Daily Archives: February 13, 2020

S.O.C.U secures conviction… Extradited GRDB accountant gets 3 years for fraud

Peter Ramcharran,

Almost one year after being extradited from Canada to face fraud allegations amounting to G$414M, former accountant of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Peter Ramcharran, was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was found guilty on one of the charges.

This is one of the first major convictions for the Special Organised Crime Unit (SSOCU), an arm of the Guyana Police Force, which instituted the charges against him.

Ramcharran was found guilty as charged by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for omitting G$145M from the rice entity’s ledger.

The Chief Magistrate in giving a synopsis of her ruling held that SOCU Prosecutor Patrice Henry was able to prove all the elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt.              Continue reading

US Immigration: US issued almost 5,300 visitors’ visa to Guyanese last year

US issued almost 5,300 visitors’ visa to Guyanese last year

US Visa applicants at Guyana Embassy

The US issued almost 5,300 visitors’ visas last year to Guyanese, a slight increase from 2018.

According to figures by the US Department of State, last year there were 5,296 non-immigrant visas issued.
In 2017, there were 25,338 visas issued for the B1/B2 category.
In 2018, this fell to 4,923 Guyanese to whom visas were issued for holidaying purposes, almost 20,000 fewer than the previous year.
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In recent years, the US Embassy had relaxed its stringent requirements for Guyanese and the number of visas issued for the popular B1-B2 category (visitors’ visas) rose sharply.

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HISTORY: Buried for 50 years: Britain’s shameful role in the Biafran war – By Frederick Forsyth

A million children starved to death. I’m haunted by the images I saw there – and by the complicity of the Wilson government

Starving children in a refugee camp near Aba in 1968.
Photo:  Starving children in a refugee camp near Aba in 1968. Photograph: AFP

It is a good thing to be proud of one’s country, and I am – most of the time. But it would be impossible to scan the centuries of Britain’s history without coming across a few incidents that evoke not pride but shame.

Among those I would list are the creation by British officialdom in South Africa of the concentration camp, to persecute the families of Boers. Add to that the Amritsar massacre of 1919 and the Hola camps set up and run during the struggle against Mau Mau.

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CARICOM: Canadian Prime Minister To Meet With Caribbean Leaders

Canadian Prime Minister To Meet With Caribbean Leaders

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

OTTAWA, Ontario, February 11, 2020 (CMC) – Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, will meet with Caribbean Leaders during their 31st inter-sessional summit in Barbados, on Tuesday, next week, the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has confirmed.

The Secretariat said that Trudeau will meet with the leaders of the 15-member regional grouping on the first day of their two-day summit that will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, on the outskirts of the capital.

He is also scheduled to hold bi-lateral discussions with the CARICOM Chairman and the host, Prime Minister, Mia Mottley.    Continue reading

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