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Government must bring the bever-
age container legislation speedily since
Guyana and other countries have
banned styrofoam (used for cups and
containers) as this is carcinogenic and
also detrimental to the environment,
Independent Senator Dr Dhanayshar
Mahabir has said.
He drew attention to the situation in
the Senate on Tuesday in debate on an
Opposition motion calling for Govern-
ment to implement sustainable devel-
opment goals outlined by the United
Mahabir said the beverage container
legislation had appeared in Parliament
last year but needed to be brought back
since it was important to regulate con-
tainer use. He said Haiti, Guyana and
other places have policies on plastic
and banned styrofoam.
The US Toxicology Programme in
2011 added the styrene material from
which styrofoam emanates to its list of
The US National Research Council
has upheld styrene s carcinogenic listing.
Several US states have banned styrofoam
containers. Haiti banned styrofoam
containers in 2012. Guyana planned to
implement the ban on such containers
from January 1 this year to
address waste management
and promote use of
biodegradable materials, that
Legislation to deal with
beverage containers was on
the previous People s
National Movement admin-
istration s agenda.
It was taken up by the
People s Partnership gov-
ernment regarding plastic
bottles specifically. Legis-
lation on this lapsed by the
term s end.
minister Ganga Singh said
it should be returned quickly
and should encompass styro-
foam products. He said the Green
Fund was to have been used to retool
companies manufacturing styrofoam
Mahabir in the Senate said recycling
should be taught at pre-schools and
primary schools to ensure future gen-
erations knew how to deal properly
with plastics and bottles.
Mahabir said the Green Fund should
also be used for the purposes for which
it was designed, including assisting
recycling and solar projects.
Mahabir also recommended that
Government assist private individuals
to defray the cost of restoring historical
buildings they might own since it was
necessary to conserve T&T s stock of
"We don t want to see another recur-
rence of the situation with the Greyfri-
ars Church," he added.
A Debe man who found two guns,
six rounds of ammunition and a mag-
azine and hid them in his ceiling was
jailed yesterday for three years.
Ravi Jhagroo, 30, a linesman, told San
Fernando Magistrate Suimongal Ram-
saran he was afraid to hand over the
ammunition and guns to the police. He
was charged jointly with Sonia Bhag-
He pleaded guilty to two charges,
possession of a Taurus revolver and
a pistol and possession of a five
rounds of .38 ammunition and one
round of 9mm ammunition.
"I guilty, but this young lady has
nothing to do with this," he told the
Bhagwandeen pleaded not guilty
and was granted own bail in sum
of $25,000. She was told to return
to court on February 22.
Prosecutor Sgt Dianath Harricha-
ran said around 3.50 pm on Tuesday,
police executed a search warrant for
arms and ammunition at Jhagroo s
home at Debe Main Road.
While searching a bedroom, the
police found the two guns, five rounds
of ammunition and another round in a
magazine in the ceiling.
Jhagroo did not have a firearm user s
He did not have an attorney. He told
the magistrate he was cutting grass
for some people when he found the
Asking for leniency, he said he was
a hard worker and had a four-year-
old child. Asked by the magistrate
why he carried the items home and
did not give them to the police,
Jhagroo said he made a mistake
and he was frightened.
"I did not know what to do
with it," he said.
Ramsaran, however, did
not believe his story.
Noting that a first time
offender could be sent to
jail, he said the offence also
carried a $15,000 fine or
eight years hard labour.
Comparing the penalties for breathal-
yser and gun offences, he said: "A
breathalyser fine could be up to $22,000.
It would mean that in T&T exceeding
the prescribed limit of 35 microgramme
per 100 millilitres of breath twice is con-
sidered to be a more serious offence than
Noting the prevalence of firearm-relat-
ed offences in society, he said: "You can
hardly open the newspaper without get-
ting news about someone being shot by
a firearm, even in broad daylight and in
public, on Mucurapo Street."
Based on the prevalence of the offence,
the variety of ammunition and two guns
were involved, the magistrate sentenced
him to three years on each charge.
The sentences, however, were ordered
to run concurrently so he only will serve
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