first_img– stress “poor” annual responseCalls are being made to residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), moreso the Linden community, to support the annual blood drive hosted by the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).The calls are being made by officials of the medical institution as it continues its quest of saving lives through blood transfusions. In an interview with the Guyana Times, Senior Medical Technologist attached to the hospital, Melanie Sinclair, said response from members of the community has generally been “poor” over the years. She pointed out that there is need for more awareness and education campaigns geared towards motivating people to donate blood. She said more needs to be done in terms of educating members of the public on the importance of so doing.LHC PRO Toshanna Alicock“Because even if you go on television and you say you’re having a blood drive and what is the venue, if persons don’t know why they need to give blood, the importance of it, you find that they won’t come,” she pointed out.She added that the hospital is hoping to expand the blood drive in terms of stakeholder contribution.Meanwhile, LHC’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Toshanna Alicock, said this year, in an effort to improve support for the blood drive initiative, the health institution will be targeting companies to come on board. She appealed to members of the public to show support, noting that one pint of blood can save three lives.“We hope that companies would get on board. We know that they house a lot of employees, so we’re appealing to different companies; that’s the plan. We haven’t sent out official letters as yet, but we’re hoping that the companies would accommodate us…especially corporations… to see how best they can accommodate us for our blood drive this year”, she explained.Alicock said the hospital would also be hosting blood drives at various exhibitions this year. As is customary, she said, the LHC also plans to have a booth set up during the hosting of the annual Linden Town Week event this year to cater for blood donations.last_img read more

first_imgLindener Mark Humphrey, charged with the offence of exceeding the speed limit while driving motor car PWW 4523 along the Half Mile Public Road in Wismar, Linden on Tuesday, February 12th, 2018, pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined $20,000. The 45-year-old has two weeks to pay the fine, or face the alternative of 2 weeks’ incarceration.last_img

first_imgWhile commissioning Guyana’s first boardwalk, on Sunday at the Golden Beach in Bartica, capital town of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region Seven, President David Granger charged the mayors and town councils across the country to follow the lead of the town of Bartica in its pursuit of initiatives which not only promote the ‘green’ agenda, but add to the aesthetics of the environment.President David Granger giving brief remarks at the commissioning of the new boardwalk on the Golden Sands Beach in BarticaCommissioning of the boardwalk — lighted by solar electricity and having a number of seating areas — drew the usual large crowd, there for the annual Bartica Easter Regatta, and President Granger said the facilities Barticians are now enjoying should be replicated across Guyana.“Bartica is dear to my heart,” he said. “You are now a town, something that should have happened more than 100 year ago; but it is now irreversible and unchangeable, and you can look around and see the changes that the Town Council has made in two brief years.“Mayor [Gifford] Marshall and his Deputy set out to establish a clean, ‘green’ and safe town, and they are well on their way to achieving that objective. This is a model, and I wish that every other town should emulate this example.  Most of (the other towns) are waterfronts, and this is a joy to see. Bartica is a model, and I am vindicated in making Bartica a town and giving Bartica the name, ‘a clean, ‘green’ town’,” the President said.President David Granger interacting with visitors and residents of Bartica at the annual Easter RegattaMayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, in his remarks, said the Mayor and Town Council is working assiduously to ensure that it achieves the mandate of becoming the first ‘green’ town in Guyana and the Caribbean. Importantly, too, he said Bartica has a role to play in tourism in Guyana if it continues on its current developmental trajectory.“Bartica can become the tourism capital of Guyana. We are working to ensure that our true potential is met. We are working to ensure that we enforce a ‘green’ agenda. We are working to ensure that there is a good life for all. Let us continue to work for the development of our town; and, most importantly, let us work for a better Guyana.“We have unveiled our first boardwalk. Next year we will (add) an extension, and His Excellency will declare open the extension. These projects are here to show not just what we can do, but (they are) a pillar of development. It places us on the centre stage of the Caribbean and the world,” Mayor Marshall said.Bartica resident Roxanne Jardine, in an invited comment, said that, like the Head of State, she, too, is pleased with the developmental works that have been taking place in Bartica.“This is a great and big change for us here in Bartica; this boardwalk. We feel different. It’s less crowded and confusing out here, and cleaner; and we welcome all of the infrastructural works. This is a real change in 2018 from the time I have been living in Bartica, and I definitely look forward to seeing more changes in the near future,” she said.Commissioning of the new boardwalk was done on the sidelines of the annual Bartica Regatta, and in referencing that event, the Head of State posited that the sport has continued to grow from year to year, with it now become a national and international event.However, he noted that it is his desire to see the participation of the villages in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni region.“Regatta is moving from a local festival to a global festival. I want to see more participants from all over the region all coming to make this a more massive festival. Let’s have swimming, canoeing, boat racing, and all the other water sports we have,” he suggested.Mr. Rod Henson, Country Manager for ExxonMobil Guyana, who is in the region to partake in the festivities, said he is impressed with what he has seen so far, even as he noted that he was encouraged by friends to go to the event.“This is my first time, but I am having a blast. It is absolutely a great environment and great people and lots of sun, so it’s a great day for racing. When I got the opportunity to come and see, my wife and I decided to come, and it is fantastic; and I wish many more people could come out and see this,” he said.Nazir Baksh, who is visiting Bartica with his family from Canada, said that while it is his first time, he, too, is impressed with what he has seen over the weekend.“It is my first time in Bartica. It’s really good. We are enjoying this; the seating and the accommodation, the boardwalk… We are definitely encouraged to come back,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgAs there continues to be uncertainty over the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Board of Directors, Cabinet is currently looking at some new names.This was revealed by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, who said on Thursday that Cabinet was still continuing deliberations on the appointment of a Board of Directors for GuySuCo, adding that new names are being looked at.“We are discussing possible names… I put some names up, they look at it. They say vetting (by) this other person and so on and so forth. So, it’s in the course of being discussed,” the Minister said.Of recent, there have been reports of an apparent tug-o-war within the coalition over the sugar industry, which is now under the control of a Special Purpose Unit that was created under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for the divestment process.In fact, reports had surfaced about disagreements allegedly between Ministers from the two coalition parties regarding the chairmanship and members of the GuySuCo Board. It was reported early March that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had allegedly proposed for Head of SPU, Colvin Heath-London, to be the Chairman of the new GuySuCo Board after the previous body had expired on February 14. The purported proposal was reportedly not accepted by the other Cabinet members.However, Minister Jordan had subsequently issued a statement denying making such a suggestion, saying that he was in Jamaica for a Pre-Governors meeting of the Inter-American Development Board (IDB) and thus was not present for the Cabinet meeting.Meanwhile, about two weeks later, NICIL published the names of the new Board, naming Heath-London as Chairman while the other members included Fritz McLean, Komal Singh, Verna Adrian, Vishnu Panday, Annette Arjoon, Arianne Mc Lean, Roshan Khan Jr and George Jervis, with two other names to be added to the 11-member body. A full-page ad had detailed that the new Board was approved by Cabinet on February 26, 2018.However, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said the same day that there were some issues with regard to the timing of the ad and Cabinet was reviewing the matter.Addressing the issue, Minister Holder brushed aside reports of an apparent power struggle within the Cabinet, saying his Ministry was constitutionally responsible for the sugar industry.“The Corporation is totally and solely owned by the Government of Guyana. The Minister of Agriculture answers to Parliament for what happens in GuySuCo. I am accountable to this nation for its activities; therefore, the Minister of Agriculture should have responsibility for GuySuCo. Therefore, the Minister of Agriculture will appoint the Board of GuySuCo,” Holder posited.Furthermore, the Agriculture Minister went on to outline that NICIL was a creature of the Government and thus carried out instructions from the executive.“NICIL is a holding company. It holds the shares for GuySuCo; it holds the shares for Guyoil; it holds the shares perhaps for GPL; it’s a holding company. It is not a government and, therefore, it carries out instructions of the Government… Perhaps someone didn’t tell NICIL their role,” Holder noted.last_img read more

first_imgThirty-four-year-old Fareez Yaseem of Lot 25 Belmonte, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was on Monday morning stabbed at least 12 times during a confrontation with an intruder who was attempting to break into a storage bond at his home.Dead: Fareez YaseemReports are that the now dead father of three was awakened by a sound emanating from the lower flat of the house, and he went to enquire. As he walked down the flight of stairs, he reportedly saw the suspect trying to gain access to the bond, and a confrontation and ultimately a scuffle ensued between the two men, during which the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt Yasseem several stabs to his body.The injured Yaseem fell into a drain and died almost immediately, while the perpetrator made good his escape, but reportedly left his pedal cycle and a slipper behind.When Guyana Times visited the scene, Yaseem’s house was locked and no one was at home. The gate was also locked, and a car he had recently bought was parked in the garage.A few houses away, a relative, Jason (only name given), who lives a few villages away, was preparing to hold a wake at the home of Yaseem’s mother-in-law.He told Guyana Times that Yaseem had left his (Jason’s) business place in Mahaicony, ECD at about 17:00h on Sunday to head home after a day’s work.However, at about 02:00h on Monday, he received a telephone call informing him that Yassen had been stabbed dead.To confirm the news, he telephoned another relative, who without hesitation rushed to the scene, only to see Yaseem’s bloodied body lying in a small drain in the yard.“I can’t say how much time he get stab, and I couldn’t go close to see, because the Police been at the scene carrying out their investigations…,” that distraught relative explained.He also explained that after speaking to the late Yaseem’s wife, he was made to understand that the deceased was only trying to protect his property.“He wake up after he heard the sound, and went downstairs without waking up he wife… When he reach downstairs he see the man, and then is when he get stab,” the relative detailed. At the time of Yaseem’s demise, he was wearing his jewellery, but all were found intact.The relative also confirmed that a one-side slipper and a bicycle were found in front of the dead man’s yard. These items have been taken into custody by the Police as evidence as investigations continue.Jason also told Guyana Times that he, too, resided in the village for 15 years, but made a decision to leave following an upsurge in criminal activities.He recalled that his mother-in-law’s premises had been broken into, as well as his home. In both incidents, the bandits carted off millions in cash and jewellery.To date, he stated, no arrest has been made although detectives had dusted the respective crime scenes for finger prints.“I can’t raise my children in this village. Too much happening…thief here and there, and the Police doing nothing,” he stated.He is calling on the relevant authorities to solve this recent murder, and not let it be considered another unsolved mystery.The late Yaseem has been described as a hardworking individual who used to “hustle” to making sure his family is taken care of.He leaves to mourn his wife, Devi, who was at home when he was killed. She reportedly hid in the upper flat of the house with her three children during the incident. After realizing that her husband was stabbed, she raised an alarm and neighbours rushed to the scene.The man’s body was removed hours after, and taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await a post mortem examination. Up to late Monday evening, no arrests were made. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

first_imgIn excess of $700 million will be expended for the execution of Amerindian Development Projects by the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry for hinterland villages and communities in 2019.This followed the successful defence of the Ministry’s Capital and Current Budgetary Estimates in the National Assembly on Monday by Ministers Sydney Allicock and Valerie Garrido-Lowe.This sum of $235,300,000 will be invested in 215 villages and communities under the Presidential Grant Programme.Villages are expected to submit their respective project proposals in support ofMinister Sydney Allicockexisting livelihood projects; develop new economic, social and environmental initiatives; provide job opportunities for locals and increase entrepreneurial capacity as Government commitments to empowering the Indigenous peoples of this nation.In 2019, in excess of $176 million will be spent for additional support to the programme. This will be in the form of monitoring and mentorship through cluster training to ensure best practices are employed and youth receive the prerequisite skills to effectively operate and manage their business to ensure growth and sustainability.Of the sum, $12 million has been budgeted for two thousand youth to receive additional support through the acquisition of small grants of $50,000 each.Meanwhile, the construction of a $38 million Mall at Santa Rosa, Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) is among other economic projects on the cards.This is a 40’ x 60’ two-storey building with some $10 million allocated in 2019 to assist the village in bringing this investment to fruition.In 2017, 10 of the 11 satellites merged their respective presidential grants to commence construction, while in 2018, all 11 villages came on board for the continuation of the project, which to date, has seen the completion of itsMinister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowefoundation, columns and second floor completed.At the end of 2018, $21 million would have been invested by the villages and will accommodate 40 stalls equipped with lighting and security features and an estimated monthly income of $600,000Santa Rosa will also benefit from a $40 million Ground Coffee Production project (Robusta Coffee) to supply both local and export market demands and will see some 15 farmers benefiting.Farmers have already commended land preparation as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of the beans to begin the germination process and subsequently planting of seedlings.This multi-year project has seen $10 million budgeted for in 2018, with an additional $10 million in 2019 which will cater for the construction and furnishing of the facility.Kwebanna Village is also benefiting from a multi-year cassava flour processing facility, while Smith Creek Fish and Crab Facility will also receive additional funding for its completion.This two-year project is value at over $16 million with $10 million already invested in 2018 for its construction while the second year will see an additional $6 million invested for the installation of solar panels as well as additional funds for marketing of produce.Agro processing facilities will also be established in Maruranau, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); Food processing facility at Bina Hill, Region Nine; Paruima Fruit Farm, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); Santa Cruz Fruit Farm, Region One; a Lapidary in Monkey Mountain, Region Eight; an Eco-Tourism project in Karasabai, Region Nine; Rest Shelters in Chenapou and Paramakatoi, Region Eight; and Parishara, in Region Nine.Warapoka Village, Region One, is also earmarked for support towards improvingThe Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministryits community-based eco-tourism initiative since the spotting of the much sought after Harpy Eagle.Five million dollars was allocated in 2018 for upgrades to two rooms at the Villages Guest House and the construction of a benab to accommodate the village office and a museum. A further $2 million will go towards completing this venture which will also aid economic activities in the village.Meanwhile, Laluni, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and St Ignatius, in Region Nine will each receive a tractor and implements to aid in agriculture production, while the Amokokopai – Phillipai farming trail will receive a $2 million upgrade.In addition, St Deny’s/Tapakuma and Suruma trails are expected to be upgraded. Monies were also approved for construction of several bridges in various communities.Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe during her budget presentation posited “for the past three years, since this Government took office, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs has been focusing on building the capacity of our Indigenous and hinterland people. Your Government does not believe in hand-outs. We believe in empowering people and giving them the economic support required so that they can create successful and meaningful lives for themselves”.Minister Sydney Allicock also emphasised that the vision of the Ministry for the next 20 years is to ensure that “all of Guyana’s Indigenous peoples and villages and communities are empowered to have a better quality of life now and for future generation”.The Minister added that “Budget 2019 will undoubtedly continue to ‘transform the economy, empower the people and build sustainable communities.’The House Monday last unanimously approved $1.9 billion expenditure for the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry to execute its mandate to the Indigenous peoples in 2019.last_img read more

first_imgRecently the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) vehemently objected to the advertised presence of several State agencies being part of a meeting held by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Georgetown District. The objection seemed only natural, given it was a planned meeting by a political entity; the ruling one. The official presence of such agencies would obviously raise concerns over party paramountcy through the process of politicisation.Such concerns are not new to those familiar with the country’s political history. They would never forget the image when the flag of the PNC flew higher than the Golden Arrowhead in the compound of the Appeal Court when that party was in Government. That firmly and unambiguously demonstrated that the party was in charge and epitomised the oppression that prevailed.While fear permeated during that period, that image served to further embed it into mindsets and ironically, as the flag fluttered, it froze many into silence. There was no mistaking that the PNC party reigned supreme and the State apparatus was made to be at its disposal. So were public servants who believably, were mandated to attend political meetings and to participate in State-sponsored events, including Mashramani.The imposed fear made it much easier for the workers to succumb to such demands since there were mouths to feed. In looking back, while it was despicable, it can be attributed to natural consequences of a dictatorship where the iron fist created soft bellies by choice. Those who opposed took tremendous risks with some tragically paid the ultimate price as the brutality took toll.In assessing history, those heinous acts may now be deemed as understandable within the context of the consequences of a dictatorship and obviously much to the displeasure of the victims. The dictatorship ended, freedom rebirthed and democracy prevailed for over two decades. Even in those freer and modern times and when the PNC was in Opposition, it created scenarios to berate the PPP Administration accusing it of being undemocratic.Those accusations were even made when the PNC engineered acts to deliberately create instability necessitating responses to ensure law and order. It used the 2015 campaign to repeat those accusation and made bold promises to “restore” democracy and the rule of law. By its own record since 2015, it would not be inaccurate to state that’s a promise it failed to deliver or even remember.Its current position in disregarding the enshrined and ensuing process of a successful no-confidence motion highlights its lack of adherence to the constitution and by extension, the rule of law.The use of State agencies at one of its meeting must therefore be seen in a particular context. Based upon Government’s campaign and the expectation it built in the minds of Guyanese, freedom of choice, democracy, transparency and adherence to the Constitution should be a norm. In the first instance, one would expect that if a State agency is embarking on an outreach to engage citizens in an effort to foster awareness about particular programmes and policies, it would be done independently of any political entity to avoid any semblance of politicisation.From their public profiles, the entities advertised seemed very capable of conducting such outreaches as part of its service provision. Based upon the advertisement in question, it may be easy for a conclusion to be made that the ruling party might have forced the participation of the said entities. The timing can also foster that belief given the Government’s noticeable efforts to engage the populace in various parts of the country suddenly after the passage of the No-confidence Motion. Within that context it would be difficult to conclude otherwise especially when such outreaches were not common before.This brings into question whether these entities freely agreed to participate or were coerced. That suggestion may not be unreasonable given that the PNC, which is now the major party in the current coalition (many are of the opinion it is the Government), when in government, was reportedly responsible for forcing public servants to participate in State events and for flying its flag in the compound of the Appeal Court.What currently plays out raises eyebrows as to whether these are signs of a repeat of that oppressive period. Analysts have pointed to other developments that could conclude a gradual return of those dark days. Most significant must be the President unilaterally appointing the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) disregarding what obtained for 27 years. The process he disregarded began with one of his party’s predecessor as President; Desmond Hoyte who was an attorney.The imposing of a plethora of crippling taxes, the seemingly unjustified firing of a number of persons, including professionals, and the accusations of political witch-hunts, further add to that belief of a growing dictatorship. The refusal to abide by the Constitution since the no-confidence vote may have removed any doubt some might have as to that ominous return. In what seems as desperation on its part to stay in office, coercing State entities in the present seems an action plucked directly from the past.last_img read more

first_img….as Schneider Electric partners with MassyLocal businesses will now have the opportunity to benefit from a new line of products and services aimed at improving reliability and lowering the cost of IT infrastructure and facility management operations, as Schneider Electric earlier this week disclosed its partnership with Guyana’s technology giant, Massy Technologies Limited (LTD).General Manager of Massy Technologies Ltd, Jason Sahai expressed eagerness about his company’s partnership with Schneider Electric.“We are very excited about partnering with Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management and automation…this partnership complements Massy Technologies (Guyana) Ltd offering in IT infrastructure, solutions and services, to directly benefit our clients, who will now have access to a more complete suite of technologies” Sahai noted.Massy Technologies recently announced expansion plans of IT Solutions into Managed Services and Cloud Solutions. Therefore, Schneider in its partnership with Massy can now offer higher levels of service and efficiency for UPS and backup power supplies, server racks and cabinet among other services.In addition to having a positive impact for traditional data centres, Schneider products and services can benefit from critical business and sector environments mainly healthcare, construction/engineering, manufacturing, tourism and entertainment where there is efficient access to data and reliable telecommunications are essential.Massy Technologies has also achieved its Elite Partner Status upon meeting a set of prerequisites through the Schneider Electric ITD Channel Partner Programme. This was revealed by Schneider’s Sales Director for the Caribbean Region, Manuel Rodrigues.Schneider’s Sales Director Manuel Rodrigues (left) shares a handshake with Massy Technologies General Manager Jason Sahai“Massy Technologies (Guyana) Ltd achieved the Elite Partner ITD status with Schneider Electric, which now allows the company to better serve its clients in Guyana Region…Partners that achieve this status have a proven record of performance, their products and services are top-notch and they bring distinct and often unique capabilities to the commercial and technical ecosystem” he stated.last_img read more

first_imgThe Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), which is operated by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Friday reported yet another shutdown, causing power outages in several communities.The utility company announced shortly after that the system was indeed nonfunctional and promised that the situation will be rectified.On Wednesday, a burnt primary conductor on the L23 transmission line caused disruptions along Canefield to Auchlyne in Berbice. The interruption was necessary to connect the transmission line to the Skeldon generation facility.Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the DBIS recorded a shutdown due to a fault in one of the circuit breakers at the Garden of Eden Power Plant. This caused a “lock out” of the busbar, facilitating the transfer of power from four generators. According to GPL, the “sudden” loss of 18 megawatts of generator capacity resulted in the shutdown.GPL’s poor services have come under criticism many times, primarily by the general populace. Residents on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), were faced with constant power outages in April, just one day after the commissioning of a $1.8 billion power plant at Anna Regina.Just a few months ago, a loan was granted from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to the tune of US$20 million, to be provided to the Guyana Power Light (GPL) for upgrading the services.The loan was expected to facilitate the rehabilitation of 153km of GPL’s medium voltage and low voltage network and 6941 smart meters, including the associated transformers, service lines and distribution boxes along with the rehabilitation and extension of two 69/13.8KV substations at Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop.last_img read more

first_imgNGSA results 2019Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Education Officer Rabindra Singh, in his analysis of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) 2019 Examination results for the region, told the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at a recent statutory meeting that the results are not much different from that of last year, despite the successful performance of a few students. He noted, however, that systems are being put in place to correct the underperformance.Singh noted that a ten per cent decline in Social Studies and a five per cent increase in the Mathematics is of great concern and warrants urgent attention.According to him “too much focus is being placed on the Math and English”, resulting in an overall pass rate of 51.1 per cent for Mathematics and 65.6 per cent for the English as against Social Studies falling below 50 per cent and Science with 52.7 per cent.He also noted that the schools along the Berbice River such as DeVelt, Kimbia and Mount Carmel did exceptionally well. They had students placed at A-list schools, despite the shortage of teachers as well as qualified teachers. The Department has already begun taking actions to improve performance by hosting a one-week training sessions for all teachers in Sub Region 2 of which 96 teachers attended.The Council also unanimously voted to commence reconstruction on the Christianburg Primary School.Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Councillors urged the Regional Education Officer to collaborate with Parent Teacher Association (PTA) bodies and look at ways in which the RDC could help to strengthen the students in their areas of weaknesses.Countrywide declineWhile there has been a countrywide improvement in students’ performance in Mathematics, the other subjects recorded a whopping decline.The pass rate for each subject is calculated by the number of students who would have obtained 50 per cent or more. Only Mathematics saw an increase from last year’s statistics with an upward trajectory from 38.3 per cent to 42 per cent. However, the overall performance of English dropped from 60.6 per cent to 57.4 per cent. The same followed for Science with figures decreasing from 46.8 per cent to 46.4 per cent and Social Studies with 46.1 per cent to 39 per cent.Education Officer Rabindra SinghMinister of Education Nicolette Henrylast_img read more