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Guyoil Chairman yet to respond to illegal fuel racket reports – Harmon

first_imgGovernment is yet to receive a response from Guyoil Chairman Winston Cosbert, more than one month after receiving the Board of Inquiry (BoI) report into allegations of fuel smuggling at the State-owned oil company.Prompted for an update on the reports of an illegal fuel racket, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon disclosed that the BoI report was handed over to the Guyoil Chairman for pronouncements.“It is a fact-finding report, because there were some allegations made in the media about fuel and the fact that fuel was purchased by some company and all of that. So there is a thorough investigation into all of it and the report was handed over and we expect that some pronouncements will be made,” Harmon stated during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday.Reports have been surfacing of massive corruption in the fuel sector, costing Guyana at least 0 million in taxes weekly.According to information in the local media, this countrywide fuel-smuggling racket has been occurring under the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), with prominent figures involved.Reports are that fishing trawlers from Venezuela have been arriving with the stated intention of doing business with local companies here.It was reported that while some of them are legitimate, bringing fish or buying fish and other groceries to take back to Venezuela, a number of the vessels are really here to sell fuel.Reports indicate that many of them have modified their tanks, with some having the capacity to fetch up to 25,000 gallons at any one time. An average of 60 to 70 of these ‘fishing’ vessels are said to be visiting areas along the Demerara River weekly.Only recently, the High Court had granted an injunction after several local businessmen move to the court following accusations of inducment to smuggle fuel from Venezuela.last_img read more

England fans will NOT get the chance to welcome back their heroes from Russia

first_img England have arguably exceeded expectations in Russia England fans will not be given the chance to welcome their heroes back home from Russia.Gareth Southgate’s men are due to arrive at Birmingham Airport tomorrow after their third place play-off defeat to Belgium. Although the tournament has ended on a losing note it has been a memorable World Cup for England where they reached their first semi-final since 1990.The campaign in Russia has captured the hearts of the nation but Southgate’s men will not see when they touch down in Blighty what it has meant to the supporters.A statement on the airport’s official Twitte page read: “Please be aware that there will be no public viewing area to see the England football team arrive home so we strongly advise the public not to come to Birmingham Airport as you will not see the team.” Please be aware that there will be no public viewing area to see the England Football team arrive home so we strongly advise the public not to come to Birmingham Airport as you will not see the team. Thank you for your cooperation. @England @BHX_Police— Birmingham Airport (@bhx_official) July 13, 2018Southgate is not in favour of an open-top bus tour to celebrate his side’s achievement in reaching the semi-finals.An FA spokesman said: “There is no planned celebration at this point.“We are not actively promoting the date, the time or even the airport they will return to.”The decision has left many fans very disappointed and some took to Twitter to vent their frustration. Everything that is wrong with this country summed up in 1 tweet!!— Tom  (@tshakes1) July 13, 2018center_img Thanks Birmingham, good to see you catching the mood of the Nation and providing wonderful customer service as usual!— Banking Baggie (@NortonBaggie) July 13, 2018 After how well the team have done, and you cant be bothered to set up somewhere where the fans can say thanks. Poor customer relations bhx, very poor.— Baz (@bazk36) July 13, 2018 1last_img read more