Sumner County Sheriff Office report: July 13- July 20, 2015

first_img        Hermann, Wendy52Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence7/17/15 Monday 0600 to Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 7/13/2015 thru 7/20/2015  Cooley, James37Wellington, KS700 N US 81SUSOEndangering a child, Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Operate vehicle without liability insurance7/19/15 Cunningham, Cyrus23Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation7/16/15 KRGC Henderson, Jessie62Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOViolate Offender Registration Act7/15/15 Wellington PD5 Jeffery, Clinton22Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation7/15/15 Oxford PD Orr, Steven50Grapevine, TXKTA I-35 MP7KHPDriving on a suspended license7/20/15 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 13 to July 20, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Hill, Christopher33Wichita, KSKTA I-35 MP 19KHPInterference W/ LEO, Operate vehicle without liability insurance, Driving while license suspended, Failure to pay toll7/13/15 Dunlap, Jeremy38Mulvane, KS211 N Second Ave, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDFailure to Appear7/14/15 James, Amanda32Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation Violation7/16/15 Stover, Stuart56Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSWellington PDServing Sentence7/17/15 Gonzalez, Daniel41Oklahoma City, OKKTA I-35 MP 16KHPFailure to pay toll7/19/15 Brumley, Tera28Arkansas City, KSCowley County JailSUSOFailure to Appear7/14/15 Lambky, Garret20Moline, KSK-53 and I-35 Junction, Mulvane, KSKHPDriving Under Influence of alcohol or drugs <21, Consumption alcoholic liquor by minor, Transporting an open container, Failure to wear seatbelt7/13/15 Yudizky, Leslie33Kingman, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOFailure to Appear7/15/15 Merry, Anthony32Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence7/17/15 Sedgwick Co44center_img Richard, Brittney24Wichita, KS200 Block S Fourth St, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDPossession of stimulant, Possession of hallucinogenic drug, Possess drug paraphernalia, Failure to Appear7/18/15 Tuter, Michael32Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation Violation7/16/15 Haslouer, Lacey26Wellington, KS300 N US 81, Wellington, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs7/19/15 Sumner Co10 Black, Alfred39Wellington, KS1030 W Shady Lane, Wellington, KSWellington PDCriminal trespass7/19/15 Bolyard, Rosa33Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation Violation7/14/15 Bell, James29Peck, KS900 N West Rd, Wellington, KSSUSODriving while license suspended7/13/15 Belle Plaine PD KHP4 Mulvane PD2 Caldwell PD NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Argonia PD Lawson, Hailey18Wellington, KS1203 S Washington, Wellington, KSWellington PDProbation Violation7/17/15 Bookings Wood, Shaun32Lee’s Summit, MO777 Kansas Star Dr, Mulvane, KSSUSOProbation Violation7/15/15 Yonts, Ami41Wichita, KS500 E 4th, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of certain stimulant, Distribute stimulant, Driving while license suspended, Possession of paraphernalia7/18/15 Bail Bondsman Shockley, Noble33Wellington, KS318 S Blaine, Wellington, KSWellington PDFailure to Appear7/14/15 Total65last_img read more

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PBC School District Sending Tech Survey to Parents Ahead of Potential Coronavirus Impact

first_img“Every child is entitled to equal access to high quality education,” says Claudia Shea, Director of Communications and Engagement for the district.Shea adds that the district sends out surveys on a regular basis, although this is the first one to have a technology focus.The district may also use its television channels to get information out to students if remote learning becomes necessary, she explains.It is unknown when the survey will be distributed. The Palm Beach County School District is trying to gauge how prepared families are in case schools need to close in order to protect students and staff from the coronavirus.A district spokesperson said Thursday a short technology survey is being sent to all principals to share with parents in the coming days.The survey will ask parents about their family’s access to WiFi at home, in the event learning needs to happen remotely or through digital instruction.last_img read more

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English Premier League Reviews

first_imgASTON VILLA 2NORWICH CITY 0GOALS:- VILLA: LESCOTT 45th; AGBONLAHOR 51st.Aston Villa claimed only their third win of the season in the Barclays Premier League but remain rooted to the foot of the table, eight points from safety. Joleon Lescott’s headed goal at the end of a dire first half was Villa’s first attempt on target. But Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled the lead after the break to send Norwich into the relegation zone.LIVERPOOL 2SUNDERLAND 2GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 59th; LALLANA 77th. SUNDERLAND: JOHNSON 82nd; DEFOE 89th.Liverpool lost a two-goal lead after thousands of home fans walked out of Anfield in protest over an increase in ticket prices. The Reds led through goals by Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana. An estimated 10,000 fans were still leaving when Adam Johnson replied for struggling Sunderland and then Jermain Defoe stole an 89th-minute equaliser.MANCHESTER CITY 1 LEICESTER CITY 3GOALS:- MAN CITY: AG¸ERO 87th. LEICESTER: HUTH 3rd, 60th; MAHREZ 48th.Leicester moved six points clear of rivals Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League and five ahead of second-placed Tottenham with a shock win at the Etihad Stadium. Robert Huth scored the first of two goals early on before Riyad Mahrez added a second. Huth’s second put Leicester in charge and they held on, despite Sergio Ag¸ero late reply.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0GOAL:- NEWCASTLE: MITROVIC 32nd.Newcastle United claimed a timely and valuable victory to move out of the bottom three. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal in the 32nd minute, when he slotted in from inside the area. Newcastle also went close through Andros Townsend, whose shot hit the post, while Ben Foster denied Mitrovic.SOUTHAMPTON 1WEST HAM UNITED 0GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: YOSHIDA 9th.Southampton earned their fourth win in five Barclays Premier League games, despite a third red card of the season for Victor Wanyama. Saints took the lead when Maya Yoshida converted Sadio Mane’s cross. Wanyama received a straight red from referee Mark Clattenburg for diving in on West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. The hosts survived a late scare when defender Cedric sliced a clearance narrowly past his own post.STOKE CITY 0 EVERTON 3GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU PEN 11th; COLEMAN 28th; LENNON 42nd.Everton’s revival continued when they moved up to seventh after beating Stoke, who suffered a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat. Romelu Lukaku put the visitors in front with a penalty after keeper Jack Butland had brought down Tom Cleverley. Seamus Coleman headed in a Cleverley corner and Aaron Lennon intercepted a pass before slotting in as Everton went 3-0 up at the break.SWANSEA 1CRYSTAL PALACE 1GOALS:- SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 13th. PALACE: DANN 47th.Crystal Palace ended a run of five straight defeats, thanks to Scott Dann’s fifth goal of the season as Swansea slipped to four points above the Premier League relegation zone. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fine free kick gave Swansea a well-earned half-time lead. Palace equalised soon after the restart with Dann’s close-range finish from a corner.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 WATFORD 0GOAL:- SPURS: TRIPPIER 64th.Tottenham Hotspur moved into second place in the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday as Kieran Trippier’s first goal for the club completed a dominant win over Watford. The former Burnley full back tapped in substitute Dele Alli’s fine low cross. Spurs were denied more goals by former keeper Heurelho Gomes.last_img read more

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Red Sox unsure on White House visit if invited by Trump

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 The Boston Red Sox celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox say they haven’t decided whether they will visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump.Manager Alex Cora said Thursday he wants to use the platform he has as a World Series champion in the right way. A native Puerto Rican, Cora has been outspoken about the need for help on the island since it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lillard helps Blazers beat Pelicans The traditional White House visit has become increasingly partisan, with some players declining to make the trip because of their political views.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Local Content Now Tops GoL Agenda

first_imgIf revelations made by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy during the US Embassy’s 10th biannual Arts and Crafts Fair are fully implemented, Liberian entrepreneurs, especially those dealing in locally produced goods now stand to benefit. Addressing scores of artists and crafts dealers who turned out on the embassy grounds to showcase their products, Minister Addy announced that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law the Small Business Empowerment Act.  According to the Minister, 25 percent of money spent on procurement will now be strictly directed to purchasing products and services of Liberian owned businesses.  This means that in the national budget, procurement amounting to US$74 million will go to Liberian owned businesses.  In the wake of this development, Minister Addy urged Liberians to register their businesses, and be taxpayers, and read the procurement law to know how they can benefit from the opportunity that has been provided them.  He said implementation of the law is the most successful part, and therefore, Liberian entrepreneurs should read the procurement law to know how much will be set aside for procurement.  He disclosed that there will be a provision in the budget that will compel every minister to report how each of them has helped to empower Liberian owned businesses.  Stressing on the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Minister Addy said that it is an engine of employment for many Liberians and his Ministry is determined to see it improving.  He said if development such as road pavement and hydro power plant construction are done, there will still be a major gap if the need for sustenance of citizens is not addressed.  It is on the basis of sustenance that the Minister stressed the need for concentration on Liberian owned businesses to help reduce high unemployment rate.  Minister Addy, who began by praising Liberian entrepreneurs for their persistence in upholding the small business sector in the midst of difficulties, said a recent pronouncement by President Sirleaf requiring government employees and others to wear Liberian made products is an indication that the President is committed to improving Liberian owned businesses.   He used the occasion to commend the U.S. Embassy for its commitment in assisting Liberians and other Africans to showcase their products.  He also encouraged organizers of the fair to prioritize Liberian products, instead of buying goods and artifacts from Mali and other African countries.   Patronizing Liberian made products, the Minister believes, will give more encouragement to Liberian artists and producers of various commodities to do more to improve their talents and goods. Sheila Paskman, Charge´ d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy told the businesspeople at the fair that the exhibition would have taken place months back, but could not because of the Ebola epidemic.  She said America’s interest in helping Liberians to showcase their products is meant to help promote the country’s businesses and to especially get Liberians to take interest in their cultural heritage.  When President Sirleaf gave her 2013 state of the nation address, she mentioned full implementation of the Liberianization policy which Minister Addy had promised to implement.  It may also be recalled that in 2012 at the Market Place on Carey Street, former National Investment Commission (NIC) official, Ciatta Bishop, called on multinational companies operating in the country to give preference to Liberian made products to empower Liberian owned businesses.  Buyers on the other hand have complained that most products made in Liberia are not guaranteed, but yet very costly, which they claim is the reason for prioritizing foreign products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prioritizing Tourism Can Help Liberia Reduce Poverty

first_imgIt has always been easy for previous and current heads of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) to say that they will make the tourism industry a priority and a vibrant contributor to the Liberian economy. However, as of yet, nothing has happened; the industry is still in the same state, and we at LIB Life are saying again that Liberia can generate hundreds of millions of dollars from its wealth of natural beauty. The fact is that tourism in Liberia is an untapped gold mine, but the powers that be are letting opportunities slip by. This might sound like a broken CD, as we have been saying this over and over, and over… Although Liberia is but a small county, its wealth of tourist attractions lies in its historic monuments, water falls, national parks, rare species of wild life, mountains, rivers, lush vegetation and surfing beaches. Nevertheless, Liberia’s tourist attractions and natural environment still lie in filth and in deplorable condition.Also Liberia’s forests are among Africa’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, home to some of the continent’s rare species of insects, birds and other animals. Liberia is known for its pygmy hippopotamus, which is found primarily in Liberia.Tourism plays a vital role in supporting sustainable economic growth and providing locals with employment while preserving a country’s cultural heritage without depleting its values and natural environment. In addition, tourism does not only sustain economic growth, but benefits locals directly and indirectly. The ‘goods’ and ‘services’ produced by these local artisans, tour guides, owners of restaurants and entertainment spots are consumed on the site of production. This put locals on the front lines to reap the benefits offered by tourism.When the Liberian government makes the tourism sector one of its key priorities with a well-designed plan and a good regulating strategy, the sector can then become a pathway to poverty reduction for thousands of Liberians. In the Gambia, according to the BBC, more than 20,000 people were employed by the tourism sector in 2015, relying on the busy October to March tourist season.Moreover, money generated by locals from tourists through goods and services (crafts, excursions, food and beverage) directly returns to economy through the reproductions of goods and services.Again the tourism sector also offers greater prospects to developing countries’ economic diversification policy and expertise advancement. Since tourists create demand for goods and services, this in return pressures local businesses (companies) and entrepreneurs to develop their products to meet the standards tourists expect. This way, local businesses have the opportunity to test and sell their new products on the in-country international market that has been created already by tourists before export. In The Gambia, tourism accounts for 16 to 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the country’s 2015/16 Tourism Strategic Document, prepared by the Gambia Tourism Board (GTB).The document also said that the sector is the second pillar of the country’s economy after agriculture and provided $45 million in direct investment and $85 million in foreign exchange in 2013 alone.So what is wrong with Liberia?Unlike Liberia, which has refused to pass legislation to make the Bureau of Tourism an autonomous agency, and take it from under MICAT despite calls to do so, the Gambia Tourism Authority (GTA) is an autonomous agency that is making the The Gambia a world class tourist destination.Another problem apart from burying the Bureau of Tourism under MICAT is the failure of the government to allow corporate sponsorship for Liberia, an already known tourist destination, for fear of outright commercialization. In this regard, Liberia as a tourist destination has lost significant value.Yes, tourism does have inevitable elements of commercialization, and those can be managed. But the fear of over-commercialization is not a reason to leave the country in its current abandoned and decaying state – which in fact is worse than the feared over-commercialization.Many tourist destinations in the world do not only rely on the natural beauty of the location, but on created experiences as well, which Liberia need to do to offer tourists a variety of experiences.The Gambia, for example, has an amazing crocodile pool in Kachikali as well as the Bijilo Forest Park. These two are among many created attractions quite apart from The Gambia’s natural beauty.Creating an exciting tourist destination is not the only requirement. The government needs to build good road networks that will connect tourist destinations very easily. Bad roads with potholes only give tourists a bad impression of the country regardless of its beauty.Lastly the government should initiate well-designed marketing strategies (online as well) to sell Liberia as a must-visit place for tourists as the Gambia has done. Another component of that strategy should include annual tourism seminars. Liberia can also be marketed as destination for foreign film productions. A very well-designed marketing strategy is most critical to making Liberian a tourist destination, as the way information is distributed will increase the influx of tourists to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lawrence urges national approach to reining in regional excesses

first_imgAuditor General ReportsPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence used her seat on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to call for collaboration to effect reform of the regional administrations as she noted that these matters were of national importance.She made this call during Monday’s PAC sitting. At the time, the question on the floor was the staffing strength of regional administrations and how allocations for employment were being determined.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceLawrence, a former Chairperson of the PAC, urged that both sides collaborate and focus on the issues. According to Lawrence, there has never been a time when collaboration was not a feature of the Committee’s work.“I have been the Chair of this Public Accounts Committee and there was never a time when the Public Accounts Committee has done its work without full collaboration with both sides of this House, and I say it without fear of contradiction.“Because we focus on the issues, we saw it as a national issue, and we had to address it, so that we can make the accountability within every agency in this country done in accordance with the rules and regulations.”PAC member Juan Edghill had been questioning Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison on whose authority certain vacancies were being filled. Morrison noted that the vacancies were filled by the public service ministry.PAC Chairperson Irfaan Ali also questioned him on the number of staff actually required on the payroll.Lawrence had noted that during the course of the year, priorities change and if more staff was needed, permission could be requested from the public service ministry.Under questioning from Ali, Morrison confirmed that they did have approval for the 90 additional staff. Edghill questioned how many were new positions that were created. Morrison noted that there were no new positions.Edghill pointed out that at one time the authorised employment strength was declared. He lamented that this has been discontinued and because the Regions have ceased presenting their authorised strength, Regions could employ staff in an ad-hoc manner.Ali questioned how many contracted employees were in the Region. However, when Morrison balked at the question, Ali upbraided him for his lack of preparation. While Morrison admitted that there has been an increase in contracted employees, he promised to supply the actual figures at a later time.The considerations concluded with the Chairman reminding the REO of the information he has to return to the Committee with. Morrison gave a commitment to providing the information by the end of the week.last_img read more

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Establishment of national airline for Guyana still in limbo

first_imgꟷ despite applications by local businessman, CAL wants to carry national flagshipOver the years, the APNU/AFC caretaker government has continuously expounded on the importance of a flagship carrier for Guyana; however, to date, this is still to become a reality.Guyana Airways Corporation CEO Colin AbramsDespite efforts by a private stakeholder through the Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) in recent times to establish and operate a local airline dubbed the “Guyana Airways”, the current administration continues to side-line such a move.In light of the country’s need for a national airline, Trinidadian-owned and operated Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) has signalled its intent on securing a flagship carrier status in Guyana but according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, his Government is not contemplating the idea of granting this to CAL.“The grand thing –that status is a complicated issue because even granting it there is no guarantee that prices will go down, it is a private organisation, the pricing of airline tickets are done by the company. So, I can grant you as many concessions or many agreements as possible and there is no guarantee that the prices will go down and stay down. Initially, it may go down and can possibly go back up,” he told the media during his Ministry’s press conference on Wednesday.The Guyana Airways Corporation headquarters located in Kingston, GeorgetownHe noted that although CAL and its precursor, the BWIA, served the Guyanese populace for over sixty years to date, his Government will continue to encourage such relations but at this time, the APNU/AFC Administration will not allow CAL the privilege of having a flagship carrier status in Guyana.“There is still, I think, an appetite for a national airline, not through government, I want to make this quite clear. Probably through a public-private partnership. So it is something that is actively under consideration.”Over a year ago, the GAC had won a court battle against the State for the use of the name of the air carrier. This airline was intended to become Guyana’s national airline.Guyana Airways CEO Collin Abrams had stated that for some two years prior to this, his organisation had spent millions of dollars to prepare for the company’s success in this regard, but actions of the APNU/AFC Government resulted in him suffering losses and prevented him from establishing the airline here sooner.In 2018, Abrams, who is the Chairman and Chief Pilot, had attempted to start up Guyana Airways Corporation Inc but the process was stymied after the Deeds Registry struck off the name.Abrams in August of that year accused the Government of acting illegally.“The Government had the legal right to object within the six-month time period after we received our corporate registration and failed to do their due diligence. Fast forward two years, they illegally and lawlessly unregistered my company just like that without prior notification,” Abrams reported the same in his Facebook post.Abrams had initially argued that the name Guyana Airways Corporation Inc was chosen because it was available, with no national airline in Guyana for 18 years and claimed that the venture was financed by him and partners.More than 80 flight attendants, pilots and more than 100 local staffers were in the process of being hired when the deregistration occurred.The company was planning to start operations with two 737 aircraft.Nevertheless, Guyana Airways was started in 1939 as British Guiana Airways (BGA) using Ireland flying boats. Although it was a private venture, the colonial government provided subsidies.In July 1955, the colonial government bought BGA. At this time, BWIA provided management assistance. The name was later shortened to Guyana Airways.The airline was headquartered in Georgetown, Guyana. After the airline went bankrupt in 2001, its successor, Guyana Air 2000, maintained a short-lived operation until 2003 when it also filed for insolvency.last_img read more

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Where is the previous $200M for legal fees? – Ram questions

first_imgIn 2016, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had admitted in the National Assembly under questioning from the parliamentary Opposition, that $200 million had been set aside to hire international lawyers for Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela.That sum was subsequently cleared, along with the rest of the budget. However, while Guyana is yet to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Government is now defending the hitherto secret existence of a larger sum of US$18 million with the very same explanation that the money is for Guyana’s legal fees.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge70Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram first blew the whistle that Government had collected millions in US dollars from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus for its renegotiated oil contract with Guyana. However, on Saturday, Ram in an interview with  Guyana Times  emphasised that Government must explain what it did with the first allocation for ‘legal fees’.“And since Minister (of Foreign Affairs, Carl) Greenidge is so forthcoming in this matter, then he ought to be similarly forthcoming in explaining how the earlier sums have been expended,” Ram stated, during the interview.On the matter of Government’s explanation for the signing bonus, Ram expressed disappointment. “It is a phenomenal amount …it amounts to five years of the entire legal profession’s fees in Guyana. Now the information for the defence of our case has already been accumulated since 1896.”“And it has been repeated in the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and (onwards). The information is there, what would have to happen is there would have to be advocacy in front of the ICJ, if it is taken to the ICJ.”In February 2016, Greenidge had revealed that the Government of Guyana set aside $200 million to retain international consultants to build a strong case against Venezuela in anticipation of the border controversy attracting the attention of the ICJ.At the time, People’s Progressive Party/Civic Chief Whip and former Foreign Affairs Minister Gail Teixeira had questioned the $200 million placed under Line Item the heading ‘other’ in Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Development of Foreign Policy.Teixeira had pointed out that in 2014, some $30 million was allocated under the Line Item but by 2015 it had jumped to $166.6 million. She had noted that only $76.4 million was utilised and as result, she queried why $200 million was being requested.Responding to the enquiries, Greenidge explained that “the increase here is determined almost exclusively by the cost of retaining international lawyers to assist us in this exercise… together with the need to also retain lawyers and advisors locally.”Border controversyRelations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil.Venezuela’s National Assembly had approved an agreement to reject the oil exploration activities in March 2017.In 2015, the Government of Guyana requested then UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to take steps toward resolving the controversy. In 2016, as a consequence of a stalemate on the matter, the outgoing Ban Ki-moon agreed with his successor, António Guterres, to continue to use the Good Offices Process until the end of 2017 as a means of arriving at a settlement.It is with that intention that Guterres appointed a representative of the United Nations Secretary General. With responsibility for the border controversy, Dag Halvor Nylander has been acting as an envoy to resolve the border controversary.According to the mandate of the personal representative, “If, by the end of 2017, the Secretary General concludes that no significant progress has been made toward arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.”last_img read more

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