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Date: 15 Aug 17 08:29pm
–    Pineapples, cash crop, cattle lost  By Rabindra RooplallFarmers in Canal Number Two, West Coast Demerara (WCD) are up in arms afterLarge scale pine farmers show the depth of the flood waterincurring losses of millions of dollars in perishables to the recent floods.Heavy rainfall has been experienced over the past 48 hours and has continued in Regions Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.The Hydrometerological Office has advised that during the next 24 hours current conditions will be sustained with light to moderate intermittent rainfall. Occasional heavy downpours are likely during the period as well. Rainfall quantities are likely to exceed 75mm in the next 24 hours ending 8.00 hrs today. According to one of the many farmers of Lot, 3, Canal Number Two Polder, Chanderpaul Bharat, he has been planting pines for the past 15-years, and before he was a cash crop farmer.He explained that after planting five acres of pineapples and waiting the usual 18 months for his production to become ripe for the market, it is disappointing to have approximately $6M in losses as his farm was swamped with water for several days. The flood damaged the pineapples along with other perishable cash crops.During a tour of the farm, Bharat said, “About 35, 000 pineapples were damaged from the floods. Nobody ain’t come yet to see what going on. All these pineapples under water and nobody don’t know the pressure we are facing.”Adding that some pineapples fetch almost $400 each, Bharat said. “If I sell a pineapple wholesale for $200 and I have almost 35, 000 pineapples out of five acres being damaged by flooding. The government has not provided a pump in the area for farmers. How can we actually survive?”He said that many famers in Canal plant pineapples and cash crops and when the land is flooded the earth becomes soft, compressed and soggy making it very difficult for the roots of plants to spread, and as such the plant is stifled and stunted.“If anybody doesn’t believe, they can come at me and check it. I will walk them through and show them what I am talking about….My neigbour has a cornfield and the entire crop was destroyed. When we solely have to depend on our farming and we experience this typeFarmer Chanderpaul Bharat displays some of the items that were destroyed.of loss is dead you dead…all my drains are cleaned and dug properly and yet the water is going down very slowly.”Adding that there are almost 70 bridges in Canal Number Two, Bharat said that only 10 such bridges are accessible to trucks that transport perishables.“Government had promised to build proper bridges for us but nothing has been done up to now.”Bharat showed this newspaper a truck load of cash crops and other perishables that were also damaged because of the flooding. The truck contained pumpkins, eschallot, yams, sweet potatoes, oranges, corilla, and other cash crops.Another farmer of Canal Number Two, Nankishore Chandrawattie, Tennessee Volunteers Jerseys, said that he planted cucumber, papaya, pineapple and other crops and had a devastating experience with the constant rainfall which submerged all his produce.“My animals are punishing and all those acres of plant get damage. What am I to do now?” Chandrawattie questioned.Jewan Roopnarine who is also a pineapple and cash crop farmer said that all his hard work will be washed away with the floods.Additionally Ravindranauth Bhola who is also a farmer said that Ministry of Agriculture officials visited the area yesterday and “didn’t even go to the farmers’ homes, and by the time people try to meet with them they already gone!”One livestock and cash crop farmer, Nandkrishna Persaud, said that last December he lost 12 sheep due to the rains, and recently there were additional losses of various crops and vegetables which were hard hitting to his family.Residents in the area related that poultry farmers were also severely affected. “If you look in the Canals you could see one and two duck and fowl floating; it real bad yea!”
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Date: 15 Aug 17 07:39pm
In another twist of events, the police have now detained the wife of businessman Euclid Da Silva, who was handed over to Brazilian authorities earlier this week.Da Silva’s wife, Rozanna Melville, through her lawyer, Nigel Hughes, had moved to the High Court to prevent his expulsion from Guyana on the grounds that he is a legitimate citizen of Guyana.However, despite an order by Chief Justice Ian Chang to block his expulsion, the local law enforcement authorities released him last Tuesday into the custody of Brazilian Federal Officers. Attorney at law Hughes yesterday told this publication that Rozana Melville was arrested after she refused to sign a police statement. The lawyer explained that the police took the woman yesterday morning to the registrar to verify whether her husband’s documents were authentic.According to the lawyer, once at the registrar, the police produced a statement for the woman to sign. However, the woman quickly contacted Hughes, who instructed his client not to sign anything.“They wanted her to sign a statement claiming that her husband’s documents were a forgery, ” said the lawyer.He further opined that it was not his client’s position to sign any document claiming that the documents were a forgery, since it was the registrar’s duty to do so.Furthermore, he noted, the woman’s refusal to sign the statement prompted the police to search her home and her husband’s business premises which is located on Hadfield Street. The lawyer also told this publication that he has filed a writ of habeas corpus in the High Court for the woman’s release. Hughes also reiterated that he will also be seeking a motion of contempt against the Commissioner of Police.Da Silva was first arrested on Friday last but was released on $100, 000 bail by the local police who told him that they were investigating his status in Guyana.His wife had stated that at no time did the local police indicate that they were planning to return him to neighbouring Brazil.She said that this is despite Da Silva, who also goes by the name of Euclid Saigo, insisting that he was Guyanese by birth.“My husband is a Guyanese. He born at Annai and his mother is Maria Joseph. His father is Milton Saigo, Guyanese, all from the Rupununi.She related that she met Da Silva around 1990 in Brazil, where she was residing after fleeing the Rupununi in the wake of the 1969 uprising.Melville explained that Da Silva managed to obtain Brazilian papers through his mother who was married to a Brazilian. “He never take out a Brazilian passport, he only take out an ID.” She said that they cohabitated in Boa Vista where their first two children were born. Their third child was born in Guyana. Several years ago, Da Silva was accused of transporting cash for the head of a Brazilian drug cartel and was imprisoned.Melville said that after returning to Guyana, Da Silva secured his Guyana birth certificate and subsequently a passport. However, the local authorities contended that Da Silva’s documents were false.Within an hour of his handing over to the Federals, the Brazilian media reported that Da Silva, who they described a fugitive from justice, was captured in Guyana and returned to Brazil.Da Silva has reportedly been transferred to a maximum security prison on the Brazilian border with Colombia.***************************CI receives funding from British High Commission CI Executive Director Dr. David Singh accepts the signed document from Acting High Commissioner Simon Bond, which represents the funds donated to CI. An environmental project has been launched between Conservation International (CI) and the British High Commission, the two of which will collaborate with the Ministry of Education to benefit Secondary School students.This was revealed at a press conference at CI headquarters in Laluni Street Queenstown yesterday.The British High Commission, donated US$20, 000 towards the project, and Conservation International is supplying the difference in the sum that is needed to facilitate the project.According to Executive Director of Conservation International (Guyana) Dr. David Singh, the British Government has joined a range of partners that CI has globally, and through the Government of Guyana, CI will be able to complete its overall mission and vision.Singh said the funds donated by the British High Commission will assist CI in continuing its partnership with the Government and people of Guyana.Adding that the British Government has been the leader in the fight to promote issues of Climate Change, Singh said that the funding is an extension of that global commitment. And a survey done a few years ago indicates that the awareness of youths on subjects such as Bio-diversity, Climate Change, and the Environment was shocking.“We were very surprised in spite of the amount of investment we have had in our educational system….there is still a lot that needs to be done in the area of understanding what these issues are, and how they relate to our daily lives.”Acting British High Commissioner Simon Bond said every individual can play a part in developing the environment, because the actions of everyone contribute to the global phenomenon of climate change.The British envoy disclosed that the project has two crucial aspects, one being climate change.“This is a subject that is not going to go away in a couple years’ time, this is with us in the foreseeable future and that means that we have to look to future generations to actually do the right thing….young people are at an age where they are able to be aware of the concepts, and hopefully change their habits for the future.”Capacity Building Coordinator of CI, Rene Edwards, said CI would be working with the Ministry of Education through National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), Arturo Vidal Chile Jersey, to implement a biodiversity series that will be placed on DVD, and will include issues on Biodiversity and Climate Change. It will be distributed nationally in Secondary Schools.Adding that the DVD would be tied to the national curriculum, and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) curriculum, Edwards said as a complimentary edition, CI will be producing a climate change biodiversity resource book.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 07:39pm
By Dr Glenville AshbyIn an era when the mention of religion raises tormentous images of strife and sectarianism, Pandit Shivananda Gosine has emerged like a rose among thorns.Tapped by T&T Consul General in NY, Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam as a boon for that country’s overseas Interfaith Council, Pandit Gosine immediately proved his salt. His counsel in the area of education and technology gave the “Council” a much needed shot in the arm as it laboured to globalise its mission. His enthusiasm, assiduous work ethic and people-centered philosophy resonated with the executive branch of the Board.Pandit Gosine and members of the Spiritual Baptist community. (Photo by Mervyn Bamby).In a twinkle of an eye, Pandit Gosine was installed as a board member and its education liaison. For all the good karma he has reaped recently, Pandit Gosine remains humble, self effacing and dedicated to uniting Indo and Afro-Trinidadians, Andrew Miller Indians Jersey, the two largest ethnic groups in the Twin Island state. It’s a delicate task, capped with political mines and knitted brow exclusionists who are mired in distrust and resistant to change at any cost.“The divisiveness is very sharp in New York, a far cry from what I’ve observed in Trinidad, ” Pandit Gosine said. “When we leave our homeland we gravitate to our own, ” he explained, trying to make sense of the cultural gulf between the two groups. He played down race as the only determinant of interpersonal relations. “It’s more territorial…. our natural response to identify with those who are similar to us. Trying to pigeon-hole racism can prove complex, he said. “There are always shades of grey involved.” He used the tenuous relations between Indo-Guyanese and Indo-Trinidadians in New York to bolster his argument.“We are Hindu and Indian, but there is no real camaraderie there.”Pandit Gosine who left the shores of Trinidad two decades ago is passionate about “building bridges.” The former Penal resident who credits a number of Pandits for his training, was initiated as a “Ghri Gosine” with Vishva Hindu Pariishard of Trinidad and Tobago. He conceded that emphasis on religion and ethnicity has stymied the creation of a “Trini” identity. He made a distinction between religion and spirituality, touting the latter as “the way forward, ” and “the key to a future of genuine love and respect for each other. He assailed religious leaders who promote “tribalism, ” and “exclusiveness, ” especially by those who hold considerable influence. While he believed that both racial groups have shown mutual distrust, he decried the notion that “Hinduism is about Indianness.” He envisioned a more embracing Hinduism that is true to the concept of Sanatan Dharma or ”Eternal Ethics.”Using the title “Guru” and “Pandit” interchangeably, “because the former is more universally appealing and in tandem with his inclusive philosophy, ” he recently formed the organisation, “Peace Yoga” to promote healthy living through spiritual therapy and Aryuvedic medicine. He explained that ‘PEACE’ is the acronym for Powerful Emotional Awareness Cultural Experience.“Again, spirituality is about cultivation and growth. Sometimes the opposite is true of religions, at least how it is spun by so called leaders.”A week ago, Pandit Gosine was given his biggest platform to date, to spread his universal message. In an event organised by the Trinidad and Tobago Interfaith Council at the Lady of Lourdes Yoruba Spiritual Baptist Church, he held court amid a sea of Shouter Baptist and Orisha devotees. Leading the meditative chants and singing rousing bhajans, he compared Lord Hanuman to Shango and St Michael, the saints of the Orisha and Spiritual Baptist movement.“I am amazed by the commonality between these religions, ” he said, with a sense of conviction.He described his “baptism” among the Baptist and Orisha faithful as “awe inspiring, ” and educational, ” adding that “there was such a genuine outpouring of love.” He considered the event, titled “A Day of Atonement, ” as seminal and prophetic; as a defining moment for Indo and Afro-Trinidadians.“There will be change despite the naysayers, ” he opined, pondering for a moment,  before he continued: “The only true race is the human race, and the only true religion is love for all of God’s creation.”[email protected]www.glenvilleashby.com
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Date: 15 Aug 17 07:38pm
A male relative of missing American Kwame Rumel Jobronewet was taken into custody yesterday as police continue to receive reports that the 67-year-old man was slain and disposed of in Buxton.The relative, who resides in Buxton, was arrested at a construction site in the East Coast Demerara community. Kwame Rumel JobronewetKaieteur News understands that detectives have received several reports that the relative and two brothers who reside in the neighbouring community of Friendship, East Coast Demerara, have knowledge of Jobronewet’s whereabouts.The brothers were detained last week, but were released after police were unable to link them to the US citizen’s disappearance.Police also came up empty-handed after searching a yard belonging to the men’s mother and other sections of Buxton for a possible burial site.Police say that the brothers, aged 25 and 31, and known as ‘Psycho’ and ‘Madman’, have had previous brushes with the law.Kwame Jobronewet, also known as Romie Johnston, disappeared under mysterious circumstances on June 12, Josh Rosen College Jersey, 2009, shortly after arriving in Guyana to bury his mother, a well-known Buxton resident.While Phyllis Browne, a cousin of Jobronewet, said that he left Buxton, a Buxton shopkeeper claimed that a man fitting Jobronewet’s description had attempted to make a purchase at his shop that night.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 07:38pm
–    Major probe underwayThe Guyana Revenue Authority has uncovered a fraud that has robbed the coffers of millions of dollars. And the fraud was facilitated by a system that the GRA employed to speed up consignments to households.Barrels and boxes from overseas attracted a fee of $4, 000. These were supposed to contain personal items such as clothing, footwear and small household items.However, the GRA has found that for the past three years people have been using the system to import merchandise which is retailed in stores, supermarkets and even a shopping mall (Regent Street Multiplex).Importers have been using the barrels to import clothing, generators, J.R. Smith Cavaliers Swingman Jersey, electrical appliances and electric tools, large quantities of footwear and other items for retail. The fraud was allowed because, for the greater part, Customs officers either turned a blind eye to the shipment or were coerced into accepting payment for the easy passage of the barrel and other containers.A major investigation is now underway.
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