New Year’s Day Accident at Meer ZorgenThe family of the late Aslam Baksh of Old Road, La Grange, West Bank Demerara has opted to settle with the defendant, Vijay Bidoor, following Baksh’s demise by road accident on January 1, 2018.Aslam Baksh, the deceased wash bay attendantAslam Baksh, the deceased wash bay attendantAt a recent appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s Court, the charge was re-read and Bidoor entered a not-guilty plea on allegations that he had driven motor car HB 1505 in a dangerous manner on January 1, 2018, thereby causing the death of Baksh on the Meer Zorgen public road, WBD.Bidoor’s attorney, Melvin Duke, informed the court there is “an agreement in place with relatives”, and Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool gave the prosecution time to send the matter for advice.The 24-year-old Aslam Baksh was the first road fatality for 2018. The only son of his parents, Baksh died just a few metres away from his home.Police had noted that the wash bay attendant died following a two car smash-up at Meer-Zorgen, at around 02:15h on New Year’s Day. Investigations had revealed that the dead man was a passenger of the motorcar driven by 42-year-old Bidoor of Goed Fortuin, WBD.Amanda Rickyram, 28, of Unity Street, La Grange, WBD; Gobin Dannyram, 29, of 225 Goed Fortuin; and Diana Chand, 19, of Cemetery Road, Georgetown, had all been passengers in the same car, proceeding south along the Meer-Zorgen Public Road when the hire car, proceeding in the opposite direction, drove into their path and collided with them.They reportedly had sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, and were later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Baksh succumbed while receiving medical attention.The dead man’s father, Karim Baksh, had told Guyana Times that Aslam sustained severe head injuries, along with a broken nose and jaw, and half of his tongue had been severed.“He got head injuries. He broke his nose, jaw, tongue cut out, lost all his teeth, and his brain damaged. He was semi-conscious when we see he, and lil bit after we see he, them tell we that he dead,” the elderly man had told this publication in January.The matter continues at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on May 3.
Paula Walcott-Quintin cutting the ribbon, flanked by LFU members and Mayor Waneka ArrindellNon-Governmental Organisation, Linden Fund USA (LFU), and its local affiliate Linden Fund Guyana Inc on Friday commissioned its permanent office in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The organisation, which has been in existence for 20 years, has members both locally and across the diaspora, who work against the backdrop of giving back to the community through promoting and enhancing the academic, social, health and well-being of Linden and Region 10. The building, which was donated by Habitat for Humanity, was commissioned during a building dedication ceremony at the location along Washer Pond Road, Mackenzie.In her remarks, LFU Chairman Paula Walcott-Quintin noted that she is proud to represent the organisation, which, she noted, has thrived over the past 20 years. She said that the organisation is grateful to Habitat for Humanity Guyana and also expressed gratitude to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for supplying the land for the building as she further acknowledged its late Chairman Horace James.Walcott-Quintin added that the plans for the building will evolve along with the needs of the community as she stated that these are always developed in collaboration with the community.In expressing gratitude to For the Children Sake Foundation and others, she outlined that the Regional Education Department is one of the organisation’s key collaborators in its educational endeavours. Walcott-Quintin said the organisation is evolving as she outlined plans to include a computer hub for the constabulary compound and industrial catchment areas in addition to a training room and meeting facilities.Since the construction of the building, the organisation has launched its Scholarship for Success initiative which offers scholarships to local students. The annual Spelling Bee and Parent Teachers Association Workshop will also continue, according to the LFU Chairman.Habitat for Humanity Guyana Representative Jennifer Welch in her remarks noted her organisation’s hope that the programme executed through the building will be beneficial to all as the LFU continues to give back to the Linden community.Deputy Regional Executive Officer Maylene Stephen congratulated those who played a pivotal role in the success of the organisation as she noted the significance of the services extended to the people of the region.Also delivering remarks were Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell. The occasion was marked by the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque.