Sixteen Guyanese have, over the past few weeks, been arrested in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after officials there mounted several anti-crime raids.The Guyanese had either overstayed their time in the twin-island republic, or did not have the requisite working papers and documentation to be considered legal immigrants.The illegal Guyanese are being processed, including being charged, after which it is likely that they would be deported.Trinidad & Tobago’s Senior Police Superintendent, Dale A. Black, has said that over 96 illegal immigrants have been detained during the immigration crackdown, which he described as a well-coordinated exercise involving other agencies.Ten Jamaicans, 47 Venezuelans, 1 Vincentian, 9 Chinese, 3 Colombians and 1 Dominican were among others detained.Guyana’s Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner Paul Williams, has said he was not aware of the crackdown, but he explained that once it was an immigration issue, the necessary documentation would be sent to Guyana to start the deportation process of the illegal immigrants.Over the past years, scores of Guyanese have been deported from various Caribbean countries in which they had been caught staying illegally.
Fatal shooting of mentally-challenged prisonerBy Ramona LuthiSeveral persons on Thursday picketed the Georgetown Mayor and City Council as they called for the City Constable who fatally shot a mentally challenged man while in Police custody two weeks ago to be charged with murder.The persons chose City Hall on Regent Street as the venue for their protestMarlon Fredericks’ aunt, Pearl Youngebecause they were against the alleged indiscretions involving Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King.At the forefront of the demonstration, holding a placard in defence of her now deceased nephew, Marlon Fredericks, who was killed on January 14 2018 on Regent Street, Georgetown, was Pearl Younge.Younge, with tears in her eyes, expressed distress at the fact that her nephew’s killer, identified as a City Constabulary officer, was charged with 0manslaughter and not murder.“The man [Fredericks] was shot at close range, very close range. This is very serious and we’re angry, aggrieved and angry at the way that the Constab handled this thing…Manslaughter has special reasons. The charge should be one of murder and not manslaughter,” she told media operatives on Thursday as sheThe small gathering of persons who stood protesting on Thursday in front of City Hall26stood in the blazing sun.The elderly woman further blamed City Hall for the obvious lack of training displayed by the Constabulary officer who brutally attacked her relative and called on the relevant authorities to step in and implement measures to prevent a reoccurrence.“You and I as well could have been hurt because some untrained maniac is just moving around…There are certain procedures that should be followed before using force and I’m wondering if these Constables are trained to use force. You can’t just shoot a person like that or use excessive force on an unarmed person like that…We [relatives] were in close proximity… I hope that the relevant authorities will see and look into this thing so that we won’t have a reoccurrence of this thing,” she said.In addition, other persons who stood in support of the woman touched on allegations made that City Hall was the entity that paid $800,000 in bail for the implicated City Constable’s release.“There are many things that City Hall has done…I’m out here this week because City Hall says that they’re cash strapped. They have no money. They wanna put a fee on garbage and everything but they can find $800,000 plus legal fees to bail [the] Constable who murdered a vendor. [Who] shot him in the back, shot him in cold blood,” activist Don Singh said.He called on the Local Government Commission and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to intervene as there is need for significant change.At the scene of the protest, he also sarcastically questioned whether the standard operating procedures for city Police was “shoot first, ask questions later.”The small group vowed to return again next Thursday to continue their protest.It was previously reported that Marlon Fredericks, was arrested by Police and then shot by a City Constabulary officer one day later, after it was alleged that the wanted man was attempting to escape lawful custody.The incident occurred just outside the City Constabulary outpost on Regent Street.Fredericks was shot and killed in the presence of his mother, Claudette Fredericks, who had gone to the outpost to visit him, Guyana Times understands.Police in a subsequent release had detailed that Fredericks “who was in custody at the Outpost for assaulting a peace officer and simple larceny, allegedly forced his way outside of the lockup when it was opened to let out another prisoner… A struggle reportedly ensued between the victim and the Lance Corporal who tried to restrain him and in the process the prisoner ran out the Outpost and was fatally shot once in the lower back by the Lance Corporal who was armed with a service pistol.”Eyewitnesses reported however, that the man was not attempting to escape custody but was running towards his mother when he saw her.Since then, Fredericks’ mother has been calling for justice for her son.Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green disclosed that the Guyana Police Force had taken over the matter, while highlighting that the M&CC’s City Constabulary Department intends to do everything to bring closure, depending on the outcome of the Police investigation.
Guyana on Wednesday welcomed Russian investment in the economy as it looks forward to concluding a bilateral investment treaty between the two States.Speaking at the accreditation of Alexander Kurmaz as the new Russian Federation Ambassador, President David Granger said “Guyana and Russia have enjoyedHis Excellency Alexander Kurmaz presenting his letters of credence to President David Granger in the presence of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who is currently performing the functions of Foreign Affairs Ministercordial relations and engaged in continuing collaboration in the fields of culture, education, economics, investment, politics, security and science.”Additionally, Guyana has benefited from Russian support for debt relief and disaster relief.“The Treaty on Basic Relations between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the Russian Federation and the agreement between the Republic of Guyana and the Russian Federation for the waiver of visa requirements has enhanced our bilateral relations,” the Head of State added.Meanwhile, Ambassador Kurmaz, in his remarks, said Guyana and Russia share similar positions on most international issues. “These similarities [are] yet another source that may contribute to the deepening of Russian-Guyanese interaction on matters relating to the global agenda… During my tenure, I am willing to deploy every effort in order to have progressive development and fruitful bonds between the Russian Federation and the Cooperate Republic of Guyana,” he said.Guyana and the Russian Federation established formal diplomatic ties on December 17, 1970.
Stabroek wharf vendors Newly constructed arcades to facilitate vending at the Route 42 Bus Park have now caused some persons to seek alternatives to have their businesses fully functional again.While most of the structures are completed, many vendors are dissatisfied since they were unable to ply their trade during the holiday season since they were not given the approval to open the stalls. Initially they were told that stalls would be opened by December 15. However, failed coordination from City hall has extended the waiting time for some more weeks.While most persons are on the verge of completing their construction, one of the main concerns is the number of vagrants who line the area, and some who are taking the liberty of spending their nights in the structures which are yet to be completed.Muneshwar Samad explained to Guyana Times on Saturday that persons have reported valuables being lost when the area is left unattended.“We never had this problem at first… Now, every day somebody coming and they sleeping in the stalls. Some brining garbage and all kinda things. I finish my own like a week now but we still waiting on other people.”He added, “Tools that we use to build the stand missing for many people. For me was some wood that had to finish off the roofing.”He foresees that these structures will not be opened for them to vend for a while, since all are supposed to be completed before this can be done.“Everybody was supposed to get they stall ready by the 15th [December]. City Hall give them four week to do it but nobody checking and telling we if we could open.”Along with him, another merchant by the name of Jasmattie (only name given) informed, “Up to now I ain’t see nothing yet. I had to hurry ‘cause I said they might come and tell you you got to start.”She noted that they were not required to make any payments as yet but the amount was already established.“They say they give you from the time you get the place to four weeks and within four weeks, I got to done make the stand. From the time I start selling, they give you six weeks and then you start paying,” said the woman.Garbage continues to remain an issue since collection will be done when sales resume.There is the smaller size, measuring five feet by eight feet with a height of 13 feet, which is set a cost of $3,400 per month. The standard size, measuring 10 feet by eight feet with a height of 13 feet is priced at $6,800 per month.As it relates to payment, some persons have complained that they were informed of a $10,000 fee which was to be paid to the Council. While only some were briefed about this “arrangement”, others are under the impression that it is not a standard agreement.
A pedal cyclist who was struck by an allegedly speeding motorist on New Year’s Day along the Coldingen Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara has succumbed to his injuries on Friday.Dead is 22-year-old Rodwell Emanuel James, of Lot 1315 Bachelor’s Adventure, ECD, who was seeking medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Based on initial investigations, the now dead man was attempting to cross the road on his bicycle when a motor car bearing registration number PNN 7862 collided with him.The driver of the car subsequently lost control and slammed into a nearby utility pole.Both the driver of the car and the cyclist were taken to the said Hospital in an unconscious state and admitted.The driver was later discharged and taken into Police custody as investigations continued.
The senior citizen who was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri on Wednesday with over 200 grams of cocaine stashed inside the sole of his shoes was on Thursday slapped with a trafficking in narcotics charge.Sixty-six-year-old Roderick Andrew Chase appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Providence Magistrates’ Court, East Bank Demerara, and pleaded not guilty to the charge.The cocaine found in the sole of the man’s shoesThe charge alleged that on August 13, 2019, at CJIA, Timehri, Chase had 290 grams of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Chase was represented by Attorney-at-Law George Thomas.According to reports, Chase was preparing to board a New York-bound Caribbean Airlines flight when he was stopped and pulled aside for additional searches.Security officials reportedly became suspicious after noticing that the man was travelling with no checked luggage. He was nabbed by the agents as he made his way through the full-body scanner.Upon searching the elderly man, two parcels of cocaine were allegedly found stashed in the sole of his shoes. He was cautioned and taken into Police custody, where he was subsequently charged.He was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on August 30.
A taxi driver who allegedly stabbed a man who owed him $2000 was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Morris Carter, of Lot 20 Durban Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse.Morris CarterThe charge detailed that on August 27, 2019 at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he wounded Matthew Gilbert, with intent to commit murder.Carter was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, who in a bail application, informed the court that the incident occurred at a wash bay, where his client was washing his car. He claimed that his client confronted the Virtual Complainant (VC) about the money owed; however, they got into a heated argument and a fight occurred.Attorney Thompson informed the court that his client received injuries from the VC during the fight; however, Gilbert was never charged.Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris, in presenting the prosecution’s case, stated that on August 27, 2019, Gilbert was at a wash bay when he was approached by the defendant, who asked for the $2000 owed to him for a ring, which had initially cost $7000.The Prosecutor said that Gilbert then claimed he did not have any money, but promised to pay the debt later in the month. According to the prosecution, the defendant became annoyed, pulled out a pair of scissors, and stabbed the VC several times about his body.The VC was then picked up and rushed to the Kitty Health Centre, but owing to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The Prosecutor objected to bail, informing the court that the VC is still hospitalised.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded the 43-year-old man to prison. The case will continue on September 26, 2019.
…following early arrival of FPSO in GuyanaWith the arrival of the Liza Destiny Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel, both Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe, have talked up the possibility of earlier-than-expected oil production.The Liza DestinyDirector of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark BynoeDuring a reception held at the Marriott hotel to commemorate the FPSO’s arrival, Jordan was asked for a timeframe for first oil. In response, the Minister hinted at the possibility that ExxonMobil could begin pumping this year instead of the first quarter of 2020.“I haven’t heard any change from the first quarter. There was no particular date in the first quarter. But I’m hearing now that first quarter may be an outside date. I’m not sure whether we’ll be able to get it this year or not. Signs are encouraging though”.Meanwhile, Bynoe, during his address to attendees at the reception, noted that the Liza Destiny’s arrival ahead of schedule means that the Department of Energy’s own timetable has to be fast tracked.“The Liza Destiny’s arrival three weeks ahead of the schedule means that our timetable has moved forward. And as a policy-related body, the Department of Energy is also called upon to advance its timetable”.“It means that we move earlier to production of first oil and to seeing the benefit of this industry impact Guyanese much faster. As Guyanese, we must realise that it is a vessel paid for by Guyanese, pumping Guyanese fuel, which will bring in revenue for Guyana”.Following its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil had estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. With oil at over US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.Exxon has since revised this figure upwards after three more discoveries, the last one being at the Yellowtail-1 well in April. More drilling is also scheduled for this year and it was only days ago that its first FPSO bound for Guyana, the Liza Destiny, was commissioned.ExxonMobil has also said there is potential for at least five FPSO vessels on the Stabroek Block, producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.The start-up of the Liza Phase 1 development has always been on track to begin by the first quarter of 2020. However, there has been talk previously of the possibility of production starting even earlier.Exxon has pegged oil production at 120,000 barrels of oil per day utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO. Liza Phase 2 is expected to start up by mid-2022, after Exxon made a final investment decision after getting regulatory approval earlier this year. It had been reported that the project would use the Liza Unity FPSO to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day.ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is operator of, and holds 45 per cent interest in, the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest.The Liza Destiny, Guyana’s first oil production vessel, arrived in Guyana’s waters at the end of last month after travelling nearly 11,000 nautical miles for 42 days from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.The vessel is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development, which involves four undersea drill centres with 17 production wells. Besides its production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day, it also has an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels. During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working on-board the vessel.Before its departure from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, the Liza Destiny was commissioned by First Lady Sandra Granger. The Liza Destiny FPSO was converted from oil tanker, “Tina”, a 1999 Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC). The conversion included upgrading of the hull and integration of 14 topside processing modules, totalling 16 thousand metric tonnes.
By Kizzy ColemanA Grade 10 student of Canje Secondary School, in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is now a patient at theJoshua LynellGeorgetown Public Hospital after he was allegedly pushed from the schools premises by another student last Tuesday.The injured child is 16-year-old Joshua Lynell of Lot 26 New Street, Cumberland, Berbice. A teacher at the school told Guyana Times that the student was involved in an argument with another student which led to a scuffle. It was at this point that the now injured teen was pushed from the second floor of the building and landed on the concrete ground.Teachers were alerted and the child was picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. As a result of the incident, the child sustained spinal injuries, a broken arm and a broken hip.Speaking with this publication, Lynell recounted the incident. He explained that the other student who pushed him, was involved in a scuffle with another student to which he intervened.He added that he went outside to the school’s corridor and was holding onto the railing when the student told him “you want me push you over there?”He divulged that he objected and the student began to push at him which resulted in the railing, which is rotten, breaking, causing the teen to fall to the ground. “When I fell over, he tried to help me up because I grabbed at his hand but he couldn’t hold me and I slipped and fall to the ground”.He further explained that when he fell, he was unable to move and students ran to his assistance. “Some other children come to help me and they turned me over on my back,” the teen explained.Loriette Lindy, mother of the injured teen, said she was called to the school at around 12:30h on the day of the incident. When she arrived, she was met by two teachers who told her that she has to go to the hospital as her son fell off of the school’s corridor.“When I got to the hospital, I was able to go into the room where my son was and I overheard the doctor asking him which student pushed him. It is then that I realised that the teachers were lying to me, telling me that Joshua fell over the railing”.Upon learning this, Lindy questioned teachers who were present at the hospital and was then told the truth of the matter.“When I told them that they lied to me, that is when they told me that Joshua was involved in a fight with another student who pushed him off of the corridor,” she explained.The matter was reported to the Reliance Police Station by the father of the teen on Thursday after the school’s head teacher refused to do so. Guyana Times was told that the school’s administration is trying to keep the matter “under wraps”. In an attempt to protect the other student involved in the matter, they have reported that the injured teen was running on the corridor of the school, when he accidently went over the railings.The frustrated parents, who are currently living out of their car, parked in the vicinity of the Georgetown Public Hospital, explained that they are unhappy with the current situation and the injustice that they are facing. Lindy said they have nowhere to stay in the city, and as such, they are staying in their car outside of the hospital.They are of the view that the other teen involved in the matter should be punished for his actions.“Currently, he is in school carrying on as usual. He was not even suspended and the teachers have secret meetings with him in there office for him to corroborate what they have been reporting. This is so unfair to us and our son.”The Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.
One of the ransacked rooms at the Herstelling homeAn East Bank Demerara man was briefly hospitalised after he was beaten by several armed men who posed as police to gain entry into the premises. According to reports gathered, around 02:45h Thursday, 5 bandits stormed the Lot 463 Herstelling home of Lalta, his wife Esther Sammy and their 21-year-old daughter.Guyana Times understands that the gunmen arrived by car. The five men exited, four of whom kicked down the door to the house while the fifth kept watch. The men then held up the man and dealt him several blows to the back and chest with a cutlass. They then ordered the woman to kneel on the floor as they turned their attention on the daughter.This publication was further told the bandits took the young lady into the upper flat of the house where they ransacked the bedrooms. They then carted off an undisclosed sum of money and a quantity of jewellery. One of the neighbours recalled what she witnessed.“They run and kicked down de door and one of the man say we is police and say open de door so the man said why I must open me door for and dem run and kick down the door and go in and hole up de man,” the woman explained.Eyewitnesses also said that as the robbery was unfolding they made repeated calls to the Providence Police Station but all were unsuccessful. It was sometime later that ranks reportedly attached to the Brickdam Police Station who were on patrol came and took the report.“We couldn’t do anything because when we peep through we window, we see de gun, we couldn’t come out. We just put on de light and tek it off back… everybody calling [the Providence Police Station] dem seh de phone na working,” the woman said.This newspaper was however made aware that when one of the eyewitnesses visited the Providence Station, two telephones were working.The police are continuing their investigations but no arrests were made.It was only Wednesday around noon that a Cuban vendor Maria Puig, 61, was shot to her right hand outside a store in Regent Street, Georgetown, after being robbed of $5000 cash. The bandits reportedly fled on a CG motorcycle.Meanwhile, over the past week, both armed and unarmed bandits carried out over 20 robberies on several businesses in the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara. In many instances, excessive violence was used. The area’s Acting Divisional Commander, Leslie James met with stakeholders there where he related that more patrols will be set up at strategic locations.