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Date: 27 May 18 02:47pm
By Zena Henry Another City Hall staffer seems to be suffering in the face of the ongoing split between the Council’s executiveActing Town ClerkCarol Soobaand administrative arms.  Twenty-year-old Nnesha Hinds has been employed as a Clerk Two in the Mayoral quarters of the agency for more than eight months now, but has never received a salary.This is because the Mayoral section of the Council and the Town Clerk’s office cannot see eye to eye on the young woman’s employment. The two sides have been having their own in-house quarrels and the staffer, in this case, is caught in the middle.The Mayor’s quarters say that the young woman was hired after all agency procedures were observed, but acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba is opposing this, claiming flaws in the way the employment documentation was handled.Hinds told Kaieteur News yesterday that she was confirmed as a Council staffer since July 1 of last year. She said she heard that there was an opening in the Mayor’s quarters for the post of Clerk Two, and applied for the position. She said she was employed after being interviewed by the Mayor and the Personnel Officer.However, when time came to be paid the month following her employment, Hinds said she received no pay slip which would have indicated that her pay was ready. Hinds said she made inquiries into the availability of her salary but was told by the Personnel Department that her file was with the Town Clerk.Months passed and still no salary was available to the young woman. Hinds said she engaged the Labour MinistryUnpaid employee: Nnesha Hindswhich she understands made contact with Sooba, but “still nothing”. Out of sheer frustration, Hinds finally tendered her resignation, but said she was persuaded to return to work by the Mayor who advised her not to give up her money so easily.President of the Guyana Local Government Officers’ Union (GLGOU) Dale Beresford has intervened in the matter and is planning to highlight this issue and that of Council Communications Officer Royston King to the Labour Minister when the two sides meet for the monthly tripartite meeting today.King’s salary was arbitrarily slashed in half by the Town Clerk, after she and the Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker cried foul against a letter King wrote to a charitable organization about a tax waiver.King was at the time acting Town Clerk when he was instructed by the Mayor and Councilors to send a correspondence to the not-for-profit Beacon Foundation, stating that their request for tax exemption was approved. The Municipal and District Council’s Act says that exemptions by the Council body can be granted to charitable, not-for-profit organizations.King was subsequently charged in the Magistrate’s Court, Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, for forgery, days after the Council filed a legal suit against a $27M tax waiver granted to a popular businessman. Sooba instructed the waiver based on a letter of consideration sent by Minister Whittaker. King’s salary reduction was as a result of the court case, Sooba had stated.GLGOU President Dale BeresfordBeresford told Kaieteur News that if he does not get a favourable response in Hinds’ and King’s matters, the union will be taking the issues to court.Beresford said that his understanding from the Council’s Personnel Department is that Sooba had the young woman’s employment file and up to yesterday she (Sooba) asked the Personnel Officer to demote the young woman to a clerk one staff before she could be paid. The Personnel Officer has reportedly refused, saying that all procedures were followed and the young lady’s qualifications are in tune with her position.Beresford said that he understands from the Labour Ministry that when Sooba was contacted some time back about the woman’s pay, she hung up the telephone on the labour officer. Hinds have since sent a complaint to the Ombudsman.When Kaieteur News made contact with the Town Clerk, she accused the union president and media operatives of harassing Hinds and claimed that the young woman had burst into her office in tears before hanging up her cellular phone.Last year December, at least two nurses, supported by their colleagues, protested City Hall after the Town Clerk refused to pay them after five months on the job.  Christmas had passed and Shandra Hanover and Sharon Chase were still not paid when despite being approved by the Mayor and Councilors, the Town Clerk refused to approve their salary. After employment in August, the women were finally paid last January after much public display.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:47pm
…after ‘coughing up’ accompliceYesterday, a 41-year-old man who was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for the possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, related to the court that he would like to congratulate the officers at CANU (Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit) for the good work they are doing.When Adrian Michael Park also known as “Parks” who resides at 1082 (B12) Pattensen, Turkeyen, appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry, many were shocked at how candid he was.Andrew Michael ParkOn Thursday, last, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the defendant had in his possession, 3.124 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.  When confronted in court Park placed his right hand across his chest and said, “I am guilty.” The Chief Magistrate then explained to the defendant that the offence carries a minimum of three years’ imprisonment and a maximum of five years along with a fine of $30, 000.He was then asked if knowing this, he still wants to maintain his plea, and to this, the defendant said, “Yes your worship. I wish to maintain my plea.”According to the Prosecution, on the said date, the defendant, who is a taxi driver, went to the Cheddi Jagan Airport to travel to New York via Caribbean Airlines on flight BW524. About 03:15 am, the defendant checked in a black suitcase and went to the departure lounge. At 04:30 am, C.A.N.U officers, after receiving information, approached Parks. The officers then asked him to identify his suitcase and requested to search it.During the search, officers then found the illegal substance which they suspected to be cocaine at the bottom of the suitcase.  The defendant was then taken for questioning. Parks told the officers that he has knowledge of it and added that the cocaine was given to him by someone to take to the U.S.A and that upon arrival someone would receive the case.He added that when the drop would have turned out successful, he would receive US$5, 000. The defendant was then cautioned and charged for the said offence.“A guy name Odel who gave me the case tell me that the cocaine was baked into the material and guaranteed me that it would not be found. But when the officers showed me where it was, Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, it was just sitting at the bottom of the case in its powdered form, ” said Park.Immediately, CANU got information that Obead Quail Brazilio of 36 John and Joseph Pollydore Streets, Lodge, Georgetown had knowledge of the cocaine.  Brazilio was identified as a businessman and CANU wants anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brazilio to contact the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) on telephone Nos. 227-03507 or 226-0431Meanwhile, in the wake of the arrest and seizure, the suitcase containing the narcotic was escorted to CANU headquarters where other information was also obtained.Obead BrazilioAdrian Park said that “this was not supposed to happen. I didn’t know that the cocaine was at the bottom of the suitcase. I am pleading with you; I have six kids and other financial difficulties that I am trying to get off my chest. I humbly apologize to my brotherhood and my sisterhood.Park added that he cooperated with the officers completely and gave them all the information they needed.Prosecutor Oswald Massiah told the court that investigations are still ongoing prior to the defendant’s arrest.Taking into consideration, that the defendant has six children, two loans along with all the other facts that were presented to the court and the prevalence of the amount being trafficked, the Chief Magistrate then sentenced Park and ordered that he pays a fine of $30, 000.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:47pm
An early evening fire on Friday destroyed a house at Shield’s Town, West Bank Berbice leaving a family of four homeless.Reports are that the home of Elfreeda Coblall, Wholesale NFL China Jerseys, a businesswoman, was destroyed some time around 18:30 hours. This newspaper was told that the woman had left the home around 16:00 hours for the family’s business place.However, the woman was later informed by a neighbour that her home was on fire. The fire services at Blairmont and New Amsterdam were informed and responded.However their efforts to save the building were in vain. Nothing was saved from the burning building, which was heavily grilled. Investigations are ongoing.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:46pm
For the second time in ten months the Persaud family of Sparta, Essequibo Coast, has been thrown into deep mourning. Dead: 28 year-old Sudesh PersaudOn Tuesday evening 28-year-old Sudesh Persaud was pronounced dead on arrival at the Suddie Hospital after he was pinned under a tractor for some time in a trench at Hampton Court. The incident occurred around 18:00 hours yesterday in the Hampton Court back dam.Sudesh Persaud met his demise after the tractor he was driving lost control, and turned turtle, pinning him.According to investigative ranks, Persaud, who was a rice farmer, was making his way out of the Hampton Court back dam, for his home.Reports state that the 28-year-old, who lives on the Sparta Public Road, was driving an unregistered tractor owned by his father, 50-year-old Suresh Persaud, at the time of the accident. The man was left pinned under the tractor for a while as his cousin who was driving another tractor went to his rescue but failed in his attempts to pull him from the submerged tractor.Persaud’s cousin, after realising that he could not free the trapped man, summoned the help of other farmers in the area.But that too took some time and two tractors to pull the submerged tractor from the trench. By that time Persaud appeared to be dead. He was immediately rushed to the Suddie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Some ten months ago Persaud’s brother was killed in another road accident on the Essequibo Coast.A tearful Mrs. Nandanie Persaud described her fate as unbearable. The reality of losing her only two sons, Aroon and Sudesh, by accidents is unfathomable.When this newspaper visited the deceased home today, Nandanie Persaud was being comforted by friends and close relatives.Mrs. Persaud said that her sister, Rohanie, who lives in the same village, had visited her at her home and both were engaged in a conversation about Sudesh, when she heard the news. She said that a worker named Balgobin came and told her that her son was involved in an accident with his tractor. She said that she began to scream, Wholesale NBA Jerseys, and ran down Kayman Sankar dam, which leads into the back dam, accompanied by her husband.Mrs. Persaud said, yesterday, that shortly after noon her son came home and asked her to take out his lunch. She said that she took the opportunity to inquire about his father’s whereabouts. The situation could have been worse. She said that he was adamant about taking his one-year-old nephew for a ride on the tractor, but she intervened.  Mrs. Persaud recalled that was the last time she saw her son alive. His only sister, Romana Persaud, described him as caring, friendly and hard working. She told this newspaper that it was only a month ago that her father had purchased the tractor for her brother, after repeated pleas.Her eldest son, Aroon Narine, 24, died on the Hampton Court Public Road after he was involved in an accident with a former GRA driver on June 17, last year.He had sustained a fractured neck, broken hands and a severed leg.Sudesh’s reputed wife, Debbie Jeet, said that she and Sudesh had already made wedding plans.  Sudesh will be buried on Friday.
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Date: 27 May 18 02:46pm
Guyana was once again represented at Barbados’ premiere show “Agro-Fest” recently and reports are that the Guyana Marketing Stall (GMC) made an even bigger impact this year.A news release from the Guyana Consulate in the island said that the increased contacts with importers and the general “Bajan” public underscored the continued marketing thrust of Guyana’s fruits and vegetables on the Barbados and Caribbean market and the overall good trading and other relations among the countries.Representing the GMC was Marketing Officer Mr. Asraf Narine who described the participation as “very beneficial”. Mr. Narine said that the Corporation’s stall displayed a wide variety of the country’s fruits and vegetables as well as a good selection of processed items in tins and bottles.Crabwood soaps and oils were among other items on display as well, Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, and cocoa and coffee products and cassava bread. In addition to briefing ordinary Bajans who came to the booth, Mr. Narine had informal discussions with potential importers and existing ones. He also had a brief talk with Mr. Phillip Williams, the Executive Director of the Barbados-based Caribbean Export entity, which assists CARICOM countries in improving and expanding exporting capability. There were several inquiries about investing in Guyana. Hundreds of GMC pamphlets and the booklet “Grow More Food: Opportunities and Challenges of Rise in Global Food Prices” were handed out. The GMC participation as assisted by the Ministry of Agriculture in Guyana.“I found the Bajans most receptive to the Guyanese products. The only words of friendly criticism was that the stall should  be  bigger next time and that  there wasn’t enough cassava bread because this is fondly remembered by older Barbadians, ” Narine said.“Guyana will continue to provide fruits and vegetables and processed items on the Barbadian market but we also commend the Barbadian authorities for mounting yet another successful Agro-Fest, ” he added. “This working together for mutual benefit bodes well for continued good and friendly trading and other relations between Guyana and Barbados, ” said Honorary Consul Norman Faria, who was at the stall most of the three day event.A local Guyanese caterer also provided authentic Guyanese food for the Caribbean Food Restaurant at the show.The activity was sponsored by Inter American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture.
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