Category Archives: crime and Investigations

Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) discovers many frauds and schemes

GRA’s Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia, and his senior officials during the press conference on Friday at the Camp Street headquarters.

Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) drops hammer on questionable vehicle auctions

GRA yanks licences of several private Customs warehouses

The frauds at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over the years have been many with all kinds of schemes discovered.

As a result, the state would have lost, overtime, billions of dollars in revenues from especially import duties.

From under-invoicing to imports being listed under the wrong codes to reduce the quantity of taxes due, GRA have been uncovering them, one by one.     Continue reading

Social media is the new eye of the world – By Adam Harris

Social media is the new eye of the world

Social media is responsible for many things coming to light, some of the incidents so disturbing that there are people who simply cannot watch the gruesome nature of the scenes contained in some of the videos.

Through social media, I saw some of the activities of the group called ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. One video showed some men kneeling and a hooded ISIS member standing nearby with a sword. Had it been a movie the scene would have been no less gruesome, but people would have walked away with the idea that it is only a movie.       Continue reading

State of emergency over worsening crime has some Jamaicans relieved – but is it an effective approach?

State of emergency over worsening crime has some Jamaicans relieved – but is it an effective approach?

January 21, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the past year or so, as the island’s murder rate has burgeoned, Jamaican netizens have been fixated on one topic: violent crime. Jamaica’s population was 2.881 Million in 2016.

Murders soared to 1,616 in 2017 — an increase of just over 20 percent from the year before. Moreover, only 29 percent of murders were “cleared up” (the local term for a suspect being arrested or killed).     Continue reading

Consent at play in the sexual foray – By Yvonne Sam

Consent at play in the sexual foray

By Yvonne Sam

 Men must know that No means No and should no further go. Even men of the cloth not behaving as they ought.

A self-styled bishop of a West Demerara church in Guyana,  recently appeared before the Courts to answer a charge of rape (Kaieteur News January, 10, 2018. – Self-styled Bishop charged for alleged rape of church member).

Over a three year period both the victim and the perpetrator were in a relationship, which the victim brought to an abrupt climax, once the wife became privy to same.  Continue reading

PM Gaston Browne of Antigua: CARICOM members Should Decriminalize Marijuana

PM Gaston Browne of Antigua: CARICOM members Should Decriminalize Marijuana

BY BERT WILKINSON – Caribbean Life News – NY

PM Gaston Brownw of Antigua

Just as the CARICOM regional commission on marijuana is in the Bahamas for public consultations this week, an influential Caribbean head of government is calling on governments to take cognizance of the global push to allow for possession of small amounts for personal use rather than fill jail houses with innocent youths across the region.

Gaston Browne of Antigua, likely to call general elections within a matter of weeks, came out swinging this week, suggesting that the time has come for Caricom governments to legalize and decriminalize small amounts for personal use. Continue reading

Murders rock Trinidad, bringing the count to 21 for 2018

Murders rock Trinidad, bringing the count to 21 for 2018

10 Jan 2018  – Caribbean News Now.

By Youri Kemp – Caribbean News Now associate editor PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad

The murder count in Trinidad, as reported by the website TTCrime.com recorded 494 murders for 2017; 463 in 2016; and 410 in 2015, which clearly indicate stark increases over the three previous years.

With the murder on Monday of a 14-year-old high student, Joshua Andrews, the murder count in Trinidad and Tobago for 2018 already stands at 21.       Continue reading

Guyana: The uphill fight against corruption – By Adam Harris

The uphill fight against corruption

Dishonesty is a part of human character. People will do those things that are wrong, because they believe that they will not be caught. Such is the case with smuggling. This past week the authorities nabbed a senior police officer with a large quantity of whisky.

Surely this could not have been the first time that the officer was involved in such a thing. However, this time a junior rank was not fazed when he spotted a case of whisky in the minibus. A search revealed another 30 cases.    Continue reading

Racism, Sexism and Omission in Sexual Harassment – By Yvonne Sam

Racism, Sexism and Omission in Sexual Harassment

By Yvonne Sam

Did Anita Hill’s testimony really pave the way for a watershed moment on sexual harassment?

Was America’s consciousness level regarding sexual harassment raised? other African Female African American trailblazers on the harassment path before 1991?

 There were other Female African American trailblazers on the harassment path before 1991?

If as everyone is now saying the testimony of Anita Hill in 1991, before an all- male Senate  Judiciary Committee pulled back the curtains on sexual harassment, pray tell how did the issue ever reach its current state?     Continue reading

80 Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) staffers fired last year in corruption clean-up

AFTER ALL, 2017 WAS NOT A BAD YEAR FOR GUYANA

AFTER ALL, 2017 WAS NOT A BAD YEAR FOR GUYANA

 Jan 03, 2018  Editorial Kaieteur News

Looking back, 2017 was not a bad year after all compared to others. In fact, no matter how one slices it, 2017 will go down as another peaceful but challenging year for Guyana.
The country had to grapple with problems of the economy, high unemployment, health care, and education. However, there was the declining road fatality figure; there was the drop in serious crimes and the police solved crimes that were unsolved for years.    Continue reading

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