One week after being discovered by passers-by in the canal outside the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Headquarters on Carifesta Avenue, a body is yet to be identified.The Police have said the body is that of a male of African descent who apparently had been in his late 30s. At time of the discovery, last Monday at about 06:00h,the body was shirtless and clad in black jeans.‘A’ Division (Georgetown) Commander Leslie James said last Monday that theInvestigators at the scene where the still unidentified body was found last Mondaybody bore marks of violence, which suggest that foul play was involved in the man’s demise.The Police had sent out a notice seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the dead man. The body remains at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting identification and a post mortem examination.Anyone with information that could lead to identification of the corpse is urged to contact the Guyana Police Force on telephone numbers ?227-1611?, ?227-1149?, ?227-1270?, ?227-6940-9?, ?226-6221?, ?225-2694?, 911, or the nearest Police Station.
The leadership of the National Toshao Council (NTC) used the opportunity on Monday to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister, who suggested that Amerindians are greedy.At the opening of the 11th Annual NTC conference, Chairman of the Council Joel Fredericks criticised Government over an incident which took place in the National Assembly.Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity and expressed disappointment with the Minister’s statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns over the fact that no parliamentarian, from both the Government and Opposition, objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.While touting the need for cohesion and unity, the NTC Chairman lamented that Amerindians are sometimes still treated as third class citizens in Guyana, but he contends that Amerindians deserve respect like every other racial group in the country.The head of the NTC also committed to rebuking any form of racial provocation and propaganda that seeks to damage the image and the identity of the country’s first peoples.“We see a member working for this Administration, openly attacking the Indigenous people’s identity, integrity and history. We advise caution because such uttering drives a deep wedge in a nation,” he added.Although the NTC Chairman did not name the Minister, he was indirectly referring to Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.Scott during a parliamentary sitting in June reportedly said that Amerindians are greedy because they requested security in the lands they have held since time immemorial.Scott had also philosophised that sovereignty now belongs to the State, governed by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government (APNU/AFC).The Minister was debating the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) motion to halt the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the issues surrounding lands belonging to Amerindians and freed African slaves.Several Amerindian leaders and organisations have rejected Government’s decision to establish the CoI into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The NTC had said it views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands and has argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.The organisation said while it support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework.Although Amerindians leaders have met with President David Granger over this issue, the matter is yet to be resolved. No amicable solution has been found between parties.At the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the NTC Conference, a sod turning exercise took place at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, where the proposed site for the NTC Secretariat was revealed.Amerindian leaders from across the country will meet for the next several days during the conference to discuss issues facing their communities and talk about the successes they have achieved.The NTC conference opened on Monday at the Cyril Potter College of Education. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Good Governance – A brighter future for Guyana’s First peoples.”
The tourist office in Donegal Town three weeks ago Pic by Rory O’Donnell.Donegal County Council is once again urging members of the public to take extra care this weekend with extreme weather conditions forecasted for the next few days – and warned motorists to avoid the quay in Donegal Town.There is potential for high coastal flood risks due to very high spring tides, high waves, low pressure and onshore winds.A yellow alert is in place for today – with an orange alert for Saturday and Sunday. Members of the public are being asked to exercise caution particularly in areas adjacent to the coastline and areas which are susceptible to coastal flooding. In particular we are urging people to stay away from seawalls and coastal areas during high seas and high tides.In Donegal Town, Donegal County Council is asking members of the public not to leave their cars parked in the Quay car park over the weekend. The Council will be closing this car park from Friday evening and it is likely to remain closed for the rest of the weekend.Sandbags will be made available to the public on a needs basis from the Councils depots throughout the county. You can also contact the Council during business hours at 074 91 53900.The Council will continue to monitor conditions and staff are on standby over the weekend to respond to emergency call outs. In the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 9172288 for Roads Service or 074 91 72399 for Water Service.To keep up to date on all road conditions this Winter follow us on Twitter @roadsdcc or @donegalcouncil or on our Facebook page. WEATHER WARNING: MOTORISTS TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM DONEGAL TOWN QUAY was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:quayweather warning