Govt focused on creating a more equitable society through education – President

first_imgPresident David Granger, on Saturday, said that the Government puts emphasis on gender parity and is fostering equality in the society through education. The President made these remarks when he joined First Lady, Sandra Granger and several women leaders at Delices Appetisantes, an afternoon of conversation, cultural presentations and dining in observance of Women’s History Month, which was held in the Baridi Benab at State House. The event was hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion. The First Lady was the patron of the event.“It is my belief that if woman were economically independent, if they were educated and if they were empowered, we would not have this sort of domination and domestic violence that is taking place in this country. So, I call upon you my sisters, to move the process along by ensuring that your girl children particularly, can get to school that they are protected from abuse, that they are given education and that they can take control of their lives,” President Granger is quoted by the Public Information and Press Unit within the Ministry of Presidency as saying.The president also recalled that since making a request for a school bus for his 70th birthday in 2015, the Government has now established the Public Education Transport Service (PETS) and boasts a fleet of 29 buses.The First Lady echoed these sentiments, noting that she too believes that empowering women enhances their quality of life as well as that of their children and families.“Girls and our women have to be educated and independent and to know their power; to know how they are going to spend their money and to know how they are going to make the demands that come with that power and that comes with that sisterhood; then is when we will really start to see women moving forward,” Mrs. Granger said.The First Lady noted that women who endure domestic abuse often do so because the man is the one who earns in the relationship and if the man goes to jail, the woman worries about the wellbeing of herself and her children.“My husband and I talk often about education, and we also talk about the burdens on women, particularly single women who are parents of children and struggle to get them to school and to put a roof over their heads and feed them… “We have to look at enforcing new legislation …charge the man and find some programme where he can continue to support the family while getting some kind of counselling and training” she said.A number of representatives from Public Health Ministry along with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Resident Representative, Sylvie Fouet and representatives from other Government and non-governmental organisations also attended the event.last_img read more

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4 men slapped with murder charge

first_imgCorentyne carpenter’s murder− women remanded for offering bribe to PoliceFour men were on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge for allegedly beating a Berbice carpenter to death. They all appeared before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.In a packed court room, excavator operator Radesh Motie, 39; Harripaul Parsram, a labourer, 49; hire car driver Nirone Yacoob, 37; and Diodat Datt, 18, were all not allowed to enter a plea for the murder of 27-year-old Faiyaz Narinedatt since the matter is deemed indictable. The charge stated that the murder occurred between October 31 and November 1, 2016, at Number 70 Village, Corentyne. The men were represented by Attorney Mark Conway.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers stated that his file is still incomplete, and as such, he requested two weeks to have it completed. He noted that the investigation is still ongoing.The matter was transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court where the defendants are scheduled to make their next court appearance on December 8.Meanwhile, the two women, who allegedly attempted to pervert the course of justice by way of bribing a Police Officer at the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) with $4 million to free the four defendants, were remanded as well.Shermella Indarally, 45, of Lot 121 Section A, Number 71 Village, Corentyne Coast, Berbice; and Marriam Lionel, 25, of Corentyne Coast, Berbice, a bank teller, were refused bail after Police Prosecutor Jeffers objected, stating that they could tamper with witnesses should they be granted their pre-trial liberty. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on November 19, 2016, at Eve Leary Headquarters, Georgetown, they offered a criminal investigative rank $4 million cash to forgo charges against the four murder accused who were at the time in custody pending investigations into the murder of Narinedatt, as well as Marc Bisram who is still on the run.Jeffers stated that his file is complete in the women’s matter and the prosecution has been successful in securing six witnesses.The women were represented by Attorney Stanley Moore who made an application for bail on behalf of his clients, stating that they both have a fixed place of residence.His applications were denied and the women were ordered to return to court on September 28.According to reports, another man on Monday was taken into Police custody in connection with the murder. The man detained, called “Rasta Man”, is said to be a bodyguard of the alleged mastermind behind the murder.The body of Narinedatt was discovered at about 03:45h on November 1, along the Corentyne Highway at Number 70 Village at a scene which appeared to be that of a hit-and-run accident. Police had initially treated the incident as a hit-and-run but reopened the investigations after relatives of the dead man kept calling for the Police to further investigate circumstances surrounding the man’s death. Relatives in a bid to get the Police’s attention produced and distributed flyers which detailed the events leading up to Narinedatt’s death, and the subsequent staging of the accident scene.last_img read more

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