…driver runs for lifePolice are on the hunt for a woman who hijacked a taxi and told the driver to run for his life before setting it alight.The incident occurred on the Upper Corentyne on Monday at about 06:40h.The driver of the car, 32-year-old Ravindra Mohabir, told Guyana Times he had never seen the woman before. He said she had hired the car to go to the Number 63 Beach to purchase fish.The burnt Toyota Carina“She stop me on the road and ask me how much to take her to the beach to buy fish, and I told her $2000, and she jump in and pay me,” he told Guyana Times.Mohabir said he had, on Monday, left his home at Number 59 Village, Corentyne and had gone to fix a vehicle belonging to a Surinamese. On his way back, he met the hijacker.“I reach the lady by 61 [Village]. She went by the bushes, so when ah ask she where she going, she said that she going to 63 Beach, she going and buy Banga Mary.”Hire car driver Ravindra MohabirAfter agreeing on the fare, he headed towards the beach. However, instead of going to the waterfront, the woman asked him to use the road just behind. The sand road is considered part of the Number 63 Beach.“When we reach about halfway, she pull out a gun; she went at the back. She put the gun to my head and say, ‘Give me all the money that you gat!’ ”Mohabir said he was able to recognise that it was a gun the woman had placed to the back of his head by using the rearview mirror in the car.He said he handed the woman the $2000 which he had collected from her and his cellular phone which was in the same pocket. She then demanded more, but he indicated that it was all that he had at the time.“She say, ‘Alright, jump out the car’. So I stop the car and didn’t cut off the engine and jump out and start run.”On his way out of the beach, Mohabir said, he met a gentleman who was riding a bicycle. He said he asked for a telephone call, and after explaining to the Police, the man told him he was seeing smoke.“I did not worry to go back. I continue and go to the Police; and then me and the police go back, and we see the car burning.” Police searched the area but were unable to find anyone.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, the Toyota Carina AT 192 was still smoking. Previously HB 7773, it was valued at $850,000.Persons doing business at the main entrance to the beach told this publication they had seen no one fitting the woman’s description exiting the beach. Those who live along another beach entrance also gave the same report.Meanwhile, Ravindra Mohabir’s father, Dasrat Mohabir, has said he went to an insurance company on behalf of his traumatised son, and had met an attendant who laughed at him.“After I told her what happen, she asked for the insurance. So I give her the paper, and she say, ‘This is a third party’, and she watch at me and start to laugh. She say, ‘Don’t you know that you have nothing to get on this insurance?’ ”Meanwhile, as Police continue to hunt for the hijacker, Mohabir has described her as being a slim, light skinned individual who was standing with a large empty paint bucket, and appeared to be going to purchase fish. He also reiterated that he had never previously seen this woman.Police are continuing their hunt for her.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest America’s hog, cattle and poultry farmers have been granted a two-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation hours-of-service rule for certain drivers.The rule, issued in mid-2013 by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight hours of service. It would have prohibited drivers hauling livestock and poultry from caring for animals during the rest period.The National Pork Producers Council, on behalf of other livestock, poultry and food organizations, in 2013 petitioned the FMCSA for a waiver and exemption from complying with the regulation. The groups this spring asked the FMCSA to renew the waiver and to extend it for the two-year maximum allowable under federal law.In petitioning the agency, the livestock organizations noted that the rule would cause livestock producers and their drivers irreparable harm, place the health and welfare of the livestock in their care at risk and provide no apparent increased benefit to public safety — and likely decrease public safety — while forcing the livestock industry and its drivers to choose between the humane handling of animals or complying with the rule.The groups also pointed out that the livestock and poultry industries have programs — developed and offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture — that educate drivers on transportation safety and animal welfare. The pork industry, for example, has the Transport Quality Assurance program.“This decision will help ensure the continued humane treatment and welfare of livestock while traveling on the nation’s highways,” said Ron Prestage, NPPC president, veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “The waiver will ensure that during hot summer months livestock won’t be sitting in the sun for extended periods, with drivers unable to care for them because they’re required to take a 30-minute break.”Official notice of the decision is set to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, and the waiver became effective June 12.“America’s livestock and poultry farmers are pleased that the FMCSA recognized that its rule would not be practicable for drivers who transport hogs, cattle and poultry,” Prestage said. “We’re grateful for FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s recognition of the ongoing commitment of America’s pork, livestock and poultry producers to animal welfare and highway safety.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every growing season, agronomists play a vital role in providing expertise and support for farmers. Once again this season, farmers can show their appreciation for their agronomic support teams during Agronomy Week to be celebrated April 2-6.Launched last year by the DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands, the annual event takes place the first week of April to help farmers recognize the contributions of their agronomists, seed dealers and crop consultants who help them get the most out of every acre.Pete Uitenbroek, DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brand lead, notes that Agronomy Week was created as an industry-wide celebration.“We’re proud to promote recognition for agronomic team members throughout our industry,” he said. “These dedicated professionals work closely with farmers throughout the growing season, guiding key decision-making and monitoring crop performance to help them maximize their success.”During Agronomy Week, farmers, regardless of seed brand, can pay tribute to their agronomic team by nominating up to three individuals. U.S. farmers who submit nominations will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a daily prize as well as the grand prize — tickets to a NASCAR race for one farmer and up to three members of their agronomic support team.Farmers can nominate their agronomic professionals and enter the sweepstakes at AgronomyWeek.com or by posting the professionals’ names on the DEKALB Asgrow Facebook page or Twitter with #AgronomyWeek and #contest.Returning this season to help encourage farmer participation in Agronomy Week will be NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, who spoke with farmers about the event at the recent Commodity Classic show in Anaheim, California.“Growing up in Kansas, I have a great appreciation for farmers,” Bowyer said. “I’m honored to support such a worthy industry and excited to be part of Agronomy Week again.”Uitenbroek notes that in farming, like racing, an experienced support crew is essential for a strong start and winning performance. “We encourage all farmers to participate in Agronomy Week and help establish this celebration as a strong tradition throughout our industry.”
Photos and Video:Your booty awaits. Photo courtesy of LostSailRsX marks the spot! Photo courtesy of LostSailRsThe view from GZ. Photo courtesy of LostSailRsYarrrr better be privy to all the muggles! Photo courtesy of LostSailRs [vsw id=”7ZLpRhBTxds” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]Geocache Name:LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Getting creative with a new geocache hide takes some skill. Whether that’s just learning the art of how to hot glue camouflage without burning yourself or a bit of woodworking. Or you could take it a step further, like the cache owner of this geocache did and teach yourself HTML 5 and create an immersive geocaching video game experience. The time, effort and creativity that went into the puzzle, the game and the geocache itself are a perfect example of what makes a GREAT geocache.What the geocache owner, LostSailRs, has to say:“I love designing puzzle caches and try to put a lot of thought behind each one. Some of them are fairly complicated, others, not so much. But I try to do something slightly different each time. Currently I am on summer vacation and decided it was time I taught myself something new. I started to watch hours of YouTube teaching myself HTML5 game design and began implementing the basics into some of my other video-game based caches. Since I started teaching myself how to make games I had my eyes on doing something to satisfy puzzle cachers of all ranges: Strategy, logic, skill, dexterity, etc… This took about 6 weeks from start to testing. Every few days I would get it to a playable stage and tell my wife, the Lost in LostSailRs, that it was done, but would wake up the next day and start learning something new and adding it to the game. Towards the end I started writing and recording the background music and sound effects, and put the finishing touches on some of the graphics. I sent out a request to our local geocaching society and got some great replies. After another week or so making changes and fixing bugs it was ready to release. The idea for the multi-stage final came late in the stage, once I received the containers. I thought they were so perfect and wanted to make use of the bulk amount I received. So I added a very simple puzzle/riddle that will take the person straight to the final. I chose the location because of it’s scenic view and isolation during the weekends.”“We are so grateful to be part of this amazing community of cachers who have warmly welcomed us into the fold this past year. On Sunday, July 6th, my wife and I celebrated our 1 year cache-aversary. In that year we have found some amazing hides, clever containers, and friends-for-life. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for year number 2.”What geocachers are saying:“Really enjoyed this cache. The puzzle was well done and just enough work. Made it to GZ and spent a few minutes thinking through the hints. Thankfully, my daughter made the last connection that allowed us to find the cache.” – PowerDime“Marvelous game, well played from start to finish! …Not having read the logs, though, I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived this afternoon and found that there was more adventure to be had! I love it when there are unexpected twists and journeys! This one gets a favorite for the concept, a favorite for the game, a favorite for the twists, a favorite for the… WHAT? I can only award ONE?!!! So be it.” – GoldenStateBoy“This was fun, I like it when someone really puts out a clever cache and this is definitely a cache that will get many favorite points. I don’t believe I have done any other caches of yours but I sure will now. Thanks for an adventure.” – oldwood What new skills have you learned because of geocaching? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedConnecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”