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How an accident has change the life of a Goed Fortuin family

first_imgAlmost one month after he was stuck down on the Goed Fortuin Public Road, 43-year-old amputee Wazir Ali is still hospitalised and his wife Gaitree Ali is finding it difficult to cope with the expenses of tending to him.On May 29, Wazir Ali of Industry, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was standing on the roadway when he, alongWazir Ali on his cot in the hospitalwith a 14-year-old boy, was struck by a motorcar bearing registration plates PTT 1343 and driven by Donald Downer. The driver had claimed that he lost control of the car and slammed into teenager, and then Ali before smashing into a parked motorcar bearing registration plates PLL 7857.Ali recalled the day of the dreadful incident, telling Guyana Times that he was visiting his two children at Goed Fortuin when the accident occurred. “I was at Goed Fortuin main road… opposite a place… a tire shop. A guy pull up in a black car and ask me fuh space fuh par. He went back into his car and pull into the shop. I saw two kids standing on the road and this car pass next to them so I holler on them. When I holler on them… I mek a left turn. When I swing to my left, all I hear is ‘badang!’ and that’s all I know. I wake up in the hospital,” he related.He received severe injuries to his head, arms and legs, and due to the severity of the injuries to his left leg, it had to be amputated. He expressed his frustration with being hospitalised as he cannot support his children from a cot. “This gon mek three weeks since I in the hospital. I lost my leg, and it ain’t even heal yet. It ain’t easy… it ain’t easy,” he stated, adding that his children are minors who attend school. He related that the driver is yet to visit him or offer compensation. “I don’t know the name of the driver or nothing, I never see him on to a day like today,” he explained.Meanwhile, Ali’s wife voiced her frustrations, telling this publication that it has been a gruelling and financially difficult period since her husband was hospitalised. “It’s been stressful cause it’s 25 days he’s been in here and every day I got to come in the morning, during lunch and in the afternoon. For the past two weeks my work place has been flexing with me but I have to work so I won’t be able to make it lunch time. And it’s difficult because every day I have to take a taxi. And the person that hit [him] never came to check on him or offer any sort of compensation or assistance… nothing at all,” the woman explained. The injured man’s wife further explained that her husband has to undergo another surgery on his leg.She related that while the driver was charged, he is currently on bail and the court case is being impeded as Ali cannot make an appearance.“The story is in court. I went two times but it’s calling and put off because he is in the hospital,” she stated.The woman said that this accident has changed the family’s life completely. She added that she is now the breadwinner of the family as her husband lies helpless in the hospitallast_img read more

2 top CIA officials may be subpoenaed by House panel

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee threatened on Wednesday to subpoena two top CIA officials to testify about the destruction of interrogation videotapes, rejecting a Bush administration request that the panel’s inquiry be deferred while the executive branch investigates. Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said he wants acting CIA general counsel John Rizzo and Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the National Clandestine Service, to testify to the committee on Jan. 16. Rodriguez is the official who directed that the tapes, which document the harsh interrogation of two al-Qaida suspects in 2002, be destroyed. Reyes told reporters the CIA had agreed to begin providing documents regarding the 2005 destruction of the tapes this week. If that doesn’t happen, the committee will subpoena them, too, he said. The document request includes records related to the 9/11 Commission and to al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, whose attorneys were seeking interrogation videos. The committee’s announcement is another sign of increasing tensions between Congress, the judiciary and the White House over the interrogation tapes. Congressional overseers are angry they were not fully informed of the tapes and their destruction. A federal judge has summoned Justice Department lawyers to his courtroom Friday to determine whether the destruction of the tapes violated a court order. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champReyes also wants the CIA to make available CIA attorneys Steve Hermes, Robert Eatinger, Elizabeth Vogt and John McPherson to testify before the committee. Former CIA directors Porter Goss and George Tenet, former deputy director of operations James L. Pavitt, and former general counsel Scott Muller are also on his list. Reyes’ threat of subpoenas was triggered by a letter the Justice Department and the CIA inspector general sent to his committee on Friday. It asked the committee to delay its investigation to avoid interfering with an ongoing preliminary inquiry by those two agencies. Reyes and the committee’s top Republican, Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, had asked for immediate delivery of all documents, cables and records regarding the taping of detainee interrogations, as well as for testimony from Rizzo and Rodriguez at a planned Tuesday hearing. The officials did not come and the documents were not provided. Reyes said the Justice Department letter chilled the CIA’s willingness to comply with the committee’s requests for information and witnesses. That has since been clarified, he said.last_img read more