Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:27:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No automatic Telecoms Licences under new laws – Patterson http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/no-automatic-telecoms-licences-under-new-laws-patterson/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/no-automatic-telecoms-licences-under-new-laws-patterson/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:59:20 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368843 David Patterson

David Patterson

The new coalition government is in the final stages of the liberalization of the local Telecommunications Industry, as the draft laws are nearing completion.
But unlike its previous version, which was set to automatically grant telecommunications licences to a select few, all interested in such will now have to re-apply.
This position was disclosed by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, who met with media operatives on Monday last at his Wight’s Lane, Kingston Office and said that the two related Bills are almost completed and will shortly be laid in the National Assembly. He did not provide a more detailed timeline.
“I can’t say if it will be done next week but it will be done this year,” Patterson said. He said, government had retained two consultants to put together a draft of the new Bills and this has been completed and returned to the administration.
“Both the draft of the Telecommunications Bill and the draft amended PUC (Public Utilities Commission) Bill is right now with our Cabinet Sub-Committee, it is being circulated,” Patterson disclosed.
According to the Public Infrastructure Minister, the drafts will now have to be vetted to ensure they are compliant with the provisions required by the administration.
Patterson explained that, “as long as it passes through that process, it goes to the CPC (Chief Parliamentary Counsel) and then to Cabinet and then soon after we will lay it in Parliament.”
The Public Infrastructure Minister reiterated that government is looking to have the legislation and inherent liberalization approved of the sector by the end of the year.
Minister Patterson was also asked to respond to whether the automatic licensing of named companies will be kept in the draft legislation.
He told media operatives that all aspirants will be required to re-apply for their telecommunications licences.
“From the draft Bill that we have, everyone is eligible to re-apply,” according to Patterson.
Under the previous administration, a similar Bill was crafted which revealed one of the most shocking and unprecedented occurrences anywhere in the world.
It identified companies which would automatically be handed a Telecommunications Licence when the legislation is passed.
GT&T and Digicel are already holders of Telecommunications Licences.
A Telecommunications Licence is a valuable document as it allows its holder to provide any internet-related service, including the sale of bandwidth, cable television and mobile/cellular.
Two of the companies named in the then proposed law to be automatically handed Telecommunications Licences are E-Networks and Quark Communications Inc.
E-Networks have as its shareholders, Vishok Persaud and his sister Member of Parliament, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, both the children of former PPP Bigwig, the late Reepu Daman Persaud; Keith Evelyn and Rakesh Puri.
Quark Communications has as its shareholders as former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s niece, Subrina Singh, Winston Brassington and Brian Yong, a close friend of the former President.
Interestingly, Quark has its base of operations in a compound at Versailles, West Bank Demerara, which belongs to none other than Jagdeo’s best friend, Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop.
Another private company slated to be handed a Telecommunications Licence is iNet Communications Inc.
This company has as its principals, Dr. Bobby Ramroop, his secretary Valerie Khan and one of his Directors, Roopnarine Ramcharitar, among others.

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No apologies, Government justifies salary increases – Harmon http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/no-apologies-government-justifies-salary-increases-harmon/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/no-apologies-government-justifies-salary-increases-harmon/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:58:37 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368846 Following news of over 50 per cent salary increases for Ministers of Government, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has stated that these increases are justifiable considering the quality of Cabinet members and thus the Government has no apologies to make.

During an interview with the media yesterday Harmon, himself a Minister, noted that the $560,000 paid to a Government Minister previously was on par with what he, as a lawyer, paid his lawyers in private practice.

The Minister also stated that there could not be a situation such as in the past administration, when Ministers were prepared to accept “lowly” salaries, but would engage in corrupt practices.

“We are not going to do that. Our ministers will have to sign to a code of service which requires them to act at a different level. And so we have to pay people well if we want them to perform,” he said, adding that he has no apologies to make in this regard.

“And if you look at the Cabinet, you will find people of quality working there. I believe the increases are justifiable,” he said.

The rumours of the increases were floating since August, with media reports even producing detailed figures of the projected increases. When questioned at a press conference in August, Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman had stated that the proposed increases were in an effort to adjust salary scales to better distinguish the categories of Government Officers including Ministers and Junior Ministers, Vice Presidents and Presidential Advisors. He had stated that adjustments have not been made in the last 20 years.

Noting that the increases were subject to a review under the purview of Harold Lutchman, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, he also mentioned that the adjustments were on hold.

Following the laying of the budget 2015, the basic minimum wage was increased from $39,540 to $50,000 effective July 1.

Also effective July 1, 2015 all other public servants received a five percent salary increase, in addition to $5,000 monthly. Minister of Finance Winston Jordan had stated that this was to allow a greater increase in the lower income brackets.

Jordan had also revealed that pensions were to be increased from $13,125 to $17,000. This was done, though the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) later leveled the accusation that the Government had taken away the subsidies for water and electricity from senior citizens.

It had also been announced that workers currently earning $50,000 will have a monthly increase of $7,500, or 15 percent, while a person currently receiving a salary of $100,000 would get a 10 percent increase.

The Official Gazette of September 25 announced the increases subject to the Ministers, Member of the National Assembly and Special Offices (Emoluments) Act. It also went on to state that the amendments were retroactive to July 1, 2015.

The gazette report listed the Prime Minister’s salary as $20,580,000 per annum, while the salary of every Vice-President was listed as $11,135,064 per annum.

For the Cabinet Ministers, their salary was listed as $10,439,124 per annum while the Junior Ministers were listed as receiving $8,346,492 per annum.

The Attorney General is listed as having the same salary as the Chancellor and the Speaker of the National Assembly is listed as receiving $10,439,124 per annum.

The Leader of the Opposition will receive $10,439,124 per annum while the Parliamentary Secretary is listed as receiving $3,753,984.

The Deputy Speaker will be getting $2,702,880 while the Chief Whip is getting 2,682,360. Every other member of the National Assembly, according to the gazette, will be getting $2,402,532 per annum.

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Govt. will not accept defective US$12M Water Treatment Plant – Scott http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/govt-will-not-accept-defective-us12m-water-treatment-plant-scott/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/govt-will-not-accept-defective-us12m-water-treatment-plant-scott/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:57:25 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368850 The Guyana Government will not be accepting any facility not properly functioning and as such, the contractors on the US$12M water treatment plant in Region 10 have been called in to remedy the defects uncovered in its filtration system.

This is the position of Minister with Responsibility for Housing and Water, Keith Scott, who during an exclusive interview with this publication yesterday, said that currently a team from the Ministry is overlooking the remedial works being undertaken.

According to Scott, the contract was still in its defects liability period and as such, the contractor bears the responsibility of ensuring that a working facility is turned over to the government.

“I myself visited the place, the plant is running but they have some filtration problems,” the Minister told Kaieteur News.

According to Scott, “we are still within the defects liability period and therefore we are in a position to say that those problems that we had will be addressed.”

He was adamant, “we are not going to close down any plant as some people up there are trying to get us to do.”

Scott said what will be happening, “is that we will maintain all the plants so there will always be a back-up system available.”

He said too, “it is our duty, our intention and our resolve to make sure that all of Linden gets potable water.”

Speaking specifically to the defective water plant in Linden and its contractors, Scott told Kaieteur News, “we have already called them in and as I said, we are within the defects liability period so we are not going to accept any handing over until they deliver what they had signed to deliver.”

The project boasts a modern water treatment facility and a 3,200 cubic metre reservoir at Wisroc and a 2,800 cubic metre reservoir and a 200 foot well at Amelia’s Ward, which was expected to be commissioned before the May 11 General Election, but the idea was shelved after it was realized that the two facilities could not produce enough water to meet the expected demand.

This information was reportedly kept under wraps until it was recently exposed by Chairman of the Linden Interim Management Committee (IMC) Orrin Gordon, during a fact finding tour of the facilities last month.

Gordon is reported saying that during the course of his site visit, he was bombarded by residents from both sides of the river with complaints that they have not been receiving adequate supplies of potable water.

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Ramjattan not interested in Roger Khan’s testimony…for now http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/ramjattan-not-interested-in-roger-khans-testimonyfor-now/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/ramjattan-not-interested-in-roger-khans-testimonyfor-now/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:56:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368859 Roger Khan

Roger Khan

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, is not too interested in the testimony given in a United States of America court by self-confessed drug dealer Shaheed Roger Khan; at least not now.
Ramjattan is more focused on dealing with the current crime situation, with the aim of making this country a safer place.
The Minister was responding to media reports in which newly appointed United States Ambassador Perry Holloway said that the possibility exists for the Guyana government to access Khan’s testimony for a possible Commission of Inquiry into death squads and the extent of Khan’s operations during his reign.
“We would certainly be disposed to cooperate within the frame work of the rule of law,” Ambassador Holloway said.
Khan, who had admitted to helping the government tackle an out of control crime situation, by using extra judicial methods of execution, was sentenced to a total of 40 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to three charges.
The charges are conspiracy to import cocaine (14 years), illegal firearm possession (10 years) and witness tampering (15 years)
However, he is only serving 15 years after the sentencing judge ordered that the three sentences run concurrently.
It is believed that he gave US investigators vital information about his links with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic government in a plea deal that saw him get a favourable sentence. The information could prove vital should there be a Commission of Inquiry into the killings during the 2002-2008 period.
Yesterday, Minister Ramjattan said that Roger Khan is not a priority in the crime configuration of Guyana at this present time. “We have a lot of work to do in Guyana to control crime and we are working apace,” Ramjattan said almost dismissively.
Ramjatan said that if Khan wants to give information voluntarily while incarcerated, like others before him have done, he will welcome it.
“He might want to write a book about his association with Jagdeo and Leslie Ramsammy; it will make a lovely novel, interesting reading,” the Public Security Minister said.
US Special Agent Cassandra Jackson of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, in her affidavit to the US Court about Khan’s involvement in the drug trade in Guyana, gave an indication as to how powerful he was.
“Khan was ultimately able to control the cocaine industry in Guyana, in large part, because he was backed by a paramilitary squad that would murder, threaten and intimidate others at Khan’s directive. Khan’s enforcers committed violent acts and murders on Khan’s orders that were directly in furtherance of Khan’s drug trafficking conspiracy,” she had said.
Khan acquired vast properties, recruited serving police officers, ordered executions, imported and exported cocaine, laundered millions of dollars, possessed specialised intercept equipment and armed himself with a wide assortment of handguns and ammunition.
All of this was possible only because of his “special relationship” with the then PPP Government. He enjoyed immunity from an indulgent administration and compliant law enforcement agencies.
Minister Ramjattan stated that the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change coalition is quite aware of the role Khan played in assisting the previous government.
“We know he helped the (PPP/C) government with their extra-judicial killings—we don’t need Roger Khan to tell us that,” Ramjattan declared.
“I will not make it a big priority to venture forth to get the (Roger Khan) testimony from the US court. If it comes, I will welcome it but thank God he is in jail,” Ramjattan added.

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Guyana buckles down for months of dry weather http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/guyana-buckles-down-for-months-of-dry-weather/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/guyana-buckles-down-for-months-of-dry-weather/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:54:35 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368866
  • Govt. team treks to Region Nine as Takutu River drops

    A high-level Government team is expected to visit Region Nine today to assess the extent of damage caused by dry weather in that area.

    Reports by residents yesterday indicate that the level of the Takutu River, which borders Guyana and Brazil and runs right next to Lethem, has dropped considerably.

    According to the Ministry of State, based on reports from the Regional Executive Officer (REO), the Region Nine Emergency Response Centre was activated with workers ready to deploy supplies to affected persons and families

    According to the Ministry yesterday, a team from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), including Director-General, Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, and his Deputy, Major Kester Craig, will accompany Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.

    Harmon holds responsibility for disaster preparedness management.

    “The intention of Wednesday’s visit is to do an assessment of communities in the region affected by the prolonged dry weather. This assessment comes based on reports and information received by the CDC from the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of that region,” the Ministry said yesterday.

    The region has thus far activated the Region 9 Emergency Response Centre, and is prepared to deploy supplies including water tanks, water pumps and water purification tablets.

    According to Craig, those items were positioned in the region and some sub districts since April of this year.

    During today’s visit it is expected that a location will be identified to construct a warehouse where supplies can be stored making them easily accessible in the event of future similar emergencies.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement is predicting that the current dry weather is likely to last until February.

    “According to the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) diagnostic discussion issued by the Climate Prediction Center (NCEP) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society on September 28, 2015, there is a 95% chance that the Northern Hemisphere will experience El Niño conditions that will continue for the remainder of the year, and a 55% chance it will last into the second quarter of 2016; that is, El Niño is expected to gradually weaken during April to June, 2016. Given the current trend, the ENSO Alert System Status is now ‘El Niño Advisory’.”

    According to the Ministry, in Guyana´s context, and with the current dry season and upcoming rainy season, the latest data from the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CARICOF), the Climate Predicting Tool (CPT) has shown, for the remainder of 2015, a great percentage probability of below normal precipitation (rainfall).

    “As a result of the expected conditions, the Hydrometeorological Service is advising that the appropriate water management practices be employed in the various sectors and households, to mitigate against the forecasted deficit in rainfall quantities and increase in atmospheric temperatures in the coming months.”

    Warning that it does not mean there is no rain, the Ministry said that farmers and others can expect a reduction in the quantity of water.

    “Further, under these conditions, it is also still highly probable to experience periods of high intensity short duration rainfall, which are difficult to predict and may result in flash flooding in high risk areas.”

    The situation would be worrisome for especially farmers involved in the rice and cash crop business.

    They depend heavily on the hundreds of canals across the country for irrigation.

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    Fire destroys East Street building http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/fire-destroys-east-street-building/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/fire-destroys-east-street-building/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:52:12 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368872 An afternoon fire of unknown origin destroyed the top flat of an East Street house, leaving three people homeless and tens of millions of dollars in losses.

    Pauline John, 48, lived in the upper flat of the 345 East Street building while Noel Mohabeer and his son Christopher resided in the bottom flat. The building is owned by David John who is currently in Sudan.

    Mowava Maison, an employee at the Dapper N Debonair shop next door said that she smelled smoke just before 15:00hrs but saw nothing alarming when she came outside. “I didn’t think was anything big but minutes later the smoke became a big fire. So I run inside and get my uncle out of his building.” From her recollection the fire started in the back section of the upper flat and quickly swept through to the front.

    A teary-eyed Pauline John, the caretaker for the past eight years, said that she left home for about 15 minutes only to return to a big fire. In disbelief and fighting back tears the woman said, “I don’t have a clue how this happened. The only thing I leave on as is customary is the fridge now everything destroyed. All I have now is what I have on. My phone and money and all my household items gone”

    Her tenant Noel Mohabeer works one block away at Quamina Street and he too had no clue of how the fire began. His belongings were untouched by fire but were water soaked. While he had no comment for the media he was heard saying that the fire happened really fast.

    Fay Harris, a vendor from nearby, said that she saw what appeared to be cane burning then she heard an explosion and saw fire bellowing from the building.

    While the Fire Service was praised for their efforts that saved other buildings close by from becoming engulfed, one report is that the first fire tender arrived with a limited water supply.

    Compton Sparman, Divisional Officer-in-charge of operations in the Guyana Fire Service, said the Fire Service was contacted at 15:03hrs and responded immediately. “We saw the fire from the fire service Headquarters and we dispatched four appliances, when we arrived the building was well alight.”

    He said strategy was employed to fight the fire, given the current dry season and given that water access is problematic for the area. Water was used from the Lamaha canal to extinguish the blaze. In his opinion given the proximity or closeness of the mostly wooden structures the fire fighter’s did a superb job. “Because of planning we were able to fight the fire before it got out of hand…It could have been worse.”

    Sparman said from his assessment the fire only destroyed the entire top floor of lot 345 East Street building, but aside from water damage there was no fire damage to the ground floor. “As a precaution we received a message that there were persons trapped and so we also dispatched an ambulance. However, there was no one inside.”

    Sparman said the Fire Service will launch an immediate investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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    Gun found on ‘Nasty Man’ not used in Warlock execution http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/gun-found-on-nasty-man-not-used-in-warlock-execution/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/gun-found-on-nasty-man-not-used-in-warlock-execution/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:51:47 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368923 Police have determined that the gun found on Dellon Henry, called ‘Nasty Man’, was not used in last week Tuesday’s execution of ‘Warlock’ resident Dexter Griffith.
    But investigators are still trying to build a case against Henry in connection with Griffith’s murder, which is said to be linked to a vendetta between individuals from East Ruimveldt and Agricola.
    Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said that police will be seeking legal advice as early as today to ascertain whether murder charges can be leveled against Henry.
    Kaieteur News understands that police have statements from individuals who allegedly saw Griffith’s killer in ‘Warlock’ earlier in the day and then during the night when Griffith was slain.
    Police said that Henry was held on Sunday in Second Street, Agricola, with an unlicensed .38 revolver and six matching rounds, as well as with two .32 rounds. At the time, he was wanted for questioning in connection with Griffith’s murder.
    Two other men were taken into custody with Henry after being found with two bulletproof vests.
    ‘Nasty Man’ first gained notoriety around the age of 15, when he was charged and remanded for the August 8, 2006 murder of businessman Wordsworth Grey, who was gunned down in Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.
    The killing occurred in the height of the crime wave and on the same night of which five Kaieteur News pressmen were slain in Eccles. In 2006, while still incarcerated, Henry was charged, along with Deon Braithwaite, for allegedly sodomising another prisoner.
    Prison officials, who gave his age as 24, said that the murder case against Henry was discharged in January 2013. He was also placed on $100,000 bail for the sodomy charge.
    On December 2014, he was remanded for armed robbery. He attended court on September 25, 2015 and did not return to prison. It is unclear whether this matter was also discharged.
    Griffith, 36, was gunned down last week Tuesday night in an area known as ‘Back Circle,’ East Ruimveldt. There are reports that the gunman was taken by car to ‘Front Circle’, East Ruimveldt. He reportedly then walked to ‘Back Circle’, East Ruimveldt, shot Griffith, then fled to ‘Front Circle’, where the car was waiting.
    Griffith was the third individual to be executed in Warlock within the past five months.

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    Dem boys seh… Jagdeo lose out pun de back pay http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/dem-boys-seh-jagdeo-lose-out-pun-de-back-pay/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/dem-boys-seh-jagdeo-lose-out-pun-de-back-pay/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:50:48 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368841 Two things happen over de last two days. One happen Monday and people who old enough still talking. That was the day when Papa Cheddi win de elections and end de PNC rule. Dem boys still remember de celebrations. That was de time when people seh that de PNC rule fuh too long and was time fuh a change.

    Even some of de people who use to support de PNC decide that dem gun stay home. Was big celebration but some people cry. And of course, de PNC claim how de elections rig.

    Papa Cheddi party get a dose of de same medicine and of course, de people in de party claim how de elections rig. And while dem talking Soulja Bai arrange a good back pay fuh he Ministers and all dem Members of Parliament, including Jagdeo.

    That is wha mek dem boys raise dem eyebrow. Jagdeo suppose to get $800,000 a month but he seh he don’t want it. And is not that he is a good man. Is that de money smaller than he pension. He can’t get all two.

    And right away dem boys seh that dem understand why Jagdeo didn’t want de Minister pay to raise. Because `he pension so big and he can’t enjoy de pay increase he mean that nobody shoulda get any. Well people gun get and he gun have to do without.

    Kwame buss cry because he ain’t getting nutten. De other day de bank tek way he car and now he trying to sell he house. That was one man who did believe that de Pee Pee Pee woulda remain in power forever. People ain’t even seeing de fella.

    Dem boys seh that fuh all de people Kwame insult; fuh all dem others he get fuh campaign fuh de party and fuh all who he terrorise, de party should a give he something.

    From de time dem rice farmers hear that dem Minister and Hem Pees get back pay dem start to protest. People getting more pun dem pay and de rice farmers getting less fuh dem paddy. Soulja Bai seh that he ain’t got nutten to do wid paddy. Dem rice farmers intend to keep him busy till he do something.

    De other thing that happen was de anniversary of de Cubana disaster. Jagdeo and he government never pay too much attention to that. Dem boys know why. Cuba never give money to host the anniversary so Jagdeo didn’t care. Soulja Bai care.

    Talk half and watch how times change.

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    National Awards 2015 … Pres. Granger hails awardees as inspiration to nation, youths http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/national-awards-2015-pres-granger-hails-awardees-as-inspiration-to-nation-youths/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/national-awards-2015-pres-granger-hails-awardees-as-inspiration-to-nation-youths/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:49:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368920 By Jarryl Bryan

    President Granger, accompanied  by Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh

    President Granger, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh

    President David Granger hailed the awardees at yesterday’s Investiture ceremony at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) as an inspiration to the public, especially youths.

    The list of awardees was announced back in May 2015. Fifty-three (53) awards were conferred on the awardees, all of whom enjoyed a military escort as they approached the Head of State.

    It wasn’t all formality, however. When the physically challenged Walter Morris, Lieutenant Col. (Ret’d) climbed the stairs for his award, the President broke protocol to leave his dais and confer the award on the edge of the stage. This action prompted an outpouring of applause.

    “I think he has a great concern for disabled persons. In other words, he cares for those who are physically challenged,” Morris said after the ceremony.

    President Granger said that national awards are a symbol of nationhood and are the greatest gift that a nation can offer to its citizens.

    The President said that the awards, the Order of Excellence, Order of Roraima, Cacique’s Crown of Honour, Golden Arrow of Achievement, Medal of Service, Discipline Services Medal for Meritorious Service, Military Service Star and the Military Service Medal, constitute an important institution of the state.

    Granger said that though receiving an award is a prestigious national honour, it is merely a token that could not measure the magnitude of selflessness and dedicated service that citizens have given to their country.

    Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Orders of Guyana, Justice Carl Singh, said that these awards are the most tangible recognition of merit that citizens can receive from their country for the exceptional service they have given.

    At its inception, there were only two Orders; the Order of Excellence (highest award) and the Order of Service. However, in 1976, the Constitution of Orders was amended to create the Order of Roraima, which ranks next to the Order of Excellence.

    Additionally, there are the Orders of Service, which are made up of special awards including the Cacique’s Crown of Honour, the Golden Arrow of Achievement, the Medal of Service, the Cacique’s Crown of Valour, the Golden Arrow of Courage, and the President’s Commendation for Brave Conduct, the Military Service Star and the Disciplined Services Star.

    “Every Guyanese should strive to emulate the contributions of today’s awardees to the good of our country,” Justice Singh urged in his address.

    Those receiving the Order of Roraima were Mayor of Georgetown Hamilton Green; historian and educator Sister Mary Noel Menezes and Senior Counsel, Professor Emeritus Brynmor Pollard. (Pollard already has the Cacique’s Crown of Honor).

    Receiving the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH) were Edith Bynoe, a former Parliamentary Secretary within the Ministry of Trade; Oscar Clarke, former diplomat and General Secretary of the Peoples National Congress/ Reform (PNC/R); Yvonne Harewood-Benn, a former Minister of Government and educator; Llewellyn Clifton John, a former Minister of Agriculture, Home Affairs and Local Government; Apostle Winston F. McGowan; Eshwar Persaud.

    Supriya Singh-Bodden, founder of the Guyana Foundation; Donald Trotman, former Supreme Court Judge and Elsworth Williams, an apostle, rounded off the CCH recipients.

    Receiving the Golden Arrow of Achievement were Mitzy Gaynor Campbell, Guyana Kidney Foundation Administrator; Edgar Adams, Businessman Ivor Allen, Jeanne Atkinson, President of the Amerindian Peoples Association; Basil Blackman, former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Officer; Paulette Bynoe, Senior lecturer; Malcolm Chan-A- Sue; Ivor Crandon, Professor of Neurosurgery; Doreen Duncan, retired Headmistress; Businessman Fazil Shahibbdeen Ibrahim Hakh and former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly.

    Sherlock Issacs, the current Clerk of the National Assembly; Jean La Rose; Paloma Ramona Mohamed, Senior lecturer; Prince Albert Pompey; Evan Semple; Gwendolyn Tross and Maurice Veecock, senior lecturer, were also the proud recipients of this award.

    Gaining the group award was the Anna Catherina Islamic Complex, while posthumous awards were conferred on Olga Bone, former head of the Examinations Division, Ministry of Education and Wordsworth Mc Andrew, former Broadcaster and folklorist.

    Receiving the Medal of Service were Mabel Baveghems, former Member of Parliament; Gordon Chase; Roylance David; Jaitun Haniff-Persaud; Noshella Lalchecharan; Godfrey Marshall; Sheik Niamatali; Amrita Thomas; Dionysia Niewenkerk; while Burnell Thomas received this award posthumously.

    Receiving the Military Service Star were Brigadier Mark Phillips, current Chief of Staff; while Wilbert Lee, Col. (Ret’d) and Walter Morris, Lieutenant Col. (Ret’d) received the Military Service Medal.

    Receiving the Disciplined Service Medal were Carol Audrey Lewis-Primo and David Ramnarine. Both are former and current Asst. Commissioners of Police. Carol Grahame and Welton Trotz, Deputy Director and Director of Prisons also got this award.

    Desiree d’Santos-Moore and Peter Wilson, both retired Guyana Fire Service station officers, closed off the recipients.

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    US envoy pledges assistance in prison management http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/us-envoy-pledges-assistance-in-prison-management/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/us-envoy-pledges-assistance-in-prison-management/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:46:38 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368894 Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan shares a light moment with newly accredited United States Ambassador to Guyana Mr. Perry Halloway.

    Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan shares a light moment with newly accredited United States Ambassador to Guyana Mr. Perry Halloway.

    …and anti money laundering training


    The newly accredited United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, has signaled his government’s willingness to provide continued assistance to Guyana in relation to Prisons management, with specific focus on the rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders.
    This was conveyed during a courtesy call to Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan at his Brickdam Office on Monday.
    Ambassador Holloway who was accompanied by the United States Charge d’ Affaires, Bryan Hunt, assured the Vice President of the United States of America’s continued assistance to Guyana’s security sector.
    The two officials discussed continued training opportunities for Guyana’s law enforcement officers.
    According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, upon the request of Vice President Ramjattan, training will be provided in the areas of anti-money laundering, asset recovery and prevention of bribery and corruption.
    The US Ambassador also indicated his government’s willingness to assist with public awareness initiatives in Guyana regarding, the diverse methods used by sophisticated white collar criminals.

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    Cuban Ambassador, GCSM observe Cubana Air Disaster http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/cuban-ambassador-gcsm-observe-cubana-air-disaster/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/cuban-ambassador-gcsm-observe-cubana-air-disaster/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:44:18 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368915 (from Left)  President of Guyana-Cuba Solidarity  Movement (GCSM) Haleem Khan and Ambassador  Mr. Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante with  family at the wreath laying ceremony

    (from Left) President of Guyana-Cuba Solidarity Movement (GCSM) Haleem Khan and Ambassador Mr. Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante with
    family at the wreath laying ceremony

    The Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante, and President of Guyana-Cuba Solidarity Movement (GCSM) Haleem Khan, joined the Government and Diplomatic community at the wreath laying ceremony in recognition of the 39th anniversary of the Cubana Air Disaster.
    The ceremony was held at the Site of Monument, University of Guyana Turkeyen Campus.
    On October 6, 1976 when the aircraft exploded just after take-off from Barbados, there were 57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese and five North Koreans on board.
    Members of the Cuban national youth fencing team were among the dead, as were a number of young Guyanese academic scholarship winners who were travelling to Cuba to pursue studies in medicine.
    The 11 Guyanese were Margaret Bradshaw, Sabrina Harripaul, Seshnarine Kumar, Ann Nelson, Harold Norton, Raymond Persaud, Gordon Sobha, Rawle Thomas, Rita Thomas, Violet Thomas and Jacqueline Williams.
    President of the GCSM, Haleem Khan, said that Guyanese should not look at the bombing as just a mere air disaster, but as a terrorist attack.
    He explained that the “War on Terror” of the U.S. and Canadian Governments is so disingenuous that they shelter and reward the terrorists they prefer, while accusing others of the crimes they commit.
    Khan repeated his calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, while denouncing the actions of successive US Presidents in allowing those responsible for the bombing to walk the streets of Miami freely.
    Investigations revealed that two types of bombs were used, variously described as dynamite or C-4.
    Evidence implicated several CIA-linked anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and members of the Venezuelan secret police, DISIP.
    Political complications quickly arose when Cuba accused the US government of being an accomplice in the attack. CIA documents released in 2005 indicate that the Agency “had concrete advance intelligence, as early as June 1976, on plans by Cuban exile terrorist groups to bomb a Cubana airliner.”
    Former CIA operative, Posada Carriles, denied involvement, but provides many details of the incident in his book “Caminos del Guerrero (Way of the Warrior)”. The bombing was considered, then, the deadliest terrorist airline attack in the Western Hemisphere.
    Four men were arrested in connection with the bombing, and a trial was held in Venezuela.  Freddy Lugo and Hernán Ricardo Lozano were sentenced to 20-year prison terms; Orlando Bosch was acquitted because of technical defects in the prosecution’s evidence, and lived in Miami, Florida until he died on April 27, 2011; and Luis Posada Carriles was held for eight years while awaiting a final sentence, but eventually fled.
    He later entered the United States, where he was held on charges of entering the country illegally, but was released on April 19, 2007.
    Khan explained that at its simplest, the mastermind of the tragedy walks freely in Miami, while those who sought to expose the terrorist actions of groups that targeted Cuba, from the safe haven of the United States, were put behind bars. Those convicted are referred to as the Cuban Five.
    At the Tribunal, testimony was heard from legal counsel and expert witnesses on the historical and political context, the arrests, trials and convictions of the Cuban Five, and events since the trial in Florida that resulted in the convictions.
    According to Khan, on September 12, 1998, a heavily-armed FBI SWAT team arrested the members of the Cuban intelligence network in Miami. The five agents were tried, convicted and sentenced to long prison terms, including one double life sentence, plus 15 years.
    Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González were convicted in Miami of conspiracy to commit espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, acting as an agent of a foreign government, and other illegal activities in the United States.
    René González was released on October 7, 2011 following the completion of 13 years of his sentence with a further three years of probation in the US. He was allowed to return to Cuba for his father’s funeral on April 22, 2013. A federal judge allowed him to stay there provided that he renounce his United States citizenship.
    Fernando González was released from Safford Federal Prison on February 27, 2014, after serving his entire sentence. He was deported to Cuba.

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    Major contract targets computerizing 3M civil records http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/major-contract-targets-computerizing-3m-civil-records/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/major-contract-targets-computerizing-3m-civil-records/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:44:12 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368889 Over 3M birth, death and marriage records  that date back to almost 150 years are to  be finally computerized.

    Over 3M birth, death and marriage records
    that date back to almost 150 years are to
    be finally computerized.

    Approximately two million birth; one million marriage and 500,000 death registration records must be entered into a computer database in their entirety within a three-year time frame.
    This means that some 4000 birth, death and marriage registration records (correct entries) must be entered daily, according to the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the consultancy firm which will undertake the computerisation of the records at the General Registrar Office (GRO).
    An advertisement is currently out recruiting consultancy services for this project, a government statement said yesterday.
    The objective of this project is to ensure that all the records for the period 1869 to 2015 are correctly entered into what is known as the Civil Events Registration System (CERS), to allow for the complete automation of the process for the generation of certificates, verification, easy retrieval and storage.
    GRO is the government agency responsible for the registration of civil events (births, deaths, marriages and adoptions) and the issuance of the relevant documents to support this function. As part of its mandate for the continuous improvement in delivery of service to citizens, and to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, the GRO acquired the CERS.
    An indispensable requirement for the CERS is the need to take data from the paper-based birth, death and marriage registration records (held by the GRO) and enter these into CERS database from the year 1869 to 2015.
    According to the statement, it is envisaged that upon completion of this project, the process for distributing new birth, death and marriage certificates will be significantly reduced, and will allow for easy retrieval of information.
    The consultant or firm will be required to ensure that for each record entered, there is 100% accuracy. Weekly status reports on proposed targets and achievements and monthly reports on data entries completed must be submitted.
    Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, under whose remit the GRO falls, had said during the 2015 Budget debates in August, that part of a $183M allocation to his department will go towards restoring GRO records. An additional part of the GPOC building has been rented to help in this restoration project.

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    MMA/ADA moves to repossess rice farmers’ lands http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/mmaada-moves-to-repossess-rice-farmers-lands/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/mmaada-moves-to-repossess-rice-farmers-lands/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:43:02 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368887 Some Berbice rice farmers are up in arms over a recent move by the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), to repossess their farmlands, depriving them of their livelihood in the process.
    Phillip Johnson, of Seafield, West Coast Berbice, travelled to the city, and visited this publication yesterday to vent his frustration against the MMA/ADA, saying that he believes that there could be some level of collusion that has led to the repossessing of the lands.
    Johnson provided this publication with a copy of a lease agreement, issued under the hand of former President Donald Ramotar, which was finalized in November last.
    The MMM/ADA subsequently published a notice in the dailies which states that as a result of a court action last year October, all the leases are cancelled with immediate effect.
    Johnson said that he made contact with the MMA/ADA General Manager, A. Charles, who informed him of the court action and said nothing further could be done.
    The land, he said, has already been cultivated at a substantial cost. To compound the situation, the rice farmers are now being asked to pay the MMA/ADA to reap the rice cultivated on the land.
    The affected rice farmers believe that the issue stems more from collusion between members of the MMA/ADA and a selected few farmers who control the majority of lands in the West Berbice District.
    Johnson said that just about six families were in control of some 500 acres of rice lands in the area. The cultivation was being undertaken under the name of a defunct corporation.
    He said that these lands were previously under a sub-let structure by those in charge, contrary to any lease arrangements with the administration.

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    Local DEA to be fully manned by mid-January – new US Ambassador http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/local-dea-to-be-fully-manned-by-mid-january-new-us-ambassador/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/local-dea-to-be-fully-manned-by-mid-january-new-us-ambassador/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:41:02 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368884 US Ambassador, Perry Holloway

    US Ambassador, Perry Holloway

    More than 18 months after announcing the presence of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Guyana, the US is in the process of making the situation a more permanent one.
    By January 15th next year, says new US Ambassador, Perry Holloway, an official who has already been selected and his team will be in place in Guyana.
    In July last year, former President, Donald Ramotar, and the previous US ambassador, D. Brent Hardt, announced the establishment of a local DEA office to fight the drug trade.
    This was following the approval of the DEA office in Guyana by the US Senate. Moves have been underway since then to ramp up activities in Guyana.
    A number of temporary duty personnel have been stationed here.
    According to Ambassador Holloway, the DEA officials have been working closely with the local authorities not only on cases, but on training and lending of technical assistance. The agencies would have included the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU).
    There have been several high profile drug cases in both Guyana and the US.
    Holloway, speaking to reporters on Monday at the US Embassy in Kingston, also disclosed that an assessment team is in Guyana to speed up arrangements with the office, which is currently housed at the US Embassy in Kingston.
    Guyana, because of its geographical location in South America, has been a known trans-shipment point for narcotics for years now. The drugs have been making their way over the borders from Venezuela and onwards through the ports to the US or neighbouring Suriname for Europe.
    The new ambassador himself is no stranger to the drug fight.
    He has served in Colombia in various levels including Director of Narcotics Affairs Section and even in Washington doing work in counter narcotics.
    Questioned whether his work in the drug trade would have played a role in him being selected as ambassador to Guyana, Holloway downplayed it but made it clear that his tenure here would involve going after organized crime.
    “…I have extensive experience in the region, particularly in the area of security, crime, and counter narcotics.
    I am committed to our efforts to disrupt and dismantle organized crime in Guyana and to end its use as transit point for narcotics.”
    He noted that the multi-faceted approach of President Barack Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), has produced some very positive results both in the area of drug seizures, and in working with at-risk youths to provide them with hope and economic opportunity.
    “Improved safety and security for all citizens of Guyana is essential to the country’s future stability and prosperity,” he said.
    Previously, before July last year, Guyana had to seek help from the Trinidad and Tobago-based DEA office, in the sharing of intelligence and exchange of mechanisms to tackle drug-smuggling problems.

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    Govt. officials call for evaluation of civil workers http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/govt-officials-call-for-evaluation-of-civil-workers/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/govt-officials-call-for-evaluation-of-civil-workers/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:40:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368878 A number of concerns have been raised and recommendations made by Government officials testifying at the Commission of Inquiry, (COI) into the Public Service.
    On Monday, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Culture Youth and Sport, Alfred King, and Principal Personnel Officer of the Ministry of Social protection, Shelton Daniels, were among the officials providing information to the COI.
    The COI has been established to inquire into, report on and make recommendations on the role, functions, recruitment process, remuneration, conditions and other matters pertaining to the personnel employed in the Guyana Public Service.
    The exercise is also expected to determine measures to improve the efficiency of the public service, to review the methodology used in the classification and recruitment of public servants.
    This has been the third week of the public hearings which is being facilitated at the Ministry of Presidency Department of Public Service Building, Waterloo Street, Georgetown.    Yesterday, Daniels, the Principal Personnel Officer of the Ministry of Social Protection, told the panel of commissioners, comprising Professor Harold Lutchman, Samuel Goolsaran and Sandra Jones, that an improved public service system is one that allows for evaluation of workers to enhance the moral aspect of the service.
    On Monday, the Personnel Officer spoke of a system in which civil servants can undergo evaluation, including personal and professional to improve the work ethics within the sector.  Daniels also spoke of systems which will boost the performance of civil workers, prior to retirement.
    “The closer that person gets to retirement their performance level will drop… They may come to work when they want …” he added
    Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, Alfred King, detailed his education and qualification to the commission.
    He told the commissioners that he has at least 31 years of experience in Guyana’s Public Service.  In detailing his work, King told the panel that he was first employed in the system as a teacher and subsequently, as Chief Training Officer in the Guyana National Service.
    King said that he also had an integral role in the establishment and expansion of the President Youth Award Programme (PYAP).   Given his core responsibility for the project, King said that the National Youth Award Council has expanded from an average of 123 members to 2,500 young people. During this time, King said that he managed to pursue and acquire a Masters Degree  in Public Policy Analysis.
    In 2009, King was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Since then, he said that he has been tasked with the key administrative and accounting officer of the   Department.   King revealed that he is currently employed on contract.
    As part of his responsibility, King related that he is in charge of monitoring the operations of staff, finances and other resources in the Ministry
    Strategic planning and making recommendations to the Minister based on policies, were also listed as part of the Permanent Secretary’s duties.
    While testifying before the Commission, King was given the opportunity to raise concerns and make recommendations for the overall improvement of the public service sector.
    He said that an objective system of assessment and selection can be instrumental in the employment of public servants.
    King believes this is necessary to ensure that those employed in the sector possess the necessary qualifications and competence to provide the service. He also advocated for a higher retirement age for civil workers.
    The Permanent Secretary held that persons with good health, experience, and qualification can serve at least until the age of 65. In welcoming the notion for a reformed system, King asserted that a good public service is one that is characterized by core values such as integrity, impartiality and intelligence.
    These three things, he said, in addition to managerial and communication, planning, and skills, are necessary to raise the standard of the sector.

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    Probe into OLPT payment claims will soon commence http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/probe-into-olpt-payment-claims-will-soon-commence/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/probe-into-olpt-payment-claims-will-soon-commence/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:39:42 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368880 The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) headed by President Mark Lyte will soon launch a probe into the claim of teachers having to pay $40,000 to receive laptops promised to them by the government.
    The “One laptop for teacher” programme, implemented by the APNU+AFC administration recently made headlines at a local media house purporting that payments are being solicited from teachers receiving the laptops.
    Chief Education Officer Olato Sam recently stated that teachers who reported the issue may have confused the recently introduced OLPT programme with the G-Tech Programme.
    The G-tech program implemented under the previous administration subsidized laptops for graduating teachers from the Associate Degree Education Programme at the Cyril Potter College of Education. Whereas, laptops offered through the OLPT programme will be provided to teachers across the nation free of cost.
    Sam, however, maintained that the allegations were false and that uncertainties over the programmes will be addressed by the Ministry of Education.
    The programme to provide laptops to the teachers has already been established and some teachers have already received their laptop. The trainees of CPCE are amongst the first recipients of the laptops in question. This initiative will build on the recently established “Guyana Improving Teacher Education Project” of 2014, which saw the students and teachers along with lecturers of Cyril Potter College of Education receiving laptops.

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    Suddie, Bartica and West Dem hospitals to be upgraded http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/suddie-bartica-and-west-dem-hospitals-to-be-upgraded/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/suddie-bartica-and-west-dem-hospitals-to-be-upgraded/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:38:21 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368882 The facilities at the Suddie Hospital, Region Two; Bartica Hospital in Region Seven: and West Demerara Regional Hospital, Region Three; will benefit from upgrades funded via the Modernisation of Primary Health Care System project.
    The 2015 National Budget allocated money for the improvement of primary health care facilities under this project.
    Minister of Health, Dr. George Norton and Minister within the Ministry, Dr. Karen Cummings, visited several health institutions across the country since they took office.  The Ministers saw firsthand the dilapidated structures and lack of “up-to-date” equipment.
    Minister Norton and team on the visit to the Suddie hospital, expressed disappointment with the state of the infrastructure, and the non-availability of key medical equipment. The operating theatre, which was constructed over five years ago, is still not functioning due to the shabby work that was done by the contractor, resulting in tiled but hollow walls and defective electrical works.
    The Suddie hospital theatre can best be described as “scandalous” Minister Norton said. “…it is a disgrace to see what persons have approved and written off as work they were paid so much to do…The walls are literally hollow, even though they are tiled, and my impression is that you’ve got to break everything down.
    I am one of the persons who said we are not here to break and build over, but I think in this case, if we want the best for the people of the Region, then we have got to do better; we have to break down this theatre, and build a new one.”
    The Ministry is currently tendering for these projects.  Interested contractors are asked to contact Mr. Prakash Sookdeo at the Ministry of Public Health, Brickdam, Georgetown; or they can call telephone numbers  225-7767 and  225 4429. Submissions close on November 10, 2015.

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    Tackling breast cancer must be a community effort – OSHAG President http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/tackling-breast-cancer-must-be-a-community-effort-oshag-president/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/tackling-breast-cancer-must-be-a-community-effort-oshag-president/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:37:09 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368892 Communities must play a crucial role in helping to raise cancer awareness. This is according to President of the Organisation for Social Health Advancement in Guyana (OSHAG), Ms Carol Bagot, who emphasised during a recent interview that keen attention must be given to breast cancer which has had a troubling impact on the local society.

    OSHAG, a not for profit organisation, is the brainchild of Bagot, a US based Guyanese. The organisation has been one that has over the years been offering support to Guyana particularly in the area of cancer awareness.

    Moreover, the month of October, which is designated breast cancer awareness month, has been timetabled in OSHAG’s calendar of activities as the time to render support to Guyana.

    And according to Bagot, OSHAG is currently looking to tailor its efforts to strategically teach women how to recognise breast cancer. “My idea is a pilot project for Guyana whereby we select about 100 women and follow them for about three years…that is something that we are thinking about sharing with the Ministers of Public Health and the Chronic Diseases Section (of the Ministry) to see how we can set up a system like that,” disclosed Bagot.

    The envisioned project, she disclosed, would entail teaching women the importance of breast self-examination and demonstrating to them how this is done. In fact she spoke of plans to conduct demonstrations using a prosthetic breast to help women discern the feel of cancerous lumps in the breast.

    Consideration for this ambitious project was premised on worrying revelations earlier this year that breast cancer was the most prevalent cancer recorded in Guyana over a 10-year period.

    Based on a Surveillance Cancer Report unveiled by the Ministry of Public Health, which examined the prevalence of the various forms of cancer over the period 2003-2012, it was observed that breast cancer accounted for the most cases recorded. Of the 6000 odd cases, more than 1,000 cases were that of breast cancer. Among the other cases recorded were: cancer of the cervix, prostate, colo-rectal, uterus, stomach, lung, ovary and lymphoma.

    “I saw the statistics and it is very worrying that we are seeing women at stages three and four, and in conversation with some women they are calling it an abscess when it starts, or another thing you find is that they say they have gotten something (medication) and the lump went away and couple weeks after it comes back…it is clear that some women are just not aware,” lamented Bagot.

    As such she stressed that raising awareness about breast cancer should be one that is especially highlighted at the level of community. “We have all of these regional clinics and health centres and one of the factors I am looking at, is gathering people in the villages and teaching them, particularly women, how to do self-breast examination…” disclosed Bagot as she emphasised her conviction that “I think it should start there (communities) because the strength of Guyana lies in the community.”

    Added to this, Bagot noted that OSHAG is prepared to further help tackle the cancer shortcomings in Guyana by helping to facilitate trips to the United States for identified medical officials to observe how cancer treatment is administered. This process, according to her, is expected to help the Public Health Ministry in its quest to swiftly bring into being a comprehensive cancer treatment programme.

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    Georgetown Hospital playing crucial training role http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/georgetown-hospital-playing-crucial-training-role/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/georgetown-hospital-playing-crucial-training-role/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:27:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368907 – as efforts are made to improve delivery of health care


    Improvement and expansion of health care services in the public health sector is high on the agenda of the Ministry of Public Health. This was the recent assertion of Chief Medical Officer (ag), Dr. Jeetendra Mohanlall, who disclosed that these efforts are being guided by the Ministry’s Strategic Plan – Health Vision2020.
    Even as plans are taking shape for the improvement and expansion of health care services guided by the strategic plan which has been deemed as a “proactive and holistic strategic plan” by Dr. Mohanlall, skilled health care professionals is key to achieving the envisioned goal.
    And according to him, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has already started to play a tactical role in this regard. He disclosed that the GPHC has been instrumental in equipping many students, both local and foreign, with functions needed to propel them in their chosen medical professions.
    He made reference to the hospital’s Orthopaedic Technician programme, for instance, which is conducted by the GPHC as one that builds capacity for the medical support staff.
    Just recently a batch of 10 persons completed the Orthopaedic Technician programme. Among those trained were two Belizean soldiers.
    Alluding to the GPHC as Guyana’s number one teaching hospital, Dr. Mohanlall noted that “the learning environment for medical training has been greatly enhanced over the years through collaborations with various institutions.”
    This, he said, has allowed for the sharing of expertise and resources in areas that are often characterised as being resource-strapped.
    Dr. Mohanlall noted that while the Ministry has benefited from partnerships with universities, allowing for the external training of local medical personnel, the GPHC-spearheaded programmes have proven instrumental to the improvement of health care delivery.
    And there have been even more laudable achievements emanating out of the GPHC, the CMO (ag) observed.
    “I would like to congratulate the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and the management of the hospital for the successful renal transplant done recently by Dr. Kishore Persaud and team. Organisations such as the Caribbean Heart Institute (a public-private partnership accommodated at the GPHC) have also given Guyana recognition as being progressive where specialised services are concerned,” said Dr. Mohanlall.
    He however, stressed the need for medical personnel to pursue continued self-development even as he emphasised the importance of embracing advance education in light of the fact that the delivery of health care is always evolving.
    Dr. Mohanlall has noted that like many developing nations, Guyana has been assiduously striving to provide the population with optimal, equitable and accessible health services.
    As a result, he informed that the Ministry of Public Health has evolved into one of the largest and most diversified Ministries in the country.
    And in order to build on this achievement, Dr. Mohanlall disclosed that those within the public health sector, are constantly encouraged to provide only quality services with a high standard of professionalism regardless of which Region they are required to carry out their duties.
    In highlighting the importance of primary health care to ensure that equity of service is maintained, the CMO (ag) warned that health professionals should “never underestimate the value and importance of teamwork, and always remember that your work should positively impact the lives of your patients and their families.”

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    Region 6 has enormous work programmed for rest of year http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/region-6-has-enormous-work-programmed-for-rest-of-year/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/region-6-has-enormous-work-programmed-for-rest-of-year/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:23:48 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368905 – $260M available to be spent

    The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Six is set to put out to tender a number projects under its 2015 capital works, as early as next week, Regional Chairman David Armogan has confirmed.
    Armogan said $260M has been provided as Capital Budget for the Region in the 2015 National Budget.  The sum will cater for the completion of the Outpatient building at the New Amsterdam Hospital, and the upgrade of the theatre at the Skeldon Hospital.
    The Region will also tender for the purchase of ambulances, rehabilitation of the Leeds Primary School and construction and rehabilitation of sanitary blocks at Skeldon and Black Bush Polder Secondary schools.
    Other capital projects for the Region include the completion of the RDC building at Springlands, the construction of revetment at Siparuta, Grant 1805 and Orealla, bridges at Mibicuri and Lesbeholden, excavation of facade from Light Town to Plegtanker, construction of bridges at Angoy’s Avenue, Courtland Village, New Amsterdam, Grant 1708/1802, Yakusari, Warren and Number 69/70 Villages.
    Armogan said that the roads at Mibicuri South, Savannah Park, Tucber Park, Caracas and Grant 1803 are scheduled to be rehabilitated, as well as cross streets in Tucber and Cumberland.
    As it awaits the execution of its Capital Projects, the Region has been executing its on-going maintenance works.
    Armogan also stated that Region Six has completed its road maintenance projects for 2015.
    Contracts for repairs to five of the Region’s schools are at present out for tender. These are the Fort Ordnance, Belvedere and Gibraltar/Courtland Primary Schools, and the Port Mourant and Manchester Secondary Schools.
    The schools will be repaired as part of the routine buildings maintenance carried out every two years. The interventions will chiefly target repairs to the roofs, walls and steps, replacement of windows and addressing bat infestation.

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    Govt. delegation heads to Canada to woo investors http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/govt-delegation-heads-to-canada-to-woo-investors/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/govt-delegation-heads-to-canada-to-woo-investors/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:22:50 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368903 A high level Government of Guyana delegation is gearing to head to North America to meet with a number of potential investors.
    The team will be looking to sell investment opportunities in Guyana.
    The announcement was made by Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, who on Monday last said that the team will be led by Prime Minister and First Vice President, Moses Nagamootoo and will also include himself, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin.
    The investor’s confab stems from requests made of Head of State, President David Granger during a recent visit to the North American country.
    “Several persons in the Canadian Diaspora expressed an interest in projects and investing in Guyana, some even in returning to Guyana and we were mandated to follow up on this,” Patterson told members of the local media corps.
    He said the response to the planned forum thus far, has been overwhelming but he did express concern over the logistics involved in getting to meet and interact with all of the persons that would have expressed an interest.
    “But we do hope in the end that we will have some concrete proposals with which we can carry to Cabinet.” Patterson told media operatives, that the confab is slated to be held from Friday to next Monday.
    The Diaspora Investment Forum, according to Patterson, will on the first day see the Ministers along with a team from the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-INVEST) meeting with a number of large businesses.
    He said during that forum, “we will make presentations on investment opportunities in the country and in the afternoon, we will schedule one-on-one meetings.”
    Patterson told media operatives too, that among some of the presentations would be government’s plans to build a new Demerara Harbour Bridge as well as plans to establish four new townships and the inherent investment opportunities.
    “We will be speaking to them on energy,” said Patterson, as he reminded of Government’s commitment to pursuing alternative energy sources other than the traditional fossil based fuels.
    He recalled too, the administration’s desire to have all of the outlying areas, including the Essequibo islands powered by alternative energy.
    Patterson cited as an example that the power generation needs of an island such as Wakenaam, could be put to investors.
    That island, he said, has a demand requirement of about 2MW and potential investors in alternative energy could examine possibilities in that region which could also lend to reducing the cost paid for energy there.
    “I will also be pitching to them for the airport and the security services,” said Patterson. He told members of the media that as it relates to the provision of security services at the international airport, there is a proposal from a Canadian firm but the delegation would also be looking for other proposals from interested parties.
    Patterson said, while he could only speak to his Ministry’s portfolio, he is quite certain that the Ministers of Business and Public Security will also be making similar pitches for projects under their remit.
    He said too that the Public Security Minister and the Prime Minister will also seek to provide some level of assurance to the potential investors on the security and safety of their investments locally.

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    Discussion begins on future of EU, ACP partnership http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/discussion-begins-on-future-of-eu-acp-partnership/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/discussion-begins-on-future-of-eu-acp-partnership/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:21:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368901 European Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future of the partnership between the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries after 2020, when the current EU-ACP Cotonou Agreement will expire.
    This consultation will run for the next 12 weeks.
    The Cotonou Agreement is the most comprehensive partnership agreement the EU has that governs its relationship with 78 developing countries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific.
    It includes political, economic cooperation and trade dimensions as well as development cooperation which are in turn, linked to a financial instrument called the European Development Fund (EDF).
    Different stakeholders and interested parties are consulted on more than 40 questions, going far beyond development cooperation and trade issues.
    Questions like peace and security, the fight against terrorism and organized crime, sustainable and inclusive growth, migration, political cooperation and many others are on the agenda for consultation and reflection.
    High Representative / Vice-President of the European Commission, Mogherini said, “The relationship between the EU and ACP countries has moved beyond development cooperation and trade over the last two decades.
    “So it’s time to assess our cooperation to identify new ways for our partnership on the common challenges and interests that we all share.”
    European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, added, “By launching the public consultation, we are opening a debate to see on which issues a future partnership could focus on and how this could be turned into an effective vehicle to promote our common interest, given the so many challenges we are confronted with.”
    This consultation will be a major component of the analysis the Commission will carry out in 2016.
    It will assess the strengths of this Partnership Agreement as well as the possibilities for improvement.
    Relations between the EU and the ACP are long standing, dating back to 1975 and the first Lomé convention.
    The latter was a successor to the first Convention of Yaoundé in 1963, binding the then European Economic Community and former colonies of some of its Member States.
    Successive partnership agreements have shaped the relationship up to the present time.
    The current EU – ACP Partnership Agreement was signed on June 23, 2000 in Cotonou, Benin. Since then, it has been the framework for the EU’s relations with 78 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
    It was revised in 2005 and 2010, in accordance with its provisions. It was concluded for a 20-year period and will expire on February 29, 2020.
    The Agreement is a legally binding instrument which establishes joint institutions and provides a framework for dialogue with each of its members.
    In addition to its political dimension and economic and trade cooperation dimension, the framework provides for development finance cooperation, attached to which is the European Development Fund (EDF).
    This is a multiannual intergovernmental fund composed of direct contributions from EU Member States, and is the only external aid instrument that does not fall directly under the EU budget.

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    Town Clerk highlights the need for additional City Day Care Services http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/town-clerk-highlights-the-need-for-additional-city-day-care-services/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/town-clerk-highlights-the-need-for-additional-city-day-care-services/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:20:47 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368897 Town Clerk of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Mr.   Royston King, has highlighted the need for additional Municipal Day Care Services.

    During a recent discourse with the staff of the Day Care facilities, King stressed the importance of the Day Care Services to the citizens of Georgetown. He noted that the services contribute and aid the social and economic functions of the family.

    According to the Town Clerk, the Day Care assistance plays a crucial role in influencing the minds of the young.

    As such, he called on the employees of the M&CC Day Care centres to use the opportunity to impart core values such as discipline, respect, obedience and team work into the children who they nurture and care for in the absence of their parents.

    King related that while it is a popular belief that the Municipality Day Care Services should be closed, since it has to be subsidized by the City Council, he believes that services provided by the Council should be extended to accommodate more children and to help parents in need of these services.

    He implored the staff to give of their best, “it is important to deliver a service of excellence.”

    The Georgetown M&CC currently manages Day Care facilitates at Festival City, North Ruimveldt; Bourda, Charlestown, East Ruimveldt and Industrial Site. The total enrollment at all five of the Day Care Centres stands at approximately 280.

    The South Road (Bourda, Georgetown) Day Care Centre was the first to open in 1933, to facilitate Maternal and Child Welfare Services to the citizens of Georgetown.

    It was established as a place for the care of the children of domestic servants and remained the only child care facility for over four decades. However, with the election of Beryl Simon as Mayor more emphasis was placed on Child Care and a second centre was opened at East Ruimveldt in 1974.

    In 1983 under the Mayorship of Mavis Benn another Day Care centre was opened in Charlestown.

    Children of the Day Care are subdivided into age groups. Their activities include: routine resting, eating, health checks, structure and unstructured plays for early stimulation. Parents are also organized into parent/staff committees to help organize and implement programmes for children or the development of the centres.

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    Regional Executive Officer (REO) stops payment for shoddy work http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/regional-executive-officer-reo-stops-payment-for-shoddy-work/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/regional-executive-officer-reo-stops-payment-for-shoddy-work/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:19:58 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368899 Newly appointed Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six, East Berbice Corentyne, Dr Verasammy Ramayya has taken a hands-on approach to do his job.
    Since his appointment as REO a few weeks ago Dr. Ramayya has been personally visiting and inspecting a number of worksites and projects to ascertain if Government is getting value for its money.
    The REO, since his appointment, has stopped payment for a number of the projects as he expressed his dissatisfaction with the substandard work being done.
    Millions of dollars are paid out every year to contractors in the Berbice region, many of whom do substandard work which deteriorates within a short time. Canal cleaning in the region is a big cash cow especially in the Black Bush Polder area and the REO plans to see that the Government gets value for money spent.
    He vowed that the errant contractors will be hauled “over the coals”.
    One access bridge, which was not repaired for a number of years, reportedly had money voted for its construction. An investigation will be launched and those found culpable will be prosecuted according to the REO. He also paid close attention to substandard work being done by contractors in canals in the Black Bush Polder area. The canal should have been clean by hand. However they are still heavily infested with overgrowth (grass, shrubs, bushes).
    According to Dr. Ramayya, monies were constantly paid out for the shoddy work and he has since stopped payment.

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    Two refused bail for Kingston cell phone store robbery http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/two-refused-bail-for-kingston-cell-phone-store-robbery/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2015/10/07/two-refused-bail-for-kingston-cell-phone-store-robbery/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:15:30 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=368909 Jermaine Bailey and Adam McDonald were remanded to prison on Monday on several counts of robbery under arms.  The charges against the men came days after they allegedly carried out a brazen robbery at the Elite Mobile Cell Phone Store on Parade Street, Kingston, Georgetown.
    After the robbery they allegedly crashed their getaway car bearing fake number plates outside the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Eve Leary.
    Bailey, 21, of Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, and McDonald, 26, of Linden, appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The duo was slapped with three counts of armed robbery.
    It is alleged that on October, 2 at Parade Street, Kingston, Bailey and McDonald, while in the company of others and armed with a gun, robbed Derrick Quaicoe of an Iphone 5S, an Iphone 4S, and an Alcatel One Touch phone.
    It was also alleged that on the same day at the Kingston Seawall, the men while in the company of others and armed with a gun, robbed John Campayne of $60,000.
    It was further alleged that on the same day, the duo robbed Campayne of five Samsung Galaxy S5 phones, two BlackBerry 8520, a BlackBerry 9370 among other phones.
    Bailey and McDonald were not required to plead to the charges.
    According to reports the men entered the store around 14:00hrs. One of them reportedly inquired about purchasing credit, while another whipped out a handgun shortly after.
    The bandits allegedly locked the doors to the premises, while the gunman demanded that persons hand over valuables. It was reported that the bandits carted off a quantity of high end cell phones.
    Their getaway was botched after they crashed the car bearing fake number plates into a canal just outside CID headquarters, Kingston.
    Police ranks pursued the thieves after noticing them acting suspiciously. Kaieteur News understands that trainee policemen chased after the men and were able to apprehend them.
    A 9mm pistol along with two rounds and a cell phone belonging to a customer of the store were recovered by police. Furthermore, Bailey was charged for fraudulently imitating a vehicle number plate on the day in question, at Seawall Road Kingston. He pleaded not guilty.
    He was also slapped with two counts of robbery under-arms.
    The first charge stated that on September 13, at Kitty, Georgetown, he robbed Amena Abdulla of $150,000 and US$3000. It was alleged that at the time of the robbery Bailey was armed with a gun.
    Further, Bailey was accused of robbing Anand Persaud of $2,300. The court heard that the defendant used a gun to commit this robbery and had others in his company.
    He was not required to enter pleas.
    In addition, Bailey’s co accused McDonald was accused of having one 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm licence.
    Mc Donald was also accused of being in possession of two 9mm live rounds of ammunition, when he had no firearm licence. To these two charges, McDonald pleaded not guilty.
    Attorney, Peter Hugh, made an application for bail on Bailey’s behalf. Hugh requested that his client be released on reasonable bail. The attorney argued that his client has no knowledge of the robbery; neither did he participate in it.
    The attorney contended that there is no evidence before the court that indicates that Bailey is a flight risk. As such, Hugh asked that the court consider bail for his client.
    However, Police Prosecutor objected to bail for both defendants. In doing so, Jones pointed out the gravity of the charge and the penalty it attracts if the defendants were to be found guilty.
    The fact that a firearm was allegedly used to commit the robbery was another ground the prosecutor used to object to bail. Jones also told the court that he is afraid the men might not return to court for trial. And denying them pre-trial liberty will secure their return.
    Jones informed that the prosecution is in possession of a caution statement (CS) by Bailey. He pointed out that in the CS, the defendant admitted to robbing Amena Abdulla. At this point, Hugh intervened and related that his client was placed on an identification (ID) parade but was not positively identified.
    The prosecutor, however, informed the court that the police file is still incomplete and requested a short date to have it completed.
    Bailey and McDonald were instructed to return to court on October 26, when they will appear before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.

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