City Hall financial woes…City Hall extends opening hoursJust two weeks after granting a one-month amnesty period to defaulting ratepayers on the accumulated interest on unpaid property rates, the Treasury Department of the Georgetown municipality reported that it has received over $33 million in payments.8Acting Treasurer John Douglas made the disclosure at Monday’s statutory meeting where he related that a decision has been taken to extend the opening of the Treasury office.The office would now be opened on Saturdays from 09:00h to 12:00h.The option of an amnesty was touted so that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) could accumulate monies to pay staff members for the months of October, November and December. The amnesty period began on November 15 and will end on December 15.In order to look at ways to broaden and increase the Council’s revenue base, the M&CC decided to formulate a new committee to brainstorm ways of increasing its revenue stream. The ‘Think-Tank Committee’ is made up of members of the Finance Committee and other Councillors who volunteered to deliberate on various ways the Council can either collect monies owed or embark on new revenue-earning initiatives. Sitting on the committee are Councillors Monica Thomas, Akeem Peter, Jameel Rasul, Phillip Smith and James Samuels.The first meeting of the committee is expected to be on Wednesday.
…trafficking victims, gun, ammo unearthedRanks of the Major Crime and Trafficking in Persons Units of the Guyana Police Force swooped down on two popular business establishments in Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, and conducted a raid.Police raided two popular night spotsGuyana Times understands that at approximately 02:00h on Friday, the ranks went to the businesses, located obliquely opposite each other at George and Princess Streets, Werk-en-Rust, and conducted a search, during which several persons were arrested.Among those detained were four adult female foreign nationals said to be employees, along with the two male proprietors, one of whom was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with 15 live rounds.The females are suspected to be victims of human trafficking, and have since been placed into the care of the Social Protection Ministry pending completion of the investigation.This newspaper was told that at least two busloads of police officers pulled up in front of the establishments and barged inside, shutting down the party. The ranks then began search the premises of the club before stripping and searching the party-goers, who mostly were males.During the hour-long raid, the officers also searched several vehicles parked around the area, including hire cars and privately registered vehicles. This publication was told that a few of the party-goers were found with small quantities of narcotics and were taken into custody.