One of the fishing boats purchased by Mr. John BestmanAlthough retired from public service, Mr. John Bestman, former Minister of Finance during the Charles Taylor administration, is not tired. He has redirected his energy and resources to the country’s fishing industry.Bestman saw the need to fetch his retirement benefits from fisheries by obtaining two large fishing boats in Marshall City, Margibi County.The 78-year-old, who spoke to the Daily Observer over the weekend, invited Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh, current lawmaker of the county’s electoral District 1, the superintendent Jerry Varnie to a dedication ceremony of the boats in an effort to draw the county’s leadership and the national government’s attention to challenges the fishery sector faces.“I know that fishing is the principal source of income in Marshall; therefore, I could not disconnect myself from improving the sector in my retirement,” Bestman said.He said dedicating the boats, which cost about US$3,500 and US$4,500 respectively, is a blessing and an opportunity to provide jobs for some of the locals.“We have abundant resources with a small population to match them, but evil minds have changed the story from prosperity to complete backwardness,” he said, adding that Marshall has a rich and vast land but the residents lack the capacity to invest in it.Despite Mr. Bestman’s establishment, he has encouraged other investors to come and tap into the resources of Marshall, so as to change the living condition of the inhabitants.Representative Tilbelrosa Tarponweh said that the interest of his people is about friendship. As such, he strives to bring relief to the residents’ current “deplorable living conditions.”Superintendent Jerry Varnie, who thanked Mr. Bestman for the investment, also expressed the hope that Margibi under his administration will experience a great deal of development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Omar ShariffOmar Shariff, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Presidency, who was in 2017 charged for non-compliance of a production order issued by the High Court, was on Tuesday placed on $1 million surety by Magistrate Fabayo Azore, which enabled him to retrieve his travel documents in order that he could complete his law studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago.Shariff’s attorney, Sanjeev Datadin, in a bail application, told the court of his client’s willingness to lodge his passport and other travel documents after completion of studies overseas.Shariff was, however, ordered to lodge his passport at the court when he returns to Guyana. The case has been adjourned to September 17, 2018.RecapShariff, who allegedly had amassed some $20 billion in business funds between 2005 and 2015, was arrested in July 2016 in connection with allegations relating to one of the largest money laundering and tax evasion schemes in the history of Guyana.Shariff was sent on annual leave on July 1, 2016 by Minister of State Joseph Harmon following investigations launched by SOCU, and his services were terminated with effect from December 31, 2016.The court had, in 2016, issued an order which required Shariff to provide certain documents to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), but he had violated that order.He was released on self-bail after pleading not guilty to the charge. A condition attached to his being placed on bail required him to report to SOCU every other Monday.