Each day of the week, when there it rains heavily in the port city of Greenville, residents and businesspeople encounter the menace of flooding.Many drainages are clogged with garbage having been thrown on the various streets by residents and other business entities.According to some of the Greenville residents and businesspeople, the situation has become a menace that continues to send out offensive odors, to the detriment of the residents.Many of the streets observed by reporter were littered with huge volumes of garbage that have been thrown there and not cleared for the past three weeks by staff of the Greenville City Corporation (GCC) in Sinoe County.It may be recalled that last week’s all night rainfall kept hundreds of residents indoor for long periods and their business centers were surrounded by both animal and human feces from the clogged drainages in Greenville City. As a result of the extensive downpour rains last week, Liberia National Red Cross Society, Sinoe County branch, handed out some drainage tools to open of the biggest drainages in Greenville City, Sinoe County.Several citizens and residents told the Daily Observer last week said that they want the clogged drainages to be given top priority in terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction in Greenville City.Business owners, especially foreign business entities, have also underscored the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the clogged and age-old drainages in Greenville City, Sinoe County.They also expressed outrage over the slow pace of rehabilitation works on the clogged drainages and other critical spots that continue to pose serious threats to lives and moving objects in Greenville City, Sinoe County.The Greenville City’s business owners also explained that most of the water flowing through some of half- rehabilitated drainages contained human and animal feces that pose health and environmental hazards.The Greenville’s businessmen and women also expressed grave concern over the deplorable conditions of the clogged drainages and called on the GCC’s Sanitation and Environmental Department to take swift steps to remedy the situation.“We are indeed being exposed to lots of health, sanitation and environmental hazards that call for the urgent attention of the GCC’s Sanitation and Environmental staff and employees in Greenville City,” auto-spare-parts dealer Davidson Tugbeh stressed.“Our city Greenville, founded 1838 by the pioneers of Liberia, should be given an extensive attention by the central administration of Sinoe County in order to restore its prewar dignity, Mr. Tugbeh emphasized.“Sadly, the flood water is slowly and systematically destroying and damaging our concrete streets in Greenville City,” Mr. Tugbeh concluded.For her part, used clothes dealer Madam Patricia Nimely told the Daily Observer that at the front of her business entity, the sanitation crisis has reached its highest peak with hundreds of flies invading her provision shop in Greenville City.“I’m out for more hardship and suffering from now to the end of October as the rains continue to destroy my goods and hamper my children’s progress in Greenville City,” Madam Nimely lamented.In a brief statement, a Greenville’s pineapple and orange wholesale dealer, Madam Susan Randolph Kun, pointed out that the flooding in the city in recent times was worrisome and needs immediate intervention of the GCC’s staff and employees.She added the extensive flooding has affected the sale of pineapple and oranges to her regular customers and the general public in Greenville.Meanwhile, as the rains intensify at the port city of Greenville, business entities’ owners and residents have sounded an urgent SOS appeal to all well meaning Liberians and non-governmental organizations to help clean the clogged drainages.When contacted for comments on residents and business people’s claims, GCC’s staff and employees told the Daily Observer that lack of critical sanitation equipment has impeded the cleaning of the clogged drainages in Greenville City.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF), celebrating the 52nd anniversary of its creation this month, has paid tribute to retired ranks at the staging of the 8th annual Veterans’ Day Wreath Laying Ceremony hosted on Friday, when scores of retired officials attached to the Guyana Veterans Legion assembled at CampLieutenant Colonel (retd) George Gomes paying tribute to the fallen veterans of the GDFAyanganna for the commemoration of Veterans’ Day 2017.The event was held in recognition of the local men and women who have, over the years, served in the military forces of both British Guiana and Guyana. Activities kicked off with the ceremonial laying of wreaths at the Veterans’ Monument erected just outside of the GDF’s Thomas Lands, Georgetown base.Addressing the gathering, President of the Legion, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) George Gomes, underscored the importance of paying tribute to the country’s veterans.He pointed out that “Veterans’ Day is to have a healthy interaction between veterans and serving soldiers.”In attendance at the occasion were four of the country’s remaining War heroes, who fought honourably and managed to return alive following World Wars I and II.The oldest among the four was retired rank Benjamin Durant, who celebrated his 99th birth anniversary just days ago.Gomes on Friday called on the existing Force to tap into the wealth of experience that exists within the Legion.“To the soldiers of today, we have valuable experiences and we have traditions which we can pass on to you. Chief of Staff, I urge you to make use of us while you still have us. We are prepared to contribute towards the future development of the Guyana Defence Force,” Gomes relayed.Also speaking at the Veterans’ Day event earlier on Friday was GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West, who in his remarks outlined the value of the veterans to the Guyana Defence Force. In so doing, he extended appreciation to the retired ranks for their selfless service in defending the nation.“So we, who serve today, we say thank you. May your lives be enriched because you answered the call to service and you can stand to see the products of your labours flourishing before your very eyes,” the Chief of Staff expressed.The Veterans’ Day celebration culminated on a high note, with the Chief of Staff handing over a cheque for one million dollars to the Legion, as is customary at the annual event. To truly express gratitude, Brigadier West pledged support in sourcing the necessary funding for rehabilitation of the Legion’s Headquarters, tagged at some $18 million.This was followed by a social lunch specially prepared for the retired ranks of the GDF.
An autopsy performed on the body of 10-year-old June Alexander, who succumbed following a fall at her school proved that she died as a result of blunt trauma to the head caused by blood vessel malformation.Dead: June AlexanderThe post-mortem was performed by Dr Nehaul Singh on Monday.The former Regma’s Primary School pupil died while receiving medical attention on Friday, just days after being placed on life support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital.Alexander was transferred from the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) with head injuries on Monday in a comatose state following an incident at the school.Controversy continues to reign over the circumstances surrounding the death of the child as the family had indicated that they had received conflicting stories as to what transpired resulting in the child’s demise.They noted that they were initially told that the child fell and hit her head while playing at school, but they were also told she was running and fell after tripping on her shoe lace as well as, in another version, she was pushed and hit her head.The family is said to have received a telephone call informing them of the incident on Monday. The child’s mother, Angela Hamilton told Guyana Times that her daughter’s injuries were so severe that she had been in a coma and was considered “brain dead”.She said she was told by a doctor that the injuries are too severe to have been caused by a fall.The mother of eight has alleged that the child was constantly bullied at school. The mother said she saw her daughter at the school around lunchtime on Monday and she was not in good spirits as she related that she had been told to remain in class by a teacher.Family members have since been seeking answers, particularly since they indicated that claims have surfaced that the child suffered from a brain condition prior to her death.Relatives have since refuted these claims, noting that Alexander was a healthy child prior to her death. To date, while the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) has offered condolences to the family, the Department of Education in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been mum on the issue.The Police had concluded that based on reports received, the child had slipped and injured herself while running.
The 80-year-old East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in his car was released on bail after the 72-hour detention period expired, but the Police were continuing their investigations into the matter.C Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Calvin BrutusThis is according to C Division (East Coast Demerara) Commander, Senior Superintendent, Calvin Brutus, who explained that although concerns are being raised about the man’s release from custody, the alleged child rapist could not be detained more than the mandatory 72-hour period.However, he stressed that although the man is out of the lock-ups, it does not mean that the case would be swept under the rug.“We have got to do one part and the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) has to do theirs … but our part is very simple, the CCPA’s part is more complex, because it has a process to be followed, so it would take longer with them than us. However, we need what they are doing as part of the file so it can be completed before it can be sent for legal advice,” he explained.Commander Brutus further stated that when handling such sensitive matters, in-depth and proper investigations have to be conducted to avoid any oversight on the part of law enforcement authorities. Any blunder, he added, can lead to dismissal of the matter, and the perpetrator can walk free.The Police, Brutus noted, have information that the alleged perpetrator might have other victims in the village. It is believed that he might have paid the relatives of those abused girls to “keep quiet”.The Commander noted that regardless of how long ago such a crime was committed, the Police can legally investigate them as well.“I have heard that is his modus operandi, is to target poor people because they want the money. But if it comes to us and we know the identities, then yes, we can still handle those cases, but persons need to come forward and give us that information,” he added.Last week, the alleged child rapist reportedly lured the 12-year-old female into his vehicle and drove her to his home; even before she exited the vehicle, he ran his hands along her body and repeatedly inserted his fingers inside her private parts.But before he could proceed to molest the child further, his neighbours noticed the girl in the car, and called out to him.It was reported that the man vehemently denied that someone was in the vehicle with him, but one neighbour jumped the fence and as she approached the car, the child was seen. An alarm was raised and the Police were contacted.The man was immediately arrested and the child was taken into Police custody and subsequently handed over to the CCPA.
Assassination claim…meddling influences public perception, delivery of justiceBy Lakhram BhagiratThings got a bit heated on Friday when attorneys making their final submissions before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger clashed over the issue of bail and the reported interference of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud in the investigation.On March 29, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, had offered him $7 million to assassinate President Granger. He said the offer was made during a conversation he had with Khan after he approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property.The investigation into this allegation is still ongoing.During his submission to the CoI, attorney for the Guyana Police Force (GPF), former Chief Justice Ian Chang, said Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud was executing the functions of his office when he contacted Inspector Prem Narine and suggested that Imran Khan — who was arrested for disorderly behaviour — be released on his own recognizance, and his brother, Nizam, be placed on station bail.The issue of bail is particularly contentious, since Persaud was on vacation leave at that time, and he is also reputedly a longtime friend of Imran Khan.Chang said that when the allegation was made, the office of Police Commissioner was not vacant, and Persaud was just exercising his administrative discretionary power.Chang submitted that although Gillard had several options to report the alleged plot to the Police, he chose to make that allegation some 21 months after the fact, and with there being no one to corroborate his story.According to Gillard, when he had the conversation with Khan, no one was within earshot. However, Leon Baldeo, one of Gillard’s friends, told the CoI that he was, on March 26th, offered $50,000 to corroborate Gillard’s story by saying he was present when the conversation took place.Chang told the Commission that had Baldeo gone to the Police then, Gillard would have only had to confirm the allegation without making the report.Chang submitted that if the report were credible, Gillard would have been detained under Section 316 of the Criminal Law Offences Act, Chapter 8:01, for the offence of Misprision of Treason. Chang said that by making the report some 21 months after the fact, Gillard was exposing himself to that very charge.“The police did not see it fit to detain Gillard for this offence. Why? The answer is obvious. If Gillard’s report lacked credibility, then there was no treason… If the Police took the view that his story lacked credibility, it was right and proper that both he and Nizam Khan be released,” Chang submitted.The CoI Act states that no one can testify without taking an oath or making an affirmation, and Chang said Gillard did neither.Chang said Gillard described himself as a converted Muslim, but both times when he appeared before the Commission, he swore using the Bible instead of the holy Quran.This very action, Chang said, causes Gillard’s evidence to have no value, and to cause the CoI to have been defrauded.“Gillard falsely swore on the Bible, which did not bind his conscience….what he stated before this tribunal is therefore of no evidential value. He has committed a fraud on this Commission. His falsities know no bounds or limits,” Chang submitted.Chang added that the Major Crime Unit of the GPF should be complimented for uncovering the falsity of Gillard’s “mischievous allegations”, and further submitted that the investigations were thorough and uncovered the truth.Professional discourtesyAttorney Selwyn Pieters, representing journalist Travis Chase, who had interviewed Gillard following the allegation, argued that Police Commissioner Persaud did not afford Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine the professional courtesy he deserved.He contended that if Persaud had interfered in an ongoing investigation in any other jurisdiction, he would have been arrested for obstructing justice, because such an approach would affect public perception and the administration of justice.“The systematic failures in this case are not only an embarrassment, (they) reflect a loss of confidence in law enforcement. It shows that investigations and their efficacy can be influenced by civilians who are connected to the top brass, particularly the Commissioner of Police,” Pieters submitted.Not diligentPersaud’s lawyer, Glen Hanoman, submitted that the ToRs presupposes that the GPF was not diligent in its investigation and that there were systemic failures, individual instances of neglect, and that disciplinary action should be taken against the individuals.He added that the evidence provided does not suggest that there were failures.“I wish to submit that, irrespective of whether Seelall Persaud or David Ramnarine was on duty as Police Commissioner, or whether Blanhum or Dass was on duty as Crime Chief, the investigations were, and continue to be, diligently and properly conducted. There is evidence, however, as to what may have resulted in the false premise on which this inquiry is based,” Hanoman said.“The baseless opinions and ill-informed reports by David Ramnarine to the political directorate could evidently result in a perception that something was amiss in the investigation. It is yet to be determined whether those reports were by malice and/or burning desires to ingratiate himself and diminish others for his personal ambitions,” he added.Attorney Christopher Ram argued that Gillard’s story lacked credibility, and that he should seek psychological help.The public hearing aspect of the commission ended on Friday, and the commission is expected to submit its report to President Granger on or before August 31. The CoI Commissioner has acknowledged all the submissions and has committed to considering them all.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Inconnu Swim Club had a successful trip to Edmonton for the JP Fiset swim meet last weekend.Sixteen Inconnu swimmers competed in the event, which had a total of 650 participants from B.C., Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In total, the club won 18 medals at the swim meet. Griffin Ternier-Smith led the way with five gold medals in the Boys 13-14 category, while Cam Louie and Cole Crook each won three medals. Louie brought home a gold, silver and bronze while Crook swam to three bronze medals. Owen Lang also won three silvers in the Boys 11-12 age group. In the Girls 15 & Over category Alexandria Hedges won a gold, two silver and a bronze medal.Ternier-Smith also led the way by breaking four out of 14 club records over the weekend. One of those was the Boys 13-14 400-metre freestyle, in which he bettered the previous time by five seconds. The 13-14 year-old boys relay team shattered three records, including the 400-metre medley where they beat the previous marker by 14 seconds.- Advertisement -“We had a really good meet,” said head coach Steve Carson. “That meet is a big meet and it’s a long weekend [Thursday to Sunday], very tiring on the swimmers.”The swim team is back in action January 20th and 21st when they travel to Peace River.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are investigating after responding a report of a possible road rage incident on Range Road 55 between Highway 43 and Highway 670 on Monday at approximately 8:00 AM. According to the RCMP, the lone male suspect stopped his vehicle in front of the victim’s vehicle, before exiting his vehicle. The suspect then began yelling at the victim and attempted to take a tool from the victim’s truck. The victim took the item back and left the area heading southbound on Range Road 55. The suspect caught up with the victim a second time yelling and waving at him before turning around and heading northbound.The male suspect is described as: approximately six feet tall, weighing 180 lbs. with red or blonde facial hair, and tattoos on his neck and arms. He was wearing a black shirt, black toque, and black jogging pants, and was driving an older model green four door Chrysler Sebring.Police are asking anyone with knowledge of this incident, or witnessed the event to contact Grande Prairie Rural RCMP at 780-830-5701. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).- Advertisement –
0Shares0000Alvaro Morata made his Chelsea debut against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.Photo/SKY SPORTSLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that new signing Alvaro Morata still needs time to get his fitness levels up to the required standard.The striker completed his £65m move from Real Madrid on July 21 and has only trained with the Blues for a week. Conte believes the 24-year-old still needs work on his physicals to slot into the Chelsea lineup. Conte told The Sun: “Morata is just starting to train with us. He has to improve his condition a lot to adapt quickly into our team.“He is working well but it has been only five days. Today, he tried to do his best but for sure he has to improve.”The Spaniard may sit out Chelsea’s Community Shield fixture against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday as he focuses on improving his conditioning. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – High-interest lenders clustered around Southern California’s military bases target young soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, causing not only financial harm but jeopardizing the nation’s fighting readiness, military officials told state lawmakers Tuesday. The officials want changes to California’s payday lending, lemon vehicle and other laws to help members of the military. At an average age of 19, many recruits are seeing their first steady paycheck without having experience in loans and other financial transactions, the officials said. Some insurance vendors employ former members of the military to sell current members life insurance they don’t need, the officials said. Other businesses offer upfront cash in exchange for a claim on future pension benefits, credit experts said at a hearing. “They prey on our young when they’re most vulnerable,” said Sgt. Maj. Wayne Bell, who spoke on behalf of the commander of Camp Pendleton-based Marine Corps Installations West, which consists of 65,000 Marines and sailors at seven California and Arizona bases. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA top reason members of the military can’t deploy overseas is because indebtedness affects their security clearances, said Capt. Mark D. Patton, commanding officer of Naval Base Point Loma. The number of revoked security clearances has increased 1,600 percent since 2000, Patton told the Joint Committee on Boards, Commissions and Consumer Protection. Patton heads the military’s regional payday loan task force that is trying to discourage their use. There is not much lawmakers can do to combat legal lenders, said the committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont.