Category Archives: crime and Investigations

Gender Violence: Religious leaders must break their silence – The Caribbean Voice

 By The Caribbean Voice

On July 24, 2015 the Baltimore Sun carried a commentary, which stated, “Gender violence causes more death and disability among women aged 15 to 44 in the U.S. than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war.” Added the report, “Currently our military and universities are actively seeking solutions to prevent and respond to this violence within their respective institutions.”

For The Caribbean Voice, addressing gender based violence is critical not only because of its devastation on lives and families, but also because suicide is related to gender based violence in a huge way. Oftentimes, females are murdered by their partners, who then commit suicide. Also, females are far too often abused by their partners, and this often leads to an escalation of violence as well as suicide.

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Brazilian Crooks Received $62 million in Trump Bailout Meant for U.S. Farmers

Company Owned by Brazilian Crooks Received $62 million in Trump Bailout Meant for U.S. Farmers

The Trump administration was alerted to alleged corruption by pork producer JBS USA, but issued the payments anyway.

Chris Sommerfeldt Tribune News Service | The Portland Press Herald

The Trump administration has forked out over $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned by a couple of jailbird Brazilian brothers.

The Department of Agriculture cut a contract in January to purchase $22.3 million worth of pork from plants operated by JBS USA, a Colorado-based subsidiary of Brazil’s JBS SA, which ranks as the largest meat-packer in the world.         

The bailout raised eyebrows from industry insiders at the time, as it was sourced from a $12 billion program meant for American farmers harmed by President Trump’s escalating trade war with China and other countries.                Continue reading

Guyana Politics: AFC holds Press Conference on CJIA Expansion Problems

G$30B and counting new airport and runway extension…‘New’ CJIA still lacks cargo area, office space, new parking lot, etc.

–AFC commits to releasing modified airport designs
–insists corruption is a cultural problem in Guyana

The smaller faction in the coalition government, the Alliance For Change (AFC), on

BEFORE: photo of CJIA  terminal building

Friday said it has no problem lobbying Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, to release the modified airport designs.
The party has also admitted that Guyana faces severe challenges in the fight against corruption.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes, also Vice-Chairperson of AFC, made the comments on Friday during the party’s press conference.

The press conference was being hosted by Hughes and executive member, former Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin.              Continue reading

Guyana Police –Guilty by  Omission: Of Failure to put Motorcycle Crime in Remission

By Yvonne Sam

Let the criminals know they may commit the crime and ride but will serve the time and cannot hide.

I am penning these few lines hoping that at the conclusion some degree of clarity will enshroud my enigmatic cranium. Once again (or as always) crime in Guyana is seemingly spiraling out of control.  While this in itself is of grave concern, even more serious is the mode of transportation being used by the perpetrators, along with an accompanying and increasing ability to elude capture.

At a press conference recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in reference to the country’s current crime rate, spoke thus, “the impression that Guyana is in a “really bad state” as compared to other countries with regard to the country’s crime rate is “not true”., “sometimes this thing is emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers giving the impression as though we are in a real bad state, [but it’s] not really true”.            Continue reading

The APNU+AFC after four years and why the PPP should not come back – By Dr. David Hinds

May 12, 2019  Features / ColumnistsHinds’ Sight with Dr. David Hinds

May 11, 2019 marked the fourth anniversary of the coming to power of the APNU+AFC Coalition Government. The government and one of its constituent parties, the AFC, have issued statements which highlight the achievements of the administration. Since the PNC has not issued a separate statement, one can assume that the government’s statement reflects the views of that party.

The WPA is not usually consulted by the government or APNU on such matters, and because there is no consensus among that party’s leadership on the Coalition’s tenure, the public is not likely to hear from Rodney House.

It is safe to say that by the time the fifth anniversary comes around, a new government would be in place—either the Coalition would be re-elected, or the PPP would be returned to power. So, this anniversary takes on added significance—it is the last anniversary for the Coalition to make its case for re-election.            Continue reading

U.S: Missing  and abused Native American women no longer invisible — By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By Mohamed Hamaludin

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, an eight-months-pregnant member of the Spirit Lake Nation in Fargo, North Dakota, disappeared in 2017. Her body was found in a river, her unborn infant cut from her womb, The Associated Press reported. Alyssa McLemore, 21, of Washington state, a member of the Aleut tribe, disappeared in 2008 after saying she would be boarding a bus to go help her ailing grandmother.

They are among thousands of Indigenous women and girls who went missing, according a database being assembled by cartographer Annita Lucchesi, the AP’s Sharon Cohen reported. “No one knows precisely how many there are because some cases go unreported, others aren’t documented thoroughly and there isn’t a specific government database tracking these cases,” Cohen said.

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-Mexico, of the Laguna Pueblo, one of the first two Indigenous women elected to Congress, called it “the silent crisis of missing and murdered Native women.”            Continue reading

CCJ reserves judgement in Guyana motion of no confidence appeal

PORT OF SPAIN – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday May 10, 2019 reserved judgement in the appeal brought by Guyana Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo challenging the ruling of the Court of Appeal in his country, that invalidated a motion of no confidence that was passed in the National Assembly in December last year.

“I want to thank counsel for your very interesting submissions. Naturally we will have to take time to consider and we would let you know when we are ready with the decision,” CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders, said after the five-member panel had heard oral submissions over the past two days.

The appeal by Jagdeo is among the three matters that have been consolidated by the CCJ, the country’s highest and final court, regarding the vote of no confidence.            Continue reading

Trinidad: Former A.G. Anand Ramlogan and Senator Gerald Ramdeen facing multiple corruption charges

Anand Ramlogan

(Trinidad Express) A series of corruption charges were last night being laid against former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, SC, and United National Congress (UNC) Senator Gerald Ramdeen by officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigative Bureau (ACIB).

Detectives began the laying of the charges around 8 p.m. after receiving the green light to proceed from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC.

The charges relate to the alleged kickback of millions of dollars in legal fees to the two between the period 2010 and 2015 when Ramlogan held the office of attorney general under the then UNC-led People’s Partnership administration.    Continue reading

Guyana: Education: Dr O’Toole offering G$1m reward for info on shooter

Stabroek News May 5, 2019

One million dollar reward

Many persons may well be tired of this ‘story.’ But the shooting of Dr O’Toole is far greater than the suffering of a handful of people. The ‘story’ has now featured in the media in the UK,  Canada, the USA and throughout the Caribbean. With an attempted murderer on the loose, sadly, it asks questions of Guyana as a ‘safe’ place to live and invest and questions who might be next.      Continue reading

Guyana: Roger Khan says US Jail warden’s objection to early release erroneous

Roger Khan

Continuing his bid to have a few weeks shaved off his sentence, convicted Guyanese drug kingpin Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan yesterday argued that an objection filed against his petition is “erroneous” and accused United States (US) prison authorities of trying to deliberately commingle two provisions of the law under which he is seeking early release.

In March, Khan, who is representing himself, filed an Emergency Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in which he sought an order from the court requiring “the BOP [Bureau of Prisons] to recalculate his good-conduct credits,” with the application of the retroactive section of the First Step Act.

However, last week Tuesday, Bryan Dobbs, Warden of the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami, through US Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan, said that BOP does not “presently have the authority to recalculate [the Petitioner’s] good time credit” until the relevant provisions of the amendment take effect in approximately mid-July.        Continue reading
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