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Date: 22 Apr 18 07:04am
Dysfunctional traffic lights at the junction of Camp and Church Streets were blamed for an accident that resulted in damage to a minibus and a private car and left one man nursing injury to his hands and shoulders.Conductor Ramesh Persaud grimaces in pain from a suspected fractured armThe junction is quickly earning a reputation of being one of the most dangerous spots in Georgetown. Just last month, an accident involving a car and a minibus at that junction left several passengers nursing varying wounds. Yesterday morning, the police were once again summoned to that area after a similar collision.The driver of the car, Ganesh Sunil related that he is a resident of Berbice, and was visiting Georgetown on business. He said that he was traveling east along Church Street when he noticed the minibus, BGG 9639 traveling north to south. Sunil further recounted that he was about to pass the junction when the bus attempted to cross simultaneously, causing the accident.Toolsie Ramkissoon, the driver of the minibus told a different version. He said that he was traveling south along Camp Street and noted that the traffic lights were not working. He said he slowed down as he reached the junction and after determining that he had a clear passage, attempted to cross Church Street when the car “appeared from nowhere” and rammed the rear right side of his bus.Of the eleven passengers aboard the bus, only the conductor, Air Max 90 Black And White, 42-year-old Ramesh Persaud, suffered any significant injury. At the scene, Persaud had a bandage on his left elbow and plasters on the shoulder. The arm was supported by a sling made from a torn part of his jersey. He complained of severe pains to his shoulders.The police arrived soon afterwards to launch an investigation but the two drivers after discussing the matter between them decided to fix their respective vehicles rather than resort to the court. The injured conductor decided that he would bear the cost of his injury. The parties then shook hands and went their separate ways.
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Date: 22 Apr 18 07:04am
Following the recent fiasco within the University of Guyana Students Society (UGSS) that pointed to financial irregularities, Senior Vice President, Mahendra Doraisami, has resigned saying that he wants no part it.Just a few weeks ago, UGSS President Ganesh Mahipaul had admitted to using some $800, 000 of the student body’s money to meet his personal expenses, saying that it was a “borrowed” sum.UGSS President Ganesh MahipaulHowever, failure by Mahipaul to get the full executive’s approval before borrowing the sum has raised eyebrows and many have been calling for his resignation.Mahipaul told the media that several executive members were aware of the borrowing and said that he has until September when he leaves the office as President to repay the money or stand the chance of not graduating.He said that the UGSS was there to assist students financially if required and there was documentation to support his transactions.The UGSS Treasurer, Sherwin Benjamin, confirmed that Mahipaul borrowed the money over a period of time. Benjamin said borrowing cash from the organisation was not prohibited provided the matter was brought before the full executive of 21 members.UGSS officials confirmed that Mahipaul had borrowed the funds without the knowledge or approval of all 21 members of the executive. Both Mahipaul and Benjamin said the reason was because it was difficult to get a quorum of the executive.Mahipaul and Benjamin are two of the three signatories to the Republic Bank (Guyana) account.Doraisami said that his decision to resign is mainly as a result of the Executive Council’s reluctance to invoke sanctions on ALL signatories of the UGSS bank account.In a letter to the students of UG the ex vice president said that the “last time the Executive Council had a statutory meeting was on February 2, 2013 (this meeting is supposed to occur at least once a month).”At that meeting information on the financial status of the Society was requested. The treasurer made it clear that he did not have such information in his possession. It was mentioned that steps would be taken in the form of an audit (which never received authorization) to produce such information.“No statutory meeting was called for March or April. I took it upon myself to request an Emergency council meeting to discuss the finances of the UGSS, which received support from at least five UGSS members and was called on April 2, 2013. This meeting did not have a quorum and could not proceed.“Various questions were asked by members through numerous exchanges of emails, about the finances of the UGSS. These questions went unanswered. On April 9, 2013, senior members of the Executive were called to a meeting by the President. It was at this meeting that the revelations of the infamous “recording” were made.“It was agreed that the Treasurer would prepare financial statements within one week, and a Finance Committee meeting would be called, after which the full Executive would be apprised. Two Fridays passed and no Finance Committee meeting was called.“The administration was formally written to by me and the PRO, Air Max 97 Gold, requesting their intervention in the matter. The issue subsequently became public and a meeting was held on April 28.”At that meeting, the Finance committee made recommendations to the council, one of which was to have the President sent on leave pending the audit of the account. It was not surprising that no mention was made of sanctions to be imposed on the other signatories of the account (both secondary signatories sit on the Finance Committee) and that the recommendations were in my opinion ‘lukewarm’ and ‘out of touch’ with the reality and seriousness of the situation.”In another letter, Doraisami said that to continue to be executive member of the UGSS would be tantamount to breaking the oath of office he took.
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Date: 22 Apr 18 07:04am
Three prisoners from two different gangs who are on remand for a number of criminal offences were involved in a brawl at the New Amsterdam prison on Thursday, forcing officials there to summon the police.Two of the inmates were slightly injured.Kaieteur News understands that Vibert Junior Moore, 36, of Hampshire Squatting Area, who is awaiting trial for robbery and escaping from lawful custody, Nike Free Run Shoes Clearance, was involved in a fight with Jewan Pertab, 44, and Sunjit Ramoutar, 30, both of Port Mourant and who are in custody for robbery.Moore, who walks with a limp after he shot himself in a botched robbery in Canje a few years ago, has an ongoing feud with the two other inmates, who are part of a gang that created havoc in the East Berbice area a year ago.The men would disguise as fishermen but would carry guns and other implements concealed in their fishing apparel and robbed their victims, both in the day and at night before changing back into their fishing gear and disappear.Yesterday things turned ugly and Moore tackled the men at various times of the day, using various implements causing then to receive injuries for which they were treated.The police were called in and investigations are continuing.
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Date: 22 Apr 18 07:04am
Although more than 100 teachers were recently exposed to intense sessions geared at helping them address psychosocial problems in schools, it must be noted that they are in no way professional counsellors, according to Head of the University of Guyana’s Sociology Department, Mrs Barbara Thomas-Holder.Thomas-Holder said that the teachers who were involved in four three-day workshops at the Ocean View International Convention Centre were trained with a view to having them become the frontline supporters of children when they enter the school system bringing along with them various problematic situations.“We are all aware that, from time to time, our children are faced with very traumatic experiences…There are many accidents that occur, and we also know that children are sexually and physically abused, etc…”According to Thomas-Holder, it has been deduced that whatever happens within the walls of the homes are usually taken by children into the school system — a place they spend most of their active hours.And it is in this very environment, she noted, that teachers are confronted with the various issues, which they are in most cases unprepared to respond to and cope with.As a result, she related, the workshops provided information to equip teachers with the relevant knowledge to deal with children who are traumatised to recover from their experiences, even as the impact of the traumatic situations.“Even though they were enthusiastic about the training, Adidas Nmd Pink Shoes, it must be recognised that their increased ability does not make them professional counsellors; they are supporters, hence they must see the need to be conscious of a referral system.”For this reason, Thomas-Holder said, effort was made through the provision of requisite knowledge and skills to assist teachers to aptly recognise when the time is right for children to receive professional services.The many ways that the teachers were trained to detect the need for professional care include the ways to recognise symptomatic responses of children in traumatic circumstances.“They were provided with supportive communication strategies to deal with loss and grief…these experiences are all emotionally draining for teachers, thus they were assisted in recognising when they themselves (teachers) are emotionally drained so that they can also seek professional intervention…”According to the department head, it was pointed out to the teachers that psychosocial support is not difficult, since it hinges on little things that can prove to be critical to the process. She expounded that factors such as listening attentively, being there for children when they need help, being able to assist them while at play, as well as listening to their parents can also prove to be crucial in rendering psychosocial support.The Sociology Department of the University of Guyana was given the responsibility of coordinating the workshops for teachers, as part of the Education Ministry’s efforts to address the problem by engaging a better response to traumatic experiences, primarily those which were brought on following the Lusignan and Bartica massacres.In addition to the expertise of the university, the workshop was facilitated by the Sisters of Mercy and the Guyana Association of Professional Social Workers.
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Date: 22 Apr 18 07:04am
The drivers and passengers of two route 44 minibuses can consider themselves lucky to have escaped alive when the vehicles they were in collided at the Conversation Tree junction, Cheap Adidas Superstar Shoes, East Coast Demerara, at around 20:00 hrs yesterday.One of the vehicles, BHH 2594, was reportedly heading for Plaisance, while the other BLL 7173 was heading to Georgetown from Ann’s Grove when the crash occurred.Reports indicate that the driver of the Plaisance-bound vehicle was about to turn to head towards the Railway Embankment, when he ended up in the path of the other approaching bus.The bus that was heading to Georgetown slammed into the side of the Plaisance-bound vehicle, which overturned.Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.Kaieteur News observed vegetables and other belongings of the victims strewn on the roadway.Bloodstains on the inside and exterior of the vehicles also seemed to indicate that some of the occupants were seriously injured.However, checks at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation revealed that the victims had only sustained cuts and abrasions.
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