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A fire has left the family of
late calypsonian Prospector (Carl
Robinson) homeless, including
his blind widow.
Now the calypsonian s son,
Colin, who lived in the four-bed-
room building with his wife Mag-
dalene Hamlet, six-year-old
daughter Serenity, his mother and
two other family members, is
looking to start over and rebuild
his dad s home.
He also ran a car wash business
from his home, while he took care
of his mother, who also lost both
legs some time ago. He had to
lift her out of the burning house
when it became engulfed in
flames last Monday around 5 am.
"My mother is blind and has
no feet, so by the time I carried
her out and everyone else got out,
the house was completely
The family could do nothing
but watch their life s work go up
Investigations are still ongoing
into the cause, which resulted in
over $600,000 in damage. No
one was injured.
"Almost everything we had was
lost, I just thank God everyone
came out alive," he said.
But Robinson is not fazed by
the destruction, which he sees as
just a setback.
Every ending brings a new
beginning, he said in a recent
interview outside the burnt-out
shell that was once his family
home at Betsy Street, La
"It s just a matter of time before
we are back on our feet again."
He said he managed to salvage
some of the car wash equipment
so he can restart the business.
He also said he would not ask
for a Housing Development Cor-
poration (HDC) home, as he knew
many people have been on the
waiting list for years. However,
he appealed for some assistance
as he does not have the where-
withal to do so on his own right
"We are not asking for a gov-
ernment house. I will rebuild right
here. I born and grow up here, I
couldn t live anywhere else. My
daughter still has to go to school.
"But we need some assistance
from the government agencies
and the business sector to start
Officials from the Penal Debe
Regional Corporation visited the
family and gave them six mat-
tresses. The manager of the Peo-
ple s Unit in the Ministry of the
People and Social Development,
Asauph Ghany, said once a report
of the incident reaches the min-
istry, assistance will be provided
to the family.
Fire victims seek help to rebuild
Student, Hugh Wooding Law School
The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic
Act Chap. 48:50 identifies the proce-
dure for changing the ownership of a
vehicle or transferring it to another
person. Section 19 of the act sets out
the instances where a person may do
so other than by death.
The procedure is generally as fol-
The vehicle must not be used for
more than seven days after the change
of ownership unless the new owner has
been registered as such.
Within seven days after the change
of ownership, the registered owner and
the new owner must submit a written
application signed by both of them to
the licensing authority. This application
gives details of the name and address
of the new owner and the date of
change of possession. The vehicle s cer-
tificate of registration and the prescribed
fee must accompany this application.
An officer of the licensing authority
will endorse the certificate of registration
and proceed to substitute on the register
the name of the new owner for that of
the registered owner. The officer will
then date and initial the change and
from that date the new owner will be
deemed the registered owner of the
vehicle described on the register and
on the certificate of registration.
The registered owner and the new
owner must both present themselves
to the licensing authority. The vehicle
that is being transferred must also be
present at the time of the transfer to
allow for proper inspection.
Can a company transfer owner-
ship of a vehicle?
Yes. A director of the company is
required to write a letter of authorisation
permitting a representative of the com-
pany to act on behalf of it. This letter
is to be given to the licensing authority
before the procedure to transfer own-
ership can begin.
Can an ill or disabled person
transfer ownership of a vehicle?
Yes. Where due to illness or disability
a person is unable to be present for the
transfer of the vehicle, an officer of the
licensing division appointed by the
licensing authority must visit the ill or
disabled person and the vehicle, wher-
ever they are located, to allow for the
transfer. A fee must be paid by or on
behalf of the ill or disabled person to
effect the transfer.
Can a person who is out of the
jurisdiction transfer ownership of
Yes. Where the person is out of the
country, the licensing authority may
transfer the registration of the vehicle.
To do so, the party who is attending at
the licensing authority must produce
a sworn affidavit stating that the other
party is out of the country.
This column is not legal advice. If
you have a legal problem, you should
consult a legal adviser.
High Court judge Mira
Dean-Armorer on Friday
reserved judgment follow-
ing submissions made by
attorneys for Cunupia res-
idents who are opposed to
a concrete batching plant
in their area.
Prakash Deonarine, who
represents RPN Enterprises
Ltd, told the judge the
motion should be thrown
out, as it was an abuse of
In March 2012, the Envi-
Authority (EMA) wrote to
the company, saying it had
failed to obtain a certificate
of environmental clearance
(CEC) to construct the
plant. The company
entered into an agreement
with the EMA and was
allowed to continue oper-
In response to Deonar-
ine s claims, attorney for
the residents Ramesh
Maharaj, SC, said the agree-
ment between the EMA
and the company was a
breach of the law and the
company ought to have
been fined and made to re-
apply for the CEC.
Ruling reserved in
concrete plant case
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