Dear Editor,There is a crisis in this country, and it is being ignored by the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force. Due to the neglect by these two Government entities, unscrupulous persons are blatantly violating our laws with impunity, and contributing to the social decay of our country.A causal walk around Georgetown and the country would reveal numerous illegal rum shops and beer gardens at every corner, sometimes many such outfits are in one corner, in full view of everyone.Illegal rum shops exist with mobile freezers, the owners of which outwardly claim to sell just snacks and soft drinks, but they carry a full line of beers, and in many cases a variety of liquors. I saw illegal rum shops also in markets and at major street corners.We know of the social ills related to alcohol use, and the destruction of homes and lives, with the attendant crimes also. Our young people are become drunkards at a very early age due to the failure of Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force to regulate the sale of liquor and prosecute the law breakers. It is clear that the GRA and the Guyana Police Force are turning a blind eye on this scourge affecting our nation.What is really happening to our country? Are we promoting a nation of drunkards? Why are the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force promoting these illegal beer gardens and rum shops? It has to be that they are promoting them, since they have allowed them to operate all over the place and at all hours.There is blatant disregard for our laws, and the promotion of lawlessness and drunkenness among our youths and older people. These mobile freezers and makeshift rum shops have no standards, and are not accountable to anyone. Some of them also play loud music, which disturbs neighbours, and some also sell food in unsanitary conditions.I have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing my underage grandson become a drunkard at these corner freezer rum shops, and his underage friends are the same way. Are there not laws governing who can sell liquor, and where it can be sold? Do these makeshift illegal shops pay taxes, or obtain all the approvals or licences to sell liquor and beer?Of least concern to me is the competition that they give to approved rum shops and beer gardens, but isn’t that unfair competition to those registered and licensed rum shops and beer gardens?Is this what we are promoting to foreign visitors and our young people?It is time for GRA Commissioner Godfrey Statia and Police Commissioner Leslie James to wake up from their slumber and enforce the laws, and close down these freezer rum shops and other illegal shops selling liquor and beer.Sincerely,Clayton R Harris
…begs Magistrate for bailA porter attached to August Beverages located on Norton and Green Streets, Georgetown could face prison time if found culpable of a robbery under arms charge.Akeem Sinclair, of Lot 237 Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown, denied the allegation when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.The charge stated that on July 29, 2018 in the vicinity of Longden Street, Georgetown, while Sinclair was in the company of another and being armed with a gun, he robbed money changer Ricford Richardson of $120,000.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, the defendant went to Longden Street, Georgetown where the Virtual Complainant (VC) operated a money-changing business and demanded that he handed over his cash.The court heard that the accused then brandished a gun and shot the victim once to his lower body. It was after the shots were fired that the VC being fearful for hisAkeem Sinclair bows his head as he is escorted to prisonlife, handed over the money. Sinclair then escaped on a waiting motorcycle.The injured money changer was picked up by public-spirited persons and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient.In a bail application on his own behalf, Sinclair told Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan that he was picked up by a friend, who offered him a ride home. “I didn’t know, me ain’t know nothing,” he exclaimed.Moreover, the young man pleaded with the Magistrate to be lenient with him, since he was a first-time father with a one-week-old baby.The Prosecutor objected to bail, and his submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate. The case will continue on August 31, 2018.
THE HIGH Court has ordered companies behind two of chef Conrad Gallagher’s restaurants in Dublin and Sligo to be wound up after they failing to pay more than €160,000 to the taxman!The order, made at the request of the Revenue yesterday, covers Boutique Restaurants Concepts Ltd, the company that ran Salon des Saveurs on Aungier Street, Dublin, and Super Potato, which was behind Conrad’s Kitchen in Sligo. Ms Justice Mary Laffoy made the orders on the grounds that both companies were insolvent and unable to pay their debts.Ian Lawlor, of JPA Brenson Lawlor Ltd, was appointed liquidator to both firms, which have registered addresses at Aungier Street, Dublin.Mr Gallagher is not a director of either company, which are in the names of his wife, Candice, and his mother, Evelyn.The legal team acting for the companies had asked the court for an adjournment to allow time to see if external funding could be obtained in order to satisfy the debt. Revenue opposed the adjournment application as “devoid of merit”. Ms Justice Laffoy asked whether “a bird in the hand was not worth two in the bush to Revenue”, but Mark O’Mahoney, for the Revenue, said he suspected “there was no bird at all”.He said no concrete offer had been made to settle the debt since the demands were made and nothing had been on paper to show the companies would be able to secure external funding.After the ruling Mr Gallagher issued a statement in which he claimed to have worked “aggressively” to try to reach an accommodation with the Revenue to avoid the need for a court hearing.“It was a surprise and shock that the collector general dealt with this matter in such a heavy-handed, speedy and costly manner, with no opportunity for resolution despite several offers being made by the companies,” the statement said. He recently closed Salon des Saveurs and opened two restaurants on Dublin’s Dawson Street.The Dining Room and the Tasting Room restaurants are now operating out of La Stampa Hotel in Dublin and are unaffected by yesterday’s court order.The Donegal man has vowed to pay the tax bill – despite yesterday’s ruling. RECIPE FOR DISASTER! CONRAD’S RESTAURANTS GO BUST was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:conrad gallagher in debt again