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Date: 17 Apr 18 05:23am
A man who forged President Bharrat Jagdeo’s signature on a letter stating that he, the criminal, had been pardoned was yesterday jailed for six years, when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.Sunil Dwayne, who also calls himself Rabindra Rooplall and a host of other names, including Dwayne Ramsundar, pleaded guilty to a charge which stated that on March 3, at Hadfield Street with the intent to defraud, Cheap Jerseys Free, he obtained a letter purporting to show that he was pardoned by the President.The letter also stated that he should not tell the media or any police official or else he would be dealt with severely. The letter also stated that he was on a bond to keep the peace for 40 years.A second charge stated that Rooplall obtained $5, 000 from Farouk Amin, on July 30, 2009, under the pretence that he was a Pastor at the Assembly of God Church. He pleaded guilty to that charge.Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford stated on the day in question, Rooplall went to Amin and told him that he, Rooplall, was a Pastor and he was collecting donations on behalf of the Church.The prosecutor further stated that the VC felt safe and handed over the money to Rooplall.The prosecutor further stated that on March 3, the police confronted Rooplall on Hadfield Street.  He said that the officers carried out a search on the defendant and the letter was found.The prosecutor explained that the officers took the letter to the Office of the President and the Permanent Secretary said that it was forged. Rooplall was arrested and charged.The prosecutor told the court that the maximum penalty should be given to Rooplall because he has been committing offences of a similar nature for a period of time.Telford stated that the court should send a strong message to persons who commit similar offences.When asked if he had anything to say, the man opted to tell the magistrate that he hadindeed received the letter from the President.He was jailed for three years on each charge; the sentences would run consecutively.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 05:22am
…Bills now issued seven days after meter readingGuyana Power and Light (GPL) is in the process of implementing new systems that would reduce the time between the date that meters are read and the issuance of bills, among other improved services to customers.Bills are expected to be issued within an average of seven days after meter- reading as opposed to the current billing arrangement where bills are issued approximately 32 days after.The company, according to a government statement Tuesday, is also implementing a modern Customer Information System (CIS) which is aimed at improving the quality of service to customers. The project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the investment component of the Loss Reduction Programme, is expected to be fully implemented during the second quarter of this year.The CIS is expected to provide major benefits to consumers as it provides for immediate allocation of a customer account and number on receipt of an application for electricity supply and immediate allocation of any payment made against an outstanding balance at any of GPL’s commercial officesIn order to facilitate a smooth transition from the existing system to the new CIS, NFL Jerseys China Online, the company will be issuing two bills within a six-week period. The bills will represent consumption between January and February and March that will be due for payment during April.Originally, the bill reflecting consumption for January and February would have been issued in March while the February to March bill would have been issued in April and May respectively.Due to this transition, GPL will not conduct any disconnection activities during April for outstanding balances on these bills.Rather it will continue to conduct its disconnection activities on previous unpaid balances. The situation will return to normalcy during May where one bill will be issued per month.However, GPL is encouraging customers to continue settling their accounts in a timely manner.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 05:22am
The Cessna 421 high performance aircraft, which has been recovered from an illegal airstrip in Region Nine was purposely modified to permit long distance flying.This was disclosed by Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon at his post Cabinet media briefing yesterday.“It is almost similar to the Cessna that we found abandoned at Kwapau… the same modification, extra fuel tanks, pumps to facilitate much longer flying hours than the industrial-type tank capacity would provide, ” Dr. Luncheon told journalists.Of equal concern to the administration is the attempt to disguise the aircraft by re-painting it with a different colour and changing the original external numbering to conceal the registration.Brazilian pilot Goncalo Ferreira Lima NetoAccording to the Cabinet Secretary, the new numbering is linked to Venezuela.Dr. Luncheon is of the view that despite the initial report by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority that the aircraft arrived in Guyana on a normal technical stop from Trinidad, the main reason for it being here is much more clandestine.He did not say what the real purpose was for the aircraft being here, a position that investigators are still trying to ascertain, although there are reports that a sale was being arranged locally.Dr. Luncheon pointed to the fact that the aircraft was in Guyana for months.This would have provided ample time for modifications, such as those discovered on the craft, to be done, for a specific purpose.“I find it difficult to believe, that like a human being, it might have changed its motives and its mind from what it was intended for months ago to today. There is a strong sentiment that it was here for a specific purpose, and over time, it was slowly implemented, leading to what happened over the most recent weekend, ” Luncheon declared.According to Dr. Luncheon, the big question is, Cheap NFL Football Jerseys, “How is it possible that the aircraft was here for two months for a specific purpose and this was not disclosed until now?”He said that an inquiry will have to be conducted to ascertain some puzzling facts.Officials from the Caribbean Aviation Maintenance Services (CAMS) had told this newspaper that the company was contracted to conduct a pre-purchase examination of the aircraft when it arrived in Guyana.Company spokesman, Kit Nascimento, yesterday confirmed that the examination was done and a certificate issued for which the company was paid.Nascimento said that when the examination was done, the aircraft was not fitted with any modified fuel tank.“The aircraft came to CAMS for an airworthiness inspection, which was done and paid for. At that time, it did not have any extra fuel tank, ” Nascimento told this newspaper.When asked who requested the inspection and who paid for it, Nascimento said that bit of information is not one that the company is prepared to divulge publicly at the moment.“CAMS is working in close collaboration and fully cooperating with the civil aviation and security authorities who are investigating this matter, ” Nascimento said.Investigators are working on the theory that the plane was modified at the Ogle airport after the pre-purchase inspection.Kaieteur News understands that investigators have expressed an interest in a Jamaica-born pilot who was working with a local aviation company up to a month ago.They believe that the man could provide them with some vital information on the origin of the aircraft and the reason for it being in Guyana in the first place.The Brazilian pilot, Goncalo Ferreira Lima Neto, 42, who had flown the aircraft to Guyana and who flew it from the Ogle airport last Saturday, has disappeared.On Saturday the aircraft with the registration 8CCIK, departed the Ogle Airport on a 90-minute flight to Boa Vista, Brazil.Three hours later, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority declared the aircraft missing and efforts to locate it along the planned fight path were initially unsuccessful.Some time Sunday morning the rescue coordination centre was fully activated and the search for the aircraft intensified.Works Minister Robeson Benn had said that there was a report of the aircraft being in an area, just south of Mahdia, Potaro. Then contact was made with the pilot on Sunday morning, but according to the Minister, there was some garbled explanation as to the location of the aircraft.However the information garnered was mostly inaudible and of little value in terms of locating the aircraft.“And there was concern later in the day as to the activities of the aircraft, since the Air Traffic Controls and the rescue coordination centre’s vectoring of aircraft into various parts of Region Eight and where it was presumed that the aircraft was, were unsuccessful, in terms of identifying the aircraft on the ground.”But further vectoring towards the south of the flight path, in the Rupununi Region, authorities discovered the aircraft on an illegal airstrip east of Pirara, and according to Benn “activities of some great concern were underway.”There were reports that vehicles were seen near the aircraft when it was first spotted, suggesting that the stop was a well planned one.“All that we are prepared to say is that he did not arrive where he should have arrived and the explanations that were  given did not gel with what was seen in terms of the activity at the aircraft and also, too, in terms of where he should have been when he called in yesterday (Sunday) morning.He said that as soon as this was relayed to senior security personnel, an operation was launched to seize the aircraft.Local authorities have been in contact with their counterparts in Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname and Ecuador for assistance in the matter.
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Date: 17 Apr 18 05:22am
In the race against the fallout from climate change, developing countries, such as those of the Caribbean, could soon see themselves ahead, thanks to the Adaptation Fund.Jeffrey Spooner, who represents the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) on the United Nations Adaptation Fund Board, said such countries may be able to draw down on the Fund as early as April this year.“I say so based on the fact that the Adaptation Fund Board has asked the World Bank, who is the invited trustee, to change the CERS (certified emissions reductions) into money for concrete adaptation projects and programmes, ” said the man who is also the head of Jamaica’s Climate Branch of the Meteorological Service.Spooner was speaking at a workshop for Jamaican artistes sensitizing them to the effects of climate change on the Caribbean.The workshop was organized by the National Environmental Education Committee (NEEC) and Panos Caribbean as a part of a newly launched national project to raise awareness on climate change in Jamaica. The project is being funded by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Meteorological Office and the United Nations Development Programme.Spooner’s statement comes at a time of global economic challenges, when speculation is rife that environment projects could see their funding cut.However, it is also a time when climate change is seen as the single most significant threat to not only people’s livelihoods and property but also to their lives.“There is basically one piece of work left… to adopt the modalities for the executing and implementing entities to have direct access to the Adaptation Fund, Wholesale NFL Jerseys Authentic, ” explained Spooner, adding that they should finish by March when the Board of the Fund meets in Europe to finalise their discussions.Already predictions are that countries within the region could sink in 60 years, necessitating speedy adaptation to the changing climate.Still, sea levels continue to rise and certainly in the region, there has been evidence of more severe and frequent hurricanes.At the same time, the world’s temperature continues to rise, as does the associated risk of increased incidents of diseases such as dengue.Meanwhile, there are certain procedural matters that have to be gone through before developing nations can benefit from the fund, which was operationalised in 2007.They include informing parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol of the operational policies, guidelines and procedures for application for funding for adaptation projects and programmes once they have been adopted by the board, in tandem with stipulations out of last year’s climate change conference in Poznan, Poland.Meanwhile, CDM projects are designed to help answer the sustainable development needs of developing countries where they are implemented.They are also the source of carbon credits which developed countries may use to help achieve their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets stipulated under the Kyoto agreement.That agreement, signed in Kyoto, Japan, requires developed country signatories to reduce their collection greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 per cent below 1990 levels.The gases covered include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and sulphur hexafluoride. (Information provided by Panos Caribbean)
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BY TONY DEYALIn the elementary schools I attended in the fifties, this racist chant was common. Now, fifty years after Independence, making, buying, selling or eating roti is not limited to any one race.  It is not the speed with which the roti “done” but the question, “Where de roti gone?”  As we say in Trinidad, it “gone for higher”.Now you can buy all the different variations of roti in Toronto, New York, Miami and wherever Trinidadians and other West Indians live, lime and labour.In 1962, the roti best known outside of the home was the “dhal puri”.  There is no such commodity in India, where a puri is either a flat, flaky bread cooked in ghee (clarified butter), or a dish made by mashing or grinding peas, vegetables or meat and cooking it in hot water.The purists say that what we call a “dhal puri” is really a dhal paratha which is a stuffed roti but in Trinidad what is called a “paratha” is not stuffed and is known as a “buss-up-shut”, taking its name because of its likeness to a tattered shirt.  The version of roti that is the breakfast and dinner staple, is “saada” which means “homely”, China Jerseys Wholesale, “simple” or “rustic” in Hindi but, in South India, would be a “chappati”.  However, the Trinidad “roti” is made using baking powder as a leavening agent and not yeast which is used to make “nan”, the generic Hindi word for “bread”.  The first time I heard the name Kofi Annan I thought it was an Indian breakfast.It is not surprising that the Indian indentured immigrants to Trinidad, coming in contact with the British and mingling with the other races and cultures that comprised the most cosmopolitan of countries of the Caribbean, should come up with some culinary innovations.  Although barra (or bara, a fried flatbread originally made from ground peas and flour) exists in India and in other places where curried channa (chick peas) is a staple, it is Trinidad that invented the “doubles”, a sandwich made by putting curried channa between two barras.Now you can get doubles almost anywhere in the Caribbean, North America and Britain.  The “pulao” or mixed rice dish of India became “pelau” and was popular long before roti made the hit parade.  Even in music technology, the country that gave the world the steel pan also reputedly invented the “dhantal”, a percussion instrument that was fashioned out of the iron “bows” that yoked the oxen that pulled the cane-carts.The dhantal and “chutney” music, another Trinidadian invention, go together like a roti with a Red Solo soft-drink or “curry duck” and a river “lime”.  In politics, the combination of “rum” and roti characterized a unique form of garnering votes for elections that was not limited to race.When Trinidad became Independent in 1962, we did not understand what was happening or appreciate what we had.  Boys and girls of East Indian descent leaving their rural villages to go to the city High Schools and Colleges had an especially rough time.  We studied by rote and by roti.  There was a lot of stuff to memorise but what has stayed in our memories longest was the shame that we were made to feel for taking our saada roti to school.Saada roti was not well known outside the household.  Civilised people bought bread from the bakery or had enough money for sandwiches from the school’s “tuck” shop or the “parlours” or cake shops outside.  We carried our food in oily, curry-soaked paper (one bag per week) bags or wrapped in brown paper and we huddled together, rotis held close to our mouths, hurriedly gulping down our food, sometimes with mouthfuls of paper, so ashamed were we.It was “doubles” that served as the wedge that opened the floodgates for Indian food.  Doubles vendors were always around but increasingly there were more of them and their customers were not limited to Indians.  Paratha was next to taste the limelight.  It might be because of the name by which this roti is best known. “Buss-up-shut” captured the Trini imagination.Paratha, which is also a misnomer in the classic Indian sense since it is not stuffed with anything, is made to separate into smaller, bite-sized pieces.  Unlike the dhal puri, it cannot be used as a wrap but has to be served separately from the curry.  This requires a container.  Interestingly the paratha went mainstream when containers became commonplace.  In a way it demonstrated that there is a link between food and technology – the barra and dhal puri needed only pieces of brown wrapping paper and paper bags which were common.The paratha needed a container and became popular when these were available in Styrofoam, cardboard and plastic.What about the saada roti as the breakfast food of choice of so many Trinidadians?  Its present popularity has as much to do with health and changing lifestyles as with taste.  In rural homes, the husbands worked and the wives, even if they laboured in the cane-fields, were still responsible for the home and the food.  Work started from before four a.m. and the bread vans came much later so that roti was the fastest, easiest and, for most Indians, the only palatable solution.However, with the new generation where both men and women work but despite the increased income still have to hustle early in the morning to avoid the traffic, it is easier to buy breakfast than wake up and cook.  The rationale for continuing to want Indian food is that the last thing people give up is their food.  They are willing to change their language, their clothing and their external lifestyles but are very reluctant to part with their food which, for them, is the most important of comfort zones.  In fact, under stress most people revert to their comfort foods.The health fad also helped.  The “chokhas” or pulped or mashed vegetables (“aloo” or potato, tomato, “baigan” or eggplant) that accompany the saada are healthier than bacon and eggs.  Health-conscious Trinis eventually hopped onto the bandwagon.  Now, saada roti has become the breakfast dish of many people in both rural and metropolitan areas.For lunch, you can also buy dhal (split-pea soup), rice and any of the curries or chokhas in the food courts of the many malls throughout the country.In the intervening years between 1962 and today, there were two other phenomena that helped to take roti and other Trinidadian East-Indian products outside the country.  One was the migration of many skilled workers to other parts of the world. Because of Trinidad’s long established petroleum industry, there are Trinidadians working in every oil-producing country in the world.Also, during the past fifty years many Trinidadians have migrated to the US and Canada.  These people, many of whom were of East Indian descent, missed their “home” food and eventually, some found a living making and selling “local” food to the others.The other event is the rise of “chutney”, a hot and spicy music mix associated with Trinidadian Indian culture.  It is a unique combination of Hindi and Trinidadian English, calypso, soca and Indian melodies.  Increasingly it carved its own niche in the music world. While the song that took it over the national and global threshold was Sonny Mann’s “Lotala”, the indications were always clear that chutney would emerge as one of the country’s global cultural exports.Today roti has come out of the closet or the safe, the brown paper bag and the dirt fireside or “chulha”.  You can get any variation in the supermarkets, not just in Trinidad but throughout the diaspora.  At the same time, there are signs that the tossed salad that Trinidad is, has been quietly fusing into the melting pot that it should be.The emergence of roti is one of the contributors to a growing national unity of taste and culture – not what we put on the stage but our way of life and our values.  It is only under the pressure of politics that we tend to become tribal. Hopefully, we can learn from the humblest and most homely of rotis and evolve beyond that – saada but wiser.(This article first appeared in the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s CONTACT Magazine)
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