The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) is flaying the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) along with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder following Panama’s rejection of several containers of rice.The RPA said the responsible parties should take immediate measures to have the situation rectified.The authorities in Panama rejected several containers of rice following a mix-up with the shipment. One of the reasons for the rejection is that the shipment contained parboiled rice. There were more than 700 tons of parboiled rice packed in 20lbs bags in the containers.The RPA said it boggles the mind to even contemplate how over 700 tons of parboiled rice could have passed through the various quality and quantity checks and customs inspections and arrive in Panama, which is a white rice import market.“The contracted party (the seller) is the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) for this particular market. The GRDB, in order to fulfill its contractual obligations, purchases rice from millers in order to supply this market. Notably, the GRDB charges millers US$8 per unit for inspection and to certify the quality and quantity supplied.The rice is even checked during the processing at the mills by the GRDB. The bags are then packed into the containers under the watchful eyes of the GRDB officers, samples are then taken and sent to the GRDB Head Office laboratories that are ISO certified, along with the number of the containers and the containers’ seal numbers.Further, the final sample is used for the preparation of the export grade certificate. The GRDB is the buyer of the rice from the millers, the agency is also responsible for certifying the quality and quantity and they are the contracted party to export to Panama,” the RPA said via a statement on Friday.Panama is currently Guyana’s best market with the best price and according to the Association, this fiasco has the potential to threaten the continuation of selling to that market, which would be a great financial loss to the farmers. The RPA said the GRDB can also lose its ISO certification, which will be a further blow to the rice industry.
A former Donegal soldier has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young boy.Hugh McDaniel, 55, was found guilty on two out of five charges of abusing the boy in the 1970s.A three day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how McDaniel befriended the boy in the summer of 1979. McDaniel, of Abbottswood, Carndonagh had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.Judge John O’Hagan gave an order not to identify the victim.The victim, who is now married, gave evidence during the course of the trial.He said he had never told anybody about the assaults but broke the news to his wife before they married.He later told his sister.He alleged that McDaniel indecently assaulted him on four occasions at two quarries in Inishowen and also at a house.After deliberating for more than two hours a jury found the defendant guilty of on two counts of indecent assault, failed to reach verdicts on another two and found the defendant not guilty on a fifth charge.McDaniel will be sentenced at the next sitting of the Circuit Court in October.FORMER SOLDIER FOUND GUILTY OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING YOUNG BOY was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:High McDaniel. CarndoaghINDECENT ASSAULT