…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.
As part of Government’s vision to showcase local businesses and particularly those involved in agro-processing, a one-day exhibition was held on Saturday evening at the Albion Sports Complex titled “Regional Agriculture and Commercial Exhibition”.Locally bottled valued added farm produceThe event, which was organised by the Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC), was held under the theme, ‘Maximising the potential productivity of out immense diversity in East Berbice Corentyne’.Speaking at the exhibition, Regional Executive Officer Kim Williams-Stephens explained that one the main objectives of the initiative was to bring awareness of economic activity and development in communities in the region.“Many of us live in communities and we are not even aware of some of the economic activates that are there and so today would give us that opportunity so that we can see the prudential that we have in our villages and as a whole in East Berbice Corentyne,” the REO said during her official welcoming to the Exhibition.Locally grown onions and other farm produceShe also reiterated that the exhibition also helps to showcase local produce. “In showcasing at the same time it will attract business and also local and foreign investors. This will help not only in the development of the community but the entire region.”Both small and large-scale entities were on display, stretching from Orealla located 50 miles up the Corentyne River to Mara situated 25 miles up the East Bank of Berbice.Agencies such as the Agriculture Ministry highlighted its various arms such as the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Guyana Livestock and Development Authority (GLDA), the Fisheries Department and the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).The Business Ministry was also represented by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). Addressing those in attendance, Regional Chairman David Armogan explained that it was the first such exhibition to be organised at a regional level but promised for it to be an annual affair.The Chairman stressed the need for local farmers to take advantage of local markets and urged them to pay more attention to nontraditional crops.The Caribbean Community (Caricom) imports almost US$14 billion annually. Guyana, he said, is strategically positioned to take a substantial part of that money in food which is imported into the Caribbean.“Guyana is blessed with an abundance of land and fresh water and Berbice more than any other part of Guyana is blessed with great abundance of land; you know we have the Canje Creek as our fresh water source.”Sadly, he noted in the agriculture sector, the focus has been on primary production and the prices on the world market make the local marker vulnerable. Speaking specifically of rice, he said there is need for farmers to become more competitive.“One of the problems in this region is that we produce at a very high cost and despite the availability of markets in the world, we have not been able to access the most high-priced markets.”As such, he noted that one of the reasons for this, is due to the cost of production and the other is because of the lack of standard.“To be able to supply international markets these days, you have to subscribe to certain standards of which we in this region and Guyana are yet to meet.”Armogan also urged farmers to get into commercial agriculture and stop focusing on subsistence agriculture. “What we have here are farmers with small plots of land utilising the labour of their entire family circle to plant half an acre to be able to sustain their family; that is subsistence agriculture.”He said Guyana will not be able to develop its agricultural capacity if it continues along that line. Noting that most of the land in the region is now under rice cultivation, Armogan said there is now need for farmers to move into other areas of production.The Chairman commended the farmers on the quality of their produce which they had on display and also commended those in agro-processing, stating the quality of packaging is as good as many of the items imported from other Caribbean countries.
Eleven students from schools across the country, who are either partially visually impaired or completely blind, on Tuesday benefitted from a donation of laptops by the Guyana Society for the Blind through sponsors in observance of International Day for Persons with Disabilities.The students share a photo with GCOPD members at the presentationThe simple presentation was made to the students at the society’s High Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, Headquarters.In opening remarks, Ganesh Singh, a longstanding disability advocate and member of the Guyana Council of Organizations for Persons with Disability (GCOPD) and Society for the Blind, explained that this project was conceived to help children advance in school. This, he noted, was birthed after partnering with Shelly Singh, a visually-impaired person who reached out to have the business community donate computers.“This project was conceptualised a very long time ago to give children who are blind and visually impaired laptops to children who are in the school system but because of the lack of resources from the Guyana Council, we were not able to execute…She was able to raise twelve laptops that will be given to children from Region Two, Four, Three and Ten,” he explained.While reflecting on how he benefitted from a computer during his university years, Singh emphasised that the importance of assisting these students with disability to have full access to education.“So we are hoping that with this, the children can have a much better opportunity for a meaningful education because I can explain to you how important a computer is to someone who is blind…so without that computer, I would be lost even with the work I do on a daily basis, and that’s been at the forefront of advocating for children who are blind and visually impaired to have computers,” Singh noted.Meanwhile, President of the Society for the Blind, Cecil Morris and Chairman for GCOPD highlighted that these efforts are to ensure its members and other persons can gain access to education and further job opportunities.“One of the things that we want to do is make certain that persons with disability are equipped to access the educational programmes in Guyana and because of this, we are vigorously trying to get person with disabilities to understand that it’s important that you have a good background of education so that you can be equipped for the workforce of Guyana”.This, according to him, can prove that persons with disabilities can contribute just as much to Guyana.This year’s observance is held under the theme “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership, taking action on the 2030 development agenda”.Some of the sponsors for the devices are Edward B Beharry, R Sookraj Cambio and Hand in Hand Insurance Company.
Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with Arsenal to secure their most recent point Marouane Fellaini scored twice in this fixture last seasonMan United can take confidence in that they have never lost at home to Palace and won the reverse fixture last September 4-0, with Marouane Fellaini scoring twice.It has been another difficult start to the season for Palace, who have won only twice in the Premier League and their last victory came at Huddersfield Town back in September.Since then, Roy Hodgson’s side have taken just a single point from seven matches, a thrilling 2-2 draw with Arsenal. Manchester United have both Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku back in their starting XI as they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford – live on talkSPORT 2.Pogba missed the Manchester derby after an injury in training, while Lukaku has been absent since the 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 MONEY RANKED 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow no dice What the managers are sayingJose Mourinho (Man United):“It is a big gap but I know that until the end of December we have eight PL matches to play, if I’m not wrong. I think there are eight.“Eight PL matches – we are speaking about 24 points for everyone to fight for. I believe we are going to be there (in the top four).” REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)“I believe we are competitive and I believe in the players ability. What I see from our matches and what I see in training, that gives me confidence.”Confirmed line upsManchester United: de Gea, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Lukaku.Subs: Jones, Sanchez, Rashford, Grant, Fred, Valencia, Fellaini.Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Meyer, Townsend, Zaha.Subs: Ward, Sorloth, Ayew, Schlupp, Guaita, Kelly,Puncheon. BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Jose Mourinho will hope for a drastic improvement on Saturday 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury
Soccer bosses will investigate claims that racist taunts were made against a young African boy at Swilly Park in Ramelton on Saturday last.The alleged incident happened at Swilly Park in Ramelton.The Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland will launch the inquiry into the behaviour of some fans at the Under 15 cup game between Swilly Rovers and Castlebar Celtic.Allegations have been made that disgusting monkey chants were made towards a 14 year old African-born boy playing for Castlebar. The incident is included in the referee’s report.The referee stopped the game momentarily and warned the small section of fans making the noises to stop.A number of prominent members of the Donegal Schoolboy League were also at the game.Swilly Rovers have so far not made an official comment on the alleged incident. The game was covered in the local media but the issue of the alleged racist taunts was not reported until earlier today.Schools FAI general secretary Martin O’Hanlon confirmed that the association is investigating the sickening incident.“We take something like this very seriously, but short of making an assessment, I can’t say anything. We have an allegation of racist taunting,” he said.The organisation is awaiting the referee’s report on the incident.“We have spoken to football people, not the boy, people have rang us about it,” said Mr O’Hanlon. The teenager’s coach has said there were very clear monkey chants coming from one section of the crowd “every time he touched the ball”.Swilly Rovers eventually won the game 2-1 after extra-time.SWILLY ROVERS TO BE INVESTIGATED AFTER RACIST TAUNTS CLAIM was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RACIST TAUNTSRameltonSFAISWILLY PARKswilly rovers
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zoom The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) has released a report on the fire on board the Danish flagged container ship EUGEN MÆRSK that occurred on 18 June 2013.The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board carries out investigations with a view to preventing accidents and promoting initiatives that will enhance safety at sea. The investigations of the Board procure information about the actual circumstances of accidents and clarify the sequence of events and reasons leading to these accidents. The investigations are carried out separate from the criminal investigation. The criminal and/or liability aspects of accidents are not considered.On the morning of 18 June 2013, the crew on the EUGEN MÆRSK discovered a container fire on the aft cargo deck. At the time the ship was in the Gulf of Aden, underway from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.In the days leading up to the fire, the ship had passed some rough weather resulting in substantial damage to cargo containers and their lashings.The crew commenced the firefighting effort and managed to contain the fire. The vessel was allowed to enter the Port of Djibouti where they received assistance from local firefighters and Dutch salvage experts. The fire was extinguished on 23 June 2013.No persons were injured in the fire. There was no pollution and only limited damage to the ship’s structure. A total of 16 cargo containers were damaged or destroyed.Investigations into the causes and origin of the fire have revealed two likely main scenarios :1) The fire started as a result of friction heat created by the collapse of the container stacks. This ignited the contents of the containers and the fire developed from there.2) The fire was initiated at an early stage, perhaps even before the containers were loaded on board. After having slowly smouldered for a long time, the collapse of the containers created a sudden burst of oxygen which made the fire flare up and develop. In both scenarios the collapse of containers is considered a major contributing factor to the fire.The DMAIB’s main focus in this investigation has been the significance of learning from managing adverse situations, organizational flexibility and adaptability, and the challenges ship crews face when dealing with their everyday tasks.Read the reportDMAIB, April 21, 2014
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, who has stepped down as Congress President, will visit Amethi on Wednesday for the first time since he was defeated in his traditional Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Party leaders told IANS on Monday that Gandhi will be on a day’s visit to Amethi. His sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to accompany him. A party leader said that during his visit to Amethi’s Gauriganj (district headquarter) Gandhi will meet with party workers and discuss the reasons for his loss in the recent election. He said that after holding meeting with the party workers, Gandhi will also interact with the public. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Gandhi lost from his pocket borough in the Lok Sabha election to Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani by 55,000 votes. Gandhi’s visit is a clear indication that he has not given up on Amethi which used to be his family bastion till he lost the polls. “Rahul has always treated Amethi as his family and he is coming to meet his family members. It is not a political visit,” said Congress MLC Deepak Singh. The visit is designed to boost the morale of party workers who have sunk into the realms of despair after the Congress rout in the Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC A party leader requesting anonymity said that Gandhi is likely to change his team in Amethi following the recommendations from several party workers. Party workers have blamed the representatives of Gandhi for poor campaigning in Amethi, which led to his loss. The party source said that Gandhi may appoint K.L. Sharma as the Amethi in-charge once again. Last month, Priyanka Gandhi during her visit to Rae Bareli to thank voters along with her mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, came down heavily on party workers for not ensuring the victory of Congress candidates. She felt that the proximity of many activists with senior leaders had reduced the party to such a state. Earlier, a three-member Congress team had visited Amethi and submitted a report to Priyanka Gandhi citing the reasons for the loss. Rahul Gandhi has represented Amethi for three consecutive terms, starting in 2004. In this Lok Sabha election, the Congress bagged only one seat in Uttar Pradesh with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi winning from Rae Bareli.
EDMONTON – Alberta RCMP say Mounties will be ready when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday.Chief Supt. Brad Mueller said officers will use tried and true investigative techniques to detect people who are driving high, as well as new technology when it becomes available.“The Cannabis Act or Bill C-45 represents a significant change in enforcement, but the people of Alberta can be assured of the same level of service delivery from their provincial police force,” he said during a Friday news conference.“We have put the necessary tools and resources in place and continue to adapt to this change.”Mueller said they are working with government agencies, other police forces and subject matter experts on the implementation of the new law.They have increased their capacity in areas such as prevention, intelligence, security screening and training, he said.Mueller said the RCMP will bring in four of the federally approved roadside marijuana test devices and strategically deploy them across the province.“We have undergone the initial stages to train our officers in the use of those devices,” said Mueller. “Once we secure them, we will begin the deployment and begin the enforcement action around them.”They won’t be available by Wednesday, and it’s unknown when the RCMP will have them.In the meantime, Mueller said officers will rely on various investigative techniques — such as standardized field sobriety tests and drug recognition experts — that they’ve long been using to determine impairment.In Alberta, he said there are more than 400 officers trained to do the field testing and another 42 trained as drug recognition experts.Cpl. Richard Nowak, a drug recognition expert, said they are able to determine whether a person is impaired by drugs with a 12-step process.“We take a subject through five physical co-ordination divided attention tests, as well as taking several clinical measurements of their blood pressure, pulse rate, pupil dilation, body temperature so we can see if their body is operating as if they are sober or if there is a drug influencing those readings,” he said.Nowak said they look for any impairment from all drugs or alcohol.“If they are impaired, they are impaired. Impairment is impairment. Drunk or high,” he said. “It is are they safe or not.”Both he and his superiors said they believe they have the tools necessary to deal with drug-impaired drivers on the road and ensure it’s safe for others.“This is nothing new for us — impaired driving by drug — we’ve been enforcing that for many years,” said Mueller. “With the addition of the new tools and technology, we’ll continue that.”