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Date: 14 Aug 17 06:39am
… Rohee tables amendment to traffic lawIn the wake of several horrific road fatalities this year, the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee has tabled an amendment to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment Act.The amendment seeks to give the Commissioner of Police the power to appoint a person as a Traffic Warden with the approval of the Minister. It lays out the principal functions of the Traffic Warden.These include assisting members of the Police Force in the controlling and regulating of traffic; and in the enforcement of the law relating to road traffic.The amendment empowers Traffic Wardens to issue traffic tickets and to perform duties similar to that of a member of the Police Force.It also makes failure to comply with directions given by a Warden or obstructing a Warden in the execution of his/her duties an offence punishable by a fine and imprisonment.The aftermath of another senseless road tragedyThe Amendment was tabled last Thursday, just days before the Road Safety Council released statistics on road fatalities for the year to date. According to the Council, there has been an increase this year over last year for the corresponding period.The very next day after the tabling of the amendment, one unfortunate pedestrian was struck down and killed on the spot by a speeding minibus at McDoom on the East Bank of Demerara.According to a report carried by this paper on Saturday last, within the first seven months in 2010, there were 62 accidents resulting in the deaths of 59 adults and four children.While for this year, so far, NFL Jerseys Outlet, there were 65 accidents and 71 fatalities, including five children. Statistics show that in 2009, 18 children died as a result of vehicular accidents; seven children died in 2010.In recent weeks some of the more widely reported accidents are those of two cousins, Alika Samuels and Shaka Anthony, who were killed in an accident at One Mile, Wismar, Linden. Kishrie Persaud was killed by a hit-and-run driver; nine-year-old Jaswattie Ramnauth was killed by a speeding vehicle; and five passengers of a speeding minibus were killed in an accident on Homestretch Avenue.Many of these horrific accidents were attributed to drunk and/or speeding drivers who were abusing their rights to the roadway while at the same time ignoring the rights of others to safe passage. More often than not the victims were the most vulnerable group-pedestrians.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 06:38am
With Julius Taylor, the man who lost his left eye after he was allegedly beaten by Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guardsmen making several visits to the Police Station and Kaieteur News, Commander of Police ‘D’ Division Leslie James, Dustin Pedroia Red Sox Jersey, has assured that action is being taken in the matter.Julius Taylor, 33, a fisherman, of Lot 1639 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo was reportedly attacked and beaten by GDF Coast Guardsmen on July 27, last.At the time of the assault, he was said to be making his way home from the Parika Police Station where he had visited to inquire about a report he had made about larceny of a cell phone.When contacted yesterday, James said that the matter is currently under investigation.Medical documents seen by Kaieteur News indicated that Taylor was advised by doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to seek medical attention overseas since corrective surgery to save his right eye, cannot be done here.Taylor returned home in September after a successful operation. He estimates the total cost for the operation, airfare and accommodation at $1.6M.Julius TaylorHe also underwent reconstructive surgery on his face at the GPHC.Taylor said that he had visited the station to inquire about investigation into a matter he had reported some time ago. He said that as he was making his way past a “rum shop”, four men who were consuming alcohol confronted him and an argument ensued. He recalled that one of the men threw a Guinness bottle at him while he was involved in an altercation with another man who was armed with a knife. Taylor also said that he was dealt several stabs to the face and about the body with broken bottles.He alleged that the beating occurred a short distance from the station and was witnessed by three police officers who refused to assist him.When asked how he knew the men were members of GDF, Taylor said that he was able to ascertain their identity based on information he received from residents in the area.Taylor made it clear that he had never seen his attackers before.He related that police officers from the station transported him to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was visited by a policeman who took a statement from him.  His relatives only became aware that he was hospitalized after an official from the Cottage Hospital contacted them via phone. He was referred to the GPHC two days later, where he had the badly damaged eye removed.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 06:38am
– Mandatory 10% security deposit being mulledBy Leonard GildarieRegulators are moving to introduce stern measures that will mandate rice millers to put down at least 10 per cent of their last crop paddy purchases as a cash surety, Trevor Bauer Indians Jersey, as current legislations fail to protect rice farmers.Government officials on Thursday admitted that they are fighting a losing battle as some rice millers bluntly refused to pay farmers on time, a no-no under recently amended legislations which demand interest for late payments and shorten the time that millers and exporters have to pay farmers for their paddy.However, even this amended regulation has failed to deter some millers and moves are now being made to offer farmers more protection.On Thursday, several Essequibo farmers complained bitterly that they are still owed millions by Mahaicony Rice Mills (MRM). Over the past days, the Guyana Rice Development Board disclosed that it is finding it difficult to force the company to pay farmers on time for paddy taken over the last crop.More than $800M in paddy was taken but only over $400 million was paid.Several angry farmers gathered at the Anna Regina Town Council office in Region Two, told a delegation that included Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, that they are now finding it difficult to start the next crop because there was no money.Also at the meeting with the angry farmers were GRDB’s General Manager, Jagnarine Singh, Deputy General Manager, Madanlall Ramraj, Region Two’s Chairman, Ali Baksh and Vice Chairman, Vishnu Samaroo.Moves to force some mills to pay up in the past had seen court actions being initiated by the millers.However, on Thursday, the GRDB said that it was forced to withhold over $15M from Essequibo miller, Wazir Hussein, for paddy he took from farmers almost four crops ago.Surprised farmers were told that Hussein sold rice to the lucrative Venezuelan market earlier this year. Money from rice shipped there is paid to GRDB from a special account which Guyana pays for oil supplied by that neighbouring country.However, GRDB struck a deal with Hussein to use some of the money to pay 10 farmers he owed from two years ago. One farmer agreed to take a tractor from the miller instead of cash, it was disclosed.According to Minister Persaud, authorities are standing by to offer legal advice for farmers facing difficulties getting their payments.“I have instructed the GRDB to work along with the legal people and RPA (Guyana Rice Producers’ Association) to come up with an approach to deal with this issue.”To compound the problems for farmers in Essequibo, some 75 per cent of the lands are already under cultivation for the second crop.While MRM has committed to sending US$1M ($200M) to its local bank account to offset payments to farmers, local banks have also agreed to increase the company’s overdraft facility to meet payments.However, the Minister was cautious. He said that MRM has been making constant promises to make payments and not delivering.Authorities will not rule out holding back some payments to MRM from the Venezuela deal in order to ensure that farmers are paid, the officials disclosed.According to Persaud, farmers have rights and the power of the law on their side. They have the possibility of going to court.In the case of the MRM, there were several meetings with the company’s principals. However, the Minister stressed the fact that Guyana has a free market system, with the pricing arrangement between millers and farmers a private matter. This has proven to be one of the challenges.He said that officials are studying a proposal that will make millers place 10 per cent of the last crop’s paddy purchase and this will be used to pay farmers if payments are not made.According to the GRDB General Manager, these security deposits will have to be replenished before the next crop’s purchasing starts.Additionally, the officials yesterday did not rule out the possibility of putting legislations to reduce monopolies.According to Minister Persaud, MRM alone purchases about 40 per cent of Guyana’s rice for export, a worrisome thing especially when viewed from the fact that the company is delinquent in its payments.The Minister said that because of the free market system in Guyana, Government is not inclined to own or control any entity of this nature.Under amended regulations, Government can withhold the operating licences for millers for owing beyond the allowable amount to farmers.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 06:38am
Divers are now combing the bottom of the Mazaruni River in search of the bodies of two men who disappeared after a head-on boat collision that occurred sometime around 19:45 on Saturday.The missing men have been identified as Trevor Persaud and Roy Roopnarine, both of Itabali. Cleon Fortune, also of Itabali, who was in Persaud’s boat at the time of the collision, was injured and was treated at the Bartica Hospital.According to a police source, Cheap Jerseys Online, the two missing men were in separate boats; Persaud was heading from Bartica while Roopnarine was heading in the opposite direction.The source continued that, Persaud’s boat was supposedly on the wrong side of the river, resulting in his boat colliding with Roopnarine’s bow. The trio was then catapulted into the river.The operator of another boat which was ahead of Roopnarine, heard the crash and upon investigating he saw the unmanned boat circling about uncontrollably in the river. The boat operator managed to rescue the wounded Fortune. An alarm was then raised and a search party was assembled and an initial search continued until 1 am yesterday.The search resumed around 6am, and later in the day, two divers were deployed to search the floorof the river. Up to press time yesterday, the bodies were yet to be found.Fortune, who was discharged from hospital was taken into custody and is assisting police with their investigations.
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Date: 14 Aug 17 06:38am
For the second time in two weeks, two security guards attached to the Lodge Secondary School, were tied up and beaten by armed bandits, who escaped with all of the facility’s computers.The Lodge Secondary School yesterday.Reports are that two men jumped the school’s fence in the wee hours of yesterday morning and assaulted the guards on duty. They then tied the men and collected the keys for the gate which they opened for an accomplice to drive in.It is unclear how the bandits entered the building since there were no signs of forced entry.When this newspaper visited the school yesterday, police ranks had already taken statements from the staff.The guards, under whose watch the men carted off the school’s computers, were sent to the hospital for medical examination after which they were informed to report to the police station.According to information received, just two weeks ago, bandits broke into the school and escaped with more than five computers while another set of guards were on duty.However, they returned yesterday to collect the rest. They packed the computers in the vehicle and drove away, leaving both guards tied in the hut.This newspaper was unable to ascertain how the men managed to untie themselves and inform the police.Kaieteur News was told that the intruders also broke into the Deputy Head Mistress’ office. It is unclear what they carried away.A staff member at the facility said that when he arrived at the school yesterday, Ted Williams Red Sox Jersey, he saw one of the night guards on duty and wondered why the man was still there.Upon further investigation, he learnt that thieves had entered the school and escaped with all the computers.The school’s Information Technology Lab currently has no computers for the students to use and in just a couple of months, students are expected to sit this subject at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).Meanwhile, the teachers were all traumatized. One woman said that the students there are slow learners and they depend on the computers for their studies.“These people got no heart. They didn’t even leave one for the students, ” one of the staff opined.
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