Women’s protection highlighted at WGEC celebration

first_imgThe Women and Gender Equality Commission on Friday observed International Women’s Day 2018 under the patronage of the First Lady of Guyana, Mrs Sandra Granger.The event, held at the National Library, saw the attendance of First Lady Sandra Granger, Human Rights Attorney Melinda Janki, and former Attorney General Anil Nandall, among others.In her address to the forum, the First Lady noted that women must command respect, establish control, and take responsibility. She noted that violence has become very prevalent, and today’s society has become inured to this issue. In most cases, women are the victims of gender-based violence.From left to right: Human Rights Attorney Melinda Janki, First Lady Sandra Granger and former Attorney General Anil NandlallCrime is also on the rise, she observed, and that more severely in Regions Three, Four and Six. This is mainly because there aren’t many reports from remote areas, although there are acts of crime due to the stereotypical household scheme wherein women accept violent behaviours from men.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noted there should be more focus on the awareness of events such as International Women’s Day in the hinterland and rural areas. He said this observance is “organised” in urban areas.Human Rights Attorney Melinda Janki‘s discourse demonstrated how Guyana can improve accessibility to justice for women. She said there should be gender quality in today’s generation, and women should be given equal importance and opportunities as men.“Equality is not just a goal or a principle of international law; it’s a requirement of national law,” Janki said.The human rights attorney also made a number of recommendations that Guyana can implement to ensure protection of women. One such recommendation is that a harmonised code of law on women’s rights should be produced, and should contain all laws protecting women, but those should be set out as a code, and not separate laws. Legal aid services should also be provided, with priority being given to matters that affect women, such as gender-based violence and other forms of discrimination.last_img read more

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Brother of chutney singer killed by speeding GDF Officer

first_imgRoopchan ‘Charles’ Ramkellawan of Lot 4150 Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, the brother of popular Guyanese Chutney singer Mahendra Ramkellawan, was on Sunday evening struck down and killed by a speeding car on the De Willem Public Road, West Coast Demerara.Dead: Roopchand ‘Charles’ RamkellawanBased on information received, the late 35-year-old was attempting to cross the roadway when he was struck by motor car PWW 5680, being driven by a 28-year-old Gazetted Officer of the Joint Services, who allegedly was speeding at time of the accident.Knocked unconscious, Roopchan Ramkellawan was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The Police have, however, stated that an unlicensed pistol with four matching rounds was found in the late Roopchan Ramkellawan’s possession.The car that was involved in the accidentA breathalyser test was conducted on the driver, who hails from South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and it proved that he was over the legal limit of alcohol consumption. He was arrested and is assisting with investigations into this accident.When Guyana Times contacted the Guyanese singer at his New York office, he explained that he had received the news of his brother’s demise at sometime after 23:00h on Sunday evening. He said that based on reports garnered, his brother had gone to visit his 6-month-old baby earlier in the day, and was heading home when he met his demise.“Apparently, when he was heading home, the Police had a road block in front of the De Willem Public Road, and the Police stopped him. He pulled in the corner and exited the vehicle with the intention of talking to a Police rank. As he was crossing the road, this car appeared from nowhere and hit down Charles”, the singer explained.The gun and ammunition that were reportedly found in possession of the now dead manHe said he was told that the car was speeding and his brother would have sustained severe injuries, thus resulting in his instant demise. “Based on what I heard, the Police wanted money, and he was crossing the road to give them a raise when he was killed,” Mahendra Ramkellawan stated.With respect to the unlicensed firearm and ammunition, the singer believes that the gun might have been planted on his brother. “That has to be a set up! Is a Joint Services man killed my brother… he got access to guns…is clearly a set up… How can they find a gun on my brother only when he reach the hospital… Matter of fact, he arrived at the hospital without any shirt; if he had a gun, as they claimed, they had to find it at the scene, and not at the hospital… Something ain’t adding up,” the elder Ramkellawan stated.The Fire Fest Production boss is holding out that his brother had no cause to have a gun. “He works at sea and earns an honest dollar,” he contended.Meanwhile, when contacted, the distraught wife of the late Roopchan Ramkellawan told Guyana Times that her husband had left home on Sunday after lunch to visit his daughter, and was killed on his way home.The distraught wife said she received the news of the accident at about 23:00 on Sunday, and she rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital only to be told that her husband had died.She told Guyana Times that her late husband’s cousin had witnessed the accident. He reportedly had remained in Ramkellawan’s car as the father of one had gone to speak with the Police.Meantime, a post mortem performed on the body of the late Roopchan Ramkellawan proved that his death was due to multiple injuries that are consistence with a vehicular accident.last_img read more

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Province proposes to enact wolf cull in order to restore caribou population

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is proposing to enact a predator cull to reduce the wolf population in central parts of the Province.As reported by the Vancouver Sun, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development says the cull would kill more than 80 percent of the wolf population in parts of central B.C. where herds are threatened.Darcy Peel, director of the B.C. Caribou Recovery Program, says the purpose of the wolf reduction program is to help the struggling caribou population, adding that an 80 percent reduction would be needed to ensure the return of caribou populations.- Advertisement -“The objective of this wolf reduction program is to reverse caribou population decline in the Tweedsmuir-Entiako, Hart Ranges, and Itcha-Ilgachuz herds. To reverse caribou population declines, high rates of wolf removal (>80%) must be achieved.”Robert Serrouya, director of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s Caribou Monitoring Unit says several herds in B.C. have already turned around because of this multi-pronged approach.It is reported that a 30-day consultation with Indigenous communities and “targeted stakeholders” is underway in regards to the proposed wolf cull.Advertisementlast_img read more

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