… porters suffer broken limbsThree persons are now injured after the Guyana Police Force-issued vehicle of Police Commissioner Leslie James crashed into a water truck on Saturday.The accident occurred at about 14:45h on the Covent Garden Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) as the Top Cop was returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).When contacted, Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, told Guyana Times that while heading to Georgetown, the canter, GWW 9079, which was selling water pulled over on the side of the road to make way for the police vehicle, PSS 4796, after hearing the siren approaching.Top Cop Leslie James’ crashed vehicleBut the canter, according to Isles, could not go further into the corner because of parked trucks on the parapet and as such, when the Top Cop’s Prado Land Cruiser was passing by, it clipped the canter and crashed into it.However, residents in the area are claiming that there was no siren on the Commissioner’s vehicle and that the canter was parked in the corner of the road when the police vehicle collided with it. The impact of the collision, residents say, caused the Force-issued vehicle to skid on the road and its side to be ripped by one of the “bush-trucks” parked on the side of the road.A subsequent release from the Force’s Public Relations said, “the canter suddenly swerved from east to west and stopped leaving the rear portion on the driving lane; as a result, the left side front of the [police] jeep collided with the right side rear of motor canter GWW9079 causing the said canter to spin around and collided to motor lorry GXX 230 [one of the parked trucks] and motor jeep collided to GPP 6739 rear [another vehicle] which was stationary on the western side of the road.”Guyana Times understand that both the canter and the police vehicle were badly damaged.At the time, the Commissioner was in the company of his driver, Corporal Mark Smith, and personal assistant (P.A.C), Superintendent of Police Allistair Roberts, who was in the front passenger side of the vehicle.The water delivery canter being taken away from the sceneThis newspaper understands that shortly after the accident, Police swarmed the scene and took the Top Cop to seek medical attention at a private hospital in the city. This publication was told that while the Police Commissioner and his driver were cleared, his assistant suffered a broken left shoulder and was admitted at the private institution.Meanwhile, there were two persons – the owner and driver, Basdeo Lalchan, 37, of lot 1718 Section ‘B’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, E.B.D and occupant Janathan Ramkellwan, 24, of lot 1374 Diamond Housing Scheme – in the canter at the time of the accident. They were reportedly pinned in the vehicle and were freed only after cutting the wreckage. They were subsequently rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they are being treated for broken legs and back injuries, before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where they were admitted.According to the Police, a breathalyzer test was conducted on Corporal Smith and no alcohol was found in his system. Nevertheless, enquiries are in progress.
Freddie Mac Hires Daniel Gardner as Single Family VP of Affordable Lending and Access to Credit in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Daniel GardnerFreddie Mac has hired Daniel Gardner as the company’s Single Family VP of Affordable Lending and Access to Credit. Gardner, who the company says is a “long time champion of affordable lending in the mortgage finance industry,” will officially join on March 30 of this year.“We are excited that Danny is joining us,” said David Lowman, EVP of Single Family Business, in a press release. “He has more than twenty years of experience making home financing affordable and sustainable for low-and moderate-income borrowers across the country.”Gardner has held leadership positions at the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) and the affordable lending operation at some of the nation’s leading mortgage lenders. This is experience is why Freddie Mac believes Gardner will bring significant experience and a great depth of knowledge to the role.“Danny also has well established relationships with many of our customers as well as the non-profit organizations dedicated to affordable lending,” said Lowman. “I am confident Danny’s knowledge, executive abilities and long dedication to affordable homeownership will create new opportunities for our customers and Freddie Mac to serve the nation’s borrowers.”At Freddie Mac, Gardner will be responsible for the company’s efforts to responsibly increase the availability of affordable mortgage credit for low and moderate income borrowers and underserved communities. Before joining Freddie Mac, Gardner worked for Capital One as the VP for Community Reinvestment Act Business Development and Multicultural Lending. He had held that position since 2013.Gardner was the COO of the NCST from 2009 to 2013. The NCST is a non-profit organization who works with Freddie Mac and other national financial institutions to stabilize local communities by turning foreclosed homes into new homeownership opportunities for eligible low and moderate income families. Before working for the NCST, Gardner spent 13 years in progressive management roles at CitiMortgage Inc. and was the company’s SVP and National Director for Strategic Markets between 2006 and 2008. Daniel Gardner Freddie Mac NCST 2015-03-19 Samantha Guzman March 19, 2015 624 Views