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Date: 14 Aug 17 09:11pm
Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy yesterday expressed dismay at reports that several acres of farm land at Timehri were destroyed by Chinese workers doing soil testing for the airport expansion project.Ramsammy told Kaieteur News that he would conduct further investigations and also needed to speak to Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn.On Friday, just one day after Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture all agreed that the region needed to expand on farming, Chinese workers on the airport project destroyed several acres of crops belonging to farmers at Timehri.One of the destroyed farmsThis newspaper was told that the workers came on Thursday morning with excavators to level the land, but residents protested. The workers eventually called in the police who instructed the residents to remove. The workers returned Friday morning and began excavating the area.Steven Edwards, a father of five, was in tears when he said that he had been farming at the location for more than 18 years. Edwards said that several other elders from the community who had cleared away the forest areas, had begun farming there. The man said that his entire eight acres of crops that included eddoes, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas and coconuts were all destroyed.Edwards told Kaieteur News that while he’s not against development in the country, the government should have thought about the problems which would have been associated with the project.“The government just come and decides that we have to move…move and go where? I farming here for 18 years…working hard to maintain my family and just like that everything is destroyed.”Another farmer, Royston Holder, told Kaieteur News that he has been in the area for almost 16 years. Holder plants eddoes, coconuts and other “cash crops”. He too was in tears as he spoke to Kaieteur News.  Holder said that since the government is insisting that they move they should make preparations for them to farm elsewhere.“They want us to move but them not saying where we going to go…I’m a Guyanese and I can’t go to China and do what these Chinese people doing to we, ” Holder said.  This new development would definitely send a distasteful message to the Caribbean States which participated in the recent week-long activities at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture.Recently Public Works Minister Robeson Benn said that some 70 house lots are being sought for Timehri North residents, who are in the immediate path of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) extension project.Benn had stated that the housing process is being facilitated by the CJIA. He said that airport officials and the Public Works Ministry have already written to the Housing Ministry for 70 house lots which would be given to those persons immediately affected by the airport’s extension.Back in April the authorities at the country’s only International Airport were stymied by the decision of the National Assembly to cut funding for its extension plan by $5.3 billion and were uncertain about the status of the project.The Opposition, Chicago Cubs Jerseys, in effecting the budget cut, had argued that the government has been less than transparent on the extension plan for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
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Date: 14 Aug 17 09:10pm
John Sampson appeared on Tuesday before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charge of robbery under arms.He pleaded not guilty. He was unrepresented.According to police prosecutor, Corporal Venetta Pindar, on October 13, 2010, in Georgetown, Matthias Ginter Jersey, Sampson in the company of two of his associates, forcefully entered the home of Marlin De Silva and held her at knife point while demanding that she hand over everything.The prosecutor went on to explain that on the day in question, three men entered the home of De Silva while she was tending to her elderly father. Sampson then pushed De Silva into a bedroom and took a knife he was carrying and cut off her underwear before having sex with her against her will.After committing the act, the men carted off with several items raging from cellular phone to Avon products totaling $675, 000 before making good their escape.The matter was reported but investigating ranks were unable to apprehend the three suspects. Sampson’s luck ran out on him several days ago when De Silva saw him braking into another house. She in turn notified the police who responded promptly and arrested the suspect.He was taken to the station where De Silva identified him as one of the men that robbed and raped her. Hence he was charged for the offence.Corporal Pindar objected to bail and the accused will make his next court appearance on February 17.Also making her first court appearance before the same Magistrate was Ramona Ally 18, of Sixth Avenue Bartica, charged with simple larceny.To the charge the teen pleaded guilty.Police Inspector Joel Ricknauth told the court that between January 27 and January 28, last, at 269 BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara, Ally pilfered one blackberry cellular phone worth $70, 000 property of Troy Vancooten.The inspector told the court that on the day in question the accused visited the home of Vancooten with several other friends.  It was during that time that Vancooten placed the said phone on a table.On January 28, as he attempted to use the phone he realised that it was missing. As a result, a confrontation was held between himself and Ally and she admitted that she took the phone.The matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested and taken to the station when she again admitted to the offence, hence she was charged.When asked by the Magistrate if she did committed the unlawful act, Ally told the court that she did not “steal” the phone, she “take it”, “My worship I saw it on the rail and I take it. I didn’t steal it.”Ally also told the court that she is employed as a sales clerk at a grocery store.The Magistrate then inquired if any one of her relatives was present in court, Ally responded in the negative.A probation report was however requested and the accused was remanded. The matter will be called again on February 17.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 09:10pm
A 27-year-old poultry farmer of Hadfield Street, Lodge, has been charged for robbing two people of over $9 million of raw gold.The charge is that on December 4, last, in Alberttown, Mark George, while armed with a gun, Al Kaline Tigers Jersey, robbed Joan Melville of a quantity of raw gold valued at $9, 714, 000.On the same day the accused allegedly robbed Carlotta Melville of gold jewelry and a Blackberry cellular phone valued at $360, 000.George pleaded not guilty when he faced Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ court on Tuesday.In accordance with the facts, the accused and his teenaged accomplice approached the vehicle that both complainants were in and relieved them of the articles mentioned in the charge. The two suspects allegedly made good their escape via getaway car. The police were contacted and the accused was later sought, arrested and charged.George’s lawyer asked for bail at an affordable amount. The attorney said that his client has been charged and placed on$50, 000 station bail for a robbery he knew nothing about.The prosecution did not oppose the application but asked that bail be set at a substantial sum. The prosecution pointed out that both victims identified the vehicle’s license plate number as PPP3235 the getaway car that was used in the robbery.  The said car belongs to George’s mother.As such, bail was set at $1 million and the matter is adjourned until January 2.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 08:11pm
Acting Commissioner of Police, Anaheim Ducks Throwback Jersey, Leroy Brumell has assured that a thorough investigation will be carried out into the shooting which took place at Agricola.He told Kaieteur News via telephone yesterday that he has activated the force’s internal organ, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) with former Crime Chief Heeralall Mackanlall heading investigations into the complaints against the police.He advised that certain information must be presented before action could be taken against any rank. “Until a clear picture of what transpired on the day in question is painted, there is not much action that could be taken against the ranks, if any at all.”Brumell explained that upon completion of the OPR’s investigation, the case file would be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice.The Commissioner added that a separate investigation would also be carried out involving the men detained at the time of the shooting. He claimed that the men will be questioned in connection with several other criminal matters.“There have been a series of big robberies in the Flower Mill Road area and the men are likely to be placed on an identification parade, ” Brumell said.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 08:10pm
Due to blizzard conditions in the United States, Presidential Advisor Gail Texiera and Legal Advisor Damone Younge were unable to attend theForeign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-BirkettUniversal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.According to Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, only the Foreign Minister managed to make the trip to Switzerland for the event which entails an examination of Guyana and other nations’ report of the set of rights, treaties and conventions that have been signed on to, Tre Davious White Jersey, or subscribed.The report, Dr. Luncheon said, addresses not only compliance but also recommendations that had arisen in its previous reports when Guyana last presented its case in 2010.The Cabinet Secretary explained that Guyana’s Foreign Minister presented this country’s report. “That engagement allows members of the international community, nation states, participating parties, NGOs – international and local, to indeed join in the review of the government’s reports, which spans a period from our last review, to October or November of 2014. That outcome is actually broadcast live. Transcripts are formally available within 48 hours”.It was explained that once the report is acceptable to all, it is then submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Guyana will meet the Council in June of this year to confirm mutual satisfaction and Guyana’s official report to the UPR would then be available publicly.Having obtained some reports on the proceedings, Dr. Luncheon said that some issues raised by countries which accused the government of certain alleged violations, were addressed by Guyana’s Foreign Minister.Commenting on allegations of extra judicial killing, he said, “Essentially when established as having occurred, the law takes its course. When established as not having occurred, the security forces, the officers essentially would go “scot-free”.The UPR is a mechanism of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) that emerged from the 2005 UN reform process. Commonly referred to as the UN-UPR, it was established by the General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 3 April 2006. The UN-UPR periodically examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.It is intended to complement, not duplicate, the work of other human rights mechanisms, including the UN human rights treaty bodies. This is the first international human rights mechanism to address all countries and all human rights. The Working Group on the UPR, which is composed of the HRC’s 47 Member States and chaired by the HRC President, conducts country reviews. (GINA)
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