A pregnant woman died on Monday evening at the New Amsterdam Hospital after the driver of the car in which she was traveling, lost control and slammed into a utility pole.The accident occurred at Number Two Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) and has left another passenger hospitalised.Dead: Donnis HigginsThe driver is currently assisting Police with the investigation.The dead woman has been identified as Donnis Higgins of Lot 103 Semple Street, Hopetown Village, WCB.Reports are that Higgins was one of the two passengers in the car at the time of the accident. Eyewitnesses say the car slammed into a utility pole and then a fence after it missed a sharp turn on the road.Moments after the accident, an ambulance which was already carrying a patient from the Fort Wellington Hospital collected both passengers.According to reports, when the ambulance arrived at the New Amsterdam Hospital, persons gathered and watched helplessly as both mother and foetus fought for their lives.The car in which the pregnant woman was travellingThe woman was taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit; however, after several hours of trying, doctors were unable to save the mother and her unborn child.Higgins was a mother of one and a former clerk attached to the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA).The other passenger in the car at the time of the accident, Daniel Harrynarine, was admitted to the same hospital. According to the 24-year-old, he joined the vehicle at Cotton Tree to go two villages away, but only made it past one village.“I was going to Number Four when I catch a taxi going to Number Four. I don’t know if the driver slept away or what, but the driver just run off the road by a turn and go straight into a fence,” the injured man said.His brother Chandrica told this publication that he received the news and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital.He explained that he saw the injured woman being attended to by doctors and heard her screaming as he searched for his brother.Meanwhile, a Police source explained that the driver of the motor car, bearing registration number HB 3101, Lancelot Ferguson, 45, of Belladrum, WCB, claimed that he did not know what happened.According to the source, the driver claimed to suffer from hypertension. B (Berbice) Division Commander Ian Amsterdam said the driver was not found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
– members of Guyanese community in NY say country could return to 1980sMembers of the Guyanese Diaspora in New York have expressed fear that Guyana might be heading down the same path it did in the 1980s, when there were dictatorial rule and economic hardship, which led to many of them leaving these South American shores to seek better lives.These were the views expressed by many of those in attendance at a meeting with former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday in Richmond Hill, New York. Jagdeo is currently on a visit to New York, where he has been meeting with the Guyanese community there.Members of the head table at the eventThe meeting was also attended by former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government Ministers, Dr Leslie Ramsammy and Irfaan Ali. Also in attendance was Dr Peter Ramsaroop.Alluding to what is taking place now in Guyana in terms of an economic decline, the planned closure of sugar estates and hardships faced by thousands of Guyanese, some Diaspora members reminded those at the meeting of their experience and why they were forced to leave their homeland. They expressed fear that this could affect their families back home and the Government could create greater economic hardship for the people. Guyana Times understands that the more than 300 people that were in attendance at the meeting raised concerns about the management of the Guyanese economy, issues relating to crime, the sugar industry and many other topical issues facing the country.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the Guyanese diaspora in Richmond Hill, New York on SundayJagdeo used the opportunity to brief the Diaspora on Guyana’s status from an economic standpoint and pointed to areas where they could get involved. He told them that democracy was being threatened in Guyana and the lack of an economic plan and vision by the Government would severely impact the country.The former Guyanese Head of State also drew reference to a recent statement made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan who said that the local economy was being held up by arrears. Jagdeo said the Minister’s statement pointed to the fact that there were new income and revenues being generated in Guyana, apart from the 200 plus taxes that the coalition Government has put in place.He also highlighted how the major sectors in the economy were feeling the squeeze from these new tax measures. These include: mining, forestry and other key economic sectors.On Thursday, Jagdeo also appealed to the Diaspora and the International Center for Democracy (ICD), to help Guyana protect its democracy and the separation of powers locally.The former Guyanese President also used the occasion to remind the Diaspora members of the need for “far-reaching constitutional changes” in Guyana. And he has also accused the recently-formed Social Cohesion Ministry of being used in a partisan manner, “and dividing our people”.Jagdeo was adamant this Government was only focusing on oil to be the solution for Guyana. But he said, “Oil can be a blessing or a curse… Oil can cause runaway price increase for the poor.”“There is no fairness anymore,” he added.