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Iraq should provide more evidence of substance chief UN inspector says

In a briefing to the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) in New York, Mr. Blix said that the reactions that he’s seen so far from Baghdad have not pointed to a full response on that issue. While discussions on Saturday in Baghdad will be continued on relatively minor topics such as surveillance flights by U2 planes and private interviews with individuals and scientists, he said, “I hope progress will be made on this but principally on the question of substance.”The principle way for Iraq to assure the UN inspectors and the Security Council of its cooperation is to “actively seek and present any items or programmes which are proscribed – or else if they are not there, to seek and present credible evidence for their absence,” said Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). “This is an essential point.”Mr. Blix, who is heading to Baghdad with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for talks on Saturday with senior Iraqi officials, further stressed that the main issue remains the weapons of mass destruction and their existence.”Either present these if they exist – and we have not said they do – or evidence that convinces the world” they do not, he added. “For this mission I’d much rather have a presentation of whatever weapons remain and as promptly as one can reasonably expect the evidence that we have not seen before.”As for tomorrow’s briefing to the Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States, Mr. Blix said it was unlikely that Mr. Powell would indicate any sites that the UN should visit because the US would have given those locations to the inspectors. “Judging from what he’s written and what we’ve heard, it’s more likely to be based on satellite imagery, intercepts of satellite communications, or knowledge about Iraqi procurement of technical material or chemicals,” he said.”I don’t think a decision is final, that the end is there, that a date has been set for armed action,” Mr. Blix said. “Not yet. But I think we are moving closer and closer to it and therefore it would seem to me that the Iraqi leadership must be well aware of that. It seems to me that they can do things that would change the situation.” read more

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NIS employee charged for causing death by dangerous driving

A 47-year-old father of four appeared before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Monday morning in the company of his lawyer where he denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.It is alleged that Dwayne Gonsalves, on November 3, 2017, at Barr and James Street, Albouystown, drove motor pickup GVV 8249 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Ronaldo Jaundoo.Dead: Ronaldo JaundooAccording to the lawyer, the accused who is an employee of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), suffers from hypertension and his blood pressure was at the time of the accident, beyond elevated.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on the day in question the accused was proceeding north along Barr Street approaching James Street when he failed to adhere to a stop light, subsequently colliding with a motorcycle which was at the time proceeding east on the northern side of James Street.The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to the head and various parts of his body and was pronounced dead by medical experts upon arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).A breathalyzer test conducted on Gonsalves proved negative for alcohol consumption.The court prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that a life was lost as a result of the defendant’s alleged recklessness, however the Magistrate was inclined to grant bail fixed to the sum of $600,000.Gonsalves will return to court on November, 27, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI employee granted $2M bail for causing road deathMarch 6, 2014In “Crime”$1M bail for man accused of killing UG Employee in road accidentAugust 26, 2014In “Crime”Businessman placed on $1M bail for Houston fatal accidentOctober 28, 2014In “Crime” read more