ignore its existence, yet they refuse to act. It seems that Digicel have decided that the way to resolve this problem is to ignore it.In the process, they are saying, ‘To hell with those clients who have suffered as a result of the acts of dishonesty on the part of their members of staff or franchise holders’, if that is what the outlets are. This is the entity which is laying claim to greater market share in the industry. For what purpose? To further rip off Guyanese?I want to use this opportunity to signal to Digicel that I will not rest until I receive the credit I have purchased from their entity. I am warning you, Digicel, that I will do whatever I can, including picketing your Kingston office, to ensure I receive what is mine.Best regards,Desmond Trotman
Dear Editor,Forecasts are as good as the data used to prepare them. In public finance, it is critical that forecasts are based on good quality data since they are used to inform public policies which ultimately affects the lives of every citizen. The current cycle for preparing the national budget as per statutes was structured in a way that allows sufficient time to complete and accurate data to inform the budget estimates and to make policy adjustments for the next fiscal year. Unfortunately, the caretaker Minister of Finance (the Minister) incessantly rushed to deliver the national budget at the earliest possible time for the past four years, but this haste brought great harm to the completeness and accuracy of the data and the budget planning process. It is no surprise that the national budgets for the last few years have failed to deliver any meaningful change in the lives of average Guyanese. So while the official number screams 4.1 per cent growth, ask the ordinary man or the local Private Sector if they are experiencing this growth and you will hear a distinctly opposite story. The Minister chose to label their utterance as “trotted out numbers” but we are of the opinion that the Private Sector seems to have a better grasp of the tone of the economy than the Minister and we shall illustrate why below.The table on the “half-year balance of payment data for 2018” below seeks to bring light to this disconnect between what the Minister preaches and what happens in reality. The half-year report for 2018 was released on August 8, 2018, and the half-year report for 2019 was released on August 9, 2019. Clearly, both reports were prepared after the first six months of 2018. Logic will dictate that these two sets of numbers for the balance of payment performance during the first half of 2018 should be the same on both reports with minor differences for rounding errors. But this is clearly not the case.The table below shows enormous differences between the numbers originating from the 2018 and 2019 half-year reports, despite the “data-set” in question is referring to the same period – the first six months of 2018. For example, in the 2018 half-year report, the Minister claimed that the net current account balance was a deficit of US$194.2 million; in the 2019 half-year report, he claimed that the deficit (for the same period in 2018) was a deficit of US$578.6 million. If we assume that the 2019 numbers are correct, it means that in 2018, the Minister’s analysis was off by more than 200 per cent.We found that this error is not a one-off mistake or oversight. What we found was a series of systematic errors that show up in multiple places on the comparator table and in multiple publications coming out of the Ministry of Finance. Such poor quality data raises some very important concerns and questions.Other cardinal errors include (1) the considerable misstatement of the value of non-factor services, which include business services (which includes services contracted for oil exploration), transportation services, consulting and management services, insurance services, and advertising and marketing research services and communication services, and (2) grave inaccuracy in the amount classified as capital transfers from the Private Sector for the first half of 2018. Non-factor services and capital transfers from the Private Sector are key economic indicators of the health of the economy. So if the Ministry of Finance cannot get this right, then what can they get right?Such poor analysis and budgeting raise two major concerns. First, which of these numbers should the public trust? Is any of them correct? How can the Private Sector (the engine for growth), plan if it cannot rely on these numbers? What other indicators suffer from this same problem? Did the economy grow by 4.1 per cent? These are genuine questions that investors, analysts and planners are concerned about. Understandably, there will always be an acceptable margin of error when dealing with statistics, especially when forecasting is involved. But this is exactly the reason why the timing of the national budget should not be sacrificed for political expediency and optics. To intentionally or unintentionally ignore the consequences of ramming through the budgeting process for political expediency and bragging rights is to gamble with businesses’ investments, the livelihood of workers and the credibility of the data.Second, such poor analysis, forecast and budgeting raise the question of on what exactly did the Ministry spend that $135 billion that was assigned to it since 2015? Was any portion of it used for building technical capacity and staff training to improve the quality of data collection and analysis? If so, where are the signs of the improvements? It is not unreasonable for taxpayers to expect reliable and credible data regarding the state of public finances and the economy. Good economic management and policymaking begin with good fiscal and economic analyses for which dependable and trustworthy data is key. The Minister of Finance, like every other public officer has to ensure that the public is truthfully informed on the state of affairs of the nation. Unfortunately, the integrity and veracity of the data released by the Minister fail these simple tests and seems to be doing more harm than good to the nation.Sincerely,Sasenarine SinghDhanraj Singh
Dear Editor,So far, all of the protests, since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, let me repeat, every last act of protest by the people of this country has been peaceful. However,there are some elements within the Guyana Police Force that are out to make these events a criminal offence, or in other words, make certain protesters out to be criminals. This was evident from actions by some of its members at Cornelia Ida, when Police officer/s were seen committing acts of aggression – pushing and shoving innocent protesters. The agitators were out in their numbers (black flags in hand) sending the clear message to David Granger that he is illegal and a violator of our Constitution. This is legal, straightforward behaviour which should at least be tolerated by this usurper of power.But this illegal President would have none of it and his immediate reaction is to harshly put an end to dissent.In the first place, Granger would have been highly annoyed that these acts of civil disobedience were spontaneous outbursts of massive support by ordinary people, as was the case in most instances which were not sponsored or inspired by the Opposition.This is evidence of pure people power, a groundswell of discontent that has enveloped this entire country.We are in a dictatorship led by a military man disguised as President who is hell-bent on putting down all forms of dissent, this is unacceptable. We have grown accustomed to democratic rule and that is what we are going to get, so Mr Granger should get used to protest actions.And to those members of GPF who are making out those protesters to be criminals, they should be ashamed of themselves. These people on the protest line are not criminals. Let me remind those errant police officers that it is the PNC, when on the protest lines, that chanted “kill the police” in tones loud and clear. These were direct acts of aggression aided and abetted by the same party and people who are now trying to make criminal the actions of peaceful protesters. So, to our policemen of a noble Force, do not be fooled by evil people who are trying their utmost at making the police look bad. So, officers, be on the alert, do your job honestly and professionally, do not be sidetracked into a situation where you become a political entity or a puppet Police Force – used and abused by an illegal Government.We are a peaceful people standing up for our rights, to which we have every legal entitlement!Respectfully,Neil Adams
As flooding worsens in Lovely Lass, Mahaica, Berbice, owing to a faulty pump that had been installed by the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), residents are disputing that the regional administration is making efforts to have the issue addressed. Flooded parts of the communityEven though the issue has been ongoing for the past two to three weeks, the residents are convinced that the administration has turned a deaf ear to their plea to have the issue discussed with MMA/ADA.In addition, downpours over the last few days have caused this situation to escalate to the point where the roads are now deteriorating, according to the residents.Ernest Mona, one of the affected residents, reported to Guyana Times that in addition to the faulty pump, the general drainage in the area was in dire need of attention.Both factors, he said, are contributing to the flooding, but there has been no work done to reduce the effects on the residents.According to Mona, the residents had brought up the situation with the Councillors who reportedly informed that it was not their place to address the flooding.It was further relayed to them that mechanical work was required to tackle the flooding, but the region was not in possession of the necessary machinery.He said that residents who were living on the dams were feeling the full brunt since that part of the community was especially affected.Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal confirmed that a solution was not in the hands of the region’s administration, since the pump had been placed at a strategic point by MMA/ADA.“MMA has complete control over the pump, so there is nothing the council can do on its own to bring relief to the affected residents,” he said.In addition, he pointed out that the area was generally prone to flooding so the effects were amplified as the pump malfunction continued to cause damage.Ramphal informed that he had made contact with the MMA/ADA earlier this week which subsequently led to a visit by the entity’s engineering team.However, they denied there was a fault with the pump and had since not visited the area for any further investigation, according to the Chairman.Meanwhile, the residents are appealing for a partnership to be established between the administration and MMA/ADA so they can have some relief.
Land management harmonizationThe Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) Board of Directors will soon study a report on land management in Guyana, following a review by three Guyanese law students from the Hugh Wooding Law School.The preliminary report of the review, conducted by law students Glendon Greenidge, Joshua Benn and Erica Capell, detailed examination of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission Act, the Guyana Forestry Commission Act, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission Act, the Amerindian Act and the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agricultural Development Authority Act.From left: Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn; law students Glendon Greenidge, Joshua Benn, and Erica Capell, and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the Ministry of the PresidencyThe review also addressed land leases and it recommended the amendment of laws to reflect the kind of inter-agency harmony that is supposed to exist.The preliminary report was on Monday handed over to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon by Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of GLSC, Trevor Benn at the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP).Benn explained that the students were asked to review the laws and to make recommendations to address the gaps, which they completed within three weeks. The report, he said, will also be presented to the Board of the GLSC for its review and recommendations.Minister Harmon, who had directed the Commission to look into the harmonisation of the laws that deal with land use and management, said that land was always the subject of some kind of controversy in Guyana. He explained that the entire viability of the GLSC was dependent on it being able to exercise the authority, which it was given by law.“The extent to which you have overlapping of authority is the extent to which persons, who are the beneficiaries of State lands sort of dodge in between the raindrops… rather than paying [their] lease[s]… so rather than having a very clear, defined position ,people utilised that lacuna in the law to be able to benefit themselves,” Harmon said.
The decomposed body of a labourer was on Wednesday found on a sea dam in Craig Village, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The body was later identified as that of 53-year-old Infant Forrester, also called “Bolt and Nut”, of Timehri, EBD.The man’s body was spotted by fishermen in the area, who quickly alerted residents who in turn contacted the Police. Guyana Time s understands that the man was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre about three weeks ago by one of his employers, but was not seen since.Dexter Forrester, the dead man’s son, reported that his father was not a troublemaker but was an alcoholic. In addition, he would suffer seizures on a regular basis. The younger Forrester also claimed that they searched for his father, but came up empty handed.He noted that he was at work when he received a call from a friend informing him that a body was found at Craig, EBD. He immediately rushed to the scene, but by then the body had been removed and taken to the Lyken Funeral Home.The younger Forrester visited the mortuary and it was then he positively identified the body as that of his father.