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Date: 21 Oct 17 12:39am
The current El Nino situation is taking a toll on almost ever farming community and on residents in Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara. They say that it is no different for them.Several of the residents who spoke with this newspaper said that their community is hard hit by the dry weather. Many of them make a living by rearing poultry and planting cash crops.Balram, a cash crop farmer of Garden of Eden pumping water from a canal to water his crop. In addition, the surrounding communities are plagued with thick smoke which continues to billow into the air daily.According to some of the affected people, the smoke is as a result of bush fires way down almost to the Conservancy.Residents said the smoke is affecting them as it is continuous and creating minor health problems.One shop owner of Second Street, Garden of Eden, Meena Mohabir, said that since the dry season started she was forced to stop rearing meat birds because there is inadequate water supply to the community. She added that she was at a loss, too, since the heat was too much for the birds.According to Mohabir, during the early stage of the dry weather she was rearing the meat birds but had to stop because the trench water that she mixed with bleach to give to the birds proved unhealthy.“I had to stop. Look all me pens empty; we ain’t getting water and the rain ain’t falling. Even the garden dying away because we not getting water; we using the trench water but that drying up too, ” the woman related.She said that currently everyone is relying on a water truck which comes around the area daily, Jerseys NFL Cheap, compliments of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council.Mohabir said that the truck comes every morning and households are allowed to fill as much as five gallons.Another farmer, Balram, whom this newspaper caught up with while he was tending to his farm, said that if the dry season continues for another month that will be the end of his crops on which he and his family solely rely.When Kaieteur News caught up with Balram he was seen pumping water from a nearby canal to water more than 20 beds of cabbage.He said that daily, the canal water is reducing significantly and at that rate there is not much for the full life of his crops.He too voiced his concern about the heavy smoke in the community. He said that it is very difficult for him to make his way in and out of the backlands early in the mornings.“We know we can’t blame anyone for the smoke, but during the day it does die down but early in the morning you would believe it snowing in Guyana…This thing ain’t healthy, ” Balram said.Meanwhile, only last week President Bharrat Jagdeo, during a press conference, said that the El Nino fight could cost an additional $600M.The President had said that the budget has catered for several programmes to help tackle the phenomenon but in his estimation the gravity of the situation has caused the government to invest additional funds.He explained that a lot of water around the country is being pumped, something that is proving to be an expensive but necessary task. He added that the Amerindian communities have been hard hit.The President explained that a team of Ministers has visited the interior and in some cases food had to be delivered.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 12:38am
Suspect charged for attempted murderNikita Jordan, 18, of 48 Barrack Street, Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, Kingston, was yesterday remanded to prison after she appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer a charge of attempted murder.Jordan is accused of pouring a corrosive substance on Haniyfa Cordis, 15, on October 8, 2008, while the victim lay sleeping.The defendant was not required to plead to the indictable offence. She was represented by attorney-at-law Mohamed Zafar, who in a bail application, said that his client is a mother of one.He added that on the day in question his client was acting in self defence and that Cordis attempted to stab Jordan.However, Police Prosecutor Denise Griffith said that bail should be denied, because Cordis is still critical at the hospital. She added that Cordis was burnt while she was sleeping, which showed the “temperament” of Jordan.Bail was denied and she is expected to make her next court appearance on November 27.Haniyfa Cordis was burnt with a corrosive substance, which was allegedly thrown on her by Jordan. Earlier reports indicated that the “burning” may have stemmed from the suspect being accused of stealing a pair of jeans from Cordis.Last Wednesday, the teen was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital after she sustained third degree burns to her face.Reports stated that the suspect’s relatives and friends visited Cordis at the hospital and promised to “finish her off”.According to a source at the hospital, the teen may lose her sight because of the extensive burns she sustained. The teen’s mother, Sharon Adolphus, said that her daughter is having heart problems because of the incident.The teen’s friend had told this newspaper that she and Cordis had gone out the night before, and had returned home at around 4:30 hours and went to bed.She explained that she and Cordis were sleeping when she felt something burning her skin. She said that within seconds she heard Cordis screaming.Lane said that they did not know what had happened to Cordis because all she was saying was: “It burning! It burning”.The woman said she did not see anything different on the teen’s face, so she was puzzled as to what may have been burning her.Cordis was admitted to the Georgetown Hospital nursing third degree burns to her face and neck.A neighbour had stated that she saw Jordan running from Cordis’s home, holding something in her hand.Nikita Jordan
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Date: 21 Oct 17 12:38am
A meeting intended to further address the rehabilitation of the Le Repentir Cemetery at City Hall yesterday, did not come off as expected.This newspaper understands that a few councillors, including Deputy Mayor Robert Williams, were prepared for the meeting, however, arrangements for the forum were not made by the relevant department.Nevertheless, weeding was yesterday undertaken by prisoners under the watchful eyes of a prison officer.The efforts of the prisoners, which included the use of a chain saw to cut thick brush, were yesterday being aided by the operators of brush cutters.The prisoners’ assistance to clean the burial facility, Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, commenced on Monday and came as a result of an agreement the City Engineer was able to forge recently.According to Deputy Mayor Williams, the prisoners will continue to clear the burial ground which was not properly maintained over the years. He highlighted the fact, that at the moment the prisoners will only be tasked with cleaning a section of the cemetery in order to avoid bees that have inhabited it.Just last week, a public forum was held at the municipality. It saw city residents offering their suggestions for the restoration of the cemetery. Several had offered their advice that a feasibility study be conducted in order to plot the way forward. However, all that has been engaged thus far, is the manual service of the prisoners.At the public forum last week, the Deputy Mayor in acknowledging that the cemetery is in a deplorable condition, said that the cemetery has exceeded its original intent.He pointed out that while the city expanded in 1970, the expansion did not cater to the burial location for citizens, thus, there were no discussion with village councils to have a combination of approaches for the use of other cemeteries within the city.Additionally, Williams said that the expansion did not take into consideration Sophia as a Housing Community, since at that time it was an agriculture base. He disclosed that the area functioned as a reservoir for rainfall until the water reached the Liliendaal pump.But although the area now accommodates a housing scheme, Williams said that arrangements were not made for those residents when they pass away.The situation at the cemetery has however been compounded by a decision taken in 1995, to have the cemetery accommodate a temporary landfill site (Le Repentir Dump Site) which should not have continued it’s use for two years.A total of five acres was afforded the landfill site, which today, occupies about 22 acres of the cemetery, further reducing the capacity of the facility. In addition, the lack of maintenance on the part of the municipality, has led to the burial ground becoming overwhelmed with overgrowth and remains in a dilapidated condition today.Following deliberations at the recent meeting, the Advisory committee was formulated and comprise of a number of persons including prominent city residents, religious activists, representatives of funeral homes and other citizens along with the municipality who were expected to guide the restoration process.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 12:38am
Rescue workers combing the Potaro River for the missing passengers of a boat that went over the Tumatumari Waterfall on Friday, have recovered the body of 20-year-old Levi Isaacs, the Region’s Regional Executive Officer (REO), Ronald Harsawack has confirmed.As of last evening, there was still no sign of seven-year-old Jaeden Pereira of Micobie, Region Eight.Reports indicate that about 23:30 hours on Friday night a boat with seven persons encountered mechanical problems while navigating the area in the vicinity of the hydro plant on the Potaro River.The vessel reportedly drifted backwards and headed over the Tumatumari waterfalls, which is averaged to be about 35 – 40 feet in height. The body of 23-year-old Captain, Mark Williams, called ‘Dennis’ was the first to be recovered on Saturday.Levi, of Monkey Mountain, and Pereira were listed as missing while Pereira’s mother Sylvia Pio; her two brothers Crawford Pio and Clemson Andrew all of Micobie; and Carl Joseph of Lethem were injured. The four were treated at the Micobie Health Center.Speaking to Kaieteur News yesterday, Harsawack said the village is still struggling to come to grips with the accident.The REO reported that the team, comprising of eight boat loads of villagers, went on the search mission yesterday combing the river from the area just below the waterfall to the mouth of the Potaro River.He said the plan is to now extend the search area towards the mouth of the Essequibo River.Meanwhile, one of the survivors, Sylvia said she is a cook employed at Falls Top but her son stayed with her sister in Tumatumari because it made it easier for him to attend school.Sylvia told this publication that prior to the accident, she collected her son and was taking him to spend some time with her at Falls Top. She said she was discussing her plans to travel when the Captain overheard and offered her a lift.She said that Williams and her brothers were in a shop at Tumatumari where they had several rounds of alcohol along with Joseph.Sylvia said they eventually made it to the waterway and went into the boat. “This boat tek long to start. They keep trying to start it and it won’t start. After a long time then it start up and we gone.”The woman went on to say that the drive is usually 10 minutes from Tumatumari to Falls Top. She explained that when they were “halfway there, ” the vessel’s engine cut off then the Captain started it again.The cook told this publication that she and the occupants at first believed Williams was pulling a prank on them because at the time he was “kind of high.”“The boat did giving we problems. When Mark start it back, he started going backwards and we end up over the falls, ” the woman recalled. She explained that when the boat went over the waterfalls, everyone scattered.“It’s not a lil fall, it big. I hold onto him (Jaeden Pereira) so tight but when we go over the fall I couldn’t hold him no more. It’s a big big fall, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, I don’t know how I survive. I don’t know how I live through the rapid, ” a teary Sylvia recounted.She claimed that she felt like she was drowning and had ingested a copious amount of water. She told this publication that throughout the ordeal, she kept praying for her and her 7-year-old.The mother said the river drifted her away and eventually she landed on a river bank before being saved by the rescue team. Her brothers also survived the accident.  They are currently nursing wounds they sustained.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 12:38am
The words “before 1992” and “after 1992” are phrases fraught with meaning for all Guyanese, young and old alike.For the older folks it speaks of a turning point; good in the opinion of some, not so good in the opinion of others, but irrespective of their opinion of what came after, all of these folks will agree that it was a significant year for the Guyanese people.On October 5th, 1992, Guyanese went to the polls in what many have since called our first free and fair elections. Whether or not this was actually the case is better left to the historians, but for the rest of us, we can always stand to hear a story.Dr. Yesu PersaudToday we share with you a retelling of some of the events surrounding those elections from one man’s vantage point. The story was so important that its bearer has dedicated an entire chapter to it in the memoirs of his long and colourful life.As we approach yet another set of elections, the author has shared with us this chapter of his work. It tells a tale of the patriotism, dedication and faith of an entire nation and it would do all Guyanese well to remember that things were not always so simple. That many of the freedoms we enjoy today were dearly bought. And that we must ensure that we do not take these freedoms for granted.The chapter begins with a little taste of what the parties were offering the people, it tells of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and People’s National Congress (PNC) rallies that attracted in excess of 15, 000 people. It tells of the fever that gripped the nation, in fact, that is the chapter’s title: Election Fever 1992. And its author is Dr. Yesu Persaud.He tells of the call by Rudy Collins, then-Chairman of the Elections Commission, for Electoral Officers from the Private Sector. It was a call that was readily answered with 33 percent of the Electoral Officers coming from the Private Sector after final selections were made.Being at the helm of Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), Dr. Persaud knew for a fact that all of DDL’s Senior Supervisors and Managers had volunteered to serve and most of them were selected as Polling Officers. He himself had been appointed as a Presiding Officer for one of the polling stations adjoining the Peter’s Hall School Polling Office. He would never get the opportunity to fill that post however.He writes that two days before Polling Day, on October 3, 1992 he was sent for by Collins, who asked him to help out with the Visitors/Observers from overseas at the Command Centre. To honour the request, he had to help find a replacement for his post as Presiding Officer and see that he was trained.Crisis loomsThat taken care of, Dr. Persaud found himself at a State House reception held for the overseas observers on that same evening – a Saturday. The invitees, he recalled, were local VIPs, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Senior Officials of the Command Centre and, of course, the overseas observers. During the reception the first set of bad news came.Dr Persaud writes, “I recall vividly the Elections Commission Chairman’s anxiety and his response when he was informed around 8:30pm that 400 to 500 Electoral Officers would not turn out on Election morning.”Clairmont Lye of the Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB) told Collins that the EAB, the Private Sector and other Civic Groups would immediately put steps in place to recruit and train 500 persons as Electoral officers on Sunday, October 4 – the following day. He left immediately after. Lye called EAB members and supporters and told them to start recruiting from their friends and families and he telephoned all of the private television stations as well as the radio station launching immediate advertisements calling persons to come forward as Civic Citizens to be trained as Electoral Officers.After Lye’s departure Mr. David Peterson, former Premier of Ontario, Canada, and head of the Commonwealth Observer team said to Dr. Persaud that “… forces are at work either to derail or prevent the Elections taking place …” and then he asked what they should do to fill the quota of Electoral Officers. Dr. Persaud’s answer was simple. “We could start recruiting right here …” and so the American, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Colombian and Russian Ambassadors, the British, Canadian and Indian High Commissioners and the EU delegate were all approached and they all agreed to ask their staffers to turn  up for training at the Command Centre the following day. Not stopping there, Dr. Persaud recruited thirty more attendees of the reception that he knew personally.Before he left the reception, another challenge arose. Chairman Collins told him that there needed to be 40 vehicles and drivers on standby at 2am on the coming Monday, Election Day.The next morning, Sunday, October 4, 1992, Dr. Persaud was in office at 07:00hrs calling for those vehicles. From Beni Sankar, DDL, Vinelli Industries, AINLIM, Laparkan, Beepat and Beesons, Gafoor’s and from the Insurance Industry, as well as the Accounting and Management Staff of these companies, 40 vehicles and drivers had been volunteered by 10:00hrs. They would all be lined up for dispatch with Officials, Ballot Boxes, materials and equipment to the polling stations.By 10:30am the Chairman called, this time he needed persons to assist with photocopying and collating documents at the Command Centre. Dr. Persaud recalled that his secretary Savitri, who had been at his office all morning helping him locate the vehicles, immediately volunteered and rang a few friends all of whom, without hesitation volunteered to be at the Command Centre at noon.GECOM training session for Electoral OfficersAt around 4pm (16:00hrs) that day another challenge arose. The UNDP Consultant informed the Chairman that only one copy of the list would be available for a number of major districts. This was a serious shortfall since several copies were needed for each polling station. Again the Private Sector would come to the rescue. While explaining his predicament to Mr. Bisheswar, Financial Controller of Laparkan who had been training a batch of Officers, Doreen de Caires walked by and heard the conversation. She said “Give me the lists of a few districts and I will get the Insurance Companies and others to photocopy them. We still have time; even if it means working after midnight.” Maurice Solomon of AINLIM answered the request with one word, “Done.”Dr. Persaud’s secretary, Savitri opened DDL’s office in High Street to start churning out more copies. The EAB office was also assisting as were Kayman Sankar, the insurance companies and many small offices. Mrs. De Caires who took on the responsibility of Coordinator was true to her word and by midnight the lists were completed to the Chairman’s satisfaction.But even as they surmounted this challenge, another arose. The supplies for each polling station needed to be prepared, an exercise which required the services of about 30 persons. Again, civic-minded citizens came to the rescue. This time it was Fazil Feroze, then-Chairman of the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) and Sultan Rahaman, Vice President of the CIOG who were both at the training centre. Upon hearing of the predicament the two men brushed aside Dr. Persaud’s fears that the job wouldn’t get done and promised to return in under an hour. True to their word they returned in 35 minutes with a bus load of 35 young men.The dayAt 2:30am on Election Day all was in readiness and by 4:30am all the boxes and materials had been cleared from the Command Centre and had been dispatched to their respective polling stations. The greatest success however was the training of over 500 persons as Electoral Officers on Sunday, October 4, 1992. They were not all needed and so over 100 of them were put on standby to fill gaps as they occurred. The trucks, buses and cars left with the Elections Officers and materials at 3am, by 5:30am all stations were fully manned and voting in most stations started at 6:00am sharp.Dr. Persaud made his way to the Command Centre where he met Chairman Collins and the two prepared for what they hoped would be a good day – they would later realise that hope was in vain. The first visitor to the centre was President Jimmy Carter. The former President told Dr. Persaud that he was “very heartened with the long orderly lines of persons waiting to vote at all the stations that he had visited from 6:00am to 8:30am.” President Carter and the American Ambassador at the time, George Fleming Jones, then left to inspect the polling stations in the Interior.Citizens waiting to cast their votesBut at 11:45am “all hell broke loose in front of the Command Centre of the Elections Commission at Croal and Sendall Place”. A huge crowd had gathered in front of the centre. The crowd was shouting “We want to vote, we want to vote, we want to vote. The Polling stations are refusing to grant us our rights to vote.” It was later found out that most of the protesters had either not registered or could not produce any acceptable form of identification at the place of poll which was the voting requirement at the time. As the crowd grew larger a few vehicles arrived quietly with stones.The protestors began to rain bricks on the Command Centre shattering all the glass windows and all the while they were threatening to burn the building to the ground forcing the personnel to be evacuated through the rear of the building. The Chairman refused to leave his post, however, and even went so far as to confront the riotous crowd. He told them that if they wanted to vote they needed to stand in an orderly line and with their identity cards and passports. Ballot papers were handed out and a Special Ballot box was prepared.At this point in time, Dr. Persuad writes, China Jerseys NFL, a senior political functionary arrived and told the crowd that they were being tricked into thinking that their votes would be counted. At this announcement a large section of the crowd went off to Regent Street and began looting the stores. The Police were nowhere to be seen on Camp or Regent Streets.Meanwhile President Carter and his entourage as well as the American Ambassador had returned. They braved the crowds to make their way to the Command Centre to receive the welcoming news that attempts to destroy the building and stop the Electoral Process had not succeeded. President Carter spoke to President Hoyte and the Army was called out to restore order.The resultsAfter the polls closed, Officers counted the votes at the place of poll in the presence of Political Party Representatives, scrutineers and observers. Results started coming into the Command Centre at 9:30pm and by midday the next day the results were announced. The PPP has won the elections by a margin of 9 percent.Dr. Persaud wrote in this chapter of his book, “What seemed an impossible task had been accomplished very smoothly and all those who participated felt an immense sense of relief and congratulated one another on a job well done. There was no doubt that dark forces were at work to derail the Elections. But this was not to be. They had ignored the fact that these were the first free elections in 28 years and civil society was prepared to help, irrespective of time. The Chairman had called on civil society to render assistance and civil society took this responsibility with great honour and pride and delivered the goods to his total satisfaction.”
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